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Lucca or Tresca for a Girls' Night Out?

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Hi-I'm organizing the dinner portion of a bachelorette party of about 10 women in their late twenties. We're restricted some to the North End area for other activities. Many restaurants don't seem to have availability or seem kind of cheesy. Looking for some place fun where we can talk without being given looks but that is still somewhat classy or trendy. The bride is pretty classy but some other places in the North End looked too stuff for this occasion. Good food would help too. Which would you recommend?

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Lucca Restaurant
226 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

Tresca
233 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

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  1. I haven't been to Tresca, but was at Lucca a couple weeks ago for a large gathering. Not mind-blowing, but I though the food was quite good, especially the oxtail and polenta appetizer. I had some kind of creamy lobster and guanciale pasta that was good, but undersalted. I wanted to try the wild boar pasta - that looked good.

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    Lucca Restaurant
    226 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

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    1. re: nsenada

      I had a similar experience at Lucca not long ago. We had a reserved table in the smaller room, and we could hear each other just fine (we were just under 10 people). And, I *did* go for the wild boar pasta. It didn't rival what I've eaten in Umbria and Tuscany but it was good.

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      Lucca Restaurant
      226 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

      1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

        Great thanks for the recs. Was the atmosphere festive enough? Some of us can be a bit boisterous when we drink and it kills some of those romantic anniversary dinners or first dates if the sound level is at a whisper.

        1. re: gaucho25

          I'm not sure which room we were in but our table went right up to the window. We and everyone else in there were loud as $%*!, and I didn't see anyone looking upset about it.

          1. re: nsenada

            LOL I think I was at that exact table! Smaller room, up front. The room was narrow enough that I think only one table could have bordered us, on one side away from the windows towards the rear.

            Gaucho: I wouldnt' specifically call it 'festive' but I know my group was a bit loud, especially after multiple rounds of wine. Nobody complained about us either, but it was in the middle of the week just before peak dining hour.

          2. re: gaucho25

            Lucca can get loud in the main dining room upstairs closer to the front. You will be fine there. I would ask to not be seated in the back of the main dining room or downstairs. Those areas are quieter.

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            Lucca Restaurant
            226 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113