Best of Boston

2004 Best Italian Restaurant, South

Saporito’s Florence Club Café

Packed every weekend with straight-from-the-beach diners, this casual 14-booth Italian-Mediterranean outpost is as much about laid-back socializing as its menu is about great flavor. Locals lounge against the white lattice under the faux grape arbor, tucking into fresh-as-can-be tiger shrimp with truffle fettucine and cream sauce. Even better are the tender scallops with ricotta and asparagus ravioli. Factor in well-priced wines, and you’ve got one sweet slice of Florence on the South Shore.

11 Rockland Circle, Hull, 781-925-3023,