What are the best Italian restaurants in Boston?

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There’s a little neighborhood place around the corner from where I live called Giacomo’s [Ristorante] that I think is a great deal and it’s a fun place too. I always get chicken piccata with a side order of broccoli rabe with extra garlic and hot pepper. They make homemade grapefruit limoncello that is amazing.

Melanie Nayer

If fresh pasta, sweet and spicy marina sauce, and fluffy potato gnocchi is what you crave, Boston has your answer: the North End. 

Boston's North End, also known as Little Italy, is where you'll find some of the city's best Italian restaurants. Come here for everything from a simple spaghetti dinner to a fine dining Meditteranean dinner. Check out Dolce Vita for the best chicken parmesean, Pellino's for the freshest cheese ravioli, and Prezza for a stellar wine list. Antico Forno has great brick-oven based pasta, and Pizzeria Regina is widely known for the best pie in the city.

While you're in the neighborhood, indulge your sweet tooth at one of the many cafes and pastry shops. Modern Pastry is a favorite for canollis, while Mike's Pastry is where you'll find rows of cookies and cakes. Be aware: the lines at both these pastry shops are always long, but it's worth the wait!

Grotto in Beacon Hill is a little known gem, and where you'll find favorites like smoked meatballs, caprese salads and a full Italian wine list. 

Rialto in Cambridge is where Chef Jody Adams, known for her handmade pastas, stirs up seasonal menus with vairous pasta, meat and seafood dishes. 

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