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A Restaurant’s Take

Stuffed shells

At Francesca’s Kitchen in Arlington, a dish like Nonna used to make.

Stuffed shells from Francesca's Kitchen in Arlington.

Michele McDonald

Stuffed shells from Francesca's Kitchen in Arlington.

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Despite its tables, this small restaurant feels more like a takeout joint. The menu offers salads, sandwiches, pizzas, and specials that change daily. They often look so enticing that I’ve arrived intending to order one thing and — after eyeing the display of, say, stuffed shells (fantastic) — left with something entirely different. — Sacha Pfeiffer

FRANCESCA’S KITCHEN 162 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, 781-648-0005,

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