Dino’s, North End, Boston

It’s been a few years since I have eaten at Dino’s, which is located across from 24 hour Bova’s Bakery in the North End.  Dino’s is known for their sixteen inch submarine sandwiches for $9, which are a great value.

I am honored that I had the opportunity to introduce several of my friends to their first Dino’s experience. On our walk over, they said they have been meaning to go to Dino’s for a while and had heard they’re known for their chicken parm subs. He was not disappointed.

 Dino’s also serves salads and some great risotto and pasta dishes including raviolis and capellini. Based on personal experience, the pumpkin tortellini and portabello salad are delicious. I tried the chicken pesto sub which consisted of grilled chicken with Dino’s homemade pesto sauce and roasted plum tomatoes. No matter how much you prepare yourself for a 16 inch sub, it was a bit overwhelming looking when it came out. The bread had a nice chewy texture, however I felt the chicken was a bit dry and the sandwich was under salted. No matter how much salt I liberally sprinkled, the sandwich was missing flavor. Although the pesto was fresh, it needed more cheese and garlic. The Dino’s Chicken with grilled chicken topped with balsamic glazed portabella mushrooms and roasted plum tomatoes looked like it had a nice contrast between earthy mushrooms and lightly sweet tomatoes. My friend said it was under salted as well.The chicken parmesan sub is the item to order and the reason why diners flock to Dino’s for lunch. The pan-fried chicken with red sauce and mozzarella cheese baked in the oven is $10. (The grilled chicken version is $9). After my friend made it half way through half his parmesan sprinkled sandwich, I thought he was going to take the rest home. I guess he couldn’t help himself since he demolished the other half. Dino's Cafe on Urbanspoon

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