Best of Boston

2004 Best South End Restaurant, Neighborhood

Joe V’s

It’s been less than a year since this unassuming Italian bistro took over the spot once occupied by On the Park, and Joe V’s has already shown that it can hold its own in a neighborhood crowded with great restaurants. The excellent food at reasonable prices ranges from thin-crust pizzas with a tangy, garlicky sauce, to confidently executed classics (lobster ravioli), while delicious brunch dishes (the South Beach omelet, with Egg Beaters, ham, and tomato) keep the locals dropping in all weekend long.

315 Shawmut Ave., Boston, 617-338-5638,