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May 25, 2011 04:26 PM

Off The Boat Seafood - East Boston

Looking for authentic Italian seafood - has anyone been??

Off The Boat Seafood Restaurant
28 Porter Street, East Boston, MA 02128

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  1. I went last night with my wife and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is very loud and has a real neighborhood / mom'n'pop place feel to it, and the service was great, if not entirely polished.

    We started with a platter of raw clams and cooked shrimp for two. The clams were probably the best raw clams I've ever had. I usually don't go for raw clams as I find them chewy -- but these were soft, briny and just delicious. Don't know if it has more to do with the season or with the restaurant, but I was pleasantly surprised.

    We had two coupons of $80 total to burn, so felt we could splurge: I had the "Fruit Di Mare Alla Puopolo" -- a huge platter of mussels, clams, haddock, calamari, shrimp, scallops, and (for an extra $4) one lobster tail on a bed of linguini and scampi sauce. I was in seafood heaven. My wife had the Lobster Guiseppi -- two lobster tails on a bed on linguini and fra diavolo sauce. The sauce could have been a bit spicier, but a great deal and dish for $25.

    We split a cannoli for desert, and all in all had a great time.

    Based on this one visit I'd recommend it for good, solid Italian food in a very friendly, non-fancy setting. Although we live a ways away, I can see us coming back for more.

    1. I spend a fair amount of time in East Boston, but hadn't heard of this place until this thread. My boyfriend and I went on Friday. He doesn't eat seafood and isn't a huge pasta fan, but humored me. He enjoyed his chicken marsala and I was fully delighted by my fusili Marchi -- homemade fusili with crab, shrimp, and a lobster tail in a light lobster based sauce, It was a good pasta dish for a 100 degree day. The prices were more than fair, and the service was friendly and attentive. I've been in a bit of a service rut lately, and it was nice to be in a restaurant where the people who work there seemed happy to have our business rather than acting like they're doing us a favor by letting us eat there.

      I can't wait to go back on a cooler day and try the homemade rigatoni with vodka sauce.