Papa Razzi Metro
photograph by Darren Pellegrino
Burlington has no shortage of tasty options for Italian food, but one stands out this year. At stylish Papa Razzi Metro, classic dishes like Chicken Parmigiana sit alongside New England–influenced fare like Lobster Tortellini to create a hybrid menu of sheer deliciousness.
2 Wall St., Burlington, 781-229-0100, paparazzimetro.com
Tiny and charming, with the menu written nightly on a chalkboard carried from table to table, welcoming space and luscious food will transport you to Nonna’s kitchen.
107 Essex St., Salem, 978-825-9911, bellaverona.com
Neighborhood Notable Nosh
Andiamo Restaurant + Bar
A modern take on classic Italian food, including handmade ravioli and tasty polpettoni, and a spirited bar scene bolstered by live music make this spot a perpetual favorite.
24 Winter St., Newburyport, 978-255-4341, andiamo-restaurant.com
Casual and authentic, this restaurant truly sticks to the Tuscan philosophy of a few perfect ingredients, simply prepared, and is reminiscent of a spot in a Tuscan hill town.
2 Lynde St., Salem, 978-219-1188, firenzesalem.com
Celebrating 30 years of hosting myriad celebrations and countless patrons seeking a consistently delicious meal, Lucia is a veritable Winchester institution. Everything on the classic Italian menu is delicious, but we especially love the Pasta alla Chitarra—handmade spaghetti, served with a fresh light tomato sauce or topped with a decadent combination of wild mushrooms and white truffle oil.
9-13 Mt. Vernon St., Winchester, 781-729-0515, luciawinchester.com