Except for the horrendous ventilation problem, this is the perfect place. Great prices, interesting items, good sized portions, nice room, yet there were never more than 7 people at one time. Two friends and I sat in the big booth, you could sleep in that thing. A couple other booths and well spaced tables plus a bar that seats about 8 round out the place. Glasses of wine are reasonable, I started with a viognier but then saw they had a full bar which I didn't expect (specialty drinks for only $8), so switched to the embarrassing "flirtini" and saved the wine for later. Great salad of greens, gorgonzola, walnuts lightly dressed. Friend had another green salad that she liked (both $8) and the cream of broccoli soup was in a large bowl with a nice smokey flavor. I had the app. of truffled macaroni & cheese with some lamb ($8), very rich and the other half would have made a great leftover if I hadn't left it on the table. Risotto w/ duck confit was a proper entree, delicious and not that much bigger than the mac&cheese ($19), and one friend had the mussel app. as her dinner ($9) which was another large portion in a tomato-y broth with delicious grilled bread. We split a white and dark chocolate pate type thing which was just okay, would try the bread pudding next time. Total w/ another 3 glasses of wine was about $99. Burgers and sandwiches were also on the menu, waitress was nice, chef stopped by and I bugged him about the smells/smoke coming from the kitchen (which they thought they'd fixed). Overall, I'd go here all the time if I wanted to be a regular somewhere and lived in the North End. It's behind North Sq. and a little of the beaten path but I agree with everone else that it deserves to be found.