Antonio’s Cucina Italiana, Beacon Hill, Boston

Antonio’s Cucina Italian is a little bowl of North End in Beacon Hill across from Mass. General Hospital. My friend who introduced me to my new favorite North End establishment, Panza (BMH’s review of Panza), suggested we try Antonio’s since we were in Beacon Hill. Antonio’s relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and affordable prices would drive me to return.

Antonio’s warmly lit dining room was filled with local Beacon Hill residents and we noticed several large catering and take out orders.

There were many gold framed Italian inspired art and paintings.

Our friendly server was chatting us up and brought us some Italian bread and butter.  We opted to dip the bread with a bit of olive oil and requested parmesean cheese.

My friend started with a house salad ($6) filled with iceberg, onions and wedges of tomatoes. It was fresh, but a salad you can find anywhere.

The sauteed escarole had a nice hint of garlic flavor $7.50. I would definitely order the dish again.

The spinach ravioli ($12) was covered in a delicious and fresh marinara sauce. I wish I had a jar of Antonio’s sauce for home.

The spinach ravioli itself was striped and filled with spinach and cheese, but seemed to be missing a layer of flavor.

Whenever I am in Beacon Hill next, I would return to Antonio’s for the vibrant and efficient service and try the house made fusili, eggplant parmesean and gnocchi.

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