Food & Drink

Neighborhoods: South Boston

2014 Winner: Cafe Porto Bello

Southie has many glossy new hangouts catering to its booming millennial population; the other Southie, of locals who grew up in the houses they still live in, favors this overlooked gem. Porto Bello features the kind of unfussy Italian-American fare that our grandparents loved: good pizza, groaning plates of pasta, veal and chicken parm. The room, like the wine list, is small and modest, the service sassy and unpretentious. It’s an echo of an older, tighter-knit South Boston.

Cafe Porto Bello

672 E. Broadway, Boston • (617) 269-7680

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