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May 29, 2011 05:50 AM

Best food in North End

What's the best choice for great traditional Italian in the north end?

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  1. I'd say there isn't a ton of traditional Italian in the North End. The majority of places do what I might call Jersey Italian-American, a cuisine with roots in Campania and Sicily that evolved over the course of a hundred years on this side of the Atlantic. (Try finding chicken parm in Italy.)

    Did you have a particular region in mind?

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      I am open to anything. I just don't want an artsy iterpretation that doesn't resemble Italian - the New Jersey version or the real thing! Good, fresh ingredients and taste.

    2. Yesterday, I had a perfect lunch at Joe Tecce's. I hadn't been for years...stuffed calamari, linguini and delicious sauce. An old time red sauce place that does it well. Good service too!

      1. Dinner or lunch? Pricey or cheap?

        If you want a cheap lunch, the arancini and fried potato balls (can't remember what they're called!) at Galleria Umberto were a fave of mine when I worked in the North End. Pizzeria Regina has amazing pizza, of course, for lunch or dinner.

        Otherwise, last time I was at the Daily Catch, their calamari dishes were all fantastic (my sister and I loved sharing the squid platter- lots of little things to taste, like marinated squid salad, squid meatballs, fried squid...). Pomodoro (319 Hanover Street Boston, MA) is also a favourite with lots of people. For dessert, skip Mike's tourist trap and head to Modern Pastry.

        There was also an Italian girl working at Napoli Pastry (Napoli Pastry Shop, 120 Salem Street, Boston, MA) who made *the* best morning and mid-day espresso- not sure if she's still there. I'd still recommend it!

        Modern Pastry
        257 Hanover St, Boston, MA

        Daily Catch
        323 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

        Umberto Galleria
        289 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

        Pizzeria Regina
        11 1/2 1/2 Thacher St, Boston, MA 02113

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        1. re: sfumato

          Addendum: I also remember going to Artu and liking it very much.

          6 Prince St., Boston, MA 02113

        2. A few places that I like:

          Massimino's on Endicott Street
          Pagliuca's on Parmenter Street
          La Summa on Fleet Street
          Al Dente on Salem Street
          L'Osteria on Salem Street

          Please note that these tend to be more Italian-American than truly authentic Italian, but they tend to be less touristy than some of the other spots in the North End.

          207 Endicott St, Boston, MA

          14 Parmenter St, Boston, MA 02113

          104 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

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

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          1. re: hiddenboston

            I had one of the worst meals of my life at L'Osteria around this time last year. I was out with a group of friends and it was one of those meals where it feels like one long joke because everything from the service to the food is so bad.

            104 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

          2. Go to Carmen:
            You won't be disappointed. I had a flatbread and risotta (menu changes so no way of knowing before hand). They don't serve dessert so stop into Mike's Pastry on the way home.

            Mike's Pastry
            300 Hanover St, Boston, MA