We stopped in at Pauli's in the North End for lunch recently and discovered a popular spot that has some great values and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Tucked away on the classic North End 's Salem Street, owner Paul Barker (who began his food career as an apprentice to his uncle, the legendary Joe Pace) said: "Think of us as an Italian Diner." We'd think of it more as a very upscale Italian diner.
We tried a whole bunch of Sandwiches. First up was the Chicken Cutlet, always the litmus test for an Italian sandwich shop. It passed with flying colors. Nice, thick slab of chicken with a good sauce and fresh roll. Many shops add sugar to their red sauce to cut acidity but Paul assured us that he achieves the same results by cooking the sauce with vegetables. We then tried a number of the other sandwiches and wraps, all of which were great. There's even a sandwich called the Vito Sub (chicken cutlet, imported ham, provolone, lettuce, tomato, roasted red peppers and chipotle mayo) that was created by actor Joseph Gannascoli, who played Vito on The Sopranos, on a swing through town.
We could not get the secret to these amazing fries but they are clearly among the best in the city. Excellent!
The lobster roll is also a great value. It is neither stuffed with celery and lettuce nor loaded with mayonnaise. At $14.00 and made with mostly knuckle meat, not the stringy leg meat, it beats the rolls at many high end places that charge a lot more. Next time you're in the area do yourself a favor and stop by.
65 Salem Street
Boston, MA 02113