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Best Red Sauce ( southern Italian ) in North End ?? Suggestions ?

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Wheels1 Feb 17, 2011 09:14 AM

Still on the hunt for good basic red sauce Italian .. been to Pagliuca's and Al Dente .. which I find to be pretty good ... Any other thoughts ? Thanks

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Pagliuca's
14 Parmenter St, Boston, MA 02113

Al Dente Restaurant
109 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

  1. MC Slim JB Feb 17, 2011 09:24 AM

    Massimino's is my standby in that regard. I like Pomodoro, too, but it doesn't take reservations, which makes me skip it most of the time.

    I'm thinking of taking a spin by Davide before its Kitchen Nightmares episode runs next week. The new Ramsay-shaped menu looks to have its share of tomato-based sauces: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150133230231802

    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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    Pomodoro
    24 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445

    Massimino's
    207 Endicott St, Boston, MA

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      5thAndNowhere Feb 27, 2011 09:39 AM

      did you go to Davide? how was it?

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        MrsCheese Feb 27, 2011 03:14 PM

        Pomodoro takes reservations. I've heard of them not being great about honoring them, but I haven't had a problem.

      2. nsenada Feb 17, 2011 09:27 AM

        Florence's was my favorite way back when, I'm still sad they are gone. Cantina Italiana is pretty good, though expensive and kitschy.

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        Cantina Italiana
        346 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113

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          keith Feb 17, 2011 10:15 AM

          L'Osteria has been a reliable "red sauce" joint in the North End for years now. Nothing overly innovative, just very consistantly executed "southern italian" (really Italian-American) food. Love their Braciolatine and Francese dishes.

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          L'Osteria
          104 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

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            Science Chick Feb 17, 2011 10:27 AM

            second L'Osteria

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            L'Osteria
            104 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

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              hiddenboston Feb 17, 2011 11:23 AM

              Third L'Osteria. I also like the red sauce at Monica's, Massimino's, and Mother Anna's.

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                pasuga Feb 17, 2011 03:33 PM

                Fourth L'Osteria. I really love their veal agrodolce and antipasti. Also like Massimino's a lot. Suggest while you're in the neighborhood, stopping by Monica's Salumeria, just off the corner of Salem and Prince, and getting some of their fresh sauce to take home. Her kids make it at the restaurant and it's wonderful.

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              ecwashere7 Feb 17, 2011 01:13 PM

              totally agree with L'Osteria. I also agree that it's really Italian-American and not southern Italian. Outside of the NE, I'd either go with Carlo's (Allston) or Delfino (Roslindale).

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              L'Osteria
              104 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

              Delfino Restaurant
              754 South St, Roslindale, MA 02131

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              pemma Feb 17, 2011 11:52 AM

              You'll never get a concensus, but I think La Summa and Cantina Italiana are good choices.

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              Cantina Italiana
              346 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113

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                Swankalicious Feb 17, 2011 04:11 PM

                Has anyone here been to Ida's? It looks .. .curious

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                  Taralli Feb 18, 2011 08:33 AM

                  Would not recommend.

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                    Pegmeister Feb 18, 2011 08:49 AM

                    Definitely would not recommend.

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                      Wannabfoode Feb 27, 2011 12:10 PM

                      Avoid!

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                    phatchris Feb 18, 2011 02:33 PM

                    My standbys are Locontes and Galleria 33.

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                      carneyvore Feb 27, 2011 12:04 PM

                      L'Osteria, Al Dente & Euno are all good, though I haven't been to Euno in awhile.

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                      L'Osteria
                      104 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

                      Al Dente Restaurant
                      109 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

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                        Wannabfoode Feb 27, 2011 12:09 PM

                        Antico Forno. Best for lunch.

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                        Antico Forno
                        93 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113

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