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North End

$$$$Perfect For:Casual Weeknight DinnerDrinking Good WineFirst/Early in the Game DatesImpressing Out of TownersLiterally Everyone
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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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Mida is a nice Italian restaurant with an opera singing bartender on the South End/Roxbury border.

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Tony & Elaine’s is an old school Italian restaurant in the North End that isn’t actually that old.

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Fox & The Knife is an Italian place in South Boston that’s a way bigger deal than it should be.

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Rino’s is an Italian restaurant in East Boston with huge portions and long lines.

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