The Harp, located across from the Fleet Center, is a great spot for pre- and post-game fun for Celtics fans. It's perfect for a pint while you cheer on the Red Sox with a room full of other fans in front of their twenty television screens. Friday nights host DJ's on two floors, and Saturday nights offer live entertainment such as Darik and the Funbags. The full bar carries an array of beer and wine, though signature cocktails such as Milagro Pomegranate are definitely worth a try. Full menu and private function rooms are also available.
Many consider Carmen one of Boston's best known hidden gems, hiding in plain sight in Boston's North End district. You may not have to go far to experience this authentic Italian fare, but you may have to wait - especially on a weekend - for your chance to land a table in this diminutive place, even with a reservation. Once seated, however, the menu of ultra-authentic cuisine shows why it's worth the wait, seasonal dishes suited for American palettes exploding on the taste buds. Situated next to the historic home of Paul Revere, Carmen may be small but it packs a nice punch in the all areas: cuisine, service and atmosphere.
Chef Marc Orfaly, after conquering the world of bistro fare at Pigalle, decided to tackle Italian head on. The antipasti here offer just a hint of what's to come. Oven-Baked Figs, Fried Cod Cheeks and an ample seafood list will whet even the most stubborn of appetites. As per Roman tradition, even beyond the appetizers, you still have two courses to choose from. The first choice is mainly pastas and risotto. The second is more complex-Chicken Cacciatore, Veal Saltimbocca and lobster are just a few of the options. And still, all of that is to say nothing of the items hot off the grill: steaks, sausage, fish or the Surf & Turf. The wine list is exclusively and impressively Italian.
Bacco, located in Boston's historic North End, offers everything for the couple hoping for a romantic dinner. Elegant decor and music, grand views of the surrounding neighborhood, warm service and an impressive wine list. And that's even before getting to the menu, which is extensive to say the least. From antipasti to insalata to pasta/riso, from corntoni to pollo vitello to pesce and bistecca, Bacco has the works. Try the crowd-pleasing Butternut Squash dish or the sublime Chicken Marsala. You'll leave with an unforgettable dining experience.
61 North Washington Street Joe Tecce's Way Boston, MA 02114
This isn't just any Italian restaurant. Joe Tecce Jr., has been head chef of the restaurant for 25 years since his father retired, and is now running the business with the help of his two brothers, Sal and Robert. With recipies that have been passed down from generation to generation, Joe serves up some of the best cuisine from Southern Italy, specifically that of Naples and its surrounding areas. In case you're planning a party, Joe Tecce's also features a grand ballroom which is sure to make your event memorable.
Taranta serves every delicious kind of food from regions lying under the meridian. The chef, a native of Salerno rustles up recipes with roots right from the 18th century. The pan roasted mussels, with Sicilian marsala, Italian bacon and roasted shallots is a large appetizer. Ravioli ripieni d'aragosta is a pasta with lobster and crab, a mascarpone cherry tomato sauce served with shrimp! Fish dishes like salmon in crosta di macadamia can be teamed with a spinach salad called di spinaci. Note the use of gorgonzola cheese in this simple sumptious salad. Taranta helps you savor post Medieval Age food from places like Apulia, Sardinia, and Molise! Moreover the Zagat survey has called it exciting and experimental. The bread was baked a trifle coarse in those times, but dine at this waterfront restaurant to uncover more seasonal secrets.
This two-storey Italian restaurant is very spacious and serves pastas, risottos and lasagnas cooked in traditional Italian style. But it's hard to miss the contemporary American undertones as far as the sauces are concerned. Take your pick from the antipasto misto which is a meaty mix of imported dry Italian meats and cheeses. Scrumptious salads like della casa and spinaci are worth the small dent in your credit card. The pasta and risotti list is endless with parmigiana di melanzane- an old eggplant recipe. The endless cocktail list is worth the sip. White wines rule the roost here. While ties, tuxedos and breeches can stay in the closet; cowboy shirts, khakis and boots are welcome. Reserving a rooftop table can be tedious, hence plan in advance. And note: this is a non-smoking restaurant, so cigarette fans beware!
Step into Prezza to savor large portions of delicious Italian-Mediterranean cuisine, such as Grilled Octopus Garnished with White-Bean Sauce and the handmade Pasta Lobster Fra Diavlo. And don't forget to try the Rabbit Lasagna and Chocolate Soufflé. Italian and Argentinian wines are available by the glass. You may have to dress with care to blend with the upscale atmosphere.
The service at Giacomo's is speedy and the food is moderately priced - that's two reasons why people throng to this place throughout the week. Also, the Italian food will have you drooling - the pastas are fresh and cooked to perfection. You can start your meal with a caprese salad and move on to the chicken parmigiana, shrimp scampi, grilled tuna or swordfish steak. This place is always crowded and no reservations are made in advance, so be there early. Also, credit cards are not accepted. One word of advice: don't order everything at once. Take your time and enjoy the meal.
Neptune was God of the Seas, but the Neptune Oyster however isn't as vast as the waters he ruled over. This is a small pearl that can seat about two dozen people in simple and neat surroundings. Apart from oysters and clams, you'll get a variety of other seafood and if you're in to it, you can try some smoked and raw salmon. You can also savor some Italian seafood like North End Cioppino and Whole Loup de Mer.
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