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Jul 26, 2011 03:23 PM

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

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  1. 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

    Umberto Galleria
    289 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

    Trattoria di Monica
    67 Prince St, Boston, MA 02113

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

    1. Good:
      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

      I'd avoid:
      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

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      1. re: Beachowolfe

        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.

        1. re: Beachowolfe

          Beachwolfe you are right on target. Accurate on each one.

          1. re: Beachowolfe

            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.

            Cantina Italiana
            346 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113

            379 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113

            1. re: Beachowolfe

              I do have to say that I've always enjoyed La Galleria 33 on your list to avoid. I have a mild veal parmesan addiction, and their version is one of my favorites.

              La Galleria 33
              125 Salem St., Boston, MA 02113

              1. re: Beachowolfe

                Are you talking about Bova Bakery? This place has the best bread around. Anyone would be smart to bring a loaf home. Bova is on the corner of Salem and prince. Cafe Pompei is more of a local hangout.

                134 Salem St, Boston, MA

                1. re: Beachowolfe

                  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?

                  1. re: Beachowolfe

                    while anything is possible, that show showed a situation that convinced me could not be repaired. would never go there though i wish them the best.

                  2. re: Beachowolfe

                    I had lunch at Cafe Pompei today...gnocci with marinara sauce....the marinara sauce was one of the best I've had..very light and fresh tasting. Great coffee!

                    1. re: BlueMagic

                      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.

                  3. 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

                    1. Be forewarned that Gallaria UMberto is a Mon-Sat lunch only place. Well worth seeking out when they're open, but they won't be on a date "night".

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                      1. re: kimfair1

                        And be there before 11:30am on a Saturday.

                        1. re: Taralli

                          they also close for a month in the summer

                          1. re: Wannabfoode

                            They're closed in July, they'll be open on Monday August 1!

                      2. Bova's has the best chocolate croissants I have ever tasted. The cannoli at Modern is very tasty and they fill them upon request.

                        134 Salem St, Boston, MA

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                        1. re: BlueMagic

                          I will have to try those chocolate crossaints.