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Jun 21, 2013 08:13 AM

Quattro North End?

Has anyone been to the Panino Express replacement? The menu looks appealing. Thanks!

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  1. Same owner, and I'm not very enamored of many DePasquale joints these days. Still, it would be nice to be able to get a proper Neapolitan pizza in the neighborhood.

    1. Just bumping this thread up, as I'm planning on going there for dinner tonight. Has anyone been recently? Any recommendations? Thanks!

      7 Replies
      1. re: gltsoi

        Too late to make suggestions for your dinner, but I've been twice and both times it's been good, though not great. I've had the roasted chicken, which was nicely cooked: well-seasoned, with nicely rendered skin (not especially crisp, though), and mostly moist meat. It came with grilled vegetables, which were fine if not especially exciting (or seasonal - asparagus in January?). More recently we tried the pizza, which was definitely Neapolitan - from the charred puffy rim to the somewhat soggy middle - but again, good not great. The meatballs ("meatball madness"!) were just okay - I wouldn't get them again.

        It's definitely got a more modern vibe than many North End places, and a less trapped-in-amber menu - I'd go back to try other dishes. The service has been friendly but kinda nervous and amateur - not a problem but not a strength either.

        btw the proper Neapolitan pizza has arrived in the neighborhood since Slim posted - up the street at Locale. If I were just going for pizza, I'd go there, but Quattro has a much broader menu. I'd be curious to hear other people's impressions since I've only tried a few things so far.

        1. re: MichaelB

          Is it mainly dine in or do they have take out like Il Panino Express?

          1. re: catsmeow

            I live in the NE; you can do takeout from anywhere with only two exceptions that I am aware of. Neptune Oyster refuses to do oysters to go and the Daily Catch will not do takeout when there is a line.

            I have done takeout at Quattro.

        2. re: gltsoi

          I'm also too late, but I have to say that my husband and I really enjoy Quattro. He's from Italy and their pizza satisfies his (frequent) cravings perfectly. The "pizza guy" has been there since the beginning and really has it down.

          We always sit at the counter and almost always get a pizza (maybe 2) and the octopus salad (excellent). That along with the bread and garlic oil they give you makes for a perfect meal. I've also had the fritto misto, which is great as well, but haven't ventured through much else. We just go there when we want pizza.

          If you sit at the counter and it's not busy, you might be able to get some tips on what's best that day in regards to the roasted items. For instance, we inquired about the chicken, which always looks so good up on the spit, and the chef steered us away because he said it had been there most of the day and it wouldn't be his first choice. He was more confident about the pork, which he stated had just come in that day. Still, we stuck to the pizza.

          1. re: OliveJones

            I've had the Pizza, steak tips, chicken panini,and stuffed grilled calamari. All good if I'm in the neighborhood, but I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way for it.

            1. re: phatchris

              Does the stuffed calamari have a red sauce or a lemon butter sauce?

              1. re: catsmeow

                Not really much of a sauce, stuffed squid with seafood breadcrumbs... Grilled