I usually have to stay up in north suburbs but my wife had a conference downtown so I stayed and ate around Copely for a few nights instead last week. Came across a new north end favorite on Wednesday - Monica's. 143 Richmond. I know it's not Italian italian food since they're from Argentina, but I found the italian food pretty good in the Argentinian country side so I figured what the hey!
If you've not been, it's a quiet little place with maybe 20 tables or so. We had a cozy table by the window and excellent service. Food was solid - a nice and filling antipasti plate with some great salumi, olives, three cheeses and nice bread. Then I had porcini raviloi that were earthy and rich but still light enough to feel springy while my wife had the gnocchi with duck ragu that had jumped right off that menu at us both. The duck was excellent, more of a winter dish and very comforting. A very interesting Tucsan syrah blend that was new to me went along with everything. I thought the quality and experience were outstanding and the prices reasonable - we'll definitely be back.
To my second point. We had the gnocchi with duck ragu and it was great. Menu shopping the next night around Copley we saw the EXACT SAME DISH at four other joints . . . what the heck? It is Boston's March Dish or something? Or did the city have take an aggressive stand on waterfowl around the Commons?