We have been coming to the North End for years and eaten at many of the restaurants, but we always seem to come back to Al Dente. I have never had a bad meal or experience here. The waitstaff is not stuffy but very friendly. They make you feel at home here. The dining room is a little cramped but that is not uncommon in the city. The wine by the glass is very reasonable and the food portions are enormous. This last visit we ordered the mussels served in a garlic tomato sauce. They were spectacular. I have had the cheese lasagna on past visits and It tastes just like mine, a very nice marinara sauce. Make reservations as it can get busy and like many other restaurants in the North End, there is no indoor waiting area, but you can go next door and sit at the bar once you have checked in, as we have done in the past. We always go to Caffe Vittoria on Hanover street for espresso and dessert after dinner. Al Dente is a great place to sit down, relax and have a terrific meal.