I generally avoid the North End (have had few positive experiences) but had a friend in town who wanted to go. I'm always up for trying a new places and searched this board for a few threads and saw Antico Forno on Salem Street recommended a number of times so I figured I would try it out.
Horrendous service... we showed up a bit before our 7:30 reservation but were not seated until 8:05. Until we were seated, we contended with a surly bartender who took over 5 minutes to fulfill an order of a glass of prosecco from an open bottle that was right in front of her. Finally seated at a rickety table for three in the middle of the dining area next to screaming children. My husband was consistently bumped from behind from the one waiter serving the entire dining room.
We all had pasta, which despite each dish having delectable sounding menu descriptions, tasted exactly the same. My rigatoni with peas, Italian ham, mushrooms, sweet onions and mascarpone had no trace of mascarpone and tasted like nothing other than regular marinara... which is exactly what my husband's meal tasted like.
Curious why this place is recommended... it was an absolute zoo and it wasn't cheap, either.
93 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113