Had a chance to sample some of the delights in the North End this week --
Picked up some wonderful pistachios and the elusive Boyajian citrus oils at the nuts and candy shop on Salem. The gelato at Napoli was as delicious as Limster has says - we tried the peach (bright and fresh) and the banana (creamy). Stopped by Bricco's. Briefly, I agree with C.Simon's post - the kinks need to be worked out. There's a bit of "pre-made and heated up"? quality to some of the dishes. Although the dishes sound good, execution is lacking. Will definitely be back though for another try in a few weeks.
Taranta was a winner - excellent! I had read the recent article in the Globe or Herald about the Peruvian bent to some of the dishes on the menu, and decided to stop for appetizers. While all were great (the antipasti, and garlic shrimp), the "calzoni" (really empandas) were a treat. Three different kinds - one a beef picadillo, a cheese, and a bacala. Service was friendly, the chef stopped by the tables, and we even were offered a complimentary dessert wine - a sparkling strawberry wine. Great meal.