Best of Boston

1995 Best Italian Restaurant

Ristorante Toscano

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, you’d take her to Toscano.

41 Charles St., Boston, 723-4090,