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BEST Italian Restaurant

1996 BEST Italian Restaurant

Galleria Italiana

Boston

We weren’t surprised when chef Barbara Lynch started garnering national attention. If only it weren’t so difficult to decide between the lasagna, the veal shank, and the duck. read more»

1995 BEST Italian Restaurant

Ristorante Toscano

Boston

Crosstown rivals in the North End have yet to equal the confident simplicity of veteran chef Venito Paoli’s cuisine. Paoli turns out matchless risotti, superb seafood, and Boston’s best Bolognese sauce. If Italian cooking guru Marcella Hazan came to visit,… read more»

1987 BEST Italian Restaurant, In the North End

Mamma Maria’s Ristorante

Boston

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

1987 BEST Italian Restaurant, Outside the North End

Ristorante Toscano

Boston

Beacon Hill charm and Italian cucina. 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»