Located at 4 Somerset St. in Beacon Hill, Café Quattro is just around the corner from the State House and up the street from Suffolk Superior Court and Suffolk University. Its menu offers an impressive variety of quality pizzas, paninis, wraps, subs and sandwiches made from only the freshest ingredients, as well as all your favorite coffee drinks. Bite into the Chicken Pesto Panini (grilled chicken marinated in basil pesto, topped with roasted red peppers and mozzarella cheese) and you will exclaim “Mamma Mia!” so loudly that someone will almost certainly shush you (unless you sing the words a la Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” because everyone loves that song). If vegetarian is more your moda, try the Caprese Wrap: fresh mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, baby salad greens, roasted red peppers, and red onion, drizzled with a tasty balsamic vinaigrette.
The noodle professionals at Casa Razdora conjure old-world flavors with home recipes and pasta made fresh in-house. Commence feasting with antipasti dishes such as caprese, which pairs fresh mozzarella with zesty tomatoes and fresh basil ($8.95). The Diavola pizza—similar to the first Roman dramatic plays—sets spicy soppresata atop a stage of crispy crust while a deposed emperor cries next to your seat ($14.99). Meanwhile, the Bresaola panini enlists dry-cured beef and roasted red peppers to fill up the crevice between slices of homemade bread ($7.95). Various house-made pastas can be doused in a cornucopia of sauces including creamy alfredo or spicy arrabbiata ($7.95+).
The hot-off-the-press menu features a variety of hot-off-the-stove Italian plates that compel diners to find the nearest floating coin box and cha-ching it dry. A favorite starter offer is the cuneo di lattuga, which is a wedge salad with house-cured pancetta and creamy gorgonzola ($9). A surefire main plate is the homemade "OO" gnocchi in fresh plum tomato sauces baked with Italian cheese ($18). There are a variety of meatier dishes, all cooked and tenderized to perfection. The vitello braciolatini (veal cutlet stuffed with prosciutto, fontina, and sage in a marsala sauce, $21) is well received by past patrons and time-traveling future patrons.
Dining out is much more pleasant than dining in—it's annoying to take turns role-playing waiter, and restaurants are much less likely to have Roombas underfoot. With today's Groupon, $25 gets you $50 worth of drinks and dining at Bina Osteria, a restaurant with great food and atmosphere.
Even with a plethora of restaurants to choose from in Boston’s North End, Il Villaggio manages to stand out, and not just because of its prime location on Hanover Street. The glassy restaurant offers Mediterranean-leaning takes on classic Italian dishes, like a semolina gnocchi served with creamy pesto sauce. With white tablecloths on a small number of tables, Italian wine bottles placed carefully on skewed shelves and chandeliers that look like freshly trimmed branches, the homey restaurant also serves up classic Italian comfort food from its open kitchen in the back. The chefs here use fresh mozzarella and churn out generous portions of lobster ravioli, chicken parmesan andlasagna to the masses that always seem to be queuing up out front.