Chef-owner Michael Pagliarini and his wife Pamela Ralston pamper their guests with a warm welcome, friendly, professional service and killer pastas that are hand made by day on a custom-made table used to accommodate large groups at night. Brick walls and candlelight keep the vibe romantic and rustic. The all-Italian wines pair well with the dishes, which are often inspired by the chef’s travels to Italy. Diners who gawk at others’ plates quickly get recommendations. Try the popular pappardelle with wild boar or spaghetti alle vongole—both are al dente, flavorful and prove Pagliarini’s mettle. As good as the pastas and secondi are, though, you won’t want to forgo dessert—in particular, the chocolate terrine.
1682 Massachusetts Ave
|Cross street:||between Hudson and Sacramento Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 5:30–10pm; Fri, Sat 5:30–11pm|
|Transport:||Red line to Harvard/bus 77, 96|
|Price:||Main courses: $17–$38|