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BEST Italian Restaurant, affordable

2009 BEST Italian Restaurant, Affordable

Il Casale


When dining at Il Casale, don’t be surprised if your companions—having mopped the last bit of tangy, rich marinara from their plates—start hatching a plan to move to the suburbs. Who wouldn’t want to get closer to food like this?… read more»

2008 BEST Italian Restaurant, Affordable

Trattoria Toscana


This ’07 winner keeps its crown for another year, and deservedly so. We adore the relaxed intimacy of the teeny Fenway trattoria, especially the everyone’s-a-regular welcome from owner Zamir Kociaj (who’s Albanian by birth, but very much Italian by nature)…. read more»

2006 BEST Italian Restaurant, Affordable

Vinny’s at Night


We’d trek to Vinny’s just for the show—the checked tablecloths, the no-nonsense waitress, the vaguely Sopranos-esque clientele sucking down pasta fazool. But the food at this no-frills spot, tucked into the back of a gritty convenience store, is an even… read more»

2005 BEST Italian Restaurant, Affordable

Vinny’s at Night


Word about its low-priced, generously portioned Sicilian fare got out a while ago, but dinner at this no-longer-hidden gem in East Somerville still makes you feel you’re in on a well-kept secret. It could be because the no-frills dining room… read more»

2004 BEST Italian Restaurant, Affordable



Giacomo’s South End location is just like its bustling counterpart on Hanover Street, only without the tourists lined up at the door. Affable co-owner John Taglieri makes guests feel at home as waiters whisk perfectly seasoned pasta dishes and sophisticated… read more»