The sole business along a lovely stretch of Peterborough Street, Canestaro
Pizzeria has an off-the-beaten-track feel that's hard to find in a city. The
atmosphere is warm and colorful, and the air has the garlicky smell of an
authentic Italian trattoria.
The 11 pasta entrees ($6.50 to $9.25), some gems among them, include the
creamy but light Abruzzi verde -- a simple combination of chicken and mushrooms
over linguini, topped with a soothing pesto cream sauce. The gnocchi basilico
-- a choice of potato or spinach-and-ricotta gnocchi, tossed with a basil
marinara sauce -- is perfect for a light but filling summer meal.
Pizzas ($6.95 to $8.95) are topped with still-crispy vegetables, or with meat
options that include ham, meatballs, prosciutto, pepperoni, and sausage. Those
same ingredients can be incorporated into made-to-order calzones ($6.95; 95
cents per filling).
Salads ($4.95 to $6.95) are big and fresh; most come with a spicy vinaigrette
that's heavy on the balsamic vinegar. Sandwiches ($4.95 to $5.50) are perfect
for take-out, and side orders (75 cents to $6.50) include crispy garlic bread
with mozzarella. For dessert, have some cappuccino ($2.50) with a cannoli
($2.95) or a piece of tiramisú ($3.50).
Canestaro Pizzeria, located at 16 Peterborough Street, in Boston, is open
daily from 11 a.m. to midnight. Call 266-8997.