Best of Boston

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? Dante de Magistris’s newest venture is not only stylish and affordable, with most entrées under $20, but it also does full justice to the Italian home cooking that inspired it: rustic minestra, feathery gnocchi, seriously good meatballs.

50 Leonard St. Belmont 617-209-4942

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