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antico forno --just ok

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antico forno --just ok

twentyoystahs | Sep 26, 2005 10:25 AM

Decided to visit the North End on a Saturday night --the entire area was an absolute MOB scene. It's been so long since I've been there on a Saturday night, I just wasn't sure --is it always like this on a Saturday night or was there something going on? There were lines snaking out the door AND down the street at both Mike's and Modern and at just about every restaurant.
ANYWAY, we decided to go to my old standby, Antico Forno. Their gnocchi is one of my favorite dishes in Boston...at least it was. It's usually a piping hot, flavorful, smoky dish with light, fluffy gnocchi, and a delicious chunky tomato sauce --and I always love it. Have to say this time I was sort of disappointed. It was really just ok, didn't have any of that smoky flavor (made me wonder if they did indeed cook it in the brick oven?), the gnocchi was sorta heavy...I don't know, just didn't do it for me.
We also got a caprese salad starter and...the mozzerella was sort of a letdown. Call me crazy, but when I order one of these salads at a north end restaurant, I want that fresh, creamy, almost spreadable mozzerella, not the rubbery stuff that looks (and tastes) like it's been cut off a big hunk o' cheese.

I will say that the place was packed and service was good. We were squeezed in, without a reservation, by a very friendly and accomodating hostess. Our waiter was competent, and the place was buzzing and cozy and the other dish we got --linguini puttenesca w/ calamari, was excellent, pasta perfectly cooked and the sauce delicious.

As for the gnocchi, I'm hoping this was just some sorta blip , I don't know, perhaps it was simply a mistake to try and head there on a Sat night, when it's so obviously packed and crazy busy.

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