Best Italian in the North end of Boston
looking for good Italian in a casual outside setting-any suggestions
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I can't say I'm a fan of most places in the North End that have a patio. Fiore has a nice roof deck, for instance, but its food is dreadful. A couple of very touristy but less-terrible options might be Mother Ana's and the relocated Cafe Graffiti, but these are hardly the best of their type in the neighborhood, either -- they just have decent-sized, pretty nice patios. I can't recommend Trattoria Il Panino, and Goody Glover's has unremarkable pub fare, not Italian.
One last option I can sort of recommend is the two-person second-floor balcony table at Tresca, a unique perch over Hanover Street, but I think that place is rather overpriced.
re: MC Slim JB
Caffe Graffiti has been closed for months. There are no great outdoor options. If you want decent red sauce Italian, Mother Anna's is the only option. Aragosta at the Fairmont also has very nice outdoor seating, but it's probably not what the OP is looking for. I suggest a drink before or after dinner on the roof deck of Fiore and a meal at Mother Anna's patio.