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

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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

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  1. 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...

    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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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      did you go to Davide? how was it?

      1. re: MC Slim JB

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

      2. 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

        1. 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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          1. re: keith

            second L'Osteria

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            L'Osteria
            104 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

            1. re: Science Chick

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

              1. re: hiddenboston

                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.

            2. re: keith

              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

            3. 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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              1. re: pemma

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

                1. re: Swankalicious

                  Would not recommend.

                  1. re: Swankalicious

                    Definitely would not recommend.

                    1. re: Swankalicious

                      Avoid!

                  2. My standbys are Locontes and Galleria 33.

                    1. 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

                      1. Antico Forno. Best for lunch.

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                        Antico Forno
                        93 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113