Boston loves Italian food, and there’s no better neighborhood to find the stuff than the North End. In this hub of marinara, an eater can find handmade ricotta gnocchi, pizza Margherita, arancini, veal saltimbocca, and so much more. The old Italian proverb “chi mangia bene, vive bene” (which translates roughly to “those who eat well, live well”) is a way of life for restaurants and diners in the North End.
From Hanover Street to Salem Street to North Square Park, this neighborhood boasts an incredibly high concentration of Italian-American restaurants, trattorias, delis, and bakeries. Eaters can wine and dine in style over an eight course dinner, or casually snack on pizza and cannoli while sightseeing. With seemingly endless options, the only hard part is deciding where to eat.
Without further ado, here are 18 of the best places to eat in the North End.
Please note that a number of Massachusetts restaurants have resumed dine-in service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the Massachusetts coronavirus website.
Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. At the moment, restaurants in Massachusetts must place all tables six feet apart. All that said, there are still risks involved with outdoor dining. Masks still have to come off for eating and drinking; small outdoor tables and patios often don’t allow for proper social distancing, especially while meeting with friends or family from another household; and if alcohol is involved, people tend to let their guards down. And while most restaurants in Boston were allowed to resume outdoor dining on March 22, restaurants in the North End must wait until April 1.Read More