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Trattoria Il Panino
Trattoria Il Panino

Trattoria Il Panino Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.trattoriailpanino.com
  • Phone: (617) 720-1336
  • Hours of Operation: Daily: 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Marisa Iocco
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The restaurant is divided into 3 sections where any one of them could be made available to a private event.
  • Private Party Contact: Nick Vatistas (877) 465-2086

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hanover Street
  • Public Transit: Government Center on the Green Line
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Trattoria Il Panino
Trattoria Il Panino is the kind of place that one would expect to find along the Amalfi Coast. It is a warm, friendly, unpretentious and a food-focused environment. From the casual and positive energy of the atmosphere and waitstaff, to the serious and professional energy of the kitchen, the front and back of the house form a desirable marriage. Il Panino is what it is, thank God!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "We had Sunday lunch at the restaurant and had a very nice experience. Service was good and prompt. We started with salad and smoked salmon appetizer. The thinly sliced salmon was on a plate with olive oil. Never had it this way before, but it worked. I had the baby octopus with tomatoes. I was expecting sautéed dish, but it came out in tomato broth. It was very tender and tasty. My husband had the grilled seafood platter with grilled vegetables. His meal was very large and flavorful. We enjoyed our lunch and would go back again. The bathroom is very small one stall. Handicap person could not get in there."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Every time I'm in the North End, I find time to visit this hidden gem. Tucked away off Hanover on Parmenter, this authentic Italian restaurant provides a great taste of Italy."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "the food was pretty good but it was spoiled by the service. This was a Father's Day dinner, so I wanted a nice meal for my father (who also hates to wait). Of course they ran out of the dish he ordered so he put in a second order -- the ravioli special with the thought it would come out quickly so we could all eat together. No. The dishes came out one at a time, with a good 5-10 minutes between each dish. The honoree got his about half an hour after my mom received the first plate. There didn't seem to be much concern on the part of the staff. With the slow service, the food should have knocked me over but it was just average for the North End. So many great restaurants in that neighborhood. I won't return to Trattoria Il Panino."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "A great trattoria off the main road in the North End. Go to practice your Italian and leave having had a great dinner. My Penne was fantastic and though I dined alone I was treated with the same care as those who had more at their table. Elegant, old world place. Definitely felt like I was on a road trip in Italy. I could easily have forgotten I was in Boston."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Delicious food, very good and friendly service. Seats kind of uncomfortable but worth putting up with that for a very good North End experience."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Trattoria Il Panino is my now favorite restaurant in Boston. They always seat patrons on time, service is friendly, and efficient. The pasta is very fresh, the sauces are tasty, and the specials are exceptional. I love this place!!!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "My friends and I, all of us from Toronto, took a trip to Boston. We wanted to find a restaurant in the North End that would capture the spirit and fun of Little Italy and were not disappointed. The hostess was wonderful - funny and lighthearted - and our Italian waiter, Salvatore, took good care of us. I would highly recommend this restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went here for our 15th anniversary. The lobster with pasta was insanely good as was the calamari and of course the wine. It's a very casual atmosphere. The service is laid back but attentive."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We had a great meal at Il Panino the other night. Service was excellent - we asked her to pace the meal a bit slower than normal so that we had time to chat and she was great at timing the courses. We started with the baby octopus with white wine and garlic, then split the porcini mushroom ravioli, followed by the vitello saltimbocca. Everything tasted very good, but I was glad we shared the plates because they were so big! They do not have a long wine list but our selected wine was fabulous. Highly recommended. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "My friends and I went to celebrate their birthdays and it was an amazing night. The food was amazing! The waitress was a delight and helpful in every way. We will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "This is a part of town that has so many great places to eat, but Trattoria Il Panino has to rank in my top three. If your looking for a romantic white tablecloth dinning this is not the place. If your looking for great food, friendly staff and traditional Northend feel this is your place. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Great italian food served in individual skillets. Loved the meal and the service."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We had a memorable meal but sat near a table of people that were extremely loud! It made it difficult to talk or really enjoy ourselves. We asked to be moved but nothing was available. Service overall was attentive and we never felt rushed. They even accommodated another person after we were almost finished with our meals! Food was superb!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "IL Panino never disappoints. From the friendly greeting, attentive wait staff, great wines and service to the most important - excellent food expertly prepared and served, Il Panino is the perfect place. Even though small in the main room(my favorite) you never feel over crowded or cramped. Like dinning with good friends all around. The fettechini with pesto is the best in the North End! Veal Saltimboca also excellent.. I have never had anything I have not liked and that dish becomes my favorite until I try another dish. Great value and eating experience."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I come here every time I am in Boaton and am never disappointed. It is always amazing!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food was very good (please note that I am Italian): I had a bresaola carpaccio and pasta panna prosciutto; my wife had shrimps al limoncello and then a mixed grilled fish. Everything was fresh, well cooked and the plates looked nice. The waiters were nice and open and spent a long time talking to us about their stories, how they came to the US, etc. It was all very nice and personal. However, just to be clear, they did not waste any time and we had dinner in about one hour. The Chianti wine they suggested was excellent. We spent $55 each including tip. Very affordable for a romantic birthday."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "My dinner was absolutely delicious and one of the best pasta dishes I have every tried, but my two friends were less than satisfied. This of course is based on personal tastes. As for the service, we were overcharged by $8 for the bottle of wine we ordered and the waitress was presumptuous in serving us bottled water for $5 instead of tap water (which is great in Boston). Trying different places in North End is always a hit and miss and, despite the great reviews, next time I will probably stick with one of our favorites instead of Tratoria Il Panino."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Seated immediately, Server a bit slow in getting to the table initially. Food was fantastic!! Need to consider a full bar, only serve beer and wine."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Host was very accommodating, but there is a limited number of decent tables. Would still go back but will wait for warmer weather."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We went off the menu and asked for chicken marsala rather than veal - no problem, and it was delicious! Also, we had ziti as a side and the sauce was very flavorful. Desert connoli also delicious. Only drawback was no cappucino, but cafe americano was great (but only milk; no cream) Overall, a great meal and wonderful service!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I am from NJ. I picked this restaurant based on the menu I saw on line. I was with friends and we all loved this place. Food was fantastic and our waitress Antonella was excellent. I wish I lived closer so I can eat there with all my friends."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Best mussels and scallops! Pasta was ok to, but the seafood was the standout."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "My husband and I were transported back to our month long stay in Italia when we visited Trattoria Il Panino . Bread was so, so good, the calamari perfectly cooked, the zucchini blossoms a special treat and the pasta fagiole dense, flavorful and hearty. A wonderful lunch for a very cold and quiet winter day. Service was perfect."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "This was the second time we dined at Trattoria Il Panino. It was as fabulous as the first time. We ordered the stuffed artichoke which is my daughter's favorite. We also ordered the calamari. It was very tender and crispy. We enjoyed pasta dishes, good bread and excellent wine. This place is like eating at home with family. The staff is welcoming and attentive. We loved it."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We tried Il Panino for a date night, and we probably won't go back. I wouldn't rule it out for life, but date nights are so rare that it's really a bummer when it's a disappointing experience. We were seated next to the soda/wine cooler, which really killed any potential ambiance. The ceasar salad was fine, nothing special. The chicken parm was rubbery, definitely nothing special. The mushroom ravioli was fabulous and we devoured every bite. I agree with a previous reviewer that the bread was stale. They must have cut it early in the night and let it sit out. The service was okay in that the server was polite. They brought us the wrong meal 3 times (yes, 3) before they eventually brought us what we ordered."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Great Italian in the North End. Big plated entrees, though appetizers are pricy for their size. Would come here again though."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "It was great. Both the food and the service were outstanding."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "This has long been my favorite North End restaurant. My meal this time was the first disappointment in more than a dozen visits. While I typically get fish or pasta, I tried a veal dish this time. It was dry and boring, plus breaded, fried and not healthy. I hope to go back, but will stick with the dishes they do best! Service is always wonderful."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "This was my third time at the restaurant and the food was excellent as always, the service was also great. I did notice that many customers came in to read the menu and walked away The staff had plenty of upportunity to offer the Restaurant Week menu but instead they chose not to offer it. The restaurant was almost empty. The restaurant week menu was not offer to me also like other restaurants do. I also notice the same with other customers that came at the end of our service. Those menus were offer once you asked for them. I did not like that concept but the service, the food, the portions were excellent. I this this should be address to the owner. I will go again."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Food was excellent! Went during Boston Week. Had to ask for special pricing"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Took my sister out to dinner for her birthday and from the moment we sat down to the moment we left everything was great. Delicious food, great wine list which lead to great convos. Can't wait to go back! The only negative thing was we sat in the tent which is technically outside patio and we were sitting right under the heat lamps which was hot at times but in general I will still and always go back because it was worth every bite."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We've been here many times and it's consistently good. Even better when the weather gets warm. Awesome outdoor dining!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Excellent food, service, and ambiance. This is where we'll bring any it off town guests from now on. Really fast experience."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I went here on a date with my girlfriend and the service was great. The food was amazing! I would highly recommend this Trattoria il Panino to other couples!!!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Four of us went to Il Panino on March 1st. Everything was great except for the fact that they sat us in what would be their outside seating in better weather. It was tented. The place was heated above the tables, but there was a tremendous cold draft below the effect of the above heaters. That's the only complaint. This was one of the better food places in the North End and we all agreed we would be back despite the cold draft. The staff was so friendly."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "The food was good, nothing special (other than the mozzarella, which was the best we ever had). The bread was a bit stale, the olive oil was fine. Both of our meals were fine, but again, nothing remarkable. Our waitress was very engaging and attentive. It was early when we arrived, and we were one of two parties in the dining area. The waitress remained generally attentive as the place filled up. On a side note, the shared rest room is literally in the kitchen, and the door is such that you almost fall into the salad prep area when exiting. Something about the proximity of the one to the other doesn’t do much for one’s appetite. (Maybe skip the salad!)"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "The food was AMAZING. I had the gnocchi which was like little clouds in my mouth and perfectly portioned. We started with a cheese plate that was also awesome. My only complaint was that the service was just so so and there were birds flying all over the place. Made you look twice before you touched anything (yes, it was indoors.)."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The restaurant is a charming gem in the North End of Boston. Food is always great! Wait staff are friendly and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Great food, great service, great people, great spit! Love it!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Came on a date with my boyfriend. We were seated near the door and it was quite cold outside, but otherwise a great ambiance. It did take a while for a waiter to come over to us in the first place, but we had great service otherwise. And the food was fabulous. I'd definitely go back again."
    Dined on 2/7/2014