We shed our coats inside the tiny, dimly lit North End restaurant, placed Dungeon Master cards on the table in front of us, and waited for someone to come by to take our order. “Are you rolling?” asked our server at Parla, and all but one of us nodded. He disappeared behind the bar and came back with a large tin cup and a 20-sided die. “Who’s first?” I have never played a game of Dungeons & Dragons, have never once been invited to a D&D party. The cards, which we had asked for on previous visits, were for cocktails — 20 of them, though we weren’t yet sure which ones — that are part of Parla’s Dungeon Master game. I may be clueless about D&D, but I know how to drink. Parla opened in 2014 and has remained a reliable neighborhood spot for both drinks and modern Italian food. The Dungeon Master game originated in the summer of 2016, a few months after Matt Schafer joined the team as general manager. Schafer is prone to … [Read more...] about Want to play a game? At a North End bar, 20 cocktails stand between you and victory.
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Kara Baskin Globe correspondent July 03, 2018 It’s 11 a.m. in the North End, and I can’t move. My car is trapped in a line of vehicles idling behind a laundry truck on Prince Street. Ah, yes, here’s the inevitable symphony. Beeping. Cursing. A man gets out of his car, driver’s door ajar, to hurl expletives at the offending driver. A hapless woman totters in and out of traffic, clutching a map, and asks someone where the Old North Church is. Not here, lady. Not at this unholy scene.Will I ever see my children again? Where is the nearest bathroom? Why did I agree to this assignment? My primary acquaintance with the North End growing up involved occasional meals with my father at L’Osteria, close to his office at Government Center. When he retired a few years ago, his colleagues threw him a party on the second floor of Filippo … [Read more...] about Where to eat in Boston’s North End
North End residents were out in full force — and at full volume — at Thursday night’s public meeting to discuss the proposal to bring a Starbucks to the neighborhood’s entrance. Inside a packed room at the Nazzaro Center, representatives from the national coffee chain and Charter Realty, the firm proposing to bring a Starbucks to 198 Hanover St. as part of a larger retail development, met face-to-face with local North End residents and business owners. To say residents are not enthralled with the idea of the Starbucks logo superimposed on the face of the historic neighborhood would be an understatement. “We don’t want you, all right? Plain and simple,” John Picariello, the owner of Modern Pastry, said. “We’re telling you, it’s not a good fit.” The meeting, during which a city official repeatedly (and unsuccessfully) asked attendees not to applaud, went on for more than two and a half hours, as resident after … [Read more...] about The community meeting on the proposed Starbucks in the North End got heated
A Starbucks could be coming to the “gateway” of the North End, and some of the neighborhood’s most prominent business owners are not too keen on the idea. The proposal by Charter Realty & Development to overhaul the portion of Cross Street along the Freedom Trail had already proved controversial among some residents. And now, the Connecticut-based firm’s plans to put a Starbucks on the corner of Hanover Street as part of the development project has brought several North End cafe, bakery, and restaurant owners to speak out. “People are coming into here for a reason — not to go to a Starbucks or a McDonald’s.” Angelo Papa, the owner of Mike’s Pastry, said in a recent video produced by Lynn filmmaker Rocco Capano. From Mike’s to Modern Pastry to Caffé Vittoria to Polcari’s to Carmelina’s, local business owners in the video expressed concern about both the aesthetic and economic effects of the behemoth … [Read more...] about North End cafe owners rally against proposed Starbucks
The North End is perhaps Boston’s most iconic dining district, and for good reason. Its character and old-world charm is not only well-preserved, but also lovingly tended to, creating a neighborhood where throwback red sauce joints mingle with modern takes on Italian cooking (and even a few stellar non-Italian eateries). 1. Al DenteAl Dente is classic Italian-American dining stripped down to the bare essentials. In terms of atmosphere, it’s about one notch above a takeout pizzeria. But what Al Dente lacks in decor, it makes up for in heaping plates of underpriced, satisfying pasta classics (carbonara, bolognese, etc.) that can be washed down with gently priced wines. (109 Salem St. #1, Boston) 2. Antico FornoAs the name implies (antico forno is Italian for “ancient oven”), most everything on the menu at this Salem Street classic gets baked in some way. It’s best known for its chewy wood-fired pizza that can be topped with housemade sausage, but Antico … [Read more...] about The essential guide to restaurants in Boston’s North End