As I'm sure is true with many Bostonians, when I first moved to this city the North End was my destination for most dinners out. I tried a good amount of the restaurants in that area during college, but naturally started to explore different areas of the city once I became better acquainted with the restaurant scene. I still get back to the North End from time to time, but now instead of risking a mediocre experience at a tourist trap on Hanover (which I've had many of), I always end up at my tried and true classic Italian restaurant, Lucia.
Lucia has been the most consistent of any North End spot for me, I've never had a bad meal there. They don't change the menu, ever, but I haven't found a better place for a leisurely Sunday lunch of a caprese salad and chicken parm. I've brought countless relatives there on their visits to Boston and constantly recommend it.
My last visit to Lucia was just as fabulous as it always is, but it got me thinking about the newer North End spots that have popped up in the past few years. Am I limiting myself by going to the same restaurant every time? Are there any new places that are worth a try?
What is your North End go-to?
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Michelle Zippelli is a Boston based hedonist who is committed to finding the best food that Boston has to offer. She has lived in Boston for 6 years and works in online marketing. Michelle loves meatballs, live music, exotic cheeses, Mexican food, spur of the moment dance parties, and all things pickled.
Jacki Morisi is a self-proclaimed bon vivant extraordinaire. A Boston native whose waking hours are exclusively focused on travel, music, food, and fare ... emphasis on food and fare. She's a firm believer that just because you're living on a young professional's budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste, and carries this mantra into each and every dining endeavor.