My husband and I are visiting Boston this spring and looking for great northern italian fare, which is hard to find in Texas. I personally do not like spicy tomato based sauces, and am looking for something more than a pizzeria or southern italian trattoria. The menu at Sage which looks great, but I noticed they are moving to the South end soon, and I really would like to be in the North End (so we can walk to Mikes Pastry afterward). I also thought about Mamma Maria, which has a great looking menu, but I wonder if it will be too stuffy. We are meeting three friends who are in their mid-late 30s, and would prefer something lively and fun. Any recs would be appreciated!