I'm planning a dinner with several co-workers in the North End. I'm giving people two options. Taranta is the non-red sauce joint option (because the food is very good, it's not as expensive as Prezza or Mamma Maria, and Sage is too small). However, if people feel that the menu at Taranta is too intimidating or that it is a little too pricy, I need a back up option. So, what are some suggestions to a more traditional NE restaurant with good atmosphere and good food, but more affordable than Taranta (entrees are 20-30). Oh, and somewhere that takes reservations for a party of 7 or 8 people.