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About Aria Trattoria

Located in Boston's historic North End, Aria Trattoria features a mix of modern and old world Italian cuisine while paying homage to Massimo family roots from abruzzi influences. The menu is built on a foundation of simple, fresh pastas and antipasti, as well as a healthy dose of grilled meats, fish, and poultry dishes. Well-loved favorites like limoncello marinated shrimp, Cavetelli con Agnello, and massimo's grandmother's Porchetta

253 Hanover St., 2nd Flr.
Boston, MA 02113
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday - 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 742-1276

Website:
http://www.arianorthend.com/

Catering:
Aria Trattoria is happy to provide catering options upon request.

Parking Details:
We offer discounted parking at the Parcel 7 garage on New Sudbury St. after the corner of Congress St. for up to 3 hours

Public Transit:
Haymarket
goverment center

Executive Chef:
Jason Tucker and Clayton Goncalves

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Fare un Viaggio
Let us take u on a delectable voyage through italy. Indulge your adventurous side with a three course meal designed by our talented culinary team. Each table will get appetizers, a touch of pasta for the table and a different entree for all, Bon Viaggio!!!!
$55 per person, exclusive of beverage, tax and gratuity
wine flight to match $30 per person

Aria Trattoria Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (38)
Good for a Date (36)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
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Special Occasion (28)
Cozy (26)
Romantic (23)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Notable Wine List (18)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Fun (11)
Tasting Menu (10)
Business Meals (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Casual (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
People Watching (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Scenic View (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Simply the best! Food, service, and atmosphere delivers every time.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 20, 2017

The food was incredible. I would recommend the table doing the Fare un Viaggio and leaving it up to the culinary expertise of the chefs.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 20, 2017

We shared amazing appetizers (stuffed dates and calamari) and the main courses: gnocchi with lobster and risotto with shrimp had incredible flavor.

The staff was incredibly welcoming and very friendly through out our evening.

This is my go to place any time a friend is visiting from out of town and it never disappoints!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Service, Food and wine were excellent. Owner actively takes part and serves as well. We elected to go with the chefs choice menu. Glad we did.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Quite noisy. Very nice staff, good service, good food. Perhaps it was the three different tables with birthdays and a bachelorette party, so this might be unusual. Had a special appetizer --figs wrapped w prosciutto, stuffed w I think mascarpone and honey w a balsamic glaze-- out of this world!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 30, 2017

The owner warmly greeted us and welcomed us to his "home" and it does feel homey. It's a small, intimate dining space, that's big on charm. We had the eggplant appetizer and it was like a layer cake of thinly sliced eggplant stacked up high. We all loved it. 2 of us ordered the pork chop (it was HUGE!) and it came out cooked perfectly. I forgot what I ordered, but I remember the wine tasting like more and the whole experience to be lovely. I will put this restaurant on my "must visit" list whenever I'm in the North End.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Had to make a reservation for 8:00 pm but they let us in at 7:00 pm. There weren't that many people and we asked to sit at the bar. The food wasn't really that great, I know a lot of celebrities dine there but who really cares. The food wasn't bad either and portion size is good but it doesn't make me want to come back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Good food and service, with generous portions, but the noise was deafening and completely spoiled the experience. We could hardly wait to get out of the din. Also, they refused to tell us what was on the special chef's menu. Order it and find out. We would never go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Excellent food, outstanding service! A little crowded and noisy, but the food was worth it.

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vip
 (Edmonton)·Dined on May 28, 2017

This 2nd floor establishment is in the heart of Little Italy. The climb us the stairs is worth the effort. Our server was charming and very funny as he joked with other staff and our table. The food was fresh, seasonal, flavorful and delicious. There was no lack of options on the menu to suit large and small appetites. We chose to stick with seafood. My husband inquired about the freshness of the scallops. Our server jokingly commented they were frozen and would have to be cooked in the microwave, which had looks of disgust on our faces, then he informed us everything is brought in fresh each day. After we tasted our meals, he asked my husband if he liked the microwaved scallops, he replied, "I was amazed a microwave could get such nice sear marks." This got a quick laugh from all.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Food was excellent! I got the bolognese, very good, could of had more meat in it & more sauce. My husband was very pleased with his Veal chop. The Shrimp app was amazing! Great sauce!
We will be back.
We had a nice table at the window. Looking over Hanover Street.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Met friends here for dinner and had a very nice time. Really liked the cozy ambience upstairs and didn't have to shout to be heard. The wait staff was top notch. We shared all the dishes (except the pork) and agreed that our favorites were that night's special pasta with truffle and the Bolognese pasta. We weren't fans of the pasta Vongole as it was bland and didn't taste particularly of clams. Pork serving, while huge, was somewhat fatty but tasty. Calamari appetizer was all you would want -- light breading, excellent texture, lovely sauces; the meatball appetizer was very good; and nice bread. All in all, a very pleasant dining experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 23, 2017

We dined here for a special birthday celebration. Everything was superb..the food, the service, the wine selection, the accommodations. We highly recommend Aria.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 22, 2017

We dined at Aria last night and overall had a less than pleasant experience.
We entered the dining room upstairs where there were a couple of open seats. A couple was finishing up at a two top near the window, and we inquired if we could wait for them to finish and occupy that seat with a view. We went as far as to offer the server an extra tip for the location. The server instructed us to wait at the bar until the couple departed and the table made ready. About five minutes later the server informed us that the restaurant owner had reserved that table for his friends coming in later. We took a seat nearby the fireplace and started our dining experience at approximately 7:10.

We concluded our dining experience at 8:35 and the "friends" of the owner had yet to arrive. We paid the bill, left the owner a note, and spoke briefly to the server who we tipped accordingly. As we departed the people showed up nearly 40 minutes late for their 8:00 reservation. As first-time visitors, we found this treatment to be an example of how 'not' to treat your customers and servers. The server missed out on the additional gratuity we offered for the table, and the customer (us) felt like second class citizens. And of course, the friends of the owner were nothing less than disrespectful of the server, the owner, and the business. The ambiance is nice, and the food is decent, but Aria fails in the delivery of customer service. In the competitive environment that is the North End, I hope the owner takes this constructive criticism and puts the customer before his buddies.
There are more than a few places in the area where one can expect better treatment as the patron.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Excellent!! The tasting menu was over the top!

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 18, 2017

A slightly cramped but charming small North End Italian restaurant on the second floor. We had a table next to a window, allowing us to enjoy the energetic scene below on Hanover. The restaurant was a bit noisy due to hard surfaces and some loud diners next to us, but we were still able to enjoy conversation for the most part. The owner is also the front house manager, and he was charming and friendly and basically welcomed us to his home, of which he was rightfully proud. Service was very good, and the food was excellent--everyone was satisfied with their dishes. Wine list had nice selections, and we enjoyed two different bottles during our meal. The chianti was the biggest hit, with a nice full-bodied flavor and a gorgeous dark ruby color. We shared the 7-layer chocolate cake for dessert, and then saw what appeared to be the same cake offered in Modern Pastry next door when we went on a walk after our dinner. Would definitely recommend this restaurant as a more intimate North End dining spot.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Festive, fun atmosphere for a delicious Italian birthday dinner. Friendly, informed waitstaff.
2nd floor restaurant with windows flung open to the first warm breezes of May. We will go back again!

Tags: Scenic View, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Birthday dinner

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Ok, so it was a Saturday night in the North End. But the manager shouldn't have told me there would be valet parking when in fact there was not. Once I joined the rest of our party at the table we were packed in so close that one of us got bumped every time, EVERY time, a server tried to squeeze by. As I was looking at the wine list waiter told we could buy the bottle of red wine that was already in the table and I replied... well, I couldn't reply because he immediately walked away. The dishes were served relatively quickly which was good because a couple of our friends grew horse trying to shout over the noise. "Energetic" does not describe a noise level that literally hurt our ears. The food was typical Italian, nothing special and certainly not worth the hassle of getting there and trying to talk.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We waited for our table, but host was very apologetic and chatted with us as we stood. He was attentive and did not just talk around us. Service was very good. Great table at window made it special for a weekend in Boston. Food was hearty and very good.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on May 12, 2017

I couldn't say enough positive things about the staff here and the gentlemen that owns the restaurant. Great food, atmosphere, and service.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Excellent food & service. We ordered the tasting menu for 4 people at $60pp. Wonderful array of dishes, incredible flavours & nice sized portions. Highlights included : meatballs, shrimp in lemonchello sauce, pasta with bolognese, asso bucco, steak with truffled fries, salmon (and much more). The service was outstanding by wait staff, lovely owner & the wine list wonderful. Will definitely return!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Massimo has created a wonderful restaurant. One of the best in Boston !!!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Exceptional meal. Great recommendations from our very professional and friendly waiter. I couldn't decided between two dishes. He brought me s sample of the one not picked. Nice touch. We were also greeted with, "welcome to my home" which did make us feel at home. The best Italian food this dude of the pond. We will return!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

We have had 2 wonderful experiences now at Aria... Tonight was amazing . Nicole our server was by far the best server we have ever had anywhere.. From the meal suggestions she gave us to picking out the perfect wine for my wife Christine and her friend Barb, we will never forget her and surely will request her when we return to Boston next year.. Favoloso!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 5, 2017

We took our daughter there to celebrate her graduation from grad school. All 3 of us found their food to be delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 4, 2017

They understand service, when I asked for another martini I was not kept waiting it was a beautiful thing. Also special requests to the menu was not a problem at least not that night.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Terrific food, splendid service, and a delightful room

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Highly recommended. Food and service was outstanding

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 27, 2017

I have this food. Terrific service. What a delightful find. Owner and staff are generous with their time and unrushed atmosphere. Great place to take a date.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Restaurant was really noisy and not enjoyable for that reason. Appetizers were not memorable but pasta dishes were good, ambiance was ok. Certainly no a place we'd go back to...

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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We returned to Aria Trattoria as our new family Easter tradition. The service was exceptional. Nicole was attentive, friendly, and very professional. She made excellent suggestions and showed a sincere interest in making our experience a memorable event. Additionally, we were greeted by the owner and he was equally attentive. The menu had a wide variety of exceptional options. Our food was fantastic. Not a single member of our party of five had a morsel remaining on their plate. Overall a wonderful experience. We highly recommend Aria Trattoria.

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Casual, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2017

This is a great spot for authentic North End Italian Cuisine. The staff were very charming and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Food and Wine both solid.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Absolutely delicious every time!! Don't hesitate to go.

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Simply one of the best options in the North End.
If you like a small neighborhood feel where the owner is visible you will love this spot.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Outstanding meal! Massimo put us at our favorite table at a window and it was terrific. Nicole was our waiter and she was excellent! She made the night special for the two of us (it was our 32nd anniversary) and we can't wait to go back, very soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Can never visit Boston without a dinner at Aria's. It is truly a must! The food is spectacular, the staff are warm and friendly and the service is simply outstanding! Great wine list too!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on April 7, 2017

First time at this restaurant. We were looking for a North End place with better than mediocre food (the norm in this very touristy neighborhood)), and Aria Trattoria surely was that. A quiet place upstairs, it had a truly delicious eggplant appetizer, and a very good fig and goat cheese one as well. Thoughtful variations on standard fare, but well conceived and prepared. The wine list is very deep and pricey, but even at the lower end, full of possibilities.
Bravo.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Incredible place. My second time and it keeps getting better. The food is exquisite, the wine list superb and the portions large.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Another wonderful dinner at Aria. We ordered two different seafood options and they were both delicious! We finished our meal with a wonderful Espresso Martini...they are delicious here. Aria is definitely one of our favorite places to go in the North End.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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