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Apr 21, 2010 07:32 PM

Your choice for NE Italian

Will be there with hubby. Prefer casual, good quality, simply prepared foods (like in Italy). Love Batali's restaurants in NYC; like wood fired cooking (heard about new spot, Posto), but would like more selection.

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  1. Atwells Ave. will not be a long trip form Wrentham ad you will get Great food. Try posting on the Southern NE board for specifics. Yhere are plenty of Italian restaurants in the Franklin, Ma area (right near Wrentham), but not of the Batali caliber!

    1. Does NE refer to Northend Boston or New England?

      1. Side note: You should read Bill Buford's book, Heat. It will give you perspective on what's served in Italy and what Batali serves.

        I'm assuming you are referring to the North End with NE. The North End serves mostly Italian American red sauce. If you're looking for something more authentic, Prezza is a good option. It's still not like what you'll get in Italy and its not that casual. I think the closest thing to what I ate in Italy (studied in Florence) can be found at Erbaluce in Bay Village (near the Park Plaza). Chef Draghi is from the Piedmont area of Northern Italy and puts out some great food.

        24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

        69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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        1. re: ecwashere7

          I like Batali's food, but love Lidia Bastianich too. Just like simple preparation, top notch ingredients and casual.

          1. re: itryalot

            Me too. I think their food is tremendous. If you're a fan of Batali, you'll really like Heat. Buford LOVES Batali's food, but also points out that even his food is more complicated than what you'll get in Italy. Delicious nonetheless.

            Try Erbaluce or even eat on the patio/enoteca at Via Matta. Eating at both of those places takes me back to Florence and all the little towns I stopped in the Alps of Italy. Their food is also a bit more complicated than what you'll get on the boot, but very close to the real deal.

            Via Matta
            79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

            69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

            1. re: ecwashere7

              Read it twice. LOVE it; live vicariously through it.

        2. I realized after I posted, I meant North End Boson. Sorry.