The driving/walking/tourist hell that is the North End has terminally put off Chowhound csk, who seeks simple, seasonal Italian food just about anywhere else.

As it turns out, there’s a wealth of options. Gran Gusto is praised for its excellent pizza by emannths, who also notes that GG’s menu goes far beyond just cheesed-up sauce atop crust.

“Get the pork with the homemade vinegar peppers” at Carlo’s Cucina in Brighton, advises Guido. It’s an authoritative-sounding tip from somebody with an authoritative-sounding handle.

And ImanDB gives the South End’s Stella a hearty vote, bringing us to a nice neat three-pack of ways to enjoy Italian food without suffering agoraphobia and road rage. Based on menu items including bistecca tartare, homemade gnocchi, and seared local scallops, it sounds like Stella isn’t playing around.

Gran Gusto [Cambridge]
90 Sherman Street, Cambridge

Carlo’s Cucina Italiana [Allston]
131 Brighton Avenue, Allston

Stella Restaurant [South End]
1525 Washington Street, Boston

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