Finally made it to O Cantinho last week. On a Sat. nite when Inman Sq. restaurants were jammed, only one table was occupied at 8PM when we got to OC. It was really nice tho and so reasonably priced. I had the marinated pork loin sandwich with those wonderful fried potatos ($4.95) and my friend had a pork dinner w/ rice and salad ($8.95) and some appropriate beer. We both had no complaints. Service was nice and luckily a couple more parties came in. Is this more a lunch time place? Ended up getting dessert at the 1369 but it looked like OC had some good ones.
The Wed. before Thanksgiving 9 of us went to little Cibo in the north end based on recommendations here and elsewhere. There was only one other table there, every place was pretty slow. Started with some fried calamari which the waiter said was the best around. It seemed a little overdone to me but was fine, also got an order of mussels and bruschetta. I had gnocchi w/ gorgonzola cream sauce. It was fine but too heavy for the way I was feeling, just ordered badly. The hit was the artichoke ravioli special, delicious. We also had some orders of veal saltimbocca, veal milanese, fettucine w/ porcini mushrooms, meatballs and cioppino. Everyone was happy with their meals. The only problem was the heat really fluctuated from being too cold and everyone's feet freezing to being too hot after we asked the waiter to give it a blast. Entrees were mostly $15-20, not a bad basic Italian place.