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Work Dinner for 15-20 in the North End? Sigh.

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My boss has tasked me with identifying a place in the North End to host a Team dinner (some folks coming from out of town, obviously...). I guess I could have just been asked to book Legal Seafoods...so...

I've always liked North End in concept...but frankly, it's sort of a pain in the butt to go to dinner there. Parking stinks, there are tons of tourists, some places snub credit cards or reservations...and last time, I swear my pasta was from a box found at the local Stop & Shop. I'm not a food snob but I also want to make sure we get some good food/service for the $$.

That said, I get it...it's a Boston landmark...people think it's romantic and quaint. And there are a few real gems there. But I'm stumped. 15 people, probably not a Prezza price point...and likely need a semi-private space...Any ideas?

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  1. How about Taranta? They've got that space on the second floor. If I recall correctly, that'd be a good size for 20 people.

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    1. re: mkfisher

      +1 on taranta. you can park at haymarket garage and walk over.

      bricco a very distant second, although they do valet.

    2. I never try to park in the north end. Head right to 75 state for parking. Or park over by the Moakley courthouse and walk over.
      Bricco, lo conte, Limoncello

      1. Mamma Maria has a few private rooms. http://mammamaria.com/ has a link with descriptions... although, thinking that through, probably doesn't meet your price point.

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        1. re: Chris VR

          Mamma Maria really is perfect for a group of 15 in a semi-private space. So, as Chris points out, the real question is whether the price works for you.

          1. re: Blumie

            I thought of Mamma Maria, too. They also have valet parking if someone wants to use that, otherwise, just park at one of the lots down by the water and walk up.

            1. re: pemma

              While I like it as a business entertaining venue, Mamma Maria is about as expensive as Prezza, hence probably not in the OP's budget. Taranta, another place I like, isn't a whole lot cheaper these days, though arguably not quite in the top tier of North End pricing.

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