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Published February 04, 2013

Hot to Tratt
Abruzzese Pork and Red Wine on Hanover

Post–Super Bowl Monday.

Always tough.

The fact you even made it to work today could be considered a cause for celebration.

So let’s just agree that it is. We’re thinking the North End. Tonight.

Get a table by a window at Aria Trattoria, your new second-floor sliver of Italy for Abruzzese-style pork and housemade pasta, now open on Hanover Street.

Rising up in the old Marco space—and brought to you by a seasoned North End restaurant vet who spent years running Tresca down the street—this is a 48-seat charmer straight out of Italian date-spot central casting. Think: white tablecloths, vintage-y mirrors, exposed brick and the occasional wood door you’d expect to find on a castle (or an Italian restaurant).

So imagine it: you’ve secured a two-top by the windows overlooking Hanover Street. You’ll settle in with a bottle of red from the 300-plus wine list (note: ask for something from the owner’s personal collection from the ’70s). Then, you’ll move on to 14-ounce milk-fed veal chops and Ravioli con Fungi (handmade oyster mushroom ravioli, truffled mascarpone, grilled escarole). All while unleashing your “So there I was cliff diving in Chile”–style getting-to-know-you tales.

For now, leave the entire year of 2005 off the record.
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