Fasta Pasta

Let this takeout spot whip you up a speedy Italian feast.

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rom the outside it may look like a rustic grocery or deli, but Bottega Fiorentina serves up a pasta that would put many North End eateries to shame—and it’s mainly for takeout. (There’s a bench and a couple of stools near the window.) But this little Florentine takeout spot can whip you up a home-cooked meal for less than it would cost to make it yourself. The hidden gems: penne fedora, the house specialty, or pumpkin tortellini, served only on Fridays. There’s also a wide selection of imported chocolates, cookies, and homemade desserts. Enos

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Italians invented takeout food. Ancient Romans often bought their meals from production kitchens or “cook shops” that were precursors of the modern gourmet takeout shop.

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