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Handmade pastas, cheeses, and truffles imported straight from Italy, plus traditional dishes, make this a destination for lovers of Italian dining.
13 Mount Vernon St., 781-729-0515, luciaw.in
With a sophisticated atmosphere and killer bar scene, Alto Forno is the perfect spot to meet old friends or make new ones! A wall of windows sets a contemporary urban vibe, while crystal chandeliers and tufted dining chairs evoke stylish decadence. Don’t miss the fig crostini—grilled ciabatta, black mission figs, whipped ricotta drizzled with aged balsamic or the bianco Bolognese with ground pork, veal, pancetta with a hint of sage. Yum!
41 Cross St., Peabody, 978-871-2942. Altoforno.com
Giuseppe’s Fine Food
This family-friendly spot has been crafting recipes from Giuseppe Masia’s native Sardegna for nearly 25 years, with big portions and scratch cooking.
257 Low St., Newburyport, 978-465-2225, giuseppesfinefood.com