Perfect pasta and fresh New England seafood collide at these Italian spots in Boston’s North End!
Boston’s historic North End is home to some of the city’s best Italian food, from simple, nourishing staples like pasta e fagioli to elevated Italian American fare that merges classic recipes with the best of New England seafood. Below are our seven essential picks for Italian food in the neighborhood.
1. Galleria Umberto
This unassuming take-out joint keeps their offerings simple but delicious with $2 square Sicilian slices, arancini, and a handful of other cheese and dough-based delicacies. Make sure to bring cash and be prepared to wait in line — many locals will attest that this neighborhood staple is well worth the wait.
Find it at 289 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113.
This intimate white-tablecloth restaurant is perfect for casual lunches and date nights alike. Offering up fresh twists on Sicilian staples, Carmelina’s showcases the best of both its East Coast home and its Italian roots by combining vibrant seafood with fresh pasta. Try the salmon tip fra diavolo for a taste of the taste of the northeast, or tuck into the classic gnocchi al forno for a comforting classic.
Find it at 307 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113.
3. The Daily Catch
This cash-only seafood spot’s casual setting — the wine is in plastic cups — is eclipsed by its menu of high-quality fresh seafood. Fans of the popular spot rave about its calamari and squid-ink pasta. Further, the open kitchen setup gives guests a glimpse into where all the magic happens.
Find it at 323 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113.
The gargantuan zupa di pasce is the name of the game at this budget-friendly Italian seafood spot. The famous dish is priced at $60 for enough linguine, lobster, shrimp, scallops, calamari, clams, and mussels to feed two (or more!) hungry diners. Expect a line on most days, but the food and reasonable prices should prove to be well worth the wait.
Find it at 355 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113.
This much-lauded spot centers on simple yet delicious old-world comfort food made with fresh ingredients in a modern setting. Standouts include the chicken or veal saltimbocca and a vibrant assortment of grilled seasonal vegetables. Additionally, Artu offers an Italian rosticceria selection of cured meats, panini, and antipasti.
Find it at 6 Prince St, Boston, MA 02113.
Though on the pricier side, Lucca is worth a visit based on hype alone — the Zagat-awarded Best New Italian Restaurant has been recognized numerous times for both its food and its innovative bar. The intimate North End location offers a short yet exquisite dinner menu and a snacky late-night menu served from 12:15am until close. For bar patrons, they offer a continually updating selection of cocktails and craft brews, along with an impressive selection of spirits and wines.
Find it at 226 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113.
7. Bova’s Bakery
For dessert, consider forgoing the line at tourist staples like Modern and Mike’s for the 24-hour Bova’s Bakery. With a mouthwatering variety of cannoli and other Italian treats, Bova’s has gained a reputation for scrumptious baked goods and a fast-moving line — perfect for a quick take-out treat after a hearty meal.
Find it at 134 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113.
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