An edible emporium of eatability, Nonni's Pizza serves a tongue-tantalizing menu of piping-hot pies smothered in vine-ripened tomato sauce and fresh Italian cheeses. Chomp into the BBQ bacon cheeseburger pie ($13.99/large), crowned with barbeque-sauce-marinated meatballs and crispy strips of bacon, or ward off clingy vampires with Nonni's Favorite ($13.99/large), which comes smothered in white sauce, breaded chicken, broccoli, garlic, and olive oil. End any eating expedition with the sweet delight of cinnamaple sticks ($3.99), breadsticks doused in cinnamon, sugar, and maple syrup. The technologically advanced pizzeria features online ordering courtesy of a pedal-operated computer powered by horses.
Within an unassuming brick storefront near the river, Avellino's loads up tables with hearty portions of family-style pasta, pizza, and calzones. Boston's Hidden Restaurants praised the subs filled with "some of the best homemade meatballs that this writer has had in the Boston area." Other pages of the gargantuan menu hold dishes designed to tantalize steak-lovers, carb-counters, and those who simply like the way spaghetti feels in the palm.:m]]
Although the North End is thought of as the go-to for Italian food in Boston, it certainly doesn’t have a monopoly on authentic pastas, housemade sausages, and imported olive oils. Perched far from clamoring tourists on Main Street in Medford, Bob's Italian Foods—a 2012 Medford Patch Readers' Choice winner—has been dishing up and importing traditional Italian foods for more than 70 years. Under the guidance of the DiGiorgio family, its butchers craft their own italian hot, sweet, and fennel pork sausages each day and slice quality meats, such as Angus sirloin and new york strip steaks. The deli counter wraps up to-go foods ranging from eggplant parmigiano with meatballs to hefty prosciutto-and-provolone subs. Shoppers also wander down aisles filled with imported goods including virgin olive oils, Italian cheeses, and pastas shaped like spirals and lock-picks. In addition to equipping customers for their own lunches or dinners, Bob’s helps them feed guests during parties with catered buffets.
Pastalina's Restaurant serves hearty baked pastas and chicken and veal dishes inspired by the Avellino region of southern Italy. Chef and owner Rocco Ciccone whips up a menu full of flavorful dishes such as a zesty puttanesca peppered with capers and olives, and rich pasta alla matriciana, filled with bacon, onions, and plum tomatoes. The restaurant’s catering packages, which can be tailored to huge wedding parties as well as intimate get-togethers, feature homemade fusilli, caprese salad, fruit platters, chicken cacciatore, and other offerings.
Michael Falzone is so steeped in Italian culinary traditions that his name rhymes with "calzone." It's been his plight since 1978, when his father opened John's Pizza. Since that time, Michael has made sure that the process for creating each hand-tossed pie hasn't changed much. He still uses his father's recipes for the dough and tomato sauce, and his staff shreds the cheese daily to ensure freshness. Calzones, oven-baked subs, and pastas round out this old-school Italian menu, which also features handy icons, such as a red pepper to indicate spicy items and a thumbs up to designate the most popular choices.