Best of Boston

2009 BEST Al Fresco Restaurant, Affordable

Sophia’s Grotto

In a mere four years this precocious trattoria has grown up into an authentic Old World beauty, its cloistered brick courtyard now mature with ornamental trees and grasses and a massive climbing hydrangea. Prices, though, have barely changed at all, with big bowls of pastas and other Italian standbys averaging about $15. With the patio’s bee lights twinkling overhead and a glass of sweetly chilled Grechetto in hand, you’ll find Roman holidays don’t come any cheaper than this.

22 Birch St. Roslindale 617-323-4595 sophiasgrotto.com