Recommended by: Jen Murphy, Associate Editor
Giacomo’s is in the North End and is totally no-frills: They don’t take reservations (and there’s always a line), payment is cash only and the dining room is super-tiny (lingering over your meal is strongly discouraged). But the food is amazing. I always get the super-light fried calamari appetizer and the butternut squash ravioli in mascarpone cheese sauce.
DETAILS: 355 Hanover St.; 617-523-9026.
Recommended by: Nick Fauchald, Senior Associate Food Editor
A favorite haunt among Italophiles, this West Village trattoria features high-end imported Italian ingredients in simple, rustic preparations: arancini with prosciutto and provolone, buffalo ricotta fritters. The wine list—book, rather—has mostly family-owned, small-production wines.
DETAILS: 24 Minetta Ln.; 212-473-5121 or bellavitae.com.
Recommended by: Salma Abdelnour, Travel Editor
I love Bread on Spring Street for quick, cheap meals of fabulous sardine or capocollo panini and a glass of wine.
DETAILS: 20 Spring St.; 212-334-1015.