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jake40ma Aug 24, 2010 04:19 AM

Any recommended italian restaurants in the Lowell or Southern NH areas. Want to take my elderly parents and inlaws out and Boston is a little too much for them Thanks

  1. justbeingpolite Aug 24, 2010 05:42 AM

    Haven't been yet, but I've heard that Ricardo's in Lowell is good.

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      robertlf Aug 24, 2010 05:48 AM

      A good one is Cafe Il Cipresso in Tyngsboro. It's in a strip mall but don't mind that. They make fresh pasta and sauces. They also have limited hours so call ahead to see if they are open.

      http://www.caffeilcipresso.com

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        three of us Aug 24, 2010 06:31 AM

        You're right but the interior, the chairs, etc. aren't what my parents (80s) and inlaws (90s) would find special or even acceptable or comfortable. They like more of a old-school, fancier decor. While this might not matter to the OP's elderly relatives, it's something to mention.

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          greygarious Aug 24, 2010 10:42 AM

          Robertff or three of us, have you been to Caffe Il Cipresso recently? I have only been once, over a year ago, and was underwhelmed. The pancetta in the sauce tasted old. They didn't drain the pasta so the sauce was watery. If it had been a chain or a very low-end place, I'd have requested well-drained but I don't think you should have to specify this in a restaurant that takes pride in its food. The tiramisu was dried out and tasted like refrigerator. It had clearly been around for quite some time.

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            three of us Aug 24, 2010 03:39 PM

            Hmmm, yours is the second such review I've heard like this. An acquaintance of mine and her husband commented on a so-so experience in the spring.

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              robertlf Aug 24, 2010 06:57 PM

              I went a couple of months ago and it was very good so either I was lucky that night or you were unlucky. There is another place on Amherst St. called Cucina Toscana that is also good. One of the owner/waiters looks like Leslie Nielsen so make sure you rent Police Squad or Naked Gun the night before or after for a good laugh.

              http://www.cucinatoscananashua.com

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                whs Aug 25, 2010 03:51 PM

                Hey, that's Davide, the owner, LOL. They do a nice table-side caesar salad.

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          treb Aug 24, 2010 06:02 AM

          Ralphie's on rte 28 in Salem, NH, they'll love it.

          1. meaganl Aug 24, 2010 08:26 AM

            Cucina Toscana in Nashua. Also in a strip mall but fresh and delicious with that old-school feeling.

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              carneyvore Aug 24, 2010 10:32 AM

              Salvatore's along the Merrimack River in Lawrence is close and pretty good food & ambiance if you sit outside overlooking the river.

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                ParisLady Aug 24, 2010 03:44 PM

                I too have an elderly mom (89) who loves italian food. I really like to take her to Vincenzos in Chelmsford and she absolutely loves Cafe Luigi in Bedford MA...they have the same menu for lunch and dinner.

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                Cafe Luigi
                152 Great Rd Ste 2, Bedford, MA 01730

              2. mcel215 Aug 24, 2010 04:36 PM

                Joseph's in Bradford/Haverhill is wonderful. I salivate over their creamy polenta as a side.
                Everything I have ordered there has been excellent.

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                  Infomaniac Aug 24, 2010 07:34 PM

                  Joseph's Trattoria is one of my favorite places north of Boston. I've never had a bad meal there also. I love the grill salmon thats surrent on the menu. I'll have to try the polenta sometime.

                2. whs Aug 24, 2010 05:55 PM

                  Mangia Mangia in Billerica is a neighborhood red sauce place that we enjoy--portions are huge, the toasted ravioli is fab, and the price is right. http://www.mangia.info/

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                    Fishegg Aug 25, 2010 08:15 AM

                    Trattoria Amalfi accross the street from Ralphies is outstanding. Very, very rich food delicious. Priced reasonable, Ralphies is also a family favorite, more traditional Italian diner atmosphere. They have a tripe dish there that all the old timers love. Can't speak to Cipresso, but all the others are good choices also. I found Ricardos more of a bistro vibe but still good. We stopped going to Salvatores because we found several times that they use too much salt.

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                    Trattoria Amalfi
                    385 S Broadway Ste A, Salem, NH 03079

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                      jake40ma Aug 25, 2010 10:24 AM

                      Thank you all for your input. I'm sure out of those choices we will do just fine.

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                        dougsparks Aug 25, 2010 01:27 PM

                        Filho's in Groton is fantastic and very close to Nashua and southern NH.

                        http://www.filhoscucina.com/home.asp

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