I grew up in an Italian house. I am accustomed to great red sauces and quality ingredients. I now live here---in Boston's North End. I, correctly, think there are dozens and dozens of good, but expensive restaurants in the neighborhood. Most make their money from two sources: tourists and business (corporate) diners. A very few have truly maintained the traditional, quality, homemade ways of real Italian kitchens. Mother Anna's is one of them. It is an absolute gem. The red sauce is hearty and flavourful---with the right acidity to let you know it is in charge. The eggplant parmesan is the best I have ever had. The meatballs are truly homemade and fabulous. The chicken parm is awesome. The joint is not fancy---so you're paying for great food, not frills and periphery. The family still runs the show. Mother Anna's is the real deal.
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