Thank you thank you thank you Boston Chowhounds!
Just got back from a quick trip to the Boston area. Since Saturday wasn't bitterly cold we decided to try the North End.
This board expressed generally good reviews about Antico Forno so we decided to give it a whirl. (We have dined frequently in the past at Il Panino's but I didn't like it on our last visit and needed something new.) Saturday afternoon AF took a reservation for us for 6 pm. That worked out well for us.
Our service was pleasant and non-rushed. (an Aussie sounding waiter). We started with a bottle of pinot noir ($29) that was so good we got another. For an appetizer the table shared a Margherita pizza. I loved it, the fresh sauce was light and clean and the crust was like fresh baked bread. I would have been happy with this alone as an entree.
Salads consisted of fresh greens and cherry tomatoes in a light balsamic vinaigrette. I shared one with my husband and it was enough for the two of us.
For entrees, the Chicken Saltimbocca was melt in your mouth delicious covered in brown sauce and tender mushrooms, the veal chop was flavorful and tender, but roast leg of lamb was just okay, a kind of small portion of half dollar size lamb slices, not tasting like they were cooked in the wood fired oven. Others in our group enjoyed the rigatoni and sausage, and the gnocchi which were puffy and soft. A side order of garlic mashed potatoes was also a hit.
We left in good spirits and enjoyed a cappuccino at Cafe Victorria's afterwards.
This morning we treated our hosts to breakfast at Cappa's in Melrose (overlooking the train tracks). I had the much admired banana pancakes and they were indeed very very good. Fluffier than usual diner hotcakes and full of bananas and pecans (which were added in, you can also get them with walnuts or choc. chips). The Eggs Benedict looked delicious as did the french toast made with nice thick bread and sprinkled with cinnamon.
Thanks again for the great recommendations for our trip!