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VITO’S TAVERN 54 Salem St., Boston 857-277-0229 www.vitostavern.com
The North End is where Boston heads for Italian fare. But when a steady diet of pizza, pasta, and pastry gets old (yes, it’s possible), those who live in the North End often have to head elsewhere. When sports bar Vito’s Tavern opened on Salem Street at the end of July, it filled several different niches. With six flat-screen TVs, it’s a berth for those who want to have a beer and watch the game. In addition to pub fare, the menu offers Tex-Mex specialties, salads, even a few Korean-inspired items. And, yes, there are some Italian dishes, too. It’s still the North End.
Open daily for lunch and dinner, Vito’s is operated by Damien DiPaola. His nearby Ristorante Damiano offers a smart take on small plates, Italian style. Here he branches out with finger food such as kimchi quesadillas, nachos with Italian sausage, five kinds of tacos, six kinds of wings, and seven different burgers. Diners will also find Nicoise salad, ziti and meatballs, pork chops with peppers, and more. To drink, Vito’s has beer, wine, and a long cocktail list that includes lower-calorie options and a roster of Bloody Marys of varying levels of heat.
Everyone else can take the cannoli. Sometimes, North End residents just want gorgonzola wings, a Korean-style taco, or an ahi tuna burger for a change.
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