#NORTHENDPIZZACRAWL

I’m sure you’ve heard of a bar crawl…but have you ever done a pizza crawl? I haven’t quite decided which one is better because they leave you with very different feelings, but for either one you still end up with pizza ūüėČ

I’d say it was quite unique way to cross off some restaurants while filling our tummies with delicious pizza. This has been by far one of my favorite times in the North End-pizza, some beer, and great times with my partner in crime! I made my own little google map to get a route of our pizza crawl!

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Ben Cotto #36

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I created this crawl with some research, and figured out the best route. We started off at Ben Cotto on Hanover Street. It’s a newer restaurant on Hanover which opened in the summer or this fall–its gorgeous inside, great staff, and oh yeah…even better pizza!

What we loved about Ben Cotto was that it’s easy to please everyone–they have a wide selection of small, perfect for sharing, pizzas, as well as pasta dishes and appetizers. For the purpose of saving our stomachs, we only got one pizza, but I would be more than apt to go back (after the quest) and try some more!

I chose the Faneuil Hall pizza which was grilled chicken, homemade pesto sauce, caramelized onions, Pecorino Romano cheese, mozzarella cheese. I definitely chose a good one to start the day off with. My mouth is currently watering just writing this btw…

This pizza was so so so so good. Like SOOOO GOOOOOD. and I would imagine all the others would be just as fantabulous. So please, for me, go to Ben Cotto and try a different pizza and report back!

I’m doing rating for each place as well…yes this is a long post. sorry not sorry.

Food: 5/5   Service: 5/5   Atmosphere: 5/5 (super modern, new, grays/silvers..loved)

Price: $ ($20 for a pizza, beer, and a coke plus tip…heck yeah!) Overall: 5/5

Locale #37

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This would be a fantastic advertisement if I do say so myself @Locale (all I want is free pizza for payment)

I believe that Locale is also quite new to Hanover Street, and boy is it a fantastic addition. I loved the modern sub tile looks, great overall aesthetic, great staff, and oh yeah, FAB FOOD. So obviously we started off the crawl with a good choice, basically across the street, Ben Cotto. And then we get to Locale and like wooooow, my taste buds. They were loving this crawl!

I decided with the classic Margherita pizza, which I’m a total sucker for. In Italy it was one of my favorites-fresh mozzarella melted, fresh and slightly sweet tomato sauce, some basil, a crispy crust…I mean come on people! I took a bite out of this pizza at Locale, and it was like I was back in Florence!

Locale’s menu was a little less diverse, with a lot of their menu options having red meat or pork, something I won’t eat, but I definitely think the Margherita was incredible, and could find something else to try on the menu. I would highly recommend Locale, for a great, cheap bite!

Ratings:

Atmosphere: 5/5   Service: 5/5  Price: $ (again, super cheap) Food: 5.5/5 Overall: 5/5

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Ernesto’s #38

With our bellies getting more full, we had a little bit of a break on our walk down to Salem Street. Ernesto’s has been voted to be a great pizza place—but unfortunately compared to our others, it was just average. Obviously it was different, not brick oven, and we got slices, but nonetheless, it was more like a papa ginos-good, just not spectacular. I had a margherita slice and my dad had a sausage and pepperoni. At least it was less than $10! Not saying to never go here, just saying it definitely would not be my first choice

Ratings:

Atmosphere: 2/5 Service: 3/5 Price: $ (under 10 for 4 slices) Food: 3/5 Overall: 3/5

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The holy grail of the North End (basically). If you’ve been to the North End, you’ve heard of Regina Pizzeria. It’s been around forever–my dad remembers going with my mom and friends when coming to the North End in his 20s! And, as he recalls, it hasn’t changed a bit.

We were going to start at Regina’s, but with the line, decided we’d finish here, giving us ample time after all the other places to rest and digest a little. We ended up not actually waiting all that long–I barely had time to get a picture before entering! But I guess it was good because it started to sprinkle.

It’s crowded, hot, and the smell of pizza wofts through the entire space. Service is not the ultimate priority, but you don’t really expect it either.

We ordered the four cheese pizza-which I thought was going to be the typical cheese. I was wrong-it was ricotta with other cheeses and then diced Marazano tomatoes on top. It was very very good, and I’m definitely happy with the way it turned out! We could only eat a slice, so we brought the rest home–Logan and my mom were not dissapointed!

I had a boomerang showing completion of the crawl–but it must have gotten deleted ūüė¶ (and it took 10 tries for my dad to do it correctly!)

Ratings:

Atmosphere: 5/5 (Not impressed with the decor, but the history of the restuarant itself–it literally hasn’t changed since opening which I think is really cool)

Service: 3/5 Food: 5/5 Price: $ (average price for a large pizza in Boston-around $18)

Overall: 4/5

**We had also planned on going to Galleria Umberto, but it closes at 3pm–so we will be going very soon!

Doing this Pizza Crawl was quite the task–more on my stomach than anything! But it was so fun and I’m so happy we decided to do so. Feel free to follow along and do it yourself!

Also- I can’t totally say which place was my favorite because all of the places we did a different pizza and had a different experience-but I have to say I absolutely loved Locale and Ben Cotto because I’m always a fan of a brick oven pizza!

 

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ciao bellas xoxo ‚̧

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Pellino’s Ristorante

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Pellino’s #35

2 Prince Street

Boston, MA 02113

Saturday night, and I got to be the wonderful fifth wheel-yup you got that right. Nothing makes you feel more single than being surronded by couples. Buttttt luckily, I had a sweet, crisp glass of Prosecco with dinner, it made the lonely hurt a little less ūüėČ

Anyway, we went to Pellino’s. I would definitely say you need a reservation for this place-very small, not many tables, and on a Saturday for dinner, every restaurant is always crowded.

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Logan, still recovering from her tonsilitis surgery, ordered the penne alla vodka without the chicken…she was having trouble chewing. Anyway, she loved it.

My mom ordered Linguini Vongole,- which was clams in a garlic, lemon Pinot Grigio wine sauce with linguini. My dad ordered the Pappardelle, Sausage and Broccoli Rapi, which was freshly made pappardelle pasta, sausage meat, garlic, olive oil and broccoli Rapi. He loved his meal.

I ordered the Linguine Frutti Di Mare, with the gluten free pasta option. Lots of clams, scallops, shrimp and calamari- I loved this dish! My glass of Prosecco was also delightful.

We loved our meal at Pellino’s, and for being a dinner, it was reasonably priced, had good service and a great atmosphere.

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Food: 4/5

Atmosphere: 4/5

Service: 4/5

Price: $$

Overall: 4/5

Another one done, and a great night!

Ciao bellas xoxo ‚̧

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Logan with her prince ‚̧

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Piccolo Nido

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Best Friends, Roommates, Teammates. Thanks Emmanuel for these people!! ‚̧¬†

Piccolo Nido #34

257 N St

Boston MA, 02113

We decided on Piccolo Nido for after my senior cap and gown celebration.

First we got a lil buzz on at Baseball Tavern with my roommates and families–tons of fun!

 

For Piccolo Nido, it’s on the very edge of the restaurant area of the North End-very close to the waterfront.¬†We started with the Bruschetta appetizer, which was very good and fresh.

Logan got the Linguini ai Frutti di Mare, and got it spicy–which she loved. My mom ordered¬†Petti di Pollo Carolina, which was¬†chicken saut√©ed with fresh artichokes, lemon, white wine, roasted peppers and capers, with a some roasted potatoes and zucchini. She enjoyed the meal. My dad ordered the Regina, which was homemade fusili pasta with bolognese sauce. He loved his meal as well. I ordered the Risotto dello Chef, which was risotto with shrimp, asparagus, diced fresh peppers, leeks in a light fresh sauce. I really enjoyed my dish, but was quite full, so got to eat it for leftovers the next day…and it still tasted just as good!

The service at Piccolo Nido was top notch–our server was so kind and helpful. We enjoyed our experience here!

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I’m graduating in May…feel free to give donations to my venmo @Mackenzie-Katz ūüėȬ†

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Ratings:

Atmosphere: 2.5/

5…a little outdated compared to most restaurants

Food: 4/5

Service: 5/5

Overall: 3.75/5

Cheers to enjoying the rest of the North End, great friendships, and fun

xoxo ciao bellas ‚̧

Limoncello

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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.

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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 ūüė¶ )¬†Processed with VSCO with fp4 preset

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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.

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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.

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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 ūüôā

Saraceno

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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.

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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

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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 ūüėČ . It was so so so delicious, like wowwwwww.

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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

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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!

 

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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

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First of all: HAPPY 17TH TO MY BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING SISTER LOGAN!‚ô•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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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‚ô•