Italian For Beginners

We adore an occasional splurge at Boston’s most notorious and decadent Italian restaurants, but the fact is, it wipes out our wallets before we can say mangia. So what are Bostonians meant to do when a group of friends want to get together for dinner (without actually cooking it themselves), and still have a bit of cash for the ride home?

Well truth be told, there are some fabulous little restaurants out there that you’ve probably never heard of, and they are the perfect locations for dinner parties. Canestaro, tucked on Peterborough St. behind Boylston in the Fenway, is the epitome of the drippy candle Italian cucina where the owner seats you, the portions are enormous, and the vino flows like the Charles River (but a hell of a lot cleaner!)

Canestaro’s menu spans every genre of Italian cuisine, from large 16 inch pizzas to calzones, burgers with an Italian twist, a boatload of pasta offerings, and sandwiches galore. Due to our pasta addiction, we are dependent on their dishes that combine pesto and shrimp with penne. In fact, we think we’d like a keg of pesto in our own kitchen, but that’s beside the point. Canestaro is located so close to Fenway Park and the Museum of Fine Arts, it serves as a great pre-game/post-museum stop. So whether you’re gearing up for bleacher seats at Fenway, or viewing Italian pieces like the Titians and Tintorettos at the MFA, remember a cannoli is always waiting for you around the corner at Canestaro.

Canestaro [MenuPages]
Canestaro [Official Site]

[Photo: Tommy Williams/Flickr]

Italian For Beginners