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ITALIAN IN LOWELL /SOUTHERN NH AREA

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

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

    1. 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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      1. re: robertlf

        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.

        1. re: three of us

          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.

          1. re: greygarious

            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.

            1. re: greygarious

              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

              1. re: robertlf

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

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

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

            1. 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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              1. re: carneyvore

                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