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affordable north end, or go to other neighborhood?

So, I'm in town this weekend for a conference, and want to go get some italian. Straight up/traditional is fine with me, I love a good fruitti di mare. of course my instinct is to go the the north end, but, it appears all the talked about places are on the upscale side. Is there a good affordable place in the north endl? or for that should I go to a place like Vinny's at Night or Pescatore in Somerville?
We won't have cars, so places by the T would be best.
thanks

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Pescatore
158 Boston Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

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  1. if, by traditional, you mean red-sauce, there is plenty of that. what do you mean by affordable?

    antico forno will work, monica's or il panino too. not exactly red sauce, but all good and moderately priced.

    in eastie, a quick t ride away, are jevelli's and rino's which are way old school red sauce and cheap.

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    1. re: hotoynoodle

      I second Rino's. Never had a bad meal.

      1. re: hotoynoodle

        rino's had really great food and a warm neighborhood vibe. jevellis had a kind of unfortunate "time capsule" feel to it with a white house-themed dining room and iceberg lettuce on the leaf-pattern plate salad. also, if youre in that neck of the woods, consider carmen's kitchen at orient heights.

      2. I had a delicious Fruitti di mare are Giacomos in the North End the other night-but Im pretty partial to them.
        I second the question- what is your definition of reasonable?

        1. Antico Forno - here's the menu

          http://www.anticofornoboston.com/dinn...

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          Antico Forno
          93 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113

          1. thanks for the responses, I'll look into those places for sure. I was probably referring to red sauce places, but, really, the inexpensive part is more important. Basically, under 20 bucks (most of us are grad students). I imagine if I just walked around, I would fine some totally fine places. But, it seemed the most recommended places on this board, like Taranta were more expensive, so i figured I'd get some tips.

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            1. re: mikebg

              Here are a couple of places that are reasonable:

              L'Osteria: http://losteria.com/
              Massimino's: http://www.massiminosboston.com/

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              Massimino's
              207 Endicott St, Boston, MA

              L'Osteria
              104 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

              1. re: Taralli

                I lived in the North End for over 20 years. L'Osteria and Massimino's were my two favorite go-to restaurants when I could afford a night out. Posted the link to Antico Forno because neither of the other does a Fruitti di Mare, although they both have other good seafood options. Never eaten at Giacomo's, and (IIRC) they don't take reservations or credit cards, but there used to always be a huge line and I've always heard great things about their food.

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                Antico Forno
                93 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113

                Massimino's
                207 Endicott St, Boston, MA

                L'Osteria
                104 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

                1. re: pasuga

                  Hi all!

                  On your recommendation, we went to Massimino's in Boston tonight, and I must say that we were a bit disappointed! While the chicken piccata and the chicken paradiso were very well done, the marinara sauce was frankly a bit watery and lacked good flavor. Unfortunately, the problems with the sauce carried through to the rolled eggplant dish, which didn't taste like much because of the sauce.

                  I wonder if it's changed?

            2. We tried Panza on Hanover on Saturday night for the first time and LOVED it. Aside from the food being great it was very reasonable, service was good, cute atmosphere, good selection of inexpensive wines. We will no doubt return...the eggplant parm was a nice change from the typical heavy breaded versions you find most places but the best dish at the table was the "badly" cut lasagne with peppercorn pasta. Anyway, I thought it was worth a mention on this thread.