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May 17, 2012 12:52 PM

Chow-worthy in Nonantum?

In the past few months I've had occasion to drive through Nonantum several times a week. Lots of restaurants, an Italian pastry shop, and DePasquale's, which is the only place I'm familiar with. Any other places I should check out?

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  1. Steamers seafood (a few steps from Antoines, the Italian pastry shop you mention) sells good seafood, but also makes a quality fried clam plate (and decent chowder), which nicely fulfills a hankering if you live/work out here.

    There's also "Nudo Gelateria" across the street a little ways, too, which I've heard is not bad.

    Too bad Bobalicious is closed - it was a little Vietnamese boba shop which also served good banh mi and special soups, and it was run by the two lovely sisters.

    1. Fiorellas, which is off the main drag on North Street is excellent and moderately priced, so usually very busy. Antoine's pastry shop is outstanding....matches the best of the North End! Across the street is Vecchia Roma, a little fancier, small and intimate and excellent Italian food.

      1. In addition to the aforementioned, Guiseppe's for a $3.00 meatball or sausage and pepper sub and Maria di Napoli's for pizza.

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        1. re: gourmaniac

          Second Maria di Napoli's. Superior pizza, great eggplant, other stuff looks good but somehow I never get past the pizza and eggplant. Lovely people, too.

          1. re: bartleby

            I had a "panini" the other day at Maria di Napoli. Super friendly people, but sadly, the sandwich was meh. Cottony commercial bread, sad tomatoes, and some harsh vinegar with some mozzarella. It was lunch, but definitely not worth having a second time.

          2. re: gourmaniac

            The subs at Giuseppe's haven't been $3 for years. A small runs over $5 now, which is still excellent value for money.

            1. re: Jenny Ondioline

              that's sad. i remember they were $1.99 forever. Gee, I sound old.

          3. What about Francesca's? I have not been there in years, but I seem to recall decent chow.

            1. OK, I'm going to get a slice at Maria di Napoli, some pastries at Antoines and if I can swing a sit down dinner, I'll check out Vecchia Roma and Fiorellas. And I have to look into Steamers too. Thanks for the suggestions. I'm guessing from the lack of mentions that the Chinese restaurant (can't remember the name) is to be avoided.

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              1. re: katzzz

                Have fun! Be aware that Steamers is a fishmonger and the prepared food is really takeout only.

                1. re: Science Chick

                  Got it. But I might have to try a fried clam plate to see how it compare's with Celebrity's.

                2. re: katzzz

                  ginger root ( is competent but unexciting american chinese. depasquales MARKET (on rt.16) already mentioned, but Depasquales GROCERY (241 adams st), closer to trinity, has great sandwiches,

                  D&A pizza across from Giuseppes, has a pretty good rep, but i have never warmed to the place. Maria is the best pizza in the nabe but she still cooks too cool.

                  johnnys smokehouse is incorrectly named as i have never had anything from here that tasted remotely of smoke.avoid.

                  the wonderful magni bakery, just behind Ginger Root) is, alas, closed.

                  get your knives sharpened at stoddards across from the true value.

                  1. re: katzzz

                    Leave room for a Sundae or Frozen Yogurt at Cabot's on Washington St.

                    1. re: sushidad

                      I'd have to respectfully disagree with the Cabot's rec. I don't know what the draw is to this place, other than perhaps nostalgia if you grew up there and frequented Cabots as your hangout. I think their ice cream is sickeningly sweet. But to each his own....

                      Also, technically they are in Newtonville, not Nonantum.....

                      1. re: Science Chick

                        Well, there's the fact that they're the only place around that knows how to make an ice cream soda. Yeah, the quality of the ice cream could be a bit higher, but there's much worse ice cream in the area, and I commend that they keep a lot of the old-school parlor standards on the menu.

                        But yeah, they're barely even Nonantum-adjacent.

                        1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                          I'm curious, what ice creams in the area do you think are worse? JP Licks? Coney Island in W. Newton (forget which ice cream they are serving since they stopped selling Toscaninni's)? Surely JP Licks makes a decent ice cream soda, no?

                          1. re: Science Chick

                            Nope, JP Licks' ice cream is perfectly acceptable, but their ice cream soda is crap. I've never seen anyone working at any location who knows how to make one. They don't even have the proper glassware.

                            I think Crescent Ridge ice cream is worse than Cabot's, and I say that as someone who gets their milk delivered every week,

                            And it's a different standard and style, but I'm one of those people who thinks Christina's is completely overrated: the fat content is so high that it blunts the flavorings. All you end up tasting is the cream. I don't think I've ever bothered to finish even a small from Christina's because I just get bored halfway through.