Remember how Papa Gino’s franchises used to be decorated with cartoonish murals of Italian villagers stomping grapes and carrying baskets of bread on their heads? Well, the spirit of campy '80s Italian restaurants is alive and well at Carlo’s in Allston, where you’ll find big plates of saltimbocca and frutti di mare in a small dining room that appears to have been decorated for International Day in Ms. Williams’ third-grade class. The food at this super casual neighborhood place is pretty standard in a comforting way. If you don’t want pasta, get the veal stuffed with artichoke hearts, prosciutto and fontina.
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Super 88 Market Food Connection
Super 88 is an Asian food court and grocery store in Allston, and you should come here when you want good food but don’t want to spend money.
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Scampo at The Liberty Hotel
A hotel restaurant with the added benefit of being housed inside a 19th-century jail.
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