With brick walls, soft lighting, and only a handful of tables, Giulia on the edge of Porter Square is the nice little Italian place you picture in your head when you say you’re in the mood for a nice little Italian place. But this isn’t just a neighborhood spot, it’s one of best Italian restaurants in the city. It isn’t easy to get in here, but the full menu is served at the bar, which opens up a little earlier than the rest of the place. if you can get in, split a few pastas - you can’t go wrong with the wild boar pappardelle. Better yet, get a group together and book the pasta table (cleverly named because it’s, uh, where they make the pasta) for a tasting menu experience.
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