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Aug 8, 2011 02:17 PM

Simple, seasonal Italian NOT in North End

Looking for a solid Italian meal for two people for a weeknight, emphasis on good homemade pasta. Would especially love a place that features seasonal ingredients (the squash blossoms are particularly beautiful at the farmer's markets right now), but not necessary.

Willing to spend 20-ish for pasta, more for secondi, so nothing too fancy (Prezza, etc).

So far I'm looking at Gran Gusto and Trattoria Toscana. Others we've been to in around the same price range are Posto (underwhlemed) and Sportello (yummy overall, but not the atmosphere we want). GG sounds to be more of a pizza place, but we don't want pizza. Or red sauce.

We're in Somerville and are willing to drive/travel, just not into the North End!


Gran Gusto
90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

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  1. Gran Gusto has excellent Neapolitan-style pizzas, but they're definitely not a pizza place. I think GG would be a good bet based on your criteria.

    Gran Gusto
    90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

    2 Replies
    1. re: emannths

      I like both your choices (GG and TT) and I'd add La Morra, which has a very nice prix fixe menu for $35.00

      La Morra
      48 Boylston Street, Brookline, MA 02445

      1. re: teezeetoo

        Carlos Cucina in Brighton. Get the pork with the home made vinegar peppers

    2. You should definitely check out Stella in the South End. Great, fresh Italian food. Never been disappointed. Definitely right in your price range.

      1. Around this time last year I was at Erbaluce and was impressed with its use of seasonal ingredients.

        69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

        1. On a week day, you may want to consider Rino's in Eastie, Rosetti's or DiParma in Winthop. I'd also 2nd Gran Gusto and it's way more than za.

          Gran Gusto
          90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

          1. Il Casale in Belmont Center is wonderful. I hear that reservations are easy to come by since the suburban client base has all fled to the Cape and Nantucket.