Great chefs are great artists, and so, like Michelangelo, must free their creations from nature’s materials, carefully carving graceful nudes from piles of rough lasagna. Put some artful deliciousness in your belly with today’s Groupon, which gets you $40 worth of Italian cuisine for $20 at Davide in the North End, valid on all menu items except the prix-fixe option.
Like its Renaissance sculptural namesake, Davide offers you the best of Italy’s creative spirit. The chefs draw on more than two decades of experience to prepare a menu both innovative and true to the traditions of Northern Italy. It changes seasonally, too, ensuring fresh ingredients artfully displayed in elegant, colorful presentations. Start off with one of the flavorful appetizers, such as the Stuzzico, a prosciutto with fresh mozzarella and roasted red peppers ($12). Then, savor some of the homemade pasta gracing classic dishes like the fettuccini alla Bolognese ($24) served with beef, veal, and pork, or the non-fussy potato gnocchi ($20) tossed with tomato and basil. The options requiring a steak knife are a draw at Davide, notably the veal chop ($36) stuffed with prosciutto and fontina cheese. Davide also prepares favorite Italian fish dishes and pizzas such as the classic Margherita ($11 small, $15 large).
Aside from tomato sauce, the life-blood of Italian food is wine, and Davide boasts an excellent selection of the white and red vintages. Chef and owner Frank Gesualdi brings years of experience in the liquor world to the carefully selected wine list at Davide. A raised wine glass speaks extra class here, thanks to the charming, Old World atmosphere. Exposed brick of different colors and sizes surrounds warm, red-upholstered seating and classic white tablecloths. The rich, romantic setting makes Davide a fantastic destination for a date, comfortable family dinner, or reenactments of your favorite Godfather scenes.
Boston magazine says:
- This upscale Italian eatery on the edge of the North End has an award-winning wine list, and the handmade pasta is hard to pass up.
- The beautiful dining room with high banquets can't be matched anywhere in the north end [sic] or even boston [sic] for that matter. Very intimate and friendly [sic] the service was unbelievable. The table side [sic] Caesar salad for two is AMAZING, they make it right there from scratch! does [sic] anyone even do that anymore? The wine list was exceptional. And the waiter was very knowledgable [sic] and you could tell he wanted us to have a great evening and wasn't trying to upsell or rush us. – dev8, Citysearch
- This restaurant has the most elegant and romantic atmosphere. Small yet not cramped in feeling with an old world charm that transports the diner straight to Italy. The waitstaff is knowledgable [sic] and experienced with a European flare. The menu offers a small but varied selection and every morsel is outstanding. I didn't want the evening to end. – egershy01, Zagat
At Davide Restaurant, co-owner and head chef Frank Gesualdi divvies up his attention between a menu of contemporary Italian cuisine and a list of wines that showcases his past as a vino connoisseur. He sculpts fresh seasonal ingredients—including local seafood and pasta crafted in house—into pizzettas and tagliatelle, a tangle of pasta and lobster reminiscent of the Mediterranean Sea's famed linguini patches. Squeezed from Californian fruits and Tuscany's sangiovese grapes, Frank's handpicked wines magnify savory flavors in the ornate eatery, which is tucked away in Boston's Little Italy neighborhood. The aroma of Frank's rich marinara sauce wafts through Davide's brick-lined doorway, which opens into a softly lit dining room where crimson banquet booths dot the space between oak and stonewalls.
326 Commercial St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02109Get Directions