Boston’s Best Places For Spaghetti

January 2, 2013 6:00 AM

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Jan. 4 is National Spaghetti Day. As if you need an excuse to dive into a plate of steamy spaghetti and give it a twirl this winter, restaurants throughout Boston are serving specialty spaghetti dishes worth checking out. From the North End and beyond, warm up with pasta dishes at the area’s best spaghetti joints.
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(Photo Credit Phantom Gourmet)

Pasta Beach
30 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 439-6900

Right on the Waterfront, Pasta Beach offers up pizzas, pasta and more, with a great selection of wines as well. As the name suggests, pasta dishes abound here. While it does offer classic spaghetti with tomato sauce for $12.90, other Italian classic dishes are worth venturing out of your comfort zone for. One of its signature offerings is the spaghetti aglio olio featuring garlic, red pepper flakes, olive oil and parsley, also for $12.90. Seafood lovers can indulge with the spaghetti vongole with clams, olive oil, garlic, parsley, red pepper flakes, and either a wine or red sauce for $18.90. Go all out with the spaghetti pescatore featuring clams, mussels and shrimp with garlic, red pepper flakes and tomato sauce for $21.90.

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(Photo credit: WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

Dino’s Cafe
141 Salem St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 227-1991

The North End is the place to go for Italian restaurants galore. For a much more casual dining experience or even take-out to feast on at home, Dino’s is a go-to in the neighborhood. Its massive subs may be shared as may the hearty pasta portions. Each entree is affordable and comes with fresh bread as well. Go for a classic meal of spaghetti and meatballs or spaghetti with cream sauce and you can’t go wrong. If you’re feeling adventurous, enjoy the tasty seafood and spaghetti combos including spaghetti and tomato sauce with calamari for $13.95, with mussels for $12.95, or featuring clams for $14.95. Dino’s even offers a shrimp scampi featuring diced tomatoes and white mushrooms in a scampi sauce served over spaghetti for $15.95 amongst the many entrees for lunch or dinner.

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6 Prince St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 742-4336

With locations in Beacon Hill and the North End, Artu offers great Italian food and drinks in a cozy setting. Start off the meal with bread and some fried calamari. Then the star of the show is the spaghetti alla carbonara featuring pancetta, pecorino cheese and eggs for $15. It’s a simple yet satisfying creamy dish to enjoy at either location, including the North End spot on Prince Street, tucked away from Hanover.

Related: A Guide To Boston’s Little Italy: The North End

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(Photo credit: Carmelina’s/Facebook)

307 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 742-0020

Speaking of Hanover Street, Carmelina’s, which was formely Ristorate Damiano, is worth a visit. Check out a couple of spaghetti dishes you won’t want to miss at this intimate restaurant. The spaghetti al nero di seppia includes meaty and tender cuttlefish in its own ink sauce with garlic and tomato for $14 or $20 per portion, depending on the size that interests you. It also offers a signature spaghetti dish, the Carmelina. Chefs take rock shrimp, scallops, chicken and sausage and serve the spaghetti in a sauce featuring tomato, rosemary and cream for $22 for a flavorful and filling feast.

(Photo credit: Coppa)

(Photo credit: Coppa)

253 Shawmut Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 391-0902

Known for its innovative and unique menu as well as its successful chef and owners Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa is a popular restaurant located right in the South End. The menu offers options for small plates including meatballs, olives, meats and cheeses or for the adventurous, beef heart crostini to nosh on with cocktails. Coppa also serves entrée-sized meals such as warm, cheesy pizzas and perfect pasta dishes. Expect spaghetti carbonara, but it puts a small twist on its recipe to make it stand out from others. The version of spaghetti alla carbonara at Coppa includes house-made pasta with smoked pancetta, sea urchin, a farm egg and peas for either $15 or $21, making it unlike any other Carbonara in town.

Related: Phantom Gourmet Visits Ristorante Damiano In North End


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