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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6 Responses to “The Daily Catch at the North End”

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    Jenn @ Frost Bites posted October 15, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I’m with you Bianca…I lurve calamari!!! I always have to try it as an appetizer in every restaurant then I know who’s got the best.

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    Megan posted October 15, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    The fried calamari looks amazing!

    Have you tried the triple chocolate cannoli at Mike’s — chocolate-lover’s dream come true!

    Looking forward to meeting you tonight!

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    MelissaNibbles posted October 15, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I love their black pasta alfredo. This is a great spot in the North End!

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    Michelle posted October 15, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    The North End is the one area of Boston that I’m just not as familiar with as I’d like to be. The Daily Catch sounds fabulous and I’d definitely like to check it out sometime!

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    A Boston Food Diary posted October 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Wow-this all sounds great! I’ve always heard really mixed reviews about The Daily Catch, but I love the black pasta! I’ll have to give it a shot!

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    Daisy posted October 20, 2010 at 10:22 am

    How did i miss this post! I love the Daily Catch and when I went I had the calamari and the squid ink pasta too (I had the full portion served in the sautee pan it was cooked in) it think it had a ton of veggies in it! I also love that their wine is served in plastic cups!

    So glad you and Lori enjoyed :)

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