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Italian Restaurant in the North end

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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  1. 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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    1. re: keith

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

    2. This thread is several years old but is still a great introduction to North End restaurants:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/448599

      1. The bar at Prezza, especially if he is alone.

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        1. re: LeoLioness

          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.

          1. re: Bob Dobalina

            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.

            1. re: Beachowolfe

              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.

          2. re: LeoLioness

            Another vote for Prezza, especially the bar.

          3. Prezza is my favorite. I also really enjoy Rabia

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            1. re: MeffaBabe

              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.

              1. re: grimetime

                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?