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 to enjoy the al fresco feel and the perfect view for people-watching on the forever bustling North End streets. An elegant meal in North Square is easy to achieve when dining at Mamma Maria, the high-end spot that oozes romance providing diners with an intimate experience and superb service.
But the North End does not have a monopoly on excellent Italian eateries, as many dot Boston's landscape where you'll find locals lingering at favorites like Da Vinci, Sportello and Via Matta. And Cambridge's Rialto, an upscale hotel hot spot helmed by James Beard award winner, Jody Adams, makes for the perfect ending to a day in Harvard Square.