Food & Drink


2014 Winner: Prezza

In the turn-’em-and-burn-’em North End, few restaurants offer amenities like a full bar, reservations or dessert. Prezza offers all of these, plus sleek atmosphere, polished service and a serious Italian wine list. Chef/owner Anthony Caturano’s cooking grew from his family roots in Abruzzo, evident in beautiful handmade pastas as well as terrific wood-fire steaks and chops. The sum of these parts is a modern, refined Northern Italian restaurant for locals who don’t want to be treated like tourists.


24 Fleet St., Boston • (617) 227-1577

Other Winners

  • Italian

    2015 Winner: Erbaluce

    A stone’s throw from chain-ridden Park Square, chef Charles Draghi and partner/sommelier Joan Johnson serve traditional Northern Italian cuisine with rare wines to match, drawing a loyal crowd. A focus on pristine, sustainable seafood and meats, perfect local produce and house-grown herbs, and the rare-in-Boston culinary wonders of Draghi’s Piemontese ancestry make his daily-changing menu consistently rewarding…...

    Italian - Erbaluce Photo Credit: Katie Noble
  • Italian

    2016 Winner: Erbaluce

    Chef/owner Charles Draghi and partner Joan Johnson serve extraordinary traditional Piemontese cuisine with rare Northern Italian wines at their hidden Bay Village indie, elevated by meticulous sourcing (notably of sustainable local seafood), abundant fresh fruit and herbs, and exacting Old World technique...

  • Italian

    2017 Winner: La Morra

    Husband-and-wife team Josh and Jennifer Ziskin hum along with uncommon consistency at their romantic restaurant plopped just outside Brookline Village...

    La Morra Photo Credit: Luke Wunsch-Edwards