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BEST Italian Restaurant

1987 BEST Italian Restaurant, In the North End

Mamma Maria’s Ristorante

Boston

Good-bye red sauce, hello northern Italy. read more »

1986 BEST Italian Restaurant

Michela’s

Cambridge

New-wave pizzas, pan-blackened shark, goat-cheese lasagna—these dishes are a far cry from the usual linguine with red sauce or stuffed manicotti. And they’ll make you feel as though you’ve rediscovered the art of eating. read more »

1985 BEST Italian Restaurant, North End

Mamma Maria’s

Boston

Zesty cooking, homey atmosphere. read more »

1985 BEST Italian Restaurant, Outside the North End

Il Capriccio

Waltham

Tiny, with northern Italian specialties. Chef Maurie Warren is outstanding. read more »

1984 BEST Italian Restaurant, North End

La Piccola Venezia

Boston

After a short slump, the food is better than ever, the prices as low as ever, and the house red wine as much fun as ever. There’s even a waitress who’ll sing “Happy Birthday” in Italian. read more »

1984 BEST Italian Restaurant, Outside the North End

Allegro

Waltham

Finesse to match the high prices. read more »

1983 BEST Italian Restaurant

Sabatino’s Restaurant

Boston

Unusually light sauces for a North End establishment. Simplicity is its virtue. read more »

1982 BEST Italian Restaurant

Allegro

Waltham

Terrific pasta, even though chef Jim Burke has never been to Italy. read more »

1981 BEST Italian Restaurant, North End

Sorrento’s

Boston

Pleasant second-floor walk-up with a chef trained in, of all places, Switzerland. Uniformly good veal and pasta, something the rest of the unreliable North End cannot boast. read more »

1981 BEST Italian Restaurant, Outside the North End

Romagnoli’s Table

Boston

Home of the new Italian cuisine in Boston. Actually, the location leaves a little (well, a lot) to be desired in terms of ambience. But the food more than compensates. read more »