Best of Boston

Best Italian Restaurant

2016 Best Italian Restaurant


After tag-teaming at culinary heavyweights like L’Office and Del Posto, chefs Kevin O’Donnell and Michael Lombardi have taken their talents to the South End, opening […] read more»
2015 Best Italian Restaurant

La Morra

Any meal that begins with Josh Ziskin’s tried-and-true cicchetti—bite-size sage leaves dunked in tempura batter and fried with salty anchovies; crisp arancini filled with braised […] read more»
2014 Best Italian Restaurant


This Porter Square gem won us over with its chewy, emmer-flour-based farro casarecce alone, tossed with red-wine-braised duck, sweet cherries, and foie-gras butter on the […] read more»
2013 Best Italian Restaurant


Drawing on his Piedmontese heritage, Charles Draghi turns out elegant northern Italian-inspired fare with a delicate touch—homemade pappardelle with cubed beets and speck; butternut-squash broth […] read more»
2012 Best Italian Restaurant, Casual


One of the biggest misconceptions about Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s South End enoteca is that it’s for hard-core meat eaters only. Sure, the restaurant […] read more»
2012 Best Italian Restaurant, Romantic

Franklin Cafe

No need to consult with a wardrobe stylist when prepping for a classy date night at the Franklin. Just come as you are, slide into […] read more»
2012 Best Italian Restaurant, Upscale


The city’s Italian-dining scene skews either reasonably authentic (yet undistinguished), or posh (but not quite legit). Rialto bridges the gap with seasonal, from-scratch cooking (strands […] read more»
2011 Best Italian Restaurant, South


We love Orta for the same reason we love classic red-sauce Italian food: It’s bold, unpretentious, and easy on the wallet. That’s not to say […] read more»
2011 Best Italian Restaurant, Upscale


Okay, so the guy went and named a restaurant after himself. Clearly, chef Dante de Magistris is focusing his subtlety elsewhere—on, for example, his nuanced […] read more»
2011 Best Italian Restaurant, Casual

Trattoria Toscana

We’re reluctant to give up this little storefront gem, but its ribbons of house-made pappardelle and tender raviolis are just too delightful not to share. […] read more»
2009 Best Italian Restaurant


Like a Verdian lothario, this town’s upscale Italian has a knack for breaking hearts. Leave a place transported by its pillowy gnocchi, and you can […] read more»
2009 Best Italian Restaurant, Affordable

Il Casale

When dining at Il Casale, don’t be surprised if your companions—having mopped the last bit of tangy, rich marinara from their plates—start hatching a plan […] read more»
2008 Best Italian Restaurant


Don’t be misled by the hotel setting: Dante de Magistris is no banquet chef. Since opening his eponymous restaurant at the Royal Sonesta two years […] read more»
2008 Best Italian Restaurant, Affordable

Trattoria Toscana

This ’07 winner keeps its crown for another year, and deservedly so. We adore the relaxed intimacy of the teeny Fenway trattoria, especially the everyone’s-a-regular […] read more»