If you want a place that feels like a mid-90s New Jersey Italian restaurant, then you might as well go to Nico, a place that, for some reason, plays mid-90's movies about New Jersey Italian restaurants behind the bar (with no sound). The North End restaurant has a pretty traditional red sauce menu and a decent wine list that helps make up for the fact that it doesn’t have a full liquor license. It’s not bad for a casual meal, but there are better places nearby with similar menus.
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Neptune Oyster is a ridiculously popular oyster bar in the North End. It’s worth it if you can get in.
Regina Pizzeria in the North End is the original and best location of Boston’s most famous pizza.
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Trattoria di Monica
Trattoria di Monica is a small but modern Italian restaurant in the North End that does a good job with a traditional menu.
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