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Nebo, North End, Boston

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Nebo, North End, Boston

Limster | Sep 9, 2005 01:57 AM

A magherita pizza with pools of mozzarella (finally, a place that isn't chopping up their mozzarella into bits and scattering it on the pizza.) Fine but not outstanding ingredients. The tomato sauce is ripely flavoured, more tangy than sweet, and very slightly watery instead of being luxuriously oily. Crust is somewhat soaked through with the sauce, yet could have been thinner some parts. Would probably do better to order it scorched.

Salumi misti is quite pleasant, thin slices of rosy, tender, fatty prosciutto, firm peppery bresaola, thick slices of Abruzzese sausage, marbled capiciola and slices of grana padana (a cheese similar to Parmaggiano Reggiano). My favourite part is the little mound of chopped pepperoncini that brightens up the plate with colour and tangy spiciness, over cool bitter leaves of arugula.

Torta di ricotta is lovely in its simplicity, thick on the tongue, mildly sweet and wafting lightly with what I thought was vanilla.

The pour of valpolicella is generous, on the palate it turns from a light initial fruit to a meaty, beefy intensity and finally finishing with a lingering prune flavour. Fairly cohesive, but a bit heavy in the middle.

While not offering the best of its kind in the area, Nebo is certainly a very pleasant place to hang out for drinks and light food. While I could wish for improvements here and there, I wouldn't really mind heading back again to sample other parts of the menu, like the selection of antipasti or the bruschetti, extended from the Tuscan original to encompass ingredients from all over.

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