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2023 Italian

Editors’ Choice

Il Ponte, Woburn

Chef Beni Kurti cooked in Michelin-starred restaurants in his native Umbria, Italy, steeping in the Italian tradition of sourcing the best ingredients and treating them with care, before immigrating with his wife Hortenca Sheshori a decade ago. At their 50-seat restaurant, which opened last fall, all the pastas are made in house, from the tagliatelle for the Bolognese to the tortellini in the Tortellini alla Norcina, a traditional Umbrian dish of pasta stuffed with beef and dressed with a cream sauce and crumbled sausage. Sheshori is the mastermind behind the desserts, which are a feast for all the senses. Don’t miss a nightcap of Kurti’s own limoncello. 428 Main St., Woburn, 781-933-0408,

Readers’ Choice 

Daniella’s Ristorante, Peabody

Mixing the white-tablecloth service of sister restaurant and General Excellence–winning heavyweight Pellana Prime Steakhouse with their Italian roots, the husband-and-wife team of Daniella and Dan Mammola consistently turn out high-quality preparations of classic dishes. They mix family recipes with modern updates, and everything from the eggplant rollatini to the veal marsala is elevated by a careful attention to detail. 41 Cross St., Peabody, 978-871-2942,
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