Best of Boston

BEST Italian Restaurant

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»

1981 BEST Italian Restaurant, Suburbs

Allegro

Waltham

This is Papa Gino land, and top-notch Italian cooking is otherwise hard to find. Northern (light on tomatoes) is the style here, and new owners Bonita Goodson and Jim Burke are just beginning to hit their stride. read more»