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Mid-priced North End for group of 10

soxchik Apr 22, 2010 09:44 AM

I'm in search of a mid-priced, North End (must be N. End), classic red sauce (or at least with a variety of classic, non-edgy options) restaurant that will take a reservation for 10 adults on a Saturday night (many of them very tall, so nothing with low ceilings or small tables please). Something between Mama Maria and Antico Forno in price. From searching the boards, I think one of these may work? Lucca, Artu, Marco, Taranta, Carmen, Monica's, L'Osteria. I'm open to other suggestions as well. Thanks!

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Antico Forno
93 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113

Lucca Restaurant
226 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

L'Osteria
104 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

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  1. mtm7654 RE: soxchik Apr 22, 2010 10:29 AM

    What about La Cantina? It's been years since I've been in there but they used to be solid and they're playing up their old school classic red sauce atmosphere nowadays.

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      pollystyrene RE: soxchik Apr 22, 2010 08:41 PM

      I love Vinoteca di Monica, am luke warm on Taranta, and although I haven't been to the others, think Carmen and Marco might be too small for your party.

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      Vinoteca di Monica
      143 Richmond St., Boston, MA 02109

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        pasuga RE: soxchik Apr 23, 2010 12:00 AM

        I love both Monica's and L'Osteria, but they are quite different. L'Osteria is very good classic red sauce. Monica's food is a lot more sophisticated and more expensive. I have been to Monica's with a large group and the service was excellent.

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        L'Osteria
        104 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

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          Pegmeister RE: soxchik Apr 23, 2010 04:52 AM

          i'm a fan of Artu, but more for their grilled meats, thin crusted pizzas and sandwiches. Not as impressed with their red sauce. What about Il Panino? I think they can handle a group of 10 in their downstairs room. Not sure about reservations though.

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          Il Panino
          266 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

          1. rlh RE: soxchik Apr 23, 2010 08:42 PM

            Pagliuca's is solid red sauce goodness, but may be too cramped and/not take reservations. La Summa was a hidden gem years ago, but I haven't been there for too long to recommend it.

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            Pagliuca's
            14 Parmenter St, Boston, MA 02113

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