- The North End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, is sometimes called the city's "Little Italy" due to the families of Italian immigrants who settled the area. For tourists, the North End is home to attractions like Christopher Columbus Park and the neighborhood's Italian markets. Visitors to Boston's North End have many dining options from which to choose. Although Italian restaurants dominate the neighborhood, seafood restaurants and establishments that specialize in other culinary traditions, such as Peruvian, are also featured.
- Specializing in seafood, Neptune Oyster opened for business in October 2004. The restaurant held Zagat dining guide ratings of "extraordinary to perfection" for its food and "very good to excellent" for its service and decor. The menu begins with eight appetizers such as the crispy tuna meatballs served with a vinaigrette dressing flavored with anchovies and chilis. A raw bar is also available, serving oysters, clams, crab claws and shrimp, lobster, crab and octopus cocktails. A signature entree is the North End cioppino, an Italian stew that contains Maine lobster, other shellfish and saffron rice. Featuring 150 selections, the wine list is a recipient of the "Wine Spectator" magazine "Award of Excellence." Neptune Oyster serves lunch and dinner daily. Reservations are not taken, and the restaurant is typically crowded each day at dinner time. Casual attire is appropriate.
63 Salem St.
Boston, MA 02113
- An upscale Italian restaurant, Prezza was established in April 2000. As of August 2010, the restaurant held Zagat ratings of "extraordinary to perfection" for its food and "very good to excellent" for its decor and service. Among the featured entrees on the menu are the house-made potato gnocchi, which are served in a meat sauce that contains tomatoes, cream, porcini mushrooms and pecorino cheese. Another is the veal porterhouse steak, accompanied by saffron and lobster risotto and broccoli rabe, all drizzled with a red wine sauce. For dessert, try the limoncello liqueur cheesecake on a biscotti crust. The wine list includes more than 300 selections with many varieties from Italy. Prezza serves dinner nightly. Reservations are required and accepted online. Business casual attire is appropriate.
24 Fleet St.
Boston, MA 02113
- Established in July 2000, Taranta serves a fusion of Italian and Peruvian cuisines. The restaurant held Zagat ratings of "extraordinary to perfection" for its food and "very good to excellent" for its decor and service. Six appetizers lead the menu, such as the causa de cangrejo, which consists of crab meat, yelow Peruvian potatoes, avocado and botija olives. A signature dish is the pasta pomodoro della Nonna, a simple spaghetti with tomato sauce made with a recipe that traces back to the Nonna or grandmother of the restaurants' owners. Another featured dinner is the filet mignon, served in a coffee bean crust with parsnip puree and sauteed escarole. To finish the meal, guests can opt for an Italian dessert such as the tiramisu or fusion dishes such as the guava and ricotta cannolis. The wine list features 40 selections, including vintages from Italy, Argentina and Chile. Tarants is open for dinner nightly. Reservations are accepted by phone and online. Casual attire is the norm when dining at the restaurant.
210 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02113