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BEST Italian Restaurant

2008 BEST Italian Restaurant, West
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La Campania

Waltham

Given its Main Street address and wall of accolades from the likes of Wine Spectator and Zagat right inside the front door, there’s no pretending La Campania is an undiscovered jewel. The beauty is, it still feels like one. Stepping… read more»

2007 BEST Italian Restaurant

Sorellina

Boston

Dinner at Sorellina can cost as much as a flight to Italy, but at least here the life-altering food comes without jet lag. The hearty pappardelle with rabbit ragu is a bowl of Bologna, the delicate beet-filled ravioli further evidence… read more»

2007 BEST Italian Restaurant, Affordable

Trattoria Toscana

Boston

This Tuscan specialist hits all its marks: good wine, great pasta, glorious espresso. Grab one of the 28 seats, and relax in the mellow atmosphere (and the knowledge that nothing tops 20 bucks). 130 Jersey St., Boston, 617-247-9508 read more»

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»

2006 BEST Italian Restaurant, South
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Riva

Scituate Harbor

Italian food means many things to many people. At Riva it means a lusty love of fresh flavors, simple preparations, and family-friendly but still serious—and seriously good—dishes. Gather by the fireplaces over grilled oyster ;spiedini, or dig into gemelli with… read more»

2006 BEST Italian Restaurant
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Via Matta

Boston

Time and again, Via Matta floors us with its marvelous interpretations of Italian standards: The prosciutto is accented with creamy homemade ricotta and piquant (not to mention addictive) pickled vegetables. The greaseless fried baby artichokes are almost dainty. And the… read more»

2006 BEST Italian Restaurant, Berkshires

Verdura

Great Barrington

Homey Italian joints all seem underwhelming after you’ve been to Verdura, the simple standout from restaurateur Bill Webber. In the rustic Tuscan dining room, plates of rich wild boar Bolognese, handmade chévre raviolis, and gnocchi with arugula pesto are savored… 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»