The Most Overlooked Mediterranean Paradise in Europe
1. Giacomo's355 Hanover St, Boston
2. Galleria Umberto289 Hanover St, Boston
3. Lucca226 Hanover St, Boston
4. Ernesto's Pizza69 Salem St, Boston
5. Bricco Salumeria & Pasta Shop11 Board Alley, Boston
6. Mare Oyster Bar135 Richmond St, Boston
7. Panza326 Hanover St, Boston
8. La Summa30 Fleet St, Boston
9. Prezza24 Fleet St, at Garden; North End; 617.227.1577, Boston
10. Al Dente109 Salem St, Boston
This irresistible North End spot often sports a line stretching down the block outside. Check the chalkboard menus for every kind of meat/sauce/pasta combination you could dream of, but make sure you get a chance to try anything with their Fra Diavolo sauce.
Galleria Umberto is worth the trek to the North End. The pizza cash-only spot has been a neighborhood staple for awhile, serving Sicilian-style pizza and other Italian eats. The Sicilian pizza, in particular, is great for three reasons: it's cheesy, the crust is thick, and it has the perfect amount of chew for those of you who are tired of thin crust. However, we suggest going earlier rather than later because the shop shuts down once all the pies are sold.
Lucca's a dependable North End spot that may have a larger price tag, but the fresh ingredients, classy atmosphere, and superb dessert menu make up for the extra cost.
Ernesto’s is known throughout Boston’s North End for its gigantic super-sized18in pies and is often argued to be one of the best in Boston. This casual and quick little nook has garnered a legion loyal fans of for its expert pizza crust and varied range of delicious toppings.
This spot's got everything you could need to stock your pantry -- fresh, handmade pastas, tons of cured meats, imported vinegars and olive oils, and a bunch of delicious sandwiches to eat while you decide what you want to bring home with you.
Aiming to capitalize on the Hub's bivalve boom (beware of places peddling sub-prime oysters), the folks at North End's Italian fave Mare have hit the reset button, reopening Friday in the same but slightly revamped space (shucking station, more seats, etc.) as an oyster bar. The new menu actually includes the old menu (exhale, here), alongside hella more seafood like six to eight types of local half-shells, octopus salad, and even a massive tower of shellfish.
Panza's 45-seat space boasts beige brick, giant wooden cooking implements, and iron lamps. Feast on signature dishes like tarragon fettuccine and grilled lobster, a breaded/fried tomato caprese salad, and the namesake sun-dried tomato and balsamic marsala-smothered Veal Panza.
La Summa is a quiet, casual spot for some of the best Italian in the North End. Try anything with their homemade pappardelle and you will not be disappointed.
This North End Italian mainstay boasts a lineup that blends popular faves (wood-grilled squid, potato gnocchi w/ a rustic meat ragout, etc.) with fresh plates like a venison loin w/ grilled cabbage, prosciutto w/ Lambrusco-braised chicken, and anchovy-stuffed eggplant.