Tony & Elaine's
It would be understandable if you passed by Tony & Elaine’s thinking it was just another dated red sauce joint in Boston’s tourist-trod North End. With a vibe straight out of the ’70s—from the red vinyl booths to the bottles of straw-wrapped Chianti on every checker-clothed table—the spot, located just off the Freedom Trail, is indeed a classic Italian-American restaurant. So if Prosciutto di Parma, calamari, and spaghetti and meatballs aren’t what you’re craving, keep on walking toward downtown Boston. But the comfort food at T&E’s is updated with high-quality ingredients and technique. We love the sizable plates of Chicken Parmesan with house-made mezzi rigatoni and Orecchiette Sausage & Rabe.