The Daily Catch at the North End

I ate a lot of good meals last week when Lora was here but my favorite was our late lunch at the North End. I wanted to go to a restaurant that I’ve never tried before and asked my friends for recommendations. There were a lot of very good reviews about The Daily Catch, so that’s where we went! The pasta was incredibly good. Even five days after our meal, I am still thinking about it.

I don’t think I’ve ever really had a bad meal at the North End (maybe some were just so-so, but still good) – I do love pasta and Italian food though, so I’m easy to please whenever I’m there. But this meal at the Daily Catch is definitely one that stood out. The fact that they had homemade black pasta (tinta de calamari) already made them a winner in my book (er, blog).

I love blackboard menus - makes any place feel so homey

The Daily Catch is a tiny, tiny restaurant along Hanover Street and it is always packed, usually with a line of people waiting outside. We were lucky to immediately score two seats when we arrived. Lora and I both love calamari/squid so we easily agreed on what to order:

small plate of fried calamari to start

black pasta alfredo

black pasta aglio olio with ground squid

Of course the calamari was good (anything fried is good, right?) and so was the alfredo (anything with cream is good, right? Plus the pasta was perfectly al dente) but it was the aglio olio with ground squid that really stole the show. I love pasta aglio olio (see the special version I made for my sister here) and this version had the perfect blend of olive oil and garlic. I’ve never had ground squid before and it was really tasty – fresh and with the perfect amount of chewiness. It really complimented the black squid ink pasta.

it was fun seeing the chef cook everything

Service was a little slow (there was just one server!) but that didn’t matter because the food more than made up for it. We just loved the black ink pasta dishes. We actually ordered appetizer portions of each pasta dish but they were both still massive and we didn’t get to finish either, so take note of that if you’re planning on checking out The Daily Catch. And it’s cash only. We also ordered a caprese salad but they ran out of that so we had to make do with our no-greens meal. To make up for the lack of vegetables, we decided to skip dessert.

Just kidding. Of course we didn’t skip dessert. We went to Mike’s Pastry for cannolis. In spite of what most people would think, I am actually capable of going to the North End without getting a cannoli. I am also capable of eating balanced, nutritious meals (that’s not just carbs and cream and sugar hehe). But when your best friend is visiting from thousands of miles away, and you’re both in the mood to splurge, then there is no other way to enjoy the North End than with big plates of pasta and sweet cannolis.

We loved our North End meal

I can’t wait to go back to the Daily Catch. I know the perfect person to take there too: my youngest sister Patty. She also loves pasta and squid and all kinds of Italian foods.  It is actually her birthday today and because she’s on the other side of the world (Philippines), we’ll just have to celebrate when she comes to Boston again. And I plan to take her – and other friends – to the Daily Catch as soon as I can!

Do you have a favorite North End or Italian restaurant?

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