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Panza Details

  • 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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "A large group and I went for my birthday last Monday. We are a fairly rowdy crowd but the restaurant accomadated and made us feel very comfortable. I heard no complaints about the food, only praises. The wine was inexpensive and lovely as well. Service was awesome! Speaking as a server, taking large parties can be overwhelming and frustrating, but our server was a good sport with us. Overall wonderful experience and I plan on returning."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Overall experience was wonderful. We had a large group consisting of 10 people. The hostess was very accommodating and went out of her way to ensure that we were comfortable. The food was delicious, authentic Italian and the prices were outstanding. Everyone in our party was extremely happy with the service and the food."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Small little Italian restaurant with amazing food!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "It can take a while to be seated. Even with a reservation."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We visited Boston for 2 days and wanted to enjoy some of their best Italian food without spending a fortune. The food at Panza was fabulous. The portions were large and the bread was delicious."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "favorite restaurant in the north end. great food and great prices. a little loud somethings because it is such a small restaurant."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Good service with a friendly staff , great food, excellent prices for Boston, fun atmosphere. It had the cleanest restroom I've seen in some time."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Panza is our go to for reliable, good Italian food. it is not overwhelmingly different or special, but it is good, basic Italian food. Small space, attentive service. Good bread and fried calamari. Good for a quick(ish) meal in the North End."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Panza's food is a cut above the typical the typical red sauce joint. It is small, crowded, and reservations are not well managed (we had a reservation but had to wait 45 minutes to be seated). Very similar to Giacomo's. Calamari appetizer was good, chop salad ok (no antipasto choice). My Pescatore w/fra diavolo sauce is recommended: has good spice (really hot), fresh seafood (but no lobster, unlike Giacomo's), al dente linguini. My vegetarian daugher loved her eggplant parm, and wifey gobbled up her lobster rav. The $20 bottle of Montepulciano had a screw top and I saw it in a packie for $7 the next day."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dining experience at the little neighborhood find. I loved the fresh pasta dishes and the goat cheese mushroom spring rolls is to die for. My only complaint was that we really wanted to enjoy dessert there but they don't offer them. But truthfully, the food quality was so superb and service was so outstanding that a being dessert-less was a small price to pay for an exquisite meal."
    Dined on 8/5/2013
  • "Made a reservation for 8:00, did not get seated until 8:55. The hour long wait in the cold was not appreciated especially since we had a reservation. Having said that, the food was delicious and I would go back. I would just be sure to make your reservation an hour before you actually want to eat and have a place to go while you wait."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food and service at Panza is outstanding. It is very small so make a reservation and the earlier you go the better, because it gets very busy even with a reservation! I highly recommend Veal Panza - but they always have great specials too and fabulous sangria! this is my favorite restaurant in Boston's Italian North End..."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Panza always dleivers on all fronts. Excellent food, interesting specials, great service in an intimate setting, friendly knowledgable staff, great location..I have never been disapointed with an evening at Panza.. out of town guests have always raved about the great food, atmosphere and overall experience. One of my very favorite resturants. Be back soon!!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Waitstaff is friendly and knowledgable about the menu. Food is always good. Recommend making a reservation as it's always busy."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Have been many times never disappointed always great."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "we had a 6:30 reservation on a friday night and waited for about 15 minutes. The noise level made it difficult for the party of 4 to have a full discussion among the 4. The risotto was amazing!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We have been to Giacomo's across the street, but with theater tickets we needed a place that takes reservations. We were not disappointed, Panza was great. Really good selection of Italian standards and specials kept everyone in our group happy. And prices were reasonable, including wines by glass or bottle. It is tight and can be noisy, but worth the trip."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Fantastic choice for italian dining. Great food, great ambience. We had the specials: arancini, lasagna and a special arugula pesto ravioli. Haven't ever had more delicious italian food."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This is a great small italian place. Less upscale than most other places in the north end but also more affordable too. Decent wine list and good prices. Make a reservation as it's a small place and some parties that came in had to wait an hour. If it's busy go to a bar nearby first then come back because they don't offer a bar. The food was great and very authentic, very good homestyle italian fare."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Great restaurant - excellent value - housemade sangria is the bomb"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Brief and simple wine list with the essential wines. Menu is brief and simple to choose from, with the daily specials written on the wall. The portions are quite generous but most importantly, the quality of the food is simply incredible. I have eaten at five other restaurants in the North End and Panza simply remains as my favorite."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We were in Boston looking at colleges with our teenagers, and picked this place based solely on the vegetarian options available that sounded more interesting than other North End Italian restaurants. We were simply delighted with the service, quality (and quantity!) of the food and overall warmth of this restaurant. All four of us (meat eaters, fish eaters and vegetarians) thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We were worried about what some reviewers said about waiting for a table even WITH a reservation, so we changed from 7:00 to 6:30 and were seated right away. Had we kept the 7:00, it may have been different. The place has about ten tables. Very cozy and intimate, like a neighborhood 'hole in the wall' but with charming ambience. Our waiter was very attentive throughout the meal but didn't rush us. The bread was rustic and chewy, and we had the calamari and grilled vegs salad for appetizers, both yummy. Entrees were a good size but not ridiculous. Not a 'two-meal-sized portion' which was fine with us. Chicken Marsala, veal Panza, goat cheese ravioli special, and linguine with little necks, all delicious. Would certainly go back."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The restaurant is a tiny, tiny space that maximizes chairs and tables! No place to wait for reservation to be ready...on a very cold night it was a challenge to not be in the staff's way and not be freezing....Service is rushed, two servers stay extremely busy - but they remain professional and kind each time they are at the table. Food was fantastic - we all ordered something different and each was equally fantastic."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "So good! Honestly the food is great quality, and while at the same time the prices are very low for the area (~$20 for an entire meal!!) Definitely worth checking out, and their veal ravioli is to die for..."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "I don't 100% understand the reason they use Open Table or take reservations since its so small and we had to wait an extra 20 minutes to be seated. (meanwhile a table for 2 was available when we arrived and then were seated at said table 20 minutes later) Once seated we had a wonderful, delicious dinner."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Despite how small and crowded the tables were in this North End restaurant, the food was terrific! Our server was not the most friendly I've encountered, and did not ask if we wanted dessert or coffee. Gave us the impression they were more interested in turning the table. The goat cheese ravioli was spectacular, and the shrimp, scallop and vegetable risotto was outstanding. The food was served very quickly which did not give us much time to enjoy our wine or to slowly enjoy our experience. I would definitely go back for another visit and recommend this restaurant to others."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I found this place on Google and the reviews were very good. I made a reservation, and I was not disappointed. My party of 3 shared an appetizer and we each got our own entree and glass of wine (filled to the very top!). The food was excellent and it came out to $26 a piece. You can't beat that for great Italian food in a big city. Recommendations: Bruschetta, Linguine alla Pescatore fra diavolo (for the spicy seafood lover) and Cabernet Sauvignon Make sure you save room and get a cannoli across the street at Modern Bakery!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "we had a reservation for 7, we weren't seated until 7:30 and didn't order till 7:45. In addition to that, the waiter was quite rude to us while we were waiting to be seated. It was dinner for my birthday, so needless to say I wasn't too pleased. Food was good, but I wouldn't call it worth the wait."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "I had been looking forward to eating here after reading the glowing reviews. We had a 9pm reservation, which is later than I would have liked, but my husband and I thought it would be worth it. We arrived at 8:40 and were told that they were running 15-20 min behind, but they should be caught up by 9. We didn't get seated until 9:25 at a drafty table, after people with no reservations got their choice of tables. They even took half our table away while we were eating. The food was good, but impossible to enjoy after everything else. Takeaway - if you look like a person who is going to make a massive scene/complain about everything, then this is the place for you. If you're decently dressed, quiet individuals they'll be happy to ignore you."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Food was great but we had to wait more than 30 min even though we had a reservation"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We love Panza and go there often but this time I was very disappointed with my lasagna entree. The lasagna pasta was not served in strips. It was all broken up - seemed more like a pasta stew. It was probably the most disappointing lasagna I have ever been served at a restaurant. The flavor was just fair. Too bad. We have never before been disappointed with any food at Panza."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Panza is consistently one of my favorite North End Italian restaurants. They constantly deliver on flavor, service, value, portion size and ambiance. Even when my brother's dish was prepared with the wrong sauce ( red instead of white ), our waiter Carmen gave my brother a Free glass of wine without even asking. Get there early, and make a reservation! You will not be disappointed!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The food was great. Prices were very reasonable. Portions were large enough to split."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Very good food, waitress was also very efficient, friendly. Gets crowded quickly and is small inside. Would go back again."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Coming from a total food snob.... Panza was amazing!! Loved it, everything about it. I will be back to this neighborhood gem:) The wait staff nice as can be, the food delicious and the price reasonable and worth every cent."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "First time there, we loved the food and the time it took to get served. A little close quartered, but not an issue. We were in and out in under an hour, the waitress was very pleasant and the prices are excellent. I would recommend Panza's to all of my friends."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Eat here once a month it seems and it never gets old. The price is right and the food is great."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Family of 4 (2 high school kids) went to Boston for the weekend. I wanted to give the kids a good taste of the North End. We chose Panza as we could make reservations in advance (these kids wait for nothing). Reservations were for 7:30, we walked in right at 7:30 and to our surprise the table was set and waiting despite a small waiting line. We sat down. We were greeted immediately by a very warm and friendly waiter. rinks, appetizers and entre were served with perfect timing. All were amazingly good. Chicken Parm was fantastic. Atmosphere is a perfect, Boston, North End experience. I would recommend this to anyone. We'll be back."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "If you're looking for traditional Italian food in the North End of Boston, Panza has a wonderful menu at reasonable prices."
    Dined on 2/27/2014