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Let's open a can of worms!! Best North End?

MR. MARGARITA Nov 21, 2010 06:41 AM

I lived in Boston in the mid 90's and I'm coming back in a couple weeks for 5 days in the North End!! What do you guys have for me? I can do w/o a bunch of marinara and mozz on some kind of breaded meat! I used to love Antico Forno, or at least one of the servers and Terra Mia!! P.S. Save your dessert choices! I'm heading to Cafe Vittoria for the best Tiramisu EVER!!!!

Antico Forno
93 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113

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    stevealtieri7 Nov 27, 2010 09:55 AM

    Definitely not Bricco, they only treat you well there if you tell them you are a guest of the Ritz Carlton hotel. I would recommend Lucca, Mare, Neptune Oyster or La Famiglia Giorgio. If you want a mix of good italian food plus great pizza go to Antico Forno. Mare is great as its not all covered in thick sauce and it full of flavor. Lucca is great (make sure you get Billy as your waiter), Go see a girl named Kristin at Neptune and everyone is great at La Famiglia Giorgio.

    Neptune Oyster
    63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

    Antico Forno
    93 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113

    Lucca Restaurant
    226 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

    241 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

    La Famiglia Giorgio's
    112 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

    1. nsenada Nov 26, 2010 03:36 PM

      I'm still obsessed with the grilled calamari at Piccolo Nido.

      Piccolo Nido
      257 North St, Boston, MA 02113

      1. enhF94 Nov 23, 2010 03:34 PM

        You may find this topic exhaustively covered with searches of the boards.

        My opinion on the North End: Why make the effort? I can burn garlic at home.

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        1. re: enhF94
          CapeCodGuy Nov 24, 2010 06:48 AM

          Well, good morning sunshine!

        2. Beachowolfe Nov 23, 2010 12:14 PM

          I think there should be a definitive list of "non red sauce Italian-American" restaurants. Contrary to the latest fad of hating on the North End (like skipping the north end and heading to Rino's in eastie) there are plenty of good restaurants as long as you know what to stay away from. What have I missed?
          Neptune Oyster
          Monica's/Vinoteca di Monica
          Mamma Maria
          Artu (some I-A dishes, but not all)
          Rabias (not one of my favs but not red-sauce)

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          1. re: Beachowolfe
            bawc Nov 23, 2010 01:54 PM

            If I may tag onto this thread, we are going to the North End for the first time this weekend on a visit to Boston, BUT we will have our (well behaved) seven year old son with us. Which one of these would be the most child friendly? AND he doesn't eat pizza, but loves veal scallopine!

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              pasuga Nov 25, 2010 08:53 PM

              if you don't mind an old-fashioned red-sauce place, L'Osteria on Salem St. is kid-friendly, very good food and reasonable prices. We've had positive feedback on the board before from visitors who were looking for somewhere to go in the North End with their children. Recommend their veal agrodolce (sweet & sour) and the big salad with all the cold cuts and veggies (almost one am and I can't think of the word!) I would rule out Prezza, Mama Maria, and Monica's - all fairly expensive and formal. If your son likes seafood then Neptune is wonderful, but go early - it's very popular, very small, and they don't take reservations.

            2. re: Beachowolfe
              peelmeagrape Nov 23, 2010 02:34 PM

              I'd add Damiano's. I haven't had a chance to visit in a while but it was fantastic both times I've been and the small plates idea is a nice addition to the variety of dining experiences on offer in the neighborhood.

              1. re: Beachowolfe
                phatchris Nov 23, 2010 03:00 PM

                For red sauce you can do a lot worse than Locontes and Galleria 33. Also Regina, Artu, Ernesto's and Puschcart for pizza.

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                pemma Nov 23, 2010 04:31 AM

                Yes, a can or worms indeed. You know you will never get a concensus on "the best". But, anyway, for non-red sauce Italian, Mamma Maria is still a reliable old standby.

                Mamma Maria Restaurant
                3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113

                1. hiddenboston Nov 22, 2010 05:15 AM

                  I like Rabia's on Salem Street. Nice mix of Southern Italian, Northern Italian, and Mediterranean fare.

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                  1. re: hiddenboston
                    missfoodie Nov 22, 2010 02:35 PM

                    Taranta and Rabbia's are both really good and don't think you'll be disappointed with either of those.

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                    treb Nov 21, 2010 12:21 PM

                    Skip the NE and go to Rino's in Eastie.

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                    1. re: treb
                      jgg13 Nov 22, 2010 07:25 PM

                      And wait for 3 hours thanks to DD&D

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                        treb Nov 23, 2010 06:10 AM

                        I was kinda hoping that wore off, I guess it totally ruined that place, I'll have to retreat back to Vinny's.

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                      dlibes Nov 21, 2010 11:59 AM

                      My favorites are Bricco and Taranta. I try others, but nothing seems to measure up.

                      241 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

                      1. Beachowolfe Nov 21, 2010 11:30 AM

                        Vinoteca di Monica and Prezza

                        I also like Lucca but I'm not sure it's up there with these two or Neptune and Taranta.

                        1. chefematician Nov 21, 2010 07:55 AM

                          Neptune Oyster or Taranta would be my votes. I admittedly don't spend too much time in the North End but when I do, it's to visit one of these two spots.

                          Neptune Oyster
                          63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

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