Pasta Perfect

Standout Italian, with pasta and great meatballs

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neak away to Italy without leaving the 617. Tavolo is a neighborhood joint that’s all about comfort, both in the food and in the atmosphere. Friendly servers and bartenders dish out modern Italian, including standout meatballs with marinara and provolone and dusted with parmesan, a trademark pumpkin soup, and a Margherita pizza with ingredients so fresh you’ll think you’re in Naples. And you don’t have to squeeze into the North End to enjoy it. Check out the pasta tour on Wednesdays, featuring the cooking styles of different regions. You’ll be speaking fluent Italiano in no time. Cooking Italiano, too, if you take advantage of another secret: The restaurant (it’s from the same owner who brought you the Ashmont Grill) runs weekend pasta-making classes, and will also send a chef to teach a pasta-making class in your home. Oh, yeah, and there’s jazz every Tuesday with no cover. Hansen

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Dorchester Day commemorates the arrival of the first white settlers on May 30, 1630, when the ship Mary landed eight men at what is now Columbia Point.

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