Boston has a thriving Italian community in the North End. As such, it has a thriving community of Italian restaurants that range greatly in price and quality. The best are worth traveling from all of the eastern coast of the state to taste. Who wouldn't drive an hour to get the best bruschetta in New England? From upscale to casual, you can eat all the pasta and prosciutto you want in this bustling city.
Orta is tucked away in the North End on Pembroke Street past Mike's Pastry if you are coming from the train station or outdoor market. It is a small, unassuming restaurant with about 10 tables and a front that opens up onto the street when the weather is nice. Everything on the menu is lovely, including the prices. However, the bruschetta is the best in the city. Topped with the best balsamic glaze in the biz, you will be grateful that this appetizer comes with two huge portions.
No. 9 Park
You will find No. 9 Park on the stylish Park St. in central Boston. This is quite high-end cuisine, so your wallet is going to take a hit with this one. On a brighter note, you will never forget the food. With dishes like Roulade of Rabbit and Yellowfin Tuna Carpaccio, you know the menu is elegant and the dishes better come up brilliant. It is a slightly pretentious menu, but it does not disappoint. The best part is that the dessert selection is just as robust as the rest of the menu. You cannot have an Italian meal without dessert.
Trattoria Toscana is the place to get fresh, delicious pasta every single day. This place has such a taste of Italy that Zagat's says, "It is like eating in Florence, but better and cheaper." The environment is casual and the food as tasty as it is no-fuss. The only problem is that the dining room is so small, you may have to fight your way in to get a taste of that Italian pasta.
You will never find it difficult to locate a great Italian restaurant in Boston. Whether you choose one of the above establishments or discover your own gem, you will always find something to eat when you are looking for a taste of Italy in this city.