When Bostonians are searching for quality Italian cuisine, they generally head towards the North End for the authentic Italian experience. Don’t be mistaken; we love the North End, but for those who work in Government Center or around MGH, it’s too far of a hike for a quick lunch. Well, step into Antonio’s on Cambridge Street and immediately you’re transported from Beacon Hill to Bologna. The owners are often sitting out front enjoying a cigar and a story, and while they aren’t quite the Corleone family, other Beacon Hill Italian spots can only attempt to duplicate their Italian authenticity. The familial aspect is what keeps bringing the regulars back, and as a result Antonio’s is a favorite of Beacon Hillers and those who work in the area. But don’t for a second imagine the food is below par. We could eat boatloads of their ravioli marinara, and with most entrees hovering around the $10 mark, the prices are bargains considering the massive portions. We brought a party of ten people looking for a reasonably priced restaurant for a group dinner, and the lively staff posed for photos and entertained us as if it was dinner theater. They’re simply friendly and appreciative in a true Italian manner. So consider stopping by Antonio’s, because it’s really an offer you can’t refuse.
Antonio’s Cucina Italiana [Official Site]
[Photo: Antonio’s Cucina Italiana]