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BEST Italian Restaurant, south

2011 BEST Italian Restaurant, South

Orta

Pembroke

We love Orta for the same reason we love classic red-sauce Italian food: It’s bold, unpretentious, and easy on the wallet. That’s not to say chef Jimmy Burke’s fare isn’t inspired. The menu is anchored by standbys like veal Parm… read more»

2006 BEST Italian Restaurant, South
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Riva

Scituate Harbor

Italian food means many things to many people. At Riva it means a lusty love of fresh flavors, simple preparations, and family-friendly but still serious—and seriously good—dishes. Gather by the fireplaces over grilled oyster ;spiedini, or dig into gemelli with… read more»

2004 BEST Italian Restaurant, South

Saporito’s Florence Club Café

Hull

Packed every weekend with straight-from-the-beach diners, this casual 14-booth Italian-Mediterranean outpost is as much about laid-back socializing as its menu is about great flavor. Locals lounge against the white lattice under the faux grape arbor, tucking into fresh-as-can-be tiger shrimp… read more»