If you’re sick of North End Italian restaurants whose idea of mixing things up is putting something with pesto on the menu, head to Taranta on Hanover. This is an Italian restaurant that went to Peru, potentially tried some ayahuasca, and had visions of excellent fusion dishes like gnocchi stuffed with cassava root. This small, brick-walled spot is much better than a lot of the other Hanover Street restaurants that get all the lines.
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Galleria Umberto is a pizza joint in the North End serving thick crust pizza for lunch.
Neptune Oyster is a ridiculously popular oyster bar in the North End. It’s worth it if you can get in.
The Daily Catch
The Daily Catch is an Italian seafood restaurant in North End with great squid dishes and wine in plastic cups.
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Mamma Maria provides the best combination of North End atmosphere and Italian food that was actually made with a little effort.
SRV in the South End is a great Italian restaurant with plenty of room, outdoor space, and pasta.
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