I am hoping in starting this topic that I do not actually insult anybody, especially those of you fond of the Italian restaurants in the New Hampshire area. That being said, in the 8 years I have lived in southern NH, I am baffled by the Italian food here. I grew up in New Haven, went to college in Providence and lived in Italy for a few years. So, I have very specific tastes when it comes to Italian food. My family is Italian, so making Italian food at home is not a problem at all. The problem is when it comes to choosing a restaurant here, my husband and I have to take Italian off the list right off the bat. We have yet to try an Italian restaurant here that is worth our money or time...we're better off staying home and cooking it ourselves. And forget the pizza...but I have learned that is to be expected for someone who grew up on New Haven apizza. But, I am thankful for that, because we have become quite adept at making pizza at home now!!
Ok, so anyway, if anyone knows what I mean, or the kind of Italian food I'm looking for...can you help me understand the difference between Northern NE Italian food vs. Southern NE Italian food, and where can we find some Italian food that we could appreciate.
PS...we enjoyed Piccola Italia the first time we tried it, but since then we've realized that it's not quite what we are after. Lucia's Tavola was a little closer, but I only had take-out, so hard to really critique based on that.