So, as I had posted earlier, I went with a friend to La Summa in the North End for the first time on Friday night.
I was a bit apprehensive, as I've read all sorts of varying reviews. However, I really enjoyed it and plan to return.
The atmosphere was much nicer than I had been led to believe from descriptions of the place as "dinerish". It was warm and cozy, with big windows open up front to let in the night air.
Service was wonderful. We had to move from our first table, due to someone with a cologne overdose who sat down near us and the waiter couldn't have been nicer about it.
Food was excellent. I had the Arancini, which are italian rice meatballs. Very tasty, with lots of garlic. We also tried the stuffed artichoke, which was full of more garlicky buttery breadcrumb stuffing.
For entrees, we tried the gnocci and the homemade pappardelle with eggplant. The gnocci were light and tasty, with an excellent red sauce, not overly sweetened. The pappardelle was wonderful also, definitely could tell that it was homemade.
For dessert, a lovely ricotta pie, made on the premises, which was really delicious.
Very reasonably priced, compared with some of the other North End places (like Prezza, next door), they take reservations so you don't have to wait in a half-block-long line, like at Giacomo's. The portions were huge, too. We took home baggies of food for lunch.