Boston Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants (November 2010 issue) included three from our own North End: Neptune Oyster, Prezza and Sensing.

You can read everything they had to say about all their choices when you pick up a newsstand issue, but for now, Boston Magazine said …

“Neptune Oyster … As the capital of New England seafood, you’d think our fair city would be crawling with great seafood joints. Not so. Plenty of restaurants have a good oyster lineup, and yes, Legal dishes out more chowder than anyone. But no one displays such a vehement adoration for seafood in all its forms as Neptune does. The raw selection changes daily, the lobster roll comes either hot and buttered or cold with mayo. But more important, Neptune hits just the right note between the upscale (crudos, tartares, and fish-friendly wines) and the low-key (first-come, first-served seating; a burger topped with fried oysters.)”

“Prezza … In a neighborhood where a decent fried calamari and a lusty round of “O Sole Mio” are enough to keep the lines stretching out the door, Anthony Caturano bring true, ambitious Italian cooking to Boston’s Little Italy: fresh season ingredients; handmade pasta; even an upscale take on Italian-American fluffy meatballs, homemade sausage, pork ribs, and creamy polenta. The full dessert menu — rare in the North End — is an added bonus.”

“Sensing … Nearly two years after opening, Sensing has hit its stride. While the dining room pales, literally agains the bold aesthetic of its sister restaurant in Paris, it’s where you’ll find Boston’s best translation of modern Parisian cuisine (in American-size portions, naturally). Signature dishes like steamed cod with coconut are reliably tasty, but experiment with Chef Gerard Barbin’s more playful plates, such as a side of savory French toast and you’ll be rewarded.”