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Trying To Decide - North End Italian

Hi Chowhounds. I'm new to posting on the boards, but for all the posts I've read they seem very helpful. I'm going to be in town for 3 days, 2 dinners, and for one or both dinners I'd like to get some Italian in the North End. I know many posts have been written about this before, and I've read those and tried to narrow it down and get specific help!

I've narrowed to Antico Forno, Giacomo's, Lasumma, L'Osteria, and Prezza. I've read some bad reviews on here about the first two, so I'm leaning away from those unless CHs advise otherwise. And I'd like to stay under roughly $25 a plate, so that seems to rule out Prezza.

Unfortunately I don't know the difference between the types of Italian: northern, southern, traditional red sauce. So I can't offer any advice on which of those I'm looking for.

Any help on deciding between the above (or suggesting an alternative) would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. Prezza is still closed, due to a fire. Website says reopening on November 15.

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    1. re: Bob Dobalina

      I apologize, forgot to mention that we'll be up there early December.

    2. Many posters would say that the best Italian in Boston is likely to be found outside of the North End (and similarly, that the best food in the North End isn't necessarily Italian - viz. Neptune Oyster). Is there a reason you want to stay in the North End particularly? Would you be open to going to other neighbourhoods?

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      1. re: TimTamGirl

        I'm definitely open to going to other neighborhoods, yes. The only reason I was specific in mentioning the North End is the overall feel, it's a great atmosphere and I love walking around the area (I know, that's not exactly a food related reason!) And I plan on trying Neptune Oyster, last time I was up there I didn't get a chance to try it.

      2. I've had many good meals in the past at Maurizious, it had a few Sardinian specialties and would fit your <$25.

        1. I'd just go to L'Osteria and call it a day. Solid Italian red-sauce fare like Nonna used to make and there's nothing over $22.

          Menu>>>> http://www.losteria.com/dinnermenu.html

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          1. re: CapeCodGuy

            Thanks for the tips. I hadn't looked into Maurizios.
            CCG, in terms of menu La Summa and L'Osteria look pretty comparable. Is this a far comparison, just a difference in quality?

            1. re: Lefty721

              Sorry, never been to La Summa so I can't speak to it.

              1. re: CapeCodGuy

                I've been to La Summa once. I like L'Osteria better.

            2. Agree with the Maurizios and L'Osteria recommendations. I've found both to be consistent. Antico Forno Is one of of those places that I like certain dishes. It has been my go to for chicken parm and I like most anything from their brick oven. Not a fan of their pizzas as for me they are too bready. Have a feeling Prezza will be mobbed when they reopen, but I would go for it. Lasumma I just don't care for as I just don't like their sauce.