Not always known as one of the more appealing foods, anchovies have gotten a pretty bad rap over the years. Remember how much Garfield the Cat hated them? We’re still not sure why he didn’t switch pizza delivery places if they always included his least favorite item, but then again, who are we to judge?
We have a similar calm, relaxed vibe about us when we hit the South End pub of the same name. Anchovies is a friendly Italian-American spot that won’t break your bank - even in a recession - and certainly won’t leave you hungry for food, wine, or a smile. Portions are huge, both for pizzas and pasta bowls. We suggest a pint - lots on tap - or one of their classic martinis with the Italian Nachos, which is a concoction nothing short of culinary genius. The basil pesto salad dressing is a little like a street drug, so beware. And while the dim atmosphere is great, we especially love the laid back crowd here, one that doesn’t try too hard and keeps it really down to earth. One of our favorite spots for a casual conversation with a fellow bar stool prophet. Get ready for a wait at the door, but with a kitchen open past midnight, how can you resist?