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Italian Restaurant in the North end

Bayareafoodiei Jun 7, 2012 09:56 AM

What are a few of the best italian restaurant's in the North end? My husband will be out that way this evening. Thanks

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    keith RE: Bayareafoodiei Jun 7, 2012 10:49 AM

    Depends on what you're looking for. For upscale northern Italian, I'd try Prezza or Bricco. For "red sauce" Italian (more italian american oriented), I like L'osteria. For pizza, I'd do Pizzeria Regina (or galleria umberto if he were going at lunch time). For seafood, I used to like the Daily Catch and Mare, but haven't been since they redesigned Mare as an "oyster bar." Others are into Carmen and Taranta, but I've never been too successful at either.

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      Bayareafoodiei RE: keith Jun 7, 2012 11:22 AM

      Thanks for the response. He is looking to dine more on the casual side.

    2. Allstonian RE: Bayareafoodiei Jun 7, 2012 11:45 AM

      This thread is several years old but is still a great introduction to North End restaurants:

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        LeoLioness RE: Bayareafoodiei Jun 7, 2012 11:58 AM

        The bar at Prezza, especially if he is alone.

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          Bob Dobalina RE: LeoLioness Jun 7, 2012 12:50 PM

          For more casual, try the bar at Artu on Prince Street - see if you can order a lamb and eggplant sandwich with a beer. That's a lunch item, but I wonder if they will make make it for you at the bar. If not, keep it simple - a dish of pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe, and a beer.

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            Beachowolfe RE: Bob Dobalina Jun 8, 2012 03:59 PM

            They will def do this in the bar, I've gotten it in the upstairs dining area but the resto was empty and I had talked with the bartender for a while before sitting down.

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              9lives RE: Beachowolfe Jun 8, 2012 04:29 PM

              I had it "to go" for dinner the other night; so I'd guess they's be happy to serve it at the bar. For a little different twist, I sometimes ask them to add roasted red peppers, nicer flavor with the lamb and eggplant.

              They also do a nice job with rabe broccoli/garlic.

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            TheButterflyWithin RE: LeoLioness Jun 7, 2012 03:51 PM

            Another vote for Prezza, especially the bar.

          3. MeffaBabe RE: Bayareafoodiei Jun 7, 2012 01:28 PM

            Prezza is my favorite. I also really enjoy Rabia

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              grimetime RE: MeffaBabe Jun 7, 2012 03:08 PM

              Volle Nolle on hanover recently opened for dinner with a beer, wine and cordials license. Very intimate, charming and welcoming with a limited but great selection.

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                keith RE: grimetime Jun 7, 2012 03:25 PM

                Isn't it a sandwich shop? I've had great takeout lunches there, but would never have thought of them for dinner. Is it a different dinner menu?

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