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Jan 7, 2014 09:56 AM

North End for 18th birthday

Where would you suggest sending a group of 10 girls to in the North End for an 18th birthday celebration this weekend? Preferably somewhere where a lot of chatting won't disturb the other diners. Most have been to the North End and are reasonably adult diners, but it doesn't have to be ultra fancy. They all like pasta etc...

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      1. re: justbeingpolite

        A table for 10 at Regina's on a weekend is not simple to plan.

        1. re: Bellachefa

          Good point, but if you get there early, perhaps two adjacent booths?

          1. re: justbeingpolite

            Splitting booths doesn't sound special or celebratory to me. But I love the vibe and the staff and the pizza.

        2. re: justbeingpolite

          Let's get real, Regina's is not a celebratory birthday spot for ten 18 year old girls. More suitable for group of 12 year olds after they won the league softball championship.

          Also love the pizza and atmosphere. But it seems wrong for this occasion.

          Artu has that upstairs area that they may be able to take over. I'd look for somewhere that does creative alcohol-free drinks.

          1. re: Beachowolfe

            OK, getting real.
            I'm taking my 17 yr old and 9 of her friends to Eastern Standard Kitchen for her 17th (they went last year and loved it, want to go again). They made her a fabulous Ice cream cake for her birthday cake.

            Another North End choice might be Massimino's?

        3. re: carneyvore

          Re: L'Osteria

          I've had some really lousy experiences there, more then one, less then four. Last time our twice confirmed and assured party of twelve was given a table for 6 and a table for 4 in which I was not allowed to block the isle. Between our tables was a pillar/supporting beam and an aisle. It was a 6 top, a pillar, and a 4 top in which I was scolded for the hour for blocking the waitstaffs traffic pattern. I was repeatedly scolded that we would have to cram 3 on one side of the 4 top, as if I was a problem and they were trying to accomadate a toddler who would not behave. It was like trying to cram three adults into 2 coach seats on an airplane, sharing two fold down tabletops. The three entree plates didn't fit. Oh, and the food was terrible.

          I haven't been to LeConte in awhile, but it was always ok.

        4. I envision 18 year old girls liking something more along the lines of Prezza (as opposed to red sauce places like L'Osteria). Then again, I was never an 18 year old girl so what do I know.

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          1. re: mkfisher

            Prezza is a pretty high end, adult-oriented spot (with excellent food) for an 18th birthday, not to mention small and crowded...

            1. re: rlh

              There's a big table in the front that would work fine. Also, isn't the adult-ness of the place what makes it seem special? Again, I've never been an 18 year old girl. I just envision them wanting something skewing towards Prezza and away from Regina's.

          2. I would suggest either Fiore's or Antico Forno. Fiore's is a large place so a group of young people should not be a problem. The food is certainly adequate and covers all the usual Italian American favorites. Antico Forno is smaller but the food is good, especially any of the dishes that are baked in their brick oven.

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            1. re: RoyRon

              Fiore is large and a great space, but I do not find the food "adequate" for the prices. I only go there if it's summer and I can dine or drink on the roof.

              1. re: RoyRon

                Antico Forno seems perfect to me

              2. Try calling some places to book a private room. That will make it seem even more special. Maurizio's has a room downstairs you could try.

                1. Lucca has a separate room, but I am not a fan.
                  Prezza has a big table in the front; it is good, but pricey.
                  Taranta has multiple floors--you might be able to get a floor for your party. I like the food.