Best of Boston

2001 Best Group Dining

Mamma Maria

Valet parking and reservations? In the North End? Absolutely, at this house of refined and authentic Italian cooking tucked away in North Square. Better still, it’s perfect for large parties, thanks to well-timed service and tables spaced just far enough apart to provide both privacy and a jolt of the room’s energy. Add Rockwellian views of the neighborhood, the menu’s mix of traditional and creative dishes, a diverse wine list, and you’ve got large-party dining nailed.

3 North Square, Boston, 617-523-0077,