North End for the 1st time what next
my wife and i went into the north end last night for dinner. we have lived here all our lives and never been in there for dinner. She had her mind set on Tresca so we ended up there. After dinner, she decided she wanted to eat her way through the north end on our date nights.
any suggestions on what next to try?
Tresca was good, not quite what i expected but good...
233 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113
Pizzeria Regina, Galleria Umberto, and Maria's pastry. No tablecloths to be found, but they're great.
For a more upscale place, I've enjoyed my meals at Marco (though that was 5 years ago), Mamma Maria, and Trattoria di Monica.
Lots of tips spanning both high- and low-end places in the archives. Poke around a bit!
Maria's Pastry Shop
46 Cross St, Boston, MA 02129
Mamma Maria Restaurant
3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113
289 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113
Trattoria di Monica
67 Prince St, Boston, MA 02113
11 1/2 1/2 Thacher St, Boston, MA 02113
Taranta, Lucca, Bricco, Prezza, Pomodoro, Waterfront Cafe, Modern Pastry, Ducali, Maurizio's, Pushcart, Ernesto's, Terramia, Mamma Maria, Monica's (trattoria and vinoteca), Neptune Oyster, Artu (stick to sandwiches), Nebo, Strega, Umberto, Maria's pastry
Mare, Damiano's, Massimino's, Antico Forno, L'Osteria, Mother Anna's, Mike's, Cafe Graffiti, Giacomo's
La Galleria 33, Piccolo Venezia, Pompei (unless you're hammered and in need of a pizza and or fight at 2am), Bova (again... unless you need to eat at 2am), Rabia's, Dolce Vita, Panza, Nico
now THAT is a confident list there. Would you tell us which three you would hit for the best of the best dinners? (and, just curious, what about marco's?/mark orfaly's place; gone? never tried it but have admired him.) If your 3 include Neptune Oyster(we are already huge fans) and Prezza(not fans) would you make another list of 3? thanks so much.
I would add Marco to the "good" list, La Summa and Cantina Italiana to the OK. I've never eaten at Strega, but I've been there for a drink and that Mafia decor with the movies playing makes me sick.
346 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113
379 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113
My top 5 in order would probably be Mamma Maria, Neptune, Prezza, Vinoteca di Monica, and Taranta.
The decor and mob shtick at Strega is ridiculous, their pasta was pretty good though, give it a shot.
Bova's pastries are just flavorless and greasy, this doesn't stop me from waking up with them in my bed every Sunday morning. I've never bought bread there. The people there are very friendly and their food is serviceable at 2am. However, w/ Marias, Mikes, and Modern I just can't steer anyone there during the day.
I've only recently eaten at LaGall33 which was highly reco'd by someone at Terramia (I think). Maybe I should give it another try.
I should have included Il Panino as an OK spot, esp for the outdoor seating and I'd go back to Benevento's for pizza but probably wouldn't bother if I was coming from outside the 'hood.
Marco has been on the list for a long time, I really need to get there. Haven't been to LaSumma or Cantina I either... I thought those were the places that were giving the NE it's "tourist trap" label along w/ Saraceno, Giorgios, LoConte's, Bella Vista, 5North Sq, Villa Francesca, Bacco, Pagliuca's, Lucia, Fiore (- roof). Are these places worth trying?
Also- I heard Davide improved after the GR thing, any reports?
The Pompei has always had great coffee. Lots of decisions have been made in the back room over their coffee. The Pompei's bed side manner may not be the best, but the food is pretty good. Once again, they cater more to the neighborhood then they do tourists.
Good choice and thanks for the post.
On the perimeter of the North End, I really like Nebo. Great pizzas, pastas, nice bar scene and the Palotta sisters are lovely
Nebo Restaurant and Bar
90 North Washington Street, Boston, MA 02114