Trattoria Il Panino
Trattoria Il Panino

Trattoria Il Panino

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.trattoriailpanino.com/
  • Phone: 6177201336
  • 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 8774652086

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!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Trattoria Il Panino reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (21)fit for foodies (15)great for outdoor dining (14)romantic (8)kid-friendly (6)special occasion (6)good for groups (5)notable wine list (5)great for lunch (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • North End Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Trattoria Il Panino has the most amazing Lobster Ravioli! All of the homemade pastas are incredible. The lasagna is 11 layers of the thinnest pasta I have ever seen. The service was perfect, and the wine was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Was recommended to me by a friend that hasn't been there in a long time, so I am assuming that they may have changed the chef, because the food was not up to par, I was looking forward to have their food and was very disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great and Authentic Night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This is probably the most authentic Italian place I have ever been to in the North End! Not expensive yet still is a very nice restaurant. Great service, quick service (but you don't feel rushed), ambiance is great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    CK259
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The restaurant is noisy & busy & the food is great. A bit rustic, but that's part of the charm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • North End Gem
    Weekender
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Went back twenty years after first time and - not often this happens - but was better than our memories. Osso bucco is crazy good; braised till it melts from the bone with the richest sauce ever. This may be the best OB on the planet (yes, Milan, I mean you too). Risotto Milanese on the side was good too. Lobster & pasta also superb. Good service; liked the outdoor dining (basement is cosy in the winter). Deserts are good too; cannoli is good - in a neighborhood known for cannoli. Wine list is decent; smallish, mostly Italian (of course) - appropriate & good value. This is one of the best in the North End; less tourist trap, more authentic, with its own style and voice. Skip Hanover St and turn down Parmenter; you won't regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food but Crowded
    pops
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food was good but we were seated in back of outdoor dining area near rear door that led to alley. We should have waited for better table. Food was very good and so was service but not a place for an intimate or peaceful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not what I asked for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I specifically asked for a table outside, and I wasn't given one. I also ordered the cheapest bottle of wine ($32-absurd price), and they claimed to not have that either. The waiter returned to my table with a $50 bottle of wine that he claimed he would charge me $32 for, and shockingly he charged me $50 for it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Truly Italian food
    Peony5VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    This is, indeed, Italian food the way Italians cook it. Everything was authentic and delicious. We were cheerfully welcomed, promptly served, and although the place is very noisy, it had an intimate feel! Service was professional and we were not rushed..we were allowed to savor each course appropriately. Only one complaint: dessert offerings were rather rich - a fresh fruit option would have been appreciated (and truly Italian.) We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • North end gem
    omnivore
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Mario was our attentive, knowledgable waiter. Someone else started with us who was too attentive. He came to our table every 2 minutes asking to take our order when we were plainly not ready, then he disappeared. Mario arrived, talked us through their specials and our choices, gave us time and was a perfect resource. The food was excellent and the portions were too generous if anything. The lobster and trumpet pasta was scrumptious. We will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing as always
    Dena
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My husband and I have traveled to Boston several times and each time we are sure to have reservations before we even leave town. The food is amazing and the staff seem to be pluked straight from Italy. It's not a quiet place but that isore than half the fun I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tattoria
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Everything is spectacular . My fourth visit and food/service is perfect. You must make a reservation!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meals and staff!
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Had the best frutti di mare of my life here. Coming from a family of fishermen, I know my seafood - everything was cooked to perfection. Everyone in my party loved their meals. We also split an eggplant parm appetizer which was delicious. I'll definitely bring visitors back here since its also a more affordable option in the north end without all the commotion that a place like Giacomo's or Daily Catch brings.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Italian Seafood
    FabulousVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    jaybVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a treat
    RandyJVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
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  • Night in the North End
    Lindy4
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Delicious food, very good and friendly service. Seats kind of uncomfortable but worth putting up with that for a very good North End experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 767 reviews are from the Trattoria Il Panino reviews archive.
  • Favorite Restaurant in Boston
    BostongalVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful restaurant
    TorontoPam
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dinner...
    Datenite58
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Italian food for sure
    worldfoodie711
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brilliant Birthday Dinner
    Ophelia
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to eat
    skeff
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Great italian food served in individual skillets. Loved the meal and the service.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Letsnotcook
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I come here every time I am
    Texas
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I come here every time I am in Boaton and am never disappointed. It is always amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • IL Panino never disappoints.
    MJR1
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice and authentic Italian
    Giacomo
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed reviews
    fssambor
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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.
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  • Great dinner
    Milkman
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Host was very accommodating,
    Temo
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Host was very accommodating, but there is a limited number of decent tables. Would still go back but will wait for warmer weather.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I am from NJ. I picked this
    benjamin
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Dean
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    BerryGood
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    I had dinner with a colleague/friend before heading over to Fenway. We had an early reservation so the restaurant was not busy. The servers were attentive and friendly - we felt welcome and and the food was excellent. Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bella Italia
    rettsgram
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    RingerluVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Twice Now
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian in the North
    Bill
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Great Italian in the North End. Big plated entrees, though appetizers are pricy for their size. Would come here again though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    repeatcustomer
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was great. Both the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    It was great. Both the food and the service were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate