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

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mbasnack Mar 16, 2012 01:23 PM

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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    mkfisher RE: mbasnack Mar 16, 2012 01:32 PM

    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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      hotoynoodle RE: mkfisher Mar 16, 2012 09:47 PM

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

      bricco a very distant second, although they do valet.

    2. libertywharf RE: mbasnack Mar 16, 2012 02:41 PM

      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. Chris VR RE: mbasnack Mar 17, 2012 10:24 AM

        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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          Blumie RE: Chris VR Mar 18, 2012 09:05 PM

          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.

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            pemma RE: Blumie Mar 19, 2012 05:39 AM

            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.

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              MC Slim JB RE: pemma Mar 19, 2012 05:52 AM

              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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