Oh. My. God. I still can’t get over how perfect Rino’s is. It’s a good thing there are such long waits every night because if there wasn’t I would probably be obese at this point. The portions are massive. Even after you stuff yourself to the point of immobility (not kidding), there will be leftovers for at least a week. Yup, a full week of homemade pasta, ridiculous sauce and balls of mozzarella – because each caprese salad comes with four and it would be silly to eat all of them before your bolognese arrives.
One of the best things about my East Boston night out was waiting for a table at Primo e Dopo, the relatively new bar across the street owned by Rino’s. I don’t blame people for waiting outside in the cold for this amazing food, but I am probably going to get out to Eastie way more often now that there is pre-dinner wine involved. Be careful though, two hour waits equal 3-4 glasses of wine and the bartender doesn’t skimp on the pour.
Mozzarella, Tomato and Prosciutto Appetizer
Pappardelle Bolognese - homemade pasta tossed with ground veal, pork and beef slowly cooked in a fresh plum tomato sauce
Vitello Carozella - scallopini of veal topped with puffs of fresh mozzarella and finished in a white wine lemon sage sauce
Sorry Strega, Rino’s is the best Italian in the city.