Panza

Panza

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.panzarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (617) 557-9248
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Richard Talieri
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fleet St.
  • Public Transit: Haymarket (Orange); North Station (Orange, Green); Aquarium (Blue)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Panza
Panza's traditional Italian cuisine and relaxed atmosphere make for a great evening in this historic North End locale. For a dinner out with friends or a date night, Panza is the place to go if you want to be treated as part of the family. With signature dishes like Veal Panza, Seafood Risotto, and Chicken Parmigiana we pride ourselves on the quality of our ingredients. Throughout the year Panza also offers up seasonal specials to showcase the best of the region. Spend an evening with us and find out why people have made Panza a part of their family.
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Panza reviews from OpenTable diners
226 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (139)fit for foodies (98)romantic (67)special occasion (49)hot spot (25)notable wine list (24)good for groups (19)great for lunch (15)late-night find (13)kid-friendly (9)scenic view (6)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • This place is very arrogant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This place is very arrogant since the are in the north end and they can bully customers. I made a reservations one-week in advance on Opentable. When I got there at 730pm, I was told that they would put my name down on a sheet. I asked why do you do this, when I made a reservations. And their reply is "Well, if you don't like it, you can go some where else."
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  • all food great
    Pete
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    the butternut squash ravioli was unreal. Also had great chicken parm. Goat cheese and mushroom spring roll needs to be a thing at other places.
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    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a great choice
    Bdfd
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    A reliable go-to in the North End for quality food at very reasonable prices. They were nice enough to seat us early (15 minutes before opening), and we particularly enjoyed the calamari, veal panza, and carbonara. Don't expect to be blown away, but I bet you'll go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    The staff was very accommodating to my special requests and the atmosphere was so quaint and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magg1306
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    we good food and service, but a little tight quarters
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Party of Four
    JBoston3
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Had a reservation for a group of four at 9pm. We were not seated until 9:30pm. There is no waiting area due to how small the restaurant is. This causes a problem when it is cold outside because people tend to huddle around others that are sitting and eating, or they surround the doorway. There was no hostess, instead you had to go towards the back of the restaurant and talk to a waitress to tell you're here for your reservation. Service was okay, nothing memorable. Didn't like the fact that you couldn't subsitute a pasta side with a side of salad. Don't think it's that much of a cost difference for the restaruant. The food was mediocre, could have cooked something like that at home. Wasn't impressed with their wine list either, the bottles were relatively cheap but were marked up at the restaurant. As you can tell from this review, overall I was not impressed with the service, restaurant ambience or food. Tends to have cheaper entrees then the other North End restaurants, but to be honest, I rather pay more per entree and have great food and service if I'm going to entertain out of town guests.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A must try
    WAFSR
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Don't walk past because this place is too small or appears crowded. The tables are close, but you still have enough space to enjoy a great meal. Tables for two or more. Make a reservation, and they are very timely to seeting you at the time you planned. The food is great with affrodable prices and affordable wine list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Panza Boston
    Manda211
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Loved it here! I went here with a group of friends for a night out in the north end. It was busy but we were promptly seated & service was great. They had a great wine list as well & it was very affordable. We had the small order of calamari as an appetizer & it was plenty for the four of us, and not too greasy. I had the chicken parmigiana with linguini; the portion size was huge & it was cooked just right. Our waiter was very nice & attentive. This restaurant would be perfect for dining with family, friends, or as a date spot, & definitely earned another visit from my friends & I.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, hard to sit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Been here before and the food, as always, is amazing. Even with a reservation, though, the place was packed - and when that happens, there's really nowhere to wait (there's no maitre d area even, as the place is tiny). Be sure to arrive early and let them know you're around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • alt20948
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Amazing food, amazing service. Even brought us a free appetizer. The waiter's recommendations were exceptional, including a fabulous Pinto Grigio. Great experience - my favorite in Northend by far.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it was ok
    pete
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I thought the food was ok. Service was good. I would not go back because I expected better food quality.
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  • Benissimio
    Danmer
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Bravissimo on the pasta carbanara ! The gnocchi was superb as well. We were in the door right after our reservation and the meals were quickly out, and the service was always attentive but not all smothering. Great intimate atmosphere, but not too quiet/reserved to the point that some places feel stuffy. Fairly casual but at the same time high class and cozy- great, small find in the north end.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food but was not seated on time
    JojoVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We had a 6:30 reservation and arrived at 6:35 p.m. and had to wait 15 minutes for our table. The food is very good and is proiced very affordably. Portions are more than ample.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so good.
    slawsure
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The service was uninspiring. The veal in the veal parmesan was tough. The place is quite small.
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  • suzag07
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    This was my third trip to Panza, and it was just as good as I remember it being a few years ago. I wanted to take my family this time (parents, sister, and boyfriend), and we had to change our reservations twice due to changes in our group. The restaurant was very accommodating and we had no issues being seated right away when we showed up for our 7:30 reservation (granted, it was a Monday night, so it was probably a little easier to accommodate our changes than it would have been on a weekend). The service was fabulous, and everyone loved their meals. They have a very reasonable wine list. I can't understand waiting for hours in line at Giacomo's when you can easily come across the street to Panza. I would highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visiting the North End
    Dante
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    I was traveling with a group of work associates and wanted a "taste of the North End", found Panza on Open Table and saw that the reviews were very positive, so I took a chance. It was GREAT!! Absolutely fantastic. We shared 2 appetizers; the calamari and short ribs and the four of us cleaned both plates. Everyone ordered a different entre (Gnocchi, Butternut Squash ravioli, etc. ) and were totally ecstatic! Definitely would recommend to anyone who enjoys traditional Italian
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected
    MeechAnne
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Everything was a surprise! Small- very small dining room and small kitchen provided big flavors from start to finish. Get there early- line begins to form early even with a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crowded but Delicious
    NomNom
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Our party of four went on a Saturday night, which we knew would be busy. But that's why we made a reservation for 7:00. They must have made a few reservations for the same time, because we were waiting with several other parties for a table. It was extremely crowded and there really wasn't anywhere to stand, so we waited outside in the cold. Finally, at 7:30 we had a table. Unfortunately, it was right in front of the door. More and more people were coming in waiting for a table and crowding around us, not to mention the cold air coming in every time the door opened. Despite the crowded and noisy atmosphere, the food was delicious and priced well. I'd love to go again, only on a different night of the week.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had an early dinner here over the weekend and it was so delicious! We called to make reservations after hearing rave reviews from a family member and the place was packed when we were headed out. Appetizers were so good and fresh, as were our entrees. We both had pasta because we heard they make it homemade and it did not disappoint! Also very reasonably priced as we both had wine, and we were stuffed on the way out! Great spot on the north end..we will be back!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy!! But for a reason!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We actually called and said we were running a little late for our reservation which was good because they were running about a half an hour late. But from the taste of the food and good selection of wine, it was worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    the food was amazing amd would highly recommend to anyone who loves italian!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • thymes two
    cheftasket
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Very large portions of home style cooked food. Try sharing an entree. No Coffee or dessert but is located next to a late night bakery. Lots of fun with a terrific wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, as always.
    amyeats
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We had a great dinner at Panza, the food is reasonably priced and absolutely amazing. My only complaint is that as a group of 3, they were having a hard time seating us even though we had a reservation. The hostess was set on seating us at a 2 person table but after we had waited about 20 minutes finally seated us at a table for 4. Our waiter was wonderful and overall we enjoyed our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Panza
    CanOfSpaghetti
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Wanted to try this North End spot after hearing great things... every time I stopped by there was an hour-long wait. Getting a reservation through Open Table was easy and the food was - in all honesty - even better than expected. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Travel2eat
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Small spot that we have frequented in the past. The food is excellent but the wait staff seems stressed and our particular server was quite "cold". But for a rainy Saturday night, we had a traffic meal and a nice bottle of wine at a reasonable price.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • We'll be back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Server was entertaining and accommodating from the start! Was great at answering questions about the menu, and making the north end first timers in our group feel welcome. Food was delicious. Only hiccup was one person's order was a little slow out of the kitchen, but the server immediately apologized and brought us more wine to compensate for the wait. We had no complaints! We'll be back.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our new North End Favorite
    KimS
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Italian food doesn't get any better than this...homemade/handmade pastas like butternut squash ravioli in brown butter sage sauce and melt in your mouth veal parmagiana with fresh plum tomato sauce had us savoring every bite and left us knowing where we will return on future visits to the North End. The atmosphere was comfortable, not overly crowded like some other small places and the service was warm and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JskofHrts
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This was our 4th visit and it was great again. Staff super friendly and Food was cooked and served promptlyr
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • just ok
    biztraveler
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    the restaurant has an amazing location, and it is quite small. Our reservation was for 8:30 and we were accommodated in a very small table, close to the kitchen. The room was quite noisy and luckily they didn't have any music. My dinner mates enjoyed the food ok, my saltinbocca was too salty. Wine was good. Overall, it was a 3.5 star experience.
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  • Eat somewhere else
    foodfan
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    For Italian on the North End of Boston, this was not good. My husband ordered the seafood risotto, the rice was not creamy or cheesey (!), and there was gritty sand in it from the scallops, presumably. The risotto was like vegetable rice - NOT like creamy risotto. I got the spinach linguine special - the linguine was tough, not cooked enough. The lobster on top was tough, overcooked, and very chewy. The waitress did not come back during the entire meal, not until we were finished, and she never asked how our food was at all. We never had a chance to give feedback or anything else. She seemed tired and overworked. It was hot in the restaurant. The tables were so close the girl behind me whacked me with her elbow and pony tail.
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  • 1sttimer
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Would give this a outstanding rating if it wasn't a little loud. Food was outstanding!!! Had one complaint about the Risotto, otherwise evrything was wonderful. They purchase their wine from a shop across the street and pricing was very good. If you are in Boston eat here, you won't be disappointed!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another great meal!
    lita
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We brought a party of 5 to Panza and everyone left happy. Appetizers were great, especially the spring rolls. Classic chicken parm was a big hit too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Panza is like many other North End restaurants in that it has only a few tables, no bar and the only place to wait is outside the entrance door. The food at Panza makes it all worthwhile. We had shrimp and scallop risotto and the free form lasagna, both were melt in your mouth delicious. The tables are close together which I find very annoying, but at Panza the energy in the room was such that I could have a conversation with my friend but couldn't really hear the conversation at the table next to me. Our server was very friendly, and always right there if we needed anything. This was by far the best food we had during our six days in Boston.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    Fazza
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Second time I have been there and just a wonderful restaurant!! Great food, great service!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sparticus
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    great food, good wine in a great neigborhood. only issue is that we waited an hour past our reservations
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mouthwatering
    LoveBoston
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was excellent. Reservations needed. Would have give 5 full stars but so short staffed, although she did a great job! She was the only waitress and also the hostess for the entire shift. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but long wait for reservation
    blueskies
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Delicious, well-priced food, and cozy ambiance. Only complaint is that we had to wait 30 min for our reserved table. It is a small restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Fun Place
    yummy1
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great Italian restaurant! We had an attentive waiter and a great seat by the window. Food was excellent. It would have been a five star, but it was very loud. We would still recommend it as a fun place for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    UBD1311
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Starters were quite good, entrees were just alright. No desserts are served. Service was rude and lazy.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Thought the food was average for our group of 6, mine was disappointing ( linguini del la piscatori in white sauce) The waitress was very nice, just not what we expected
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