There are a lot of decent but over-hyped places on Hanover that aren’t worth fighting the crowds for. This is especially the case when you could be eating at Artu, where you can pretty much always get a table as a walk-in. The traditional red sauce menu isn’t particularly exciting, but much of the pasta is homemade and it gets the job done.
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Pauli's is a North End sandwich shop that makes an enormous lobster roll, amongst other good lunch options.
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Scampo at The Liberty Hotel
A hotel restaurant with the added benefit of being housed inside a 19th-century jail.
Orfano is an Italian steakhouse in the Fenway. It has a three-foot tall pepper mill, so that’s something.
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