Delicious food. The best we've had in the North End! It's a small unassuming location full of stand-out food and authentically Boston Italian service.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everyone was so nice and the
Everyone was so nice and the food was so good! I always hate sitting so close to the next party, but that comes with city life. Great experience!
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Trattorio Il Panino continues
Trattorio Il Panino continues to serve the best Italian food I've ever experienced. I've yet to have a bad meal there. One time I went 6 weeks without eating there and I truly felt something was missing from my life.
I will forever be a regular there.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were seated in the heated
We were seated in the heated patio area which was extremely comfortable. Our waiter was very friendly and informative. They have an excellent wine selection, as well as a wonderful menu. My dauther and I had the risotto, which was excellent, and my husband had a pasta special that was served right in the skillet. We were all laughing at him because it looked like he licked the pan! We would definately return, and I would love to eat there in the spring/summer/fall to enjoy the patio.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best of the North End
Always wonderful food. On a Wednesday night we had a seafood pasta dish that was fabulous. The pasta is so fresh. The seafood cooked and spiced perfectly. We have been going to Il Panino 2 to 3 times a year for the past 13 years. This was the first time we saw the outdoor patio open in the winter. It is enclosed and heated but we opted to move into the main restaurant as it is very loud in the patio. Luckily, everyone was very nice and accommodating. I can't recommend the restaurant enough. The food, wine, and service are always outstanding. The ambience is fun, casual. It's not the most romantic setting but it is always comfortable.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great service! If you try
Great service! If you try to speak Italian, they're super sweet about it!
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always great!!! Gets better
Always great!!! Gets better and better. Have been going there for over 10 years. Have never been disappointed. Staff and Host are extremely accomodating and friendly. You will not find better food in the North End. The atmosphere is authentic Italian. It's like I'm back in Italy.
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Nice evening with a nice wine
Loved the food and the front room. Very well organized reservations, we were actually seated within 5 minutes of our 8 o'clock. The Caesar Salad made with a light dressing was really nice and all in all the prices were reasonable for the North End. We love Antico Forno but the noise level there is too much for us, so this was a good alternative. Try the Frutti de Mare....delish!Our waitress was knowledgeable about wine and asked the right questions..we had a very nice red from Montipulciano. Felt very much like a Italian trattoria!
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
What a great place and excellent cuisine. I can't remember the last time the entire staff of a resturant was so sincerely appreciative of providing their services. For a small place, they certainly have honed their skills in the kitchen and on the floor.
The food is incredible. Sometimes choosing the daily special is akin to having some spiced up leftovers at home, not the case here.
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always solid traditional and
Always solid traditional and authentic Italian fare. We had a wonderful experience with our group, felt well attended to, and will look forward to returning.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
You will not regret dining here!
I know that most restaurants in the North End would not disappoint, but in my experience Trattoria Il Panino has been in a league of its own. Over the course of the last few years, I have dined at Trattoria Il Panino well over a dozen times and I have never been disappointed by the quality of food and the dining experience there. Everything I have ordered has been expertly prepared - especially their homemade pasta dishes, which are out of this world. I can't recommend this restaurant enough!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Veal saltimbocca lasagna, gnocchi amazing. Bit chilly sitting outside on a cool April evening, but considering there's little chance you'll get one of the scarce indoor tables even with a reservation, which we had, it was fine, especially when the warm air ducts pumped some heat on us. Service was super friendly, neighborly and efficient. Considering the quality of the food, the prices are very reasonable. For dessert, go around the corner and join the line for Mike's. And forget parking; take the T or a cab. Enjoy!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was great? Servers were authentic Italien. Had to wait 30 minutes for table despite reservation.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really 5 stars for the food which was incredible. The pasta, sauces, everything was amazing and even unique. Love Italian food and this was a tweek different than you may find elsewhere but clearly steps above. Would recommend the lasagna in an amazing blush tomato sauce or any of the pastas. We saw people next to us get some other pasta dishes that looked amazing. Staff was a bonus - but they were genuinely very friendly and down to earth. The ambiance to be honest I'd give 4 stars. There is a main room and an outdoor spot. We sat in the outdoor section. The indoor was a little cramped. The outdoor was a little plain - wooden chairs, plain brick wall. Ok, but so what. It was clean and the food earns this place 5 stars.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
True Italian Trattoria
Food was sensational! Just like nonna used to make but with a modern flare. Servers were charming. The ambiance is very rustic. Overall, our BEST experience with Italian cuisine in North America to date!
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Neighborhood Place
Great food! Great wine list! Very busy, but good service. My husband's entree took much longer than everyone else's, so he was given a free glass of (very good) wine. Food exceeded our expectations.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I went to take my mom out for Mother's day and it did not disappoint. Everything tasted amazing and it's right in the heart of the North End.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
30 TH Aniversarg
Great food great service the veal was fabulous lots of people waiting to eat means it's well worth the wait
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
A North End Gem!
Our experience at Trattoria Il Panino was fantastic. The food, the service, the energy -- all amazing! I would highly recommend this place to anyone who is looking for an authentic North End experience.
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went here on reports of a great stuffed artichoke- I was not disappointed although it was a little bland. My partner and I had th mushroom ravioli with truffle cream sauce for main. It was amazing- we were still talking about it the next day!
6/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food as always, great service from real Italians! Enough said.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Italian food and service
Great spot for real Italian dinner prepared while you watch. Good wine, great service and the whole family is welcomed. Definitely on my list whenever I am in Boston.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lobster ravioli was robustly filled with big chunks of lobster and the sauce was deelish! My friend had ribeye steak and was melt in your mouth tender, cooked to perfection over wilted spinach. Pancetta penne another
friend had. Enough for 2 people and it was tasty! My husband had one of their four specials, scallop gnocchi. It was filling.and very yummy!
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Engagement to remember
Had an excellent experience. Went to restaurant for girlfriends birthday. Had flowers delivered, which staff set on our table right after sitting down. Great surprise. Food was great, along with service and attitude of staff. I popped the question to girlfriend at end of meal with and answer of Yes. Was congratulated by all staff including owner I believe. Totally recommend.
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely evening in the North End
Great food as always and service was spectacular. Boar special pasta was super tasty
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were seated promptly at our scheduled reservation time. Within 30 seconds, we were greater by our server and had menues. We were seated in the outdoor patio area which is large and (thankfully, since it rained) covered. Wait staff was very professional, taking time to explain the menu and giving detailed descriptions of how requested food was prepared. Food arrived in a reasonable amount of time and was wonderful. My husband had one of the nightly specials and kept raving about how good it was. We will definitely return when we are in Boston again.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Good Food - Slow Service
Dined with my wife and another couple on 7/20/13. The host got us a table for 4 on the patio as requested. We got the fried calamari and the zucchini flowers for appetizers and both were very good. No complaints there. Everyone also seemed to like their entrees. My wife got the mushroom ravioli and the other couple ordered the linguini with clams and the lobster over fresh pasta special. I ordered the veal saltimboca which was good but a little different as it had some type of cream sauce on it. The service was definitely spotty. It took almost 45 minutes to an hour after receiving our appetizers before we got the entrees and I waited almost 10 minutes for my veal after everyone else had been served. Overall a good experience though.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome as always!
We have been coming to Il Panino for many years whenever we come to town (we live in Chicago) and the food is second to none! Great ambience, service, and wine list. If you're in the North end make a point to try it. We were in town for three days and had dinner here twice.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
My Boston Fav
I really like this place the food is good, and reasonable. I go here every time I am in Boston, the best part is sitting outside. I am not a huge fan of the downstairs. The wine list is good and service is excellent.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a find!!
We have NEVER had such wonderful staff experience in ALL our Boston dining!! When we arrived the hostess actually helped my husband park the car...YES, in Boston!!! She was SO friendly, kind, helpful and made us feel welcome and comfortable right off the bat. Our waitress was great helpful and apologetic when we ordered second bottle of wine which was no longer available gave an upgrade and when our meals arrived before our appetizers, took them off the bill. We can't wait to return!! Serivce as it should be and beyond!!!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
the best italian food in the north end of boston!!!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
True Standout in the North End
I've been to a bunch of North End restaurants... this one wins hands down in every category. The food is amazing and at an actually reasonable price. The service was very attentive. And most important of all, they have a huge outdoor covered patio, perfect to make the night even more special. The seating was not the typical cramped style you're used to seeing in the North End, when you can't even cut your food without elbowing the person at the table next to you. It was spacious and very comfortable. Can't say enough about this place... will definitely be coming back!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food, Non-existant service.
Food was really good, service not so good.
Waited 15-20 minutes before the waiter first came to table, then he asked if we were ready to order we said no as he had not even told us about the daily specials etc. We asked for a bottle of wine, they were out of that bottle, but, he told us we could have a more expensive bottle. Asked the waiter for water and bread, three times, finally asked one of the busboys, who brought them to us. As soon as we finished eating the waiter gave us our bill, we had a window table, so apparently he wanted us to leave....
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
best to make your reservations early otherwise you wait. a very personal and energetic waitstaff. the mushroom ravioli was truelly
exceptional. great place to bring friends to especially out of town guests, they will really experience north end dinning
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food excellent... Service
Food excellent... Service great until towards the end of meal when waiter seemed to forget about us.. Never cleared table... Never asked about dessert. We had to ask a bus boy to get our check from our waiter... Disappointing end to a great meal.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had reservations for 7:00pm
We had reservations for 7:00pm on a warm, Friday evening. We arrived a couple of minutes early and were promptly seated at a wonderful front-row table for two on the outdoor patio. Our server was very attentive, carefully explained the evening's specials and the wine list. Service throughout our meal was attentive and professional. The stuffed zucchini flowers were fantastic, the lobster ravioli was perfectly prepared and the evening's whole lobster special was delicious. We would certainly dine here again when next in Boston. We were very glad to have made an advance reservation, because the wait for tables without a reservation was nearly one-hour by the time we left the restaurant.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Must Try!
This was our first time at Trattoria Il Panino and we have to say it was an A++ experience.
Great service, timing for drinks, appetizers and dinner was right on.
Perfect portion sizes, and presentation was nice
Dishes tasted amazing and priced just right
Relaxed atmosphere, this was a very busy restaurant on a Saturday night, yet we never felt rushed.
Many thanks to all the staff for a great dinner experience!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A member of our party was
A member of our party was wheelchair confined. They rearranged the outdoor patio to accommodate him. we will be forever grateful.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall on the fence
We were first seated in the patio area - it was very noisy, chairs low and uncomfortable. luckily they moved us - otherwise can't say I would've stayed. Once seated inside, things improved. Service was attentive. We ordered the fried squash blossoms - delicious. We noticed that pasta entrees were being served directly in the stainless steel pans prepared in - nice touch. However our entrees arrived plated, which was disappointing. We did not complain, but our server said at the time our entrees came up they were washing pans ! ...i ordered the parparadelle with lamb ragout - the sauce was excellent and rich in flavor, but the pasta cooled quickly and became sticky - which I don't think would've happened if served in hot pan!!
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We sat outside during Labor Day Weekend. I enjoyed sitting outside even though it was so humid that day. I prefer dining outside during the summer at restaurants. I had the mushroom ravioli with truffle oil sauce; it was amazing and filling. My boyfriend ordered a special, lobster ravioli in crab sauce with pieces of crab in the sauce; he absolutely enjoyed it and was stuffed as well. The servers and host all spoke Italian to eachother which is personally something I love seeing at restaurants because it makes the ambiance more authentic.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time visitor on the
First time visitor on the recommendation of a local friend. Although the noise level was very loud, the food and evening were very enjoyable. We were seated within 5 minutes of our reservation. Good food and a lot of fun and will go back the next time we are in Boston.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We visit Il Panino regularly for lunch and dinner, mostly on weekends, and the dining experience is NEVER DISAPPOINTING. The food is always excellent, the service is always efficient and friendly, and the overall dining experience is consistently EXCELLENT.
Thank you for the great food and the great dining experience!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and service.
Excellent food and service. We made reservations and were seated the moment we arrived !
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian restaurant!
Great Italian food, friendly service, and ideal location in the heart of Boston's North End.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
true Roman restaurant
A place that takes great pride in serving the best Italian food. Treats guests like family and shares its love of food and wine. We enjoyed ourselves tremendously and look forward to our next visit which won't be long in happening.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding Food & Service!
We were in Boston for 2 days. We wanted a good "North End" Italian experience. On a recommendation from friends we made an easy online reservation and changed it as easily to update to our schedule. We chose outside seating on a covered heated patio and were extremely happy with our choice. We shared the Boston Bibb aged balsamic vinegar & candied walnuts, the house Cab., two entrees: Mom's Quattro Carni Ragu homemade meatball, sausage, brasciola, pork short ribs in old recipe ragu & Linguine Alle Vongole Macchiato littleneck clams and touch of san marzano tomatoes. Our check was so reasonable we were surprised. Incl. a bottle of wine we paid less than $100. The evening was a treat. On our next visit we'd definitely go back.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything about this restaurant
Everything about this restaurant was amazing! From the amazing service to the wonderful food!! The lobster ravioli and the braised short rib should not be missed!!!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
food was very good. i ordered
food was very good. i ordered the veal and my girlfriend ordered the chicken parm. atmosphere is ok. they have a dining room in the back, when making reservation i'd suggest sitting in the dining room.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pleasant dining experience
The restaurant's cuisine was similar to food we ate while on the Amalfi coast in Italy, including a lovely tasty and non-acidic tomato sauce on the pasta dishes. The stuffed artichoke appetizer was delicious - especially the sauce! Thoroughly enjoyed the meal. The only negative was that we were there on a Friday evening in November and the wait staff seemed a little too eager to clear the plates after each course. I know they want to turn tables but the hovering of the staff could be turned down a notch.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
look no further!
Amazing dinner! The eggplant is a deep dish, not what we expected but amazing nonetheless. We couldn't decide on the mushroom or the rage so ordered both - also amazing. Paolo was entertaining and informative.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM