The North End Continues To Impress

by Marisa Olsen


To me, Italian cuisine has a time and a place. Living in the North End, I often feel frustrated by the lack of variety that exists in Boston’s famously authentic Italian district. Here in the North End, we have 87 Italian restaurants, 1 Asian fusion, 1 vegan/ raw (I’ll take my time trying this joint) and half a dozen bakeries. C’est tout. However, despite frustration, my better half and I have decided to throw caution to the wind and really explore what my neighborhood as to offer. I must say, I haven’t been too disappointed either and still continue to constantly conjure different places to discover.
Now bare with, me as I describe the surprisingly tasty meal at AnticoFornos
After much debate, my better half and I decided to start with the Focaccina con Caprino. Let me elaborate: Imagine a piece of focaccia bread flattened, now picture the infused bread with olive oil, garlic and herbs. Ok? Now generously layer arugula over the bread with drizzled balsamic vinaigrette. Gently place roasted cherry tomatoes and zucchini. Top with a heap of goat cheese. That was our appetizer. Along with two orders of bread served with flavorful olive oil and olives. For our entrée we shared the Il Marinaro Pizza; smoked buffalo mozzarella with sautéed tender shrimp and generously coated with arugula.

Incredible. Thin crust, delicious cheese and arugula that cut the richness of the tender shrimp. A new favorite that was in our budget. I am looking forward to returning and sampling the Porcini Pizza with artichoke hearts, porcini mushrooms and drizzled truffle oil.