Best of Boston

2012 Best East Boston Restaurant, Neighborhood

Prima e Dopo

At Eastie red-sauce palace Rino’s Place, patrons can get stuck waiting two hours for huge portions of baked rigatoni and chicken Parm. To accommodate the throngs, the owners opened Prima E Dopo across the street, offering balsamic-glazed wings and $6 cocktails. Now we just skip Rino’s altogether and hang here, dining on sausage-and-broccoli-rabe pizza, crispy bruschetta, and perhaps the most flavorful meatballs we’ve ever had.

300 Saratoga St., East Boston, 617-874-8156,