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NYers visiting Boston and catching Cirque du Soleil at Fan Pier Saturday night. Driving in from the Boston burbs. Looking for good restaurant walking distance from Fan Pier where we will be parking the car. Have read many posts about not so good food near/on Fan Pier. Could cab from/to FP, but prefer to walk. Interested in North End Italian. Mamma Maria and Prezza get good reviews on Chow. Are they are best bets?

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Prezza
24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

Soleil Cafe
1153 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

Mamma Maria Restaurant
3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113

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  1. Here are some suggestions:

    LTK/Legal Test Kitchen: Pretty good moderately-priced fish dishes, lively atmosphere and bar area. Some people don't like it, but I enjoy it.

    Daily Catch: Pretty good fresh seafood with heavy Italian influence. Nice outdoor, but covered patio with water view. Service a bit strange/hit or miss.

    Sam's (In Louis building). Brand new. Interesting menu at reasonable prices. Big deck overlooks harbor. I have not tried it yet, but have so far heard that food is good.

    Salvatore's: Small regional Italian chain. OK Italian and pizza.

    Morton's: High-end steak house.

    Yes, Mamma Maria and Prezza are two of the best restaurants in the North End.

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    Prezza
    24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

    Mamma Maria Restaurant
    3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113

    Daily Catch
    2 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

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    1. re: pemma

      I think LTK is worse than Legal Seafoods, so if you don't love Legal, I wouldn't recommend LTK.

      1. re: yanz

        I agree LTK's food has never been good and has sometimes been very bad

        Lucky's
        Sportello
        Dry Dock

    2. Strictly for food, I would choose Prezza over Mamma Maria.

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      Prezza
      24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

      Mamma Maria Restaurant
      3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113

      1. We haven't eaten there before, but we are seeing the Cirque show next Wed and have reservations at Aura in the Seaport Hotel.

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        1. re: kimfair1

          at best, aura is meh.

          i had a great meal at sam's place and their deck has just gorgeous views. stone's throw from those cirque tents.

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            Haven't heard much about it, but we're getting 1000 points for dinner on OpenTable (getting us closer to a $100 gift certificate to use at Menton). Sam's Place isn't on Open Table yet, we'll try that sometime when we go to the ICA next.

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            Menton
            354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

            1. re: hotoynoodle

              I have been hearing good things on this board about Sam's but I had lunch there last Saturday and the food was not good at all. Two of us had the tuna sandwich and the other two had the burger. The tuna was two thin pieces of overcooked tuna with so-so slaw on an uninspired, plain bun. The burgers were, again, two thin patties of overcooked beef. Later my dining companions admitted it tasted "funny". Having said that, the service was fantastic and there are plenty of nice little up scale touches. The room and view are gorgeous. I will try the place again. Maybe it was just an off-day. It happens.

          2. Lucky's Lounge and Channel Cafe are both within walking distance (in the Fort Point neighborhood) and both have good food, but if you want Italian, the North End isn't too bad of a walk from there. I like L'Osteria, Massimino's, Mother Anna's, and Rabia's in the North End.

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            Massimino's
            207 Endicott St, Boston, MA

            Lucky's Lounge
            355 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210

            L'Osteria
            104 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

            Mother Anna's
            211 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

            1. also going to Cirque and am looking for a child friendly location and not too expensive as we have several families going with kids (4-8 year olds)

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              1. re: gardgen

                There were plenty of kids at Aura when we went, but I can't recommend it. Weird place. The wife got a tuna entree that was very good, and a huge portion with loads of rice, spinach, and some eggplent for $25. I had a tuna app on soba noodles that had 3 very thin pieces of tuna over a huge mound of soba that was $14. Really? It was obviously the same grade of tuna. My steak was a bit overcooked, but the peas and mashed potatoes were pretty good. The entrees were good not great, and the disconnect on prices/value was a bit startling on the tuna. As a plus the Cirque show was phenomenal, one of the best of theirs we've seen.

              2. We saw the Cirque du Soleil show the other night and along with many others apparently had dinner at Sportello which is only a couple of blocks away.

                We had a great meal there...a really pleasant experience. Really enjoyed the pork chop and the arugula/fennel/celery salad and my wife really liked her risotto with mussels, squid, shrimp, etc. The staff was really welcoming and friendly and the space (although I understand it has some detractors from people who don't like sitting on stools...so be forewarned that it's likely that you'll sit diner style) was really different and fun for Boston.

                Just a great experience all around.

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                Soleil Cafe
                1153 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

                Sportello
                348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110