It’s no secret that Boston’s Italian heritage runs deep. Thanks to centuries of immigration, Boston has developed the great North End community, among other pockets of Italian culture. Besides its rich history and traditions, this region is best known for its authentic, delicious food. Want some for yourself? Look no further; with National Lasagna Day coming up on July 29, we decided to take a look at the best restaurants in Boston to get a plate of this classic dish!
433 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116
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Prepare for a surprise; while Anchovies is hailed as one of the greatest lasagnas in Boston, you don’t know exactly what you’re getting until you go in. That’s because their lasagna course is a daily special, changing frequently. However, you won’t be disappointed; no matter what Anchovies is serving up when you arrive, you’re sure to love it. Prepare for rich layers of flavor that aren’t drowned out by too much sauce.
112 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113
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Giorgio’s massive portions are sure to fill you up. Even better, you’ll savor every single bite! Like Anchovies, La Famiglia Giorgio’s has a daily, changing lasagna special. These dishes have been hailed as both authentic and innovative at the same time. If their massive portions not enough, or you’re just competitive by nature try their Lasagna challenge. (6 pounds of the Lasagna of the Day!)
11 Parmenter St, Boston, MA 02113
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Claiming the title of “Boston’s First Original Trattoria”, you can expect greatness from il Panino. Thankfully, they deliver; their daily special of Moms Lasagna della Casa is sure to please no matter how it’s served up. The dish lives up to its name, too. The portions are as large and as delicious as something your Nonna or Mamma might serve up!
326 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113
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Panza offers the least traditional lasagna on our list, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t one of the best. Their Free Form Lasagna is black pepper pasta sheets, chicken, mushrooms, and spinach all in a plum tomato ricotta sauce. Although it’s not the solid block you expect from this style of dish, it’s just as good (and you might even like it better). For new food concepts in a classic North End venue, head down to Panza for a bite.
346 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113
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Unlike Panza, Cantina Italiana sticks to its roots with a very traditional rendition of the dish. But, classics are classic for a reason, and Cantina’s Lasagna al Forno proves that. This dish is comprised of layers of homemade pasta sheets with both besciamella and meat sauces on top and in between. These are all topped with delicious mozzarella cheese and baked. For truly authentic lasagna, Cantina Italiana might be your best bet.
6 Prince St, Boston, MA 02113
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Artu has been serving up delicious Italian eats for 25 years now, and we hope they don’t stop anytime soon. Their Lasagna Abruzzese brings genuine beef, pork, mozzarella and hard boiled egg together in a filling, delicious dish. After stuffing yourself on this classic meal, grab a libation at their full-service bar open until 2 a.m.
190 North St, Boston, MA 02113
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Founded when Calabria native Maurizio Badolato won one million dollars on a scratch ticket, Ristorante Limoncello maintains a friendly, homey environment for you to enjoy delicious eats inspired by Badolato’s own family. Their Lasagna Mediteraneo contains authentic Mediterranean pasta sheets, coated in ground beef and peas in a tomato cream sauce. Maurizio’s Restaurant is his home and his guests are his friends, so don’t be surprised if you see him while you eat!
263 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA; 2401 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA and 2 Tremont Street, Brighton, MA
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Fiorella’s Express brings the classic favorites from their Newton location to more accessible locations all around the Boston area. However, these smaller locations don’t skimp on the original’s dishes. Their four layer Lasagna with Bolognese and marinara sauce, ricotta, mozzarella and pecorino romano will leave you stuffed to the brim but somehow wanting more. Crave their dishes for your next party? Fiorella’s caters, too!
4 Columbus Ave. Boston, MA 02116
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Maggiano’s Little Italy is the only chain restraunt to make our list, but for good reason. Nothing feels inauthentic or replicated about their classic, hearty Mom’s Lasagna. Maggiano’s piles crumbled meatballs and sausage, ricotta and marinara in and around their tasty layers of pasta. Even though there are other locations across the country, we like to think that no Maggiano’s is as good as the one in Boston.
10. Casa Razdora
115 Water St, Boston, MA 02109
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Our final venue is Casa Razdora, a restaurant founded by Denise Santini to show the United States what real, made-from-scratch Italian can taste like. Their Lasagna Al Bolognese strictly follows these ideals, with the pasta sheets made fresh daily in their kitchen. However, if you want this delectable dish, mark your calendar; Razdora’s lasagna, layered with bechamel & bolognese sauces, is a daily special only served up on Mondays!