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About Al Dente Restaurant
Snuggled in the heart of the world famous North End, Al Dente Restaurant lets you feast on a bountiful array of Italian specialties. The outstanding menu, featuring pasta, chicken, veal and seafood, highlights a spectrum of lavish Italian specialties that are sure to please discriminating palates. The open kitchen lets you in on the action behind the superb dishes, and you'll enjoy their lavish fare amid a cozy, casual setting.
Boston, MA 02113
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 9:45pm, Friday and Saturday: 11:30am - 10:45pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Parcel 7 garage is within a 5 min walk to our restaurant located at the corner of Sudbury and Congress St; $1.00 for up to 2 hrs; $3.00 for up to 3 hrs; Validation void over 3 hours; Show your server your ticket to validate
Al Dente Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Highly recommend! This bustling, cozy, authentic restaurant is our favorite stop when we're in Boston! The best Milanese in the North End and the chicken parmesan and gnocci are also amazing! It's crowded, loud, high energy and a meal that will be exactly what you hoped for when you think of authentic Italian food. Must go!
We made reservations so were seated very quickly upon arriving. I'm a vegetarian, so looking at the menu, I was happy to see quite a few vegetarian options for me. I also happened to notice that they offer gluten-free options for an additional fee. We were given bread and butter while we looked over the meal, which was tasty. The bread was cold and hard, which surprised my husband, but did not stop him from eating a ton of it.
We decided on our meals and placed our orders. To our surprise, our food was being served to us no more than 15 minutes later (possibly sooner). I ordered the pesto pasta made with the thick, homemade noodles. It was beyond delicious with the rich, creamy pesto sauce. The dish was extremely filling and the portions are generous so I ended up taking at least half of it home. My husband ordered the veal marsala, which he had never had before. He was slightly disappointed, mainly because he didn't know exactly what he was ordering. He did end up completely clearing his plate at the restaurant, so he didn't dislike his meal. Would he order veal marsala again? Probably not, but this had nothing to do with Al Dente. Once we were finished with our meals, the waitress brought us our check promptly and we took care of the bill quickly. We were in and out of the restaurant probably in the matter of an hour.
Overall, we enjoyed the food and the authentic Italian feel of the restaurant. The tables are placed pretty close together, which gives it an intimate feeling, but can also get pretty loud. We went on a Friday night around 7:30 PM, which is a very busy time for any restaurant. That being said, it was very impressive with how quickly we received our food. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and will certainly return for another delicious Italian meal in the future.
Cramped room to start with. Food was excellent and good pricing. NO COFFEE, Ice Tea refills are charged and they do NOT make any SPAGHETTI. They look hard and want you out quickly. Again the food is excellent but I would NOT recommend this place if you are looking for a nice quiet meal.
Incredibly impressed with Al Dente! Just moved to Boston a few months ago and my family was visiting for the weekend so I wanted to find an authentic North End dining experience. Al Dente was the perfect spot and our server Lisa made it even more enjoyable.
Can't wait to come back!
AMAZING fresh pasta!! This was exactly what I was hoping for when I scheduled date night at the North End. As per everyone's recommendation, we tried the pumpkin ravioli. It was just as good, if not better, than what I read about it - sweet and savory, light and creamy, rich and complex! I am dreaming about it now... I will definitely be back again, especially since it's so easy to book reservations!
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