There are a lot of decent but over-hyped places on Hanover that aren’t worth fighting the crowds for. This is especially the case when you could be eating at Artu, where you can pretty much always get a table as a walk-in. The traditional red sauce menu isn’t particularly exciting, but much of the pasta is homemade and it gets the job done.
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North Square Oyster
North Square Oyster is a tiny bar in the North End. It's a great place to grab a beer and some oysters, skip everything else on the menu.
Pauli's is a North End sandwich shop that makes an enormous lobster roll, amongst other good lunch options.
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Carlo’s Cucina Italiana
Carlo’s is a casual spot in Allston that makes big plates of classic Italian food.
Galleria Umberto is a pizza joint in the North End serving thick crust pizza for lunch.
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