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May 16, 2013 10:43 AM

Sunday mid-afternoon Italian - As in THIS Sunday.

Flying out of BOS at 6:00pm this Sunday (5/19) and was hoping to find a nice place for a mid-afternoon Italian lunch. Not strictly pizza.

I've found that many are closed on Sunday (2:00pm-ish) afternoons, but I've come up with a few options that come recommended on this board.

Coppa, Pasta Beach, Antico Forno to name a few. Bella Vista?

North End is more friendly due to the mildly festive atmosphere, and proximity to BOS.

Can I do better?

Thanks in advance

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  1. Others will chime in on your specific more-than-pizza question. My rec is that you go to the No End's Regina's Pizzeria, Boston's most famous pizza (and certainly one of our most famous restaurants , period.) An extraordinary iconic spot for the food, 50's decor and loud friendly waitresses. Near it is Neptune Seafood, a tiny packed open-all-day spot with inventive Italian influenced dishes and tremendous seafood etc. (ALWAYS a line here but much easier to be quickly seated if you're solo.) Many CH threads on both places.

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    1. re: opinionatedchef

      I do appreciate the input, and have to say, you must know me well.

      Lunch tomorrow is of course at Neptune's (you'll recognize us, as the 1st ones in the door at 11:30am) and we always order a Regina pie to go, for the flight home. So clearly you know I mean business. ;)

      Getting that out of the way, we're still looking for that Sunday lunch.

      Sure is quiet in Boston today, no?

      1. re: WileysHungryAgain

        ok ok wiley, such a pushy guy ;-}
        I think I might have thought of a good spot for you. (Caveat- I've not tried it yet) There have been a number of CH raves for Scampo, Lydia Shire's restaurant in the Liberty Hotel (a 19th to 20th c. Boston jail until a few yrs ago)The building is certainly cool, and Scampo seems like a lovely place to spend some relaxed time. Charles St is one of the oldest and handsomest streets in Boston ,and a 5 min cab to the No. End and the airport tunnel. And the Reservations option showed 2pm this sunday to be available. Do a Search for CH recommended dishes.

        btw, have you ever tried the Vitello tonnato sandwich at Neptune? I ask for avocado on it and my tummy's smile lights up the whole room! Hope you have a lovely visit.

        p.s. i also enjoy Coppa but you seemed to want to be in or near the No.End.

        1. re: opinionatedchef

          Clearly you know me well, too. I was going to use "OpinionatedChef" as my handle here, but you beat me to it.
          "PushyChef" has a nice ring to it as well, no?

          So we did have our Friday lunch at Neptune's, and enjoyed the usual offerings of raw, crudo and others. Consistent as always.

          After lunch we shoehorned ourselves into Mike's fow a pastry, and then grabbed a couple of espressos next door. Found a couple of seats in the Boston sping sunshine, and had a very special afternoon.

          While in the No. End, we happened to stumble upon what i thought was a very charming and special little Panateria (photos below), that's fairly new (at least new to me), hidden down a tiny alley off of Hanover St. and tucked into a downstairs basement of a space. I looked here for info on it, but didn't seem to find any.

          Today being Sunday, I think that Coppa sounds nice, and has the general consensus across this board, as being worthy of what we we're seeking. We'll let you know how we fare.

          Thanks for the input that you all provided.

          1. re: WileysHungryAgain

            Do you remember where this panateria was? What street was it off of? What is a panateria...I assume its a bakery?

            1. re: catsmeow


              This place is in an alley behind Bricco, owned by Frank DePasquale. They're using the bread in all the Depasquale restaurants and also sell it in his pasta shop.

              I think it's fantastic...also open much longer hours than the website indicates. They've told me all night but I haven't tested that.

              1. re: catsmeow

                From the pictures looks like the Bricco one off of Hanover street down an alley and down one flight.

                1. re: lc02139

                  Yes you all are correct. I had a feeling that a little gem of a place like that, doesn't go unnoticed for long. I made the mistake of mentioning to the owner, the scene of the bread bakers shop in film "Moonstruck". Trust me, he's heard it before.

              2. re: WileysHungryAgain

                This bakery is very exciting, and is reminding me of that very old one (gone now) in a basement on Parmenter, down a ways from Polcari's. Shall have to look for this new one!

                1. re: Science Chick

                  I believe that the "very old one (now gone) in a basement on Parmenter" was the original incarnation of Galleria Umberto, which used to be a bakery.

                  1. re: Allstonian

                    Cool......I did not know that! Thanks, Allstonian!

          2. Pasta Beach is good. My favorite things are the pizzas however. I do not like Antico Forno, but I know others on the board enjoy it. Coppa is the most exciting thing on that list. I'd suggest going over there and getting the carbonara (one of my favorite dishes in Boston).

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            1. re: mkfisher

              Second Coppa, definitely the most interesting option. I had a pasta there recently with a ramp pesto that was amazing, also a muhamarra and burrata dish that we loved. Those two stood out, but all the plates we had were winners.