Limoncello

Processed with VSCO with e2 presetRistorante Limoncello #33

190 North Street Boston, MA 02113

September 9, 2017

We decided on Limoncello for our 33rd restaurant to visit, and were not disappointed!

It was a Saturday late afternoon/night so we decided to make reservations just in case, because that is always the busiest time in the North End. It was a good idea, there were quite a few guests already there.

Processed with VSCO with fp4 preset

We got bread for the table with oil and olives and it was incredible: fresh, crusty, warm…it hit all the spots. Also: whenever I get olives for the table with the bread I know this place is going to be good. Fantastic flavor, great olive oil (*mouth begins watering**)

We were going to order an antipasto platter, but decided with all of the bread and the meals we planned on ordering, I would leave way too stuffed, so we opted out. I think it would be a good idea, and the table next to us ordered it-it looked amazing!

I ordered the Linguine Frutti di Mare and it was very very good. A little spice with the marinara, all the seafood was great, and the pasta was cooked to perfection. (They do not offer gluten free pasta on the menu 😦 ) Processed with VSCO with fp4 preset

Processed with VSCO with fp4 preset

My dad ordered the Lasagne Meditaraneo and my mom ordered the Braciolettine Di Pollo: stuffed chicken breast with fontina cheese & imported ham with a sage white wine sauce. My dad absolutely lovedddd his meal- “best lasagna I have ever had”. My mom also really liked her meal.

Processed with VSCO with fp4 preset
Processed with VSCO with fp4 presetThe wait staff was great and very attentive. The restaurant seemed on the fancier side with white table cloths and fancier table settings–but many of the guests were in a mix of clothing, both dressed up and regular street clothes.

It is on the pricer side with most dishes over $20, but the serving sizes are good and the food is very very good, so it is definitely worth it in my eyes.

Processed with VSCO with a8 preset

Overall ratings:

Food: 4.5/5

Service: 4.5/5

Atmosphere: 4.5/5

Price: $$/$$$

Overall: 4.5/5

ciao bellas xoxo

p.s.: start getting ready for me being 21 aka back to the good ole days of pairing wine with food…..yeah thats right 🙂

Advertisements

Saraceno

Processed with VSCO with fp1 preset

Spotted: Katherine leaving 286 Hanover St

Ristorante Saraceno #32

286 Hanover St

Boston MA 02113

Katherine was working in the city so I decided to meet up for lunch with her, and we decided on Saraceno.

There seemed to be quite a few regulars from the neighborhood, but otherwise it was pretty empty for lunch. I chose to get the mushroom risotto (gluten free) and Katherine ordered the fettucine alfredo. I thought that the meal was reasonably priced, but I definitely was not amazed with my meal.

I would say Saraceno is an average restaurant for the North End, not bad but not spectacular. I enjoyed my mushroom risotto, but started to get ti

red of the flavor about half way through. Service was good, and this would be a good place for a quick meal. It has quite a few options that are very typical, nothing very out of the ordinary and different.

vsco-photo-3

Overall ratings:

Food: 3/5

Service: 4/5

Atmosphere: 3/5

Price: $$

Overall: 3/5

ciao bellas xxx

Quattro

Quattro- #31

264 Hanover Street

Boston MA 02113

August 23, 2017

Processed with VSCO with fp1 preset

Summer in Boston- oh how I love coming down to the city!

Logan and I are in Boston tonight to see Shawn Mendes perform-so why would we not end up at the North End-like that’s who we are…

So we went to Quattro, because we love us some pizza-and holy guacamole was it good. Like borderline reminded me of Florence and fresh brick oven pizza good.

The owner of Quattro also owns Bricco and the bricco paneterria bakery along with a few other restaurants/shops in the North End. He is from Florence, and oh wow I love this man!

I ordered the margherita pizza-because I love all things related to margaritas/margherita 😉 . It was so so so delicious, like wowwwwww.

IMG_0022

Logan surprised me and ordered the four cheese pizza- which was white. It was also very very good- we shared a slice of each, which was nice to be able to try both!

We ended up sitting at the bar, because you NEED reservations for this restaurant. Luckily we were there early enough and were able to find seats. It was a little hot, they keep the brick oven around 732 degrees, or something like that…your pizza is ready in about 5 minutes. We really enjoyed sitting at the bar, it was great service and we got to see our pizzas being made right in front of us-it was pretty cool!

I loved Quattro and would definitely suggest it if you want some great pizza at a reasonable price. I think it would be a great place to order a few pizzas with friends and try them all!

Overall ratings:

Food: 5/5

Atmosphere: 5/5

Service: 4/5

Overall: 4.75/5

P.s. Shawn Mendes was pretty lit, except for all the crazy girls screaming. I think logan enjoyed her birthday gift-and thats what matters. Love ya dogie!

ciao bellas, xoxo

oh yeah-and on to senior year…..kinda worried about completing this…but we’re gonna keep going so stay tuned!!

Massimino’s

Massimino’s – #30

207 Endicott Street

Boston MA 02113

May 9, 2017

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset  IMG_0010

IMG_0009      IMG_0011

See ya junior year-its been a great one but a stressful one to say the least!

My dad helped move me out, and following tradition we filled our bellies in the North End-this time

at Massimino’s. Massimino’s is on the edge of the North End neighborhood, but is definitely a hidden gem-super small, but a great place for a quick lunch!

Massimino’s did not offer gluten free pasta-so I decided to go all the way and eat some delicious warm and crusty bread with olive oil and spices and pasta cooked to perfection. I ordered the chicken parmesan and it was so so so good- oh how I missed it!

 

Processed with VSCO with c8 preset

Get in my tum tum!!!!!

My dad ordered the chicken and sausage with vinegar, potatoes and peppers. He absolutely loved loved this dish- like one of his favorites thus far.

I would highly suggest going to Massimino’s and ordering the dishes we did-maybe even ordering an appetizer–if you’re super hungry! Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Overall ratings:

Food: 5/5

Service: 4.5/5

Atmosphere: 4/5

Overall: 4.5/5

ciao bellas xoxo

Cantina Italiana

 

Cantina Italiana- #29

346 Hanover St

Boston, MA 02113

4/8/17

Sorry for the haitus followers! I forgot my password but finally got it back- bless!

So I obvi went to this restaurant in the spring with my parents and bff Katherine, but wasn’t able to write about it-I guess better late than never!?! #amirite

We really enjoyed our meal at Cantina Italiana- it was a nice setting, very busy and bustling that Saturday night. I would highly recommend making reservations beforehand- for any restaurant in the North End on a Saturday night!!

I stuck to my gluten free life and ordered the risotto special. Cantina Italiana does have an option for gluten free pasta for $3 extra, but the special sounded great so I went with that.

My dad got the lasagna al forno and my mom got the chicken broccoli ziti. Both really enjoyed their meal and thought the bread and olive oil was very good.

We also started with a caprese appetizer because I was starving from my lacrosse game, and that was also super good.

Katherine ordered the Fusilli alla Boscaiola which was sweet sausage, imported wild mixed mushrooms and sweet peas, oven-roasted tomato light cream sauce, served with handmade fusilli, sprinkled with shaved Parmigiano. She also loved her meal!

I thought Cantina Italiana was very good and the service was great as well. I would say it was much like all of the other restaurants in the North End-great, but nothing that made it super different from the rest.

Overall ratings:

Food: 4/5

Service: 4/5

Atmosphere: 3.5/5

Overall: 4/5

Giacomo’s

Giacomo’s Ristorante (#28)

355 Hanover Street

Boston, MA 02113

February 18, 2017

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Waiting in line to get in with this pretty by my side

First of all: HAPPY 17TH TO MY BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING SISTER LOGAN!♥Much love for you, and so happy we could spend the day together!

So, if you are at all familiar with Boston’s North End, you should have heard of Giacomo’s. It’s essentially the place that everyone goes to and absolutely raves about. We waited in line for about 45 minutes, which I think is quite short compared to what most people wait for this famous North End stop. Many people will begin lining up before 4pm, and the restaurant doesn’t even open its doors until 4:30/5! We started around the corner, and luckily made it in after the first diners finished their meals.

I wouldn’t say come here if you get overwhelmed super easily- with only about 12 tables this is the coziest restaurant I’ve ever been in. Its packed, and they keep it that way. Constant bustle, hustle and screaming is heard from the staff as orders are shouted and words like “what do ya want” or “salute” ring throughout. The wait staff is super experienced – ours had been there for over 20 years and he doesn’t take any crap let me tell you. Yes, he may be a little over bearing, somewhat touchy, and maybe even a little demanding and come off as rude, but I’d just say he’s your typical Italian Bostonian. I guess you have to have thicker skin to survive your meal here.

Honestly, I loved the atmosphere, maybe besides feeling a tad rushed, but overall it just felt super Italian, but not the Italy Italian–def the Soprano American Italian version.

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset   Processed with VSCO with c1 preset  Processed with VSCO with c1 preset  Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

We started with a few appetizers. Logan and I split the caprese salad which also had some roasted red peppers and olives on the dish, which I loved. My mom had a side caesar salad which was quite a big starter salad and good. My dad ordered some garlic bread for the table, which I thought was good but not superb like the rest of the meal. The bread they hand out is super super super good–so fresh and crusty.

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Then for the main course, Logan and I both got the Frutti di mare over Linguine in the Fra Diavolo sauce. We both loved ours. I also liked how there was a variety of different dishes and you could choose from 5 different sauces so everyone could find something they would like.

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset   Processed with VSCO with c1 preset   Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

My mom ordered chicken, broccoli over ziti in the garlic cream sauce, which was similar to an alfredo cream sauce. She liked it, but was stuffed from the caesar salad.

My dad ordered the chicken and shrimp over the ziti with the pesto cream sauce. I tried a bite and loved it. Super rich, great flavor-and the pesto-just wow.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to stay gluten free at this restaurant as there weren’t any gluten free options for the dish I wanted- I just really wanted to try the frutti di mare. oh well. I think there were some options such as the Swordfish steak or a few others, but I was willing to go against the plan. It was worth it.

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Reminder: Giacomo’s is cash only. But the prices are super reasonable- we left spending $120 having two courses each and the portions are great size. And that’s also including a 25% tip…our waiter must walk away with so much money at the end of the night-but he deserves it!

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

So, in conclusion I would highly recommend Giacomo’s if you don’t have to wait a super long time in line, or if its a really nice day out. Otherwise, I would probably say this is a great place, but you can definitely find a meal just as good elsewhere, as all of my blogposts have proved thus far.

I’m super happy to have crossed it off the list, and was super happy with my meal- but am also looking forward to a calmer, nicer waiter next trip to the North End.

Ratings:

Food: 5/5 Super super good, no complaints.

Service: 4.5/5 Very attentive and good, but like I said…slightly rude and off-putting.

Atmosphere: 4.5/5 for me, I’d say for the average person it’d probably be a 3/5 because it is so crowded and a little overwhelming. But I loved the exposed bimg_6795rick and chalk board menus.

Price: $$ Most dishes were $12-25 for dinner and apps were $4-$12 (very good for dinner in the North End)

Overall: 5/5 Yes, I’m confirming with Yelp, Tripadvisor and the other various food critic sites, this place does deserve that rating.

ciao bellas

xoxo

Lucca

Lucca North End (#27)

226 Hanover St

Boston MA 02113

February 12, 2017

My friend and I decided to try Lucca on Hanover Street before going to our first Bruin’s Game together! It was rainy and snowy and all together super gross weather outside, but Lucca totally made up for it.

They had a coat check (super nice) and all together great service from the time we walked inside the door until when we left and they said “Go Bruins!”.

I was very impressed with my meal. I got the Linguine ($31)-but opted for the gluten free pasta substitution which was penne. Fine by me! The dish was in a spicy marinara with mussels, calamari, and shrimp. I loved it.

Josh got the Lobster Risotto which was lobster with smoked bacon on a saffron risotto with sautéed haricot vert and chives. ($38)

Both of us really enjoyed our meals, and the spread that came with the bread was very good! I honestly don’t know how to describe it-but definitely try it if you choose Lucca!

I would say the one downfall to this restaurant is the price–very expensive for a dish that would probably be $10 less somewhere else. But, if you’re trying to impress somebody-Lucca is probably that place!

img_6769Ratings:

Food: 4.5/5

Service: 5/5

Atmosphere: 4.5/5

Price: $$$

Overall: 4.75/5

And…the Bruins killed the Canadiens 4-0 last night….I’d say it was a pretty good end to the weekend!

ciao bellas xoxo♥

Tresca

Tresca (#26)

233 Hanover St

Boston MA 02113

January 19, 2017

Processed with VSCO with c8 preset

much love for this one

One of my best friends, Katherine♥, decided to pay me a visit in Boston and we decided to try Tresca–one restaurant in the North End I have been wanting to try for months! Tresca is only open for dinner, so it is harder for me to go with my dad (sorry you missed out bud)-but I saw the opportunity and just had to take it.

Man, we reminisced on our time in Florence (♥) together-without the wine 😦 … and were very impressed with our meals.

Another reason I chose Tresca was the gluten free pasta option-many North End restaurants are starting to have gluten free pasta, but it is not extremely popular, making the quest a little bit difficult and challenging my creativity and knowledge of being gluten free! It will continue though-don’t worry my loyal and eager fans! 😉

Anyway, I ordered the Rigatoni Affumicata ($19). This dish was grilled eggplant, fire roasted peppers, baby heirloom tomatoes, roasted garlic, and smoked mozzarella all mixed in with my pasta. The flavors just exploded with each bite in my mouth! The smoked mozzarella was one of my favorite flavors- but the peppers were just as spectacular. And the melted cheesy goodness mixed in with all the veggies and pasta….my mouth is currently watering!!

I pretty much insisted and totally peer pressured Katherine into trying the pumpkin ravioli (Agnolotti di Zucca: native Pumpkin filled ravioli, sliced chicken tenderloins,  maple sage cream sauce, and fried leeks-$24)

I may or may not have made her feel like she had to try it for her gluten free friend-since if I was eating gluten that would have been my top choice.♥Katherine- I know you love me regardless, I know you are happy with your choice, and I hope you enjoyed your mint chocolate chip canoli from Mikes!!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥

Katherine did love her meal, remarking it was sweet-almost more like dessert…and would be the perfect dish to split with someone, and split their dish as well, as the pumpkin is a very powerful flavor.

Nonetheless, we were very pleased with Tresca. I thought it was a very beautiful restaurant, warm (A+), and would definitely be a super cute date spot as the mood lighting just totally amplified our friendship. Jokes aside, I would recommend Tresca for a foodie who is adventurous and maybe wants something other than the typical American Italian cuisine, although they did have classics like the parmesan dishes, picatta,marsalas, and bolognese among others.

Side note- we found it a little odd and very different that no bread was served with our dinner. I didn’t care as I can’t eat it, but bread normally is a small little snack to munch on while you wait. Maybe consider ordering an appetizer if you are super hungry, but we were both full and satisfied after finishing ours.

Also, Ray Bourque is owner of Tresca and pops in occasionally to speak to guests. I can’t believe he didn’t make an appearance knowing I, the world’s best Boston’s North End blogger would be there, but like, whatever! Maybe…if y’all are reading this…you could hit that share button and then he can invite me??!!!!!!

Service was super fast, attentive, and very nice.

Ratings:

Food: 4.5/5

Service: 4/5

Atmosphere: 4/5- perfect for Valentine’s Day gentleman!♥

Price: $$/$$$ a little on the pricer side for dishes without seafood-but quality is worth the price

Overall: 4/5

 ciao bellas xoxo

Ristorante Lucia

Ristorante Lucia – #25

415 Hanover St

Boston MA 02113

January 15, 2017

Processed with VSCO with b1 preset

 

 

Annnnd I’m back in Boston!

Winter break was definitely one to rProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetemember-our cruise to the Southern Caribbean was nothing shy of spectacular! With that being said, I am looking forward to the spring semester of my junior year and tackling more North End restaurants!

So today we went to Ristorante Lucia. I loved the inside; all the walls were brick and we sat in a booth with a window over looking the Church right next door. I can imagine that during the summer, with the windows open, it would be beautiful to enjoy a great meal there.

My parents loved the bread, and also ordered bruschetta as an appetizer. The mozzarella and tomatoes doused in olive oil was fantastic. My dad said that this bruschetta was his favorite in the North End. I’d highly suggest ordering it! ´

I got a special of the day: scallops and shrimp in a puttanesca sauce over homemade fusilli. Being gluten free, I opted for the gluten free pasta which they happily made. I really enjoyed my meal. The puttanesca sauce was not super spicy, but just enough, and with some olives, capers and tomato, it turned out very well. (pictured far right)

Processed with VSCO with c4 presetMy mom ordered the Pollo Lucia, which was boneless chicken breast sautéed with artichoke hearts & mushrooms in a light lemon sauce. She did not get it with artichoke hearts as she doesn’t care for the saltiness of them, and with that change was very satisfied and happy with her meal. (pictured above, far left)

My dad ordered the Ammazzafame, which they say is a specialty of the house. It is a dish with Penne rigate, Porcini mushrooms, sausage, broccoli, sun-dried tomato & capers. My dad was also very pleased with his main meal.

The service was top notch-our waiter had a fab Italian accent and was easy on the eyes 😉

I would say this is a more expensive restaurant as most of the dishes are around $20-30, but that is also quite normal for the North End.

Overall ratings:

Food: 4/5

Service: 5/5

Price: $$/$$$

Atmosphere: 4.5/5

Overall: 4.5/5

 

Nico

Nico Ristorante (#24)                                        

417 Hanover St

Boston MA 02113

  • Fall Semester of Junior Year √
  • Another fabulous meal in the North End to celebrate √
  • Leaving absolutely stuffed and totally satisfied √

Nico Ristorante calls themselves the North End legend-I would have to say the meal was legendary! 

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

His hands always be gettin in my pics

This visit to the North End was nothing less than spectacular.

We started off with getting bread and olives in olive oil with the table. I really wish that all restaurants would give olives with the olive oil and bread…these were so so yummy. We then ordered the eggplant parmesan appetizer “Parmigiana alla Siciliana”, which also was very very good. My dad and I both loved the sauce.

The waiter also mentioned some great specials for the night–a burrata appetizer special, which was also tempting to choose, and two for dinner. One was I believe a rack of lamb entree and another was a Seafood medley Fra Diavlo, which I really wanted to get, but decided I needed to try something I’ve never had before. 


So, I got the Rigatoni alla Sal which was sautéed shrimp and scallops with peas and wild mushrooms in a black truffle sauce. I had never tried a truffle sauce as I tend to not like very rich flavors, but I absolutely loved this dish!! I would definitely urge everyone to try.

Processed with VSCO with c5 preset

My dad ordered the Rigatoni con Carciofi al Salsiccia which was rigatoni with italian sausage, fresh artichoke hearts in a plum tomato sauce. I tried the pasta with sauce and was very impressed. Both of our pastas were homemade- and it was very evident as the pasta was soft and tasted fresh. Very, very impressed.

So, if you couldn’t tell already, we both loved our meals and would highly suggest Nico Ristorante. The waitstaff was fantastic, the atmosphere was nice and cozy, and the food is fantastic. 

Ratings: 

Food: 4.75/5

Service: 5/5

Atmosphere: 4/5

Overall: 4.75/5

xoxo // ciao for now Boston, see ya Jan 2017!