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mid-range North End rec needed for unadventurous parents

My parents are coming in from Maine Friday night and my mother is about the most unadventurous eater EVER. Need to stick with basic Italian or seafood. Price range is between $15-$25 a plate. Thinking Skip Jack's in Copley if we go for seafood. Any ideas for respectable places in the North End that are in that price range and have your basics (lasagna, ravioli, etc.)? I'm sure there are a million threds on this, but I'm not looking for anything too jazzy or pricey. Any additonal recs for seafood places are welcome also. Hoping to stick to the downtown area including north end/waterfront, etc. Thanks!

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  1. Honestly, aside from "respectable" being subjective, you described the majority of places in the North End.

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    1. re: LeoLioness

      Good one LL! :)

    2. Artu
      Antico Forno
      Monica's
      Il Panino

      1. Mmmm, red sauce. I'll suggest Massimino's, L'Osteria, Vinoteca di Monica, and Pagliuca.

        Also, though I have yet to try it, Gennaro's 5 North Square has been taken over by Marisa Iocco, one of my favorite actually-Italian chefs in town. She is doing something there called MangiAmerica, her take on classic Italian-American favorites. I'm betting that it's going to be really good of its kind.

        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          I usually go to Artu, Limoncello, or Massimino's for that type of meal.

          Good info on Gennaro's. I've been a fan of Marisa's from the Galleria Italiana days. We'll check it out soon.

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            Pagliuca's is a long-standing favourite of my family. It's especially fun at lunch, when it's high on boofy neighbourhood guys and chatty waitresses and lower on tourists. They also do a respectable saltimbocca, and their carbonara is high on my personal comfort-food list.

            1. re: MC Slim JB

              More widely differing opinions on MangiAmerica, Marisa Iocco's stab at Italian-American cuisine at Gennaro's 5 North Square. Nadeau adored it, Devra thought it was pretty bad. Any Hounds been?

              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

            2. A 2nd for

              L'Osteria and you'll go back too if you haven't already been there.

              Antico Forno not as safe a bet as it used to be but it does get love from many

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              1. re: ipsofatso

                I'm not as crazy about Antico Forno as I used to be. That said, they do great chicken parmesan...only thing I order there now.

                1. re: 9lives

                  Never had it there but if I end up there as I sometimes might, I will give it a try. Its dropped off my radar somehow....have not been inspired to go back for 2 years now....

                2. re: ipsofatso

                  Ditto for L'Osteria. It will fit the bill and is very consistent.

                  1. re: Science Chick

                    Another vote for L'Osteria

                    1. re: keith

                      Another vote for L'Osteria. I think it will be the perfect place for what you need. I also love Pagliuca and agree lunch time it the best time to go there. Not only for the reasons mentioned about..but also because one of their lunch specials, the Chicken Felix is just about my favorite dish in the North End.

                      Antico Forno is tasty and has a nice atmosphere, especially if you get a table by the window. My only complaint is that they tend to drown their entrees in sauce.

                      1. re: BlueMagic

                        Thanks to all for your responses! Going to try either L'osteria or Piccola Venezia, although we may end up somewhere totally different given that we are "playing it by ear" and not making a reservation..... will report back!

                3. Mother Anna's would fit this perfectly

                  1. And the report: L'osteria. Arrived around 6:30 and the place was already nearly full. Within about 20 minutes there was a line out the door. Perfect setting. Not too small or crammed. Wait staff was very attentive but didn't rush. The menu was perfect for our needs. My father ordered the scallop & shrimp linguini; my mother ordered the homemade manicotti and I got the eggplant parm. The seafood dish was large, but not too large. Plenty of seafood and big pieces! The manicotti had reportedly had a lot of cheese, but was outstanding and exactly what she was looking for. "Sure beats the rubber version at Olive Garden!" While the red sauce was fantastic and I loved that it was baked, not fried, I will say that I was a bit disappointed with my eggplant parm. Perhaps this is the traditional way of cooking it, but my two slices of eggplant were cut so thin you could barely tell there was any eggplant in there. I guess I just prefer large chunks of eggplant. Overall great experience and I would definitely go back.