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Trattoria Toscana closed for vacation - where to go??

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Slight panic... Visiting Boston from LA, soooo looking forward to some fantastic East Coast food, especially from Trattoria Toscana, a favorite we stumbled upon last year. Just finding out that they're closed for vacation. Aaargh!!
We're staying by Kenmore Square... Where to go for a good meal after coming off the plane? Italian preferred - willing to travel for good food as we're serious foodies, but need nothing fancy or pretentious this first night, just a really good meal.
All suggestions greatly appreciated! Many thanks!

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Trattoria Toscana
130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

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1456 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02122

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  1. Two choices for Italian in opposite directions (location and style) but easy to get to from Kenmore Square - Carlo's Cucina, on Brighton Avenue in Allston, is family run, homestyle Italian and a great favorite on this board; go early to avoid the wait (no reservations). Via Matta, in Park Square, is more refined, upscale but informal. You'll do well at either.

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    Via Matta
    79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

    1. If you will be literally just off the plane, I would suggest Rino's for dinner or Santarpio's for pizza in East Boston. Neither is pretentious and both about 10 min drive from the airport.

      1. Vinny's at Night would be another I'd recommend in the homey, cheap, and very good category. I don't think anybody touches Trattoria Toscana for Tuscan food, but I'm grateful that it closes when the chef/owner is on holiday. He pretty much cooks every meal they serve there himself.

        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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        Trattoria Toscana
        130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Thank you all for your replies, will check the above mentioned places out!
          Yes, MC Slim JB, I totally agree. Although so very disappointed not to be able to eat at TT (I dream about the cod pasta - aaah, East Coast fish, the pesto, and an incredible Tiramisu - might be one of the best I've had anywhere...), I completely respect his decision to close. It would be awful to go and get a lesser meal, I'd rather come back again on our next visit here :)
          Thanks again!!

        2. TT is a favorite of mine as well. When it's not an option, try Gran Gusto in Cambridge. Similar authenticity to TT but a restaurant vs a trattoria. Make sure you get a marinara pizza as an app to share. It's a go-to place for the TT waitstaff.

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          Gran Gusto
          90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140