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2006 BEST Italian Restaurant, Affordable

Vinny’s at Night

Somerville

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, Nantucket

Sfoglia Restaurant

Nantucket

We’ve always loved Ron Suhanosky’s humble touch with simple Italian cuisine. The rotating menu at his year-round restaurant is worth a trip, but it’s his wife’s bread that makes visiting here an absolute must. Colleen Marnell-Suhanosky’s foot-wide loaves are simultaneously… read more»

2005 BEST Italian Restaurant

Via Matta

Boston

Perhaps it’s the ultimate enoteca or beautifully designed space. Maybe it’s the comprehensive menu of antipasti, pastas, and entrées, or the carefully selected all-Italian wine list. Nah. We think that what really stands out about Via Matta is the tagliatelle… read more»

2005 BEST Italian Restaurant, Affordable

Vinny’s at Night

Somerville

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

Teatro

Boston

Beautiful people and authentic Italian food—a combination for the ages, and a constant at Teatro. Here, generous portions of rustic Northern Italian fare are lavished on a well-heeled clientele beneath a blue-lit vaulted ceiling and giant arched window. Standouts include… 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»

2004 BEST Italian Restaurant, Affordable

Giacomo’s

Boston

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»

2003 BEST Italian Restaurant

Teatro

Boston

If dining is theater, then Teatro is the consummate Italian drama. Scene One: bold openers like over-the-top fresh antipasti and simple, but intensely flavored, steamed black mussels swimming in a smoky tomato and pesto sauce. Scene Two: The opus continues… read more»

2003 BEST Italian Restaurant, West

La Campania

Waltham

Owned by a Neapolitan family, this trattoria offers a delicious gustatory holiday along the southern Italian coastline—right smack dab on Main Street in Waltham. Most dishes and all of the breads are cooked in the wood-burning oven, a technique that… read more»

2002 BEST Italian Restaurant

Trattoria à Scalinatella

Boston

Tucked away on a second floor above Hanover Street, this tiny slice of Sicily is proof there’s more to an authentic North End restaurant than red-and-white-checkered tablecloths. An elegant experience from start to finish (with a business attire-only dress code),… read more»