Best Italian Restaurant in Bostons North End

Rabia Italian Seafood and Oyster Bar  is just one of the many Italian restaurants in Boston’s North End, It is on Salem Street which is one street west of Hanover Street, the main street that runs through the North End. It has a nondescript front and it was the sandwich board in front that attracted our attention on our first visit, it is the food that has kept us coming back.

There are window seats, at tables for two if you want to people watch. I prefer one of the tales that line the wall with banquettes along the wall. Tables are tight, even for two, it is better to have a table for four. If you want to have a very private conversation you are going to have to whisper so save that for later and just sit back and enjoy the exquisite food.

A basket of bread and some olive oil for dipping will be brought to the table along with some tapenade.If you have never tried it before this is a great chance to expand your culinary horizons. There is afull bar here so you can enjoy a cocktail or a bottle of wine.

The menu is eclectic running the gamut from the expected pasta dishes to the unexpected raw bar and sushi. It is hard to decide what to order, but rest assured I have never had a bad meal. A favorite is the Caprese salad, slices of fresh mozzarella, basil and sliced tomatoes with the unexpected addition of proscuitto. The portion size is not large, actually it is what a real portion should look like. My all time favorite was a special appetizer, stuffed figs, it what they were stuffed with that made the impression, Gorgonzola. The sweet and the pungent was such a delightful combination.

While I am not someone who eats from a raw bar I was impressed by the variety and looks of what was offered here. Fresh James River oysters, Maine oysters, Cherrystones from nearby Cape Cod and Littleneck clams all vie for your attention.

It is of course the pasta dishes that dominate the menu. All the pasta is made fresh every single day. You will be able to taste the difference.

The pumpkin and butternut squash ravioli with Gorgonzola sauce is the most amazing thing you will ever taste. The ravioli are so tender and the filling so velvety, the sauce keeps them from being just comfort food, it takes them to a totally different level of dining experience.

If you want something a little lighter, the ziti with broccoli and artichoke in a lemon, garlic and olive oil dressing is a huge portion was a simple and effective dish. There is a nice ratio of vegetables to pasta.

The menu also includes such popular Italian favorites as chicken parmigiana and linguini with meatballs. Since the Atlantic is nearby there is Fresh lobster and seafood ravioli, just to name a few. The menu is loaded with delectable choices which you can check out on their website menu

Service is excellent. You will be well taken care of. The timing of everything is perfect. Finish up with a cappuccino a tiramisu and you will have had a very fine meal. The entre prices run from $18 up.

This is a little gem of a restaurant that will have you returning to Boston’s North End as often as you can. Best in the North End? Certainly it is our favorite, I hope it will be yours too.