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Rino's in East Boston

Stephen | Jun 29, 2005 04:27 PM

I made it back to Rino’s on Saratoga Street in East Boston last night, not having been there since last year (used to go weekly until Zafferano’s came along). I forgot just how good it is. The menu is fairly standard fair, dominated by chicken and veal staples (parm, saltimbocca, etc.) but they always have a specials menu that provides variety. Off that we got an appetizer of fried polenta with wild mushrooms, which was stacked on a plate covered half in a red pepper sauce and half in an alfredo-style sauce. The vertical presentation was a little surprising, but this was an absolutely outstanding dish. Polenta gets little attention in most Boston-area Italian restaurants, let alone fried polenta, and everything about it was right. For dinner my wife got the home-made fettucine with sausage and broccoli rabe (also a special), and I got the rigatoni matriciana. Portions for both were belly-busting as always, and although some of the sausages were not quite cooked through, and I am suspicious that the rigatoni was homemade as touted (the fettucini definitely was), both were exceptional. The matriciana in particular was rich but not overpoweringly so, with just the right amount of pancetta and onions. Service was extremely attentive, and you can’t beat an $18 bottle of Montepulciano D’Abruzzo. Despite our loyalty to Zafferano’s, we are going to make a point of putting Rino’s back into regular rotation. Anyone who makes it to that area between Maverick and Day Square should definitely seek it out.

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