This week, we dip our toe once more into the deceptively turbulent waters of Italian Nachos. We’ve had mediocre ones at Anchovies in the South End, a delicious-if-not-quite-strictly-Italian version at Vito’s Tavern, and a rather disastrous attempt at making our own (and we’d prefer to just never again discuss what happened when we actually ate nachos in Italy). When we heard that Ducali Pizza in the North End had a their own version, the “Nachos Italiano”, we had to give it a try as well.
Despite its proximity to the bromageddon that is the North Station area, we found Ducali to be pleasantly empty the evening we popped in (be sure to check the Garden schedule in advance before making a trip). Along with beers from their small but varied list, we made a beeline for the aforementioned nachos, described as “Pizza dough chips baked with mozzarella cheese, hot pepper and salami, served with a spicy tomato sauce.”
- Appearance: (8) Yet another in our occasional series, “These don’t look very much like nachos at all.” But boy did they look tempting…
- Quality of Ingredients: (8) The crisp flatbread “chips”, dusted with parmesan, were quite tasty. We equally enjoyed the house-pickled peppers and the salami slices. There was disagreement over whether the tomato sauce was accurately billed as “spicy”, as half of us found it rather bland. In the end, all of the ingredients were on par with what you would find on a well-made pizza…just in different forms.
- Distribution of Toppings: (7) While the presentation was visually appealing, it led to the cheese running to the end of all the chips. There was also a layer of a few chips underneath it all that had no cheese whatsoever. The chips were so tasty on their own though, that we didn’t mind all that much, and they were perfect for scooping up the marinara sauce. Overall, the moderate cheese coating and sauce on the side led to an overall drier nacho experience than we typically prefer.
- Price: (9) At $8 these were very reasonably priced for their quality, and split between two people, a good half of a meal.
- Overall: 32/40. These nachos are the best “authentic” Italian nachos we have encountered in Boston (so, better than Anchovies). We recommend making a trip, but if you are going to partake bring some friends and make sure you leave room for their excellent pizza!