I just posted this in the Boston-area forum, but the North Shore of Boston is sort of a "gray-zone," where folks may tend to search on either forum. Anyway, I came across a good find and thought I'd share the wealth.
After returning from nine months living in Rome and Palermo I was craving some authentic Sicilian and Southern Italian cuisine and, I have to say, I was pretty impressed with La Trattoria on Main Street in Gloucester.
I got the Pasta a la Trattoria, which I could have easily been served up on Via Roma in Palermo. And I had my boyfriend order the Arrabiata, which was well-reminiscent of a dish I used to get at my favorite Roma bistro.
Both dishes were under $15 and we had enough to take home. Sadly, we were too short on time to order appetizers or dessert. I wonder if anyone else has been recently and what their thoughts are.
La Trattoria seems to be in a "doomed" storefront. It never seems that restaurants there last; they just can't seem to fill the tables. It would be a shame to lose such an authentic restaurant, especially in a city that touts its Italian heritage. All of Gloucester's other places are pretty much pizza joints and sub shops that serve pasta dishes. La Trattoria is the real deal and, in my humble opinion, a gem.
Here's the link: http://latrattoriaandpizzeria.com