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Parla Presto
135 Lamartine St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Parla Presto's name promises that you'll learn to "speak soon" -  speak Italian, that is. Owner IsabellaMore Perricone also offers courses in Italian literature and culture.

Courses are eight to 12 weeks and are offered at every level. The business's motto is "just say it," so classes are conversational in style, and students are encouraged to start talking and make mistakes as they go.  

James's Gate
5 McBride St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

It's no wonder this neighborhood Irish pub is considered one of Boston's best. It attracts a friendly localMore crowd--it's not uncommon to see artists, construction workers, families with small children and hipsters gathered together for a pint and some conversation. The eclectic atmosphere featuring antique church pews, a slate tile floor and wooden ceiling beams create a calming, relaxing place to unwind. 

Standard pub fare is available--classic Irish fare like bangers and mash and shepherd's pie are offered alongside nachos, fried calamari and burgers. Expect quick, attentive and cheerful service.

A working fireplace creates a cozy atmosphere during the colder months, while a large outdoor patio packs a crowd during warmer weather. 

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