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With Hotel Commonwealth as its grand cornerstone, Kenmore Square is a charming neighborhood of the Back Bay and the true gateway to the many things to do in Boston. In addtion to being the landmark of historic site Red Sox Fenway park, Kenmore Square provides close proximity and easy access to Boston’s many neighborhoods as well as cultural, historic and leisure attractions, the area has an allure all its own.

Fenway Park: Home of the Red Sox

Overlooking historic Fenway Park, Hotel Commonwealth is the perfect choice for baseball fans and is within a short walking distance from the beloved home of the Boston Red Sox. 

Boston University:  Hotel Commonwealth's Avenue Neighbor

Home of the Boston Terriers, Boston University is the largest university in the city, founded in 1839. With over 16,000 full time undergraduates and over 8,500 full time graduate students, as well as a faculty of nearly 4,000, the University spans more than 13 acres right in the heart of Boston. 

With more than 100 colleges and universities located within its metropolitan area, Boston has been appropriately dubbed, "The Athens of America". Boston area schools include some of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world. 

World Renowned Hospitals and Medical Centers

The Boston area is world renowned for its state-of-the-art hospitals and medical facilities. From teaching hospitals associated with the area's most prestigious universities, to community health centers, Boston offers the cutting-edge treatment and research that breaks new medical ground and expertly delivers successful patient care. 

Recognized as one of Boston's most upscale neighborhoods and attractions, the Back Bay stretches from the Charles River on the north to Newbury Street on the south and encompasses some of the city's most historic homes, businesses and high-end shopping and dining destinations.

Restaurants
Guide - Restaurants - Italian

Antonio's Cucina Italiana

288 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114 617-367-3310

Description: BEACON HILL. Located near Massachusetts General Hospital, Antonio's is a secret most local folks hope won't get out. Basic in decor, this Italian restaurant serves authentic northern and southern Italian cuisine, including hearty servings of fusilli and other homemade pastas. When you've tackled them, wrap up with a sweet canoli and a steaming cup of cappuccino, and you'll walk away a satisfied customer. Italian music plays in the background, adding a pleasant touch.
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Artu

89 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114 617-227-9023

Description: BEACON HILL. At Artu, the friendly staff serve steaming plates of Italian food that tastes as if it came from mama's kitchen. The signature dish is a lamb sandwich, but if you're not in the mood for a sandwich, start with mussels sautéed with a hint of garlic, and go for roast lamb for the entree. Don't forget dessert either ­ they have a nice selection including a fantastic tiramisu. The dining room ambience is cozy, thanks to a large fireplace. Full bar; brief wine list.
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Bin 26 Enoteca

26 Charles St, Beacon Hill, MA 02114 617-723-5939

Description: BEACON HILL. Choose from among 50 wines sold by the glass and savory, Italian-inspired shared plates at this casually elegant Beacon Hill café.
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Carlo's Cucina Italiana

131 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134 617-254-9759

Description: BRIGHTON. This Allston trattoria pleases guests with their made from scratch pastas and other Southern Italian homemade goodies. Try the savory chicken marsala or the veal alla saltimboca (veal layered with proscuitto and fontina cheese and covered with a cream sauce). If you're looking for ambiance and a snazzy decor, you might want to bypass Carlo's because here it's all about the food, which they do quite well! This spot is very popular, so be prepared to wait.
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Figs

42 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114 617-742-3447

Description: BEACON HILL. Boston's renowned chef Todd English created Figs to showcase his thin-crust gourmet pizzas. Topped with terrific ingredients like fresh arugula, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, figs, asparagus, and prosciutto, they're savory treats and perfect light fare. Other menu items include pastas and salads ­ try warm bacon and spinach salad or Caesar salad.
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La Galleria 33

125 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113 617-723-7233

Description: NORTH END. Delectable creations, prepared in an open kitchen, deliver Italy's best flavors in a stylish dining room that faces Salem Street.
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Lucca Back Bay

116 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116 617-247-2400

Description: BACK BAY. This contemporary Italian restaurant, overlooks Copley Place and features a dining room decorated with columns, cherry wood wine bins, and well-spaced, smartly-appointed tables. Among the savory main courses are olive-crusted scallops with beluga lentils, braised beef short ribs with root vegetables and roasted rack of venison with mostarda fruit glaze. If cocktails are in order, give their lounge a try; there, the skilled bartenders pour everything from grappas and amaros to Kaffir Lime Gimlets and Parisian martinis.
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Lucca Restaurant & Bar

226 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113 617-742-9200

Description: NORTH END. Take your evening respite from exploring the Freedom Trail at this sophisticated North End Italian eatery, where the white linen-covered tables sit against a backdrop of granite floors, large windows that can be thrown open to Hanover Street and a cool mahogany bar. Menu highlights include superbly presented renditions of roasted center-cut pork chop with balsamic-grilled onions, grilled jumbo scallops served over delicata squash purée, and papparadelle alla Bolognese.
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Neptune Oyster

63 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113 617-742-3474

Description: NORTH END. Intimate and old-school cool, Neptune sports a pressed-tin ceiling, floor tiles and marble-topped tables. It's the raw bar, though, that truly sets this place apart, thanks to seasonal ditties like Ipswich clams (fried, of course) and a dozen or so varieties of oysters. The wait staff is also extremely knowledgeable and happy to help customers decipher the raw bar menu, so diners receive the freshest and juiciest bivalves every visit.
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Panificio

144 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114 617-227-4340

Description: BEACON HILL. Delicate pastries and tasty Italian sandwiches, pastas and pizzas make this cafe a desirable spot to fuel up any time of day.
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Paolo's Trattoria

251 Main St, Charlestown, MA 02129 617-242-7229

Description: CHARLESTOWN. Northern Italian cooking is at its best at this Charlestown eatery, which also offers dishes with a Mediterranean twist. The menu emphasizes crisp, wood-fired pizzas and traditional treats like risotto, antipasto, and pork tenderloin. Desserts don't disappoint either, as you'll see with the rich chocolate mousse. Paolo's waitstaff are helpful and cheery, making dining a pleasurable experience.
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Rialto

1 Bennett St, Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-661-5050

Description: HARVARD SQUARE. Rialto, set in the handsome Charles Hotel, is an eclectic restaurant whose menu focuses on regional Italian specialties prepared with a fresh New England influence. Representative third courses include braised short rib with gorgonzola-potato fritter, pan-roasted ray with pine nuts and citrus butter, and halibut in lobster broth with fennel, mussels and squid. This romantic spot also dazzles palates with dessert offerings ranging from bombolini with tangerine mascarpone to honey-lemon pine nut tart with gelato.
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Sorellina

1 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116 617-412-4600

Description: BACK BAY. It's not unusual to spot celebs at this trendy Italian dining room, where the sophisticated bunch comes to see and be seen. The food, while pricey, is superb. Ornate Mediterannean style starters, specialty pastas and exquisite meat and fish dishes make quite a lasting impression, as does the wine list, with 26 varieties available by the glass.
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Taranta

210 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113 617-720-0052

Description: NORTH END. This sprawling restaurant occupies three-levels of a Hanover Street storefront. Infused with the flavors of Italy and Peru, the cuisine consists of rich pastas and tantalizing meats. Dig into the fiery cassava root gnocchi with slow braised green lamb ragu and shaved parmesan. Afterwards a delicate dish of hazelnut mousse, drizzled with dulce de leche, should cool off your palate. Martinis, imported beer and wine available.
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Terramia Ristorante

98 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113 617-523-3112

Description: NORTH END. Come to this local favorite and feast on goodies such as risotto, gnocchi, homemade spaghetti alla Chitarra, wild mushroom ravioli, and other Italian specialties. The wine list is well-selected and holds a good number of white and red wines. The mustard colored walls, soft lighting and linen-covered tables make for an inviting interior. As the restaurant seats only 39 at a time, reservations are suggested.
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The Butcher Shop

552 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118 617-423-4800

Description: SOUTH END. In addition to the store, the Butcher Shop features a wine bar offering over 100 labels and a limited menu of French and Italian-inspired dishes, highlighted by an authentic charcuterie plate.
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Toscano Restaurant

41-47 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114 617-723-4090

Description: BEACON HILL. This Charles Street restaurant welcomes diners with a burgeoning menu of homemade Northern Italian dishes. Among the options are entrees based on lamb, pork, chicken, pasta, and veal. The decor, with exposed brick walls and old maps, has a rustic, upscale feel, and patrons at this Beacon Hill trattoria are often some of Boston's who's who. The large, varied wine list accommodates most tastes. Smart casual to dressy attire. Valet parking available.
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Trattoria Pulcinella

147 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-491-6336

Description: CAMBRIDGE. This whimsical Italian eatery boasts a menu packed with homemade goodies, including pastas, breads, shellfish, game, pizzas, and other Southern Italian comfort foods. The ambience at Trattoria Pulcinella is casual, and patrons easily sense the welcoming attitude and romantic possibilities within. Don't forget to indulge in a bit of tiramisu for dessert. Outdoor dining is available.
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Via Matta

79 Park Plz, Boston, MA 02116 617-422-0008

Description: BACK BAY. This downtown Italian eatery is Boston's new sweetheart and offers Italian eats made from the freshest ingredients available with the menu changing regularly. Homemade goodies include traditional fare like spaghetti and veal, along with more exotic dishes like rabbit and octopus. Well-selected Italian wines satisfy aficionados and novices alike.
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Woody's Grill And Tap

58 Hemenway St, Boston, MA 02115 617-375-9663

Description: FENWAY DISTRICT. Woody's serves as both an ideal lunch spot and a great nightlife option. This bar makes a mean thin-crust pizza that's cooked to perfection on a wood-fired oven. In fact, these pizzas have become legendary with local baseball regulars and symphony goers. Order toppings that run the gamut, from goat cheese to arugula and jerk chicken. Full bar provides a variety of options with approximately 18 beers on tap. The interior is pleasant, featuring yellow walls, blue accents, and lovely wood trim.
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