10 Best Italian Spots Not to Miss: You'll Surely "Mangia Bene" in Boston

Jessica Polizzotti

By , Local Expert, Boston
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Italian food is a Boston staple. With a large population of residents of Italian descent, you can be sure you'll find plenty of choices, but only few that will transport you to Italy. Ranging in style, cost and atmosphere, you'll find a selection of Italian restaurants to suit your tastes.

The mecca of Italian restaurants is the former home of many Italian immigrants: the North End. Here the streets are lined with Italian options that are sure to make you smile. You'll find diners waiting outside, in line, for hours, just to sample Giacomo's perfectly prepared classic Italian dishes. And others lounging window-side at Quattro...  Read more »

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    Mamma Maria

    Mamma Maria serves upscale Italian food in a setting to match, providing diners with a sampling of Northern specialties.

    Local Expert Tip: "Request a half order of pasta as an appetizer, and indulge in the Osso Bucco as your entree. "

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    Casual in nature Giacomo's is the place to go for some of the best pasta dishes in the city served in a casual setting with quick service.

    Local Expert Tip: "The line is always long and starts before the North End spot opens. Avoid the line and enjoy the food of the same quality and a slightly enhanced menu at the South End location, just be sure to order pasta."

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    Rialto Restaurant

    Rialto's atmosphere is rivaled only by its menu, an ever changing trip through Italy that highlights smaller portions of Northern Italian dishes.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Bucatini is a signature item that is a must try for anyone visiting Rialto. "

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    A compilation of DePasquale's "best dishes", and several new ideas, meld together to form Quattro's pleasing menu of pizza, pasta, meats and seafood.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order a selection from each category and share among your table. The lamb is a must try-seasoned to perfection, allowing the tender cut to melt in your mouth and leave behind just enough of a hint of garlic."

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    Antico Forno

    Wood oven classic Italian dishes, served in a casual atmosphere that welcomes children, and great prices are what make Antico Forno a must try.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order as a group and share. Antipasto, pizza and baked pasta are all so good that you should not choose only one."

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    An old school luncheonette setting serving high-end "light" Italian specialties is what makes Sportello a must try.

    Local Expert Tip: "Sportello serves on of the best Bolognese sauces in the city, but all of the pasta dishes are worth a try. "

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    Lucca Restaurant & Bar

    A beautiful seat by their windows brings guests into Lucca, but their upscale Northern Italian dishes keeps them coming back.

    Local Expert Tip: "Request a window table on a warm evening in order to enjoy open air dining, and enjoy a hearty order of the Orecchiette, this baked sensation is filled with fontina cheese, sweet Italian sausage, broccoli rabe, San Marzano tomatoes, truffle oil."


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    La Galleria 33

    La Galleria 33 is ideal for an affordable, "red sauce" Italian meal in Boston's North End, where classic Italian entrees are made with love.

    Local Expert Tip: "Stick to their traditional Italian specialties, like the Parmigiana, Marsala or pastas like the Baked Gnocchi."

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    Teatro creates an impressive selection of homemade sausages, pastas and pizzas. All served in a romantic setting ideal for a date night.

    Local Expert Tip: "Teatro's menu boasts a few pasta favorites like the Orecchiette and traditional Bolognese, while their pizzas, especially the Sausage pizza are crowd pleasers."

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    Rino's Place

    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $12
    • Neighborhood: East Boston

    An East Boston "dive" that is known for its red sauce, Rino's prepares large portions of homestyle Italian dishes at excellent prices.

    Local Expert Tip: "Orders are large, but don't miss out on their pasta, there will be more than you can handle, but take it go if you can."



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