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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!

Antico Forno
93 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113

Lucca Restaurant
226 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

104 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

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  1. mtm7654 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 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.

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

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        pasuga 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.

        104 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

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          Pegmeister 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.

          Il Panino
          266 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

          1. rlh 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.

            14 Parmenter St, Boston, MA 02113

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