If you're looking for a pretty typical North End place complete with white tablecloths, a Sinatra soundtrack, and a server who will always recommend the bolognese first, head to Ciao Bella. It has two dining rooms - a more casual and fun bar downstairs, and a quieter upstairs overlooking the cobblestones of North Square. The food certainly isn't bad, but there isn't really much to distinguish it from any one of dozens of other nearby restaurants.
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The Salty Pig
The Salty Pig serves pizza and substantial charcuterie and cheese boards across the street from the Back Bay train station.
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