Carlo’s Cucina Italiana
Avoid the crowded North End for Italian food that’s just as good (if not better) in Allston. Warning: Like many North End spots, it is tiny. But should you not be able to get a table, you’re in luck – one of the area’s best beer bars, Sunset Grill & Tap, is directly across Brighton Avenue, while Deep Ellum and its sister restaurant Lone Star Taco Bar are just a five-minute walk away.
131 Brighton Ave., Allston. 617-254-9759. www.carloscucinaitaliana.com