All corners of Boston are home to high-quality restaurants, but the historic North End has a dense collection of esteemed Italian restaurants. The next time you’re looking for an authentic Italian dining experience in Boston, try one of these North End Italian restaurants.
Nico Ristorante — 417 Hanover St., Boston
When you walk into a restaurant that calls itself “The North End Legend,” your expectations are going to be high. Thankfully, you won’t be let down, because Nico’s will meet your expectations and then some.
Try the crespelle all’aragosta, which is homemade crepes stuffed with lobster meat and served with a delicious pink lobster sauce. If you’re looking to keep it simple or just aren’t too hungry, the Nico salad is great — arugula, pear, blue cheese, and walnuts, with a pomegranate vinaigrette.
Trattoria di Monica — 67 Prince St., Boston
Do you know what a trattoria is? It’s a place that’s a bit too casual to be called a ristorante, but without sacrificing the attention to detail and quality. Trattoria di Monica is no fast-food joint or anything like that. It’s a delicious place to grab a panini for lunch or to visit for a sit-down dinner. Try the Fisherman’s panini, with scallops, shrimp and calamari, for lunch. Meanwhile, the dinner menu offers all the common Italian favorites, including gems like the chicken marsala fettuccini and braciolettini di vitello — cheese-stuffed veal wrapped in proscuitto. Yum.
Antico Forno — 93 Salem St., Boston
For authentic Italian pizza, Antico Forno is a good choice. Try La Capricciosa, topped with homemade sausage, artichoke, mushrooms and more, or the Insalata, with capicola, tomatoes, arugula and sliced cucumber, with smoked mozzarella.
The lunch menu at Antico Forno is quite extensive if you’re looking for a smaller pizza. If pizza isn’t your thing, don’t worry: there are many pasta options, as well, and they don’t disappoint.
Prezza — 24 Fleet St., Boston
Prezza’s Italian roots run deep. The restaurant takes its name from the small mountain town in the Apennine Mountains where chef Anthony Caturano’s grandmother was born.
All pasta dishes at Prezza are available in both appetizer and entree portions; standouts include the rigatoni and spicy octopus tagliatelle. The seafood stew, meanwhile, includes lobster, swordfish, shrimp, clams, mussels, squid and more. Got a sweet tooth? We recommend ending your meal with the vanilla crème brulee, which is served with a pecan brownie.
Assaggio — 29 Prince St., Boston
With its intimate atmosphere, Assaggio is a great option for a date night — but make sure you make a reservation. The delicious cuisine here attracts a big crowd.
Both risotto options are great — either three mushroom or a seafood mix. Speaking of seafood, you can order swordfish either grilled or sautéed, while the pasta options include dishes served with all kinds of sauces, including lobster sauce, pesto, bolognese, white and red clam sauce and, of course, marinara. It’s hard to go wrong.
The North End is renowned for its history, character and cuisine. Make sure you experience all three.
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