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recommendations for authentic Italian in town for party of 50, please

amatto Jul 9, 2013 05:26 PM

A friend from CA who knows his food is coming to town, looking for
recommendations for:

- Italian restaurant
- in North End (preferably), or at least in Boston
- can hold a party of ~50 people (a rehearsal dinner on a Thurs)
- good/authentic food
- not too expensive
- kid friendly

Thanks in advance!

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    catsmeow Jul 9, 2013 07:23 PM

    Maggianos, although in Park Sq, should fit the bill. It gets mixed reviews on this board but I've always liked it.

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    1. re: catsmeow
      tysonmcneely Jul 10, 2013 08:15 AM

      I will agree that Maggiano's can handle 50 people, but it is not in the North End of course, and I wouldn't consider it very authentic, seeing as how it is a national chain.

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      food_lubber Jul 10, 2013 06:46 AM

      what classifies as "not too expensive"? that will help in my suggestions.

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        mkfisher Jul 10, 2013 08:47 AM

        Pricing is obviously key here. That'll help narrow it down. Also, when you say "good/authentic food" does that mean you'd prefer no Italian/American red sauce places? Do you want a private room? What about alcohol? Does just wine/beer/cordials work or do you want a place with a full liquor license?

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        1. re: mkfisher
          amatto Jul 10, 2013 07:14 PM

          For pricing we were thinking in the range of (minimum) Gran Gusto to (max) Pomodoro.

          By "good/authentic" I do mean no Italian-American red sauce places.

          A private room would be preferable (or, if the restaurant holds ~50 take over the joint).

          Re: alcohol, as long as they have a wine/beer license that is fine.

          Again, thanks in advance!

          1. re: amatto
            food_lubber Jul 11, 2013 05:48 AM

            You could call Tresca in the North End. They have a private room that would accommodate up to 75 and may be able to help you stay within your budget. I have attended a couple of receptions there in the past and the food had been just fine - not remarkable, but good enough for a large group with many non "red sauce" options.

            1. re: amatto
              Alcachofa Jul 11, 2013 08:20 AM

              I believe Grotto maxes out at 40, but I might be remembering that wrong (I looked into taking it over around 5 years ago). Definitely worth giving them a call.

              1. re: amatto
                hotoynoodle Jul 11, 2013 11:57 AM

                for most places in the north end, 50 ppl would exceed capacity or be a buy-out.

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              grant.cook Jul 11, 2013 05:53 AM

              Maybe rent out the private room at Scampo? It doesn't quite seat 50, though. And probably on the pricier side.

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              1. re: grant.cook
                hotoynoodle Jul 11, 2013 11:56 AM

                booking the patio may be an option though.

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                ScotchandSirloin Jul 11, 2013 01:04 PM

                Maybe Monica's Vinoteca? Mid-priced, could fit 50, some great pasta's. On the cheaper side that might work would be Antico Forno. Both are buy-outs. I don't think there is an actual authentic Italian restarant in Boston, especially in the N. End, so what I assume you are asking for is the best authentic Italian-American restaurants that are mid priced.

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                  mwk Jul 12, 2013 07:02 AM

                  Mamma Maria has private dining rooms. They might be in your price range, I'd check it out.

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