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BEST Italian Restaurant

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»

2001 BEST Italian Restaurant

Maurizio’s

Boston

Ah, civility—a welcome change on a street known for interminable lines and cutthroat competition for tables on Saturday nights. Maurizio’s is intimate but not stuffy, the kind of restaurant where you know you’re guaranteed perfect ambience. You even get a… read more»

2001 BEST Italian Restaurant, South

Tosca

Hingham

Don’t even utter the word marinara. Octopus, seared sea scallops, smoked pork chops, and delicate raviolis are the breed of Italian served here. The ambience—high ceilings, sultry décor, two hopping bars—is as much a draw as the cuisine. Plus, there’s… read more»

2000 BEST Italian Restaurant

Pomodoro

Boston

On any given night you can find crowds gathered on the sidewalk outside this cramped, noisy, hole-in-the-wall North Ender, jostling for the chance to dive into some of the freshest homestyle Italian cooking in Boston. Pomodoro is not fancy; it’s… read more»

1999 BEST Italian Restaurant

Ristorante Toscano

Boston

No place else in Boston captures the simplicity and lack of fuss of real country Italian food, specifically food from Tuscany. That’s because nowhere else is run by northern Italians who know how plain that food is. Florence-born chef Vinicio… read more»