Underrated Restaurants: Carlo’s Cucina Italiana

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Boston has no shortage of popular eateries. From time to time, however, a very good restaurant seems to fall through the cracks and misses out on the recognition it deserves. In this semi-regular series, we will share our picks for those underrated dining spots that might strike your fancy.

Up next: Carlo’s Cucina Italiana

This tiny storefront can sneak up on you. Situated right on Brighton Ave in Allston, it’s not necessarily located in a dining hot-spot. Don’t be fooled though; while Carlo’s may be tiny, it is mighty indeed.

Every night, Carlo’s serves up hefty portions of wallet-friendly Italian food and wine. (Case in point, the most expensive item on the menu clocks in at $21,95, while most entrees are well under $20). The entrees are large enough to accommodate family-style dining, but that doesn’t mean you’ll want to share. And as we are in Boston, the lobster ravioli and rotating lobster pasta special are both worth ordering.

While I don’t trek out to Allston often, I make sure to stop in to Carlo’s periodically, especially in the colder months. Despite losing another 10 sq. ft. of dining space to the velvet wind blockers in front of the door, it’s worth fighting the crowd and cold just to enjoy a piping hot bowl of Carlo’s Stracciatella Alla Romana – Italian egg drop soup.

Maybe I’ll see you there this winter. We want to hear from you too – tell us your favorite or forgotten spots in the comments.