Best of Boston

Best Italian Restaurant

2001 Best Italian Restaurant, South

Tosca

Hingham
Don’t even utter the word marinara. Octopus, seared sea scallops, smoked pork chops, and delicate raviolis are the breed of Italian served here. The ambience—high […] read more»
2001 Best Italian Restaurant

Maurizio’s

Boston
Ah, civility—a welcome change on a street known for interminable lines and cutthroat competition for tables on Saturday nights. Maurizio’s is intimate but not stuffy, […] read more»
2000 Best Italian Restaurant

Pomodoro

Boston
On any given night you can find crowds gathered on the sidewalk outside this cramped, noisy, hole-in-the-wall North Ender, jostling for the chance to dive […] read more»
1999 Best Italian Restaurant

Ristorante Toscano

Boston
No place else in Boston captures the simplicity and lack of fuss of real country Italian food, specifically food from Tuscany. That’s because nowhere else […] read more»
1998 Best Italian Restaurant, Contemporary

Marcuccio’s

Boston
Boldly layered flavors, as in charred calamari with black olive puree and red pepper jus, and imaginative twists on staples, as in fusilli in a […] read more»
1998 Best Italian Restaurant, Take-Out

Cremaldi’s

Cambridge
Food so good you won’t want to go out for dinner. Although the containers should feed two or three people, don’t underestimate the hog factor […] read more»
1998 Best Italian Restaurant, Traditional

Mamma Maria

Boston
Don’t be misled by the name: this ain’t no spaghetti house. Bringing high-end Northern cuisine to the North End, chef Bill Wallo is a maestro […] read more»
1997 Best Italian Restaurant, Contemporary

Pomodoro

Boston
Pomodoro’s flavorful, creative offerings reconcile the old Italian with the new. The food retains a simple, traditional character—which should not read as dull or unimaginative, […] read more»
1997 Best Italian Restaurant, Traditional

Ristorante Toscano

Boston
When Vinicio Paoli first arrived in Boston in the early ’80s, he says it was just like a scene from Big Night: “People would order […] read more»
1996 Best Italian Restaurant

Mario’s

Hyde Park
This is native son Tommy Menino’s favorite neighborhood joint, and he should know, right? By the way, they call it spaghetti, not pasta. read more»
1996 Best Italian Restaurant

Galleria Italiana

Boston
We weren’t surprised when chef Barbara Lynch started garnering national attention. If only it weren’t so difficult to decide between the lasagna, the veal shank, […] read more»
1995 Best Italian Restaurant

Ristorante Toscano

Boston
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 […] read more»
1987 Best Italian Restaurant, In the North End

Mamma Maria’s Ristorante

Boston
Good-bye red sauce, hello northern Italy. read more»
1987 Best Italian Restaurant, Outside the North End

Ristorante Toscano

Boston
Beacon Hill charm and Italian cucina. read more»