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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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Love is in the air! Come celebrate Valentine’s Day at Boston’s most romantic spot. Let Chef Clay entice your senses with a delicious 4 crs Prix fixe menu with a choice for every course. ($90 per person excluding tax, tip, and beverage). Complementary roses and bubbly for all you love birds!

Aria Trattoria Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (24)
Good for a Date (23)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
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Cozy (20)
Romantic (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Special Occasion (18)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Business Meals (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Fun (9)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Casual (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
People Watching (4)
Scenic View (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Great experience! The food was amazing-we had the meatballs to start, the mushroom ravioli and frutti di mare, and tiramisu for dessert. Portions were very generous. Espresso only for coffee drinks. Cozy atmosphere. Would definitely return!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We loved this restaurant! Both the owner and server were friendly and nice. But, oh, the food! Outstanding! We loved the Truffle Caesar so much we ordered a 2nd (we originally thought just a bite for all 4 of us, but we all wanted more.) We also loved the Gnocchi with Lobster and also the 60 oz steak. We even loved the sides we chose: polenta and stuffed pepper. (Because we lived overseas and make our own authentic Tiramisu we are often disappointed). Their Tiramisu, however, is authentic and delicious! Everything we had was delicious (even the dirty martini's and the wine.)

The restaurant is on the 2nd floor. The setting is a nice little cozy restaurant with a pretty brick interior overlooking Hanover St. It would be nice for any occasion. I personally wouldn't think of it as a family restaurant for little kids. It's more romantic.

We have already highly recommended this restaurant to several friends and we've posted our recommendations to our FB circles. We will definitely be going back.
You will NOT be disappointed.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Authentic, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. Service was excellent!! Wasn't our first time there and won't be our last.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Can't imagine there being a better Italian spot in the North End. Had the meatballs, mushroom ravioli, and osso bucco and each were delicious and memorable. Will be returning the next time I'm in Boston!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Incredible menu and we loved the chef tasting menu. They brought out almost the entire menu for us to sample and it was one of the best meals I've had in a really long time

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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We have been to Aria several times and the service is always top notch. We love the family style option so we can try as many items on the menu.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We had the Caesar salad which tasted like a tablespoon of mayo mixed with water with one unchopped anchovy layed on top of fresh romaine and a few croutons. Fresh, but no flavor for $12. Tremendously disappointing. Then, on to the Bolongese which I thought was a B, the wife gave it an A so I guess we'd have to give it a B+
So, salad an "F", entree a "B+" and prices $$$+, I'd say there are too many other choices before I would return to Aria.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Typical busy Saturday night. Restaurant overall had good vibes and large groups for the holidays. Main entrees were a little dried out as it sat a while before reaching our table. AT is known for their meatballs and markets itself as a commonplace for Patriots players to drop by. The host, owner, Massimo is a solid guy and very hospitable. His staff worked the room masterfully and no surprise why folks are raving about the experience. Overall 4.1/5

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Amazing experience as usual!!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 7, 2017

From start to finish this was top notch. The best meatballs I have had since forever. I would have been satisfied with a loaf of bread and the sauce the meatballs were in. Split the bolognese pasta dish as an app - terrific as well. Finished off with a terrific grilled scallops dish - I'll be heading back next time I am in town.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Everything from start to finish was great. The food, the wine , the service.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food, Romantic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Best gluten free bolognese I’ve ever had! Service was also phenomenal. Ambiance was so cute and romantic.

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 29, 2017

I love this place. The food is mind blowing. The only way to go is the fare de viaggio.

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Delicious meal and a fantastic menu. The price fixe option with the wine flight was great, as usual. Massimo always makes sure you have a good time. Attentive, professional service. The food; lemoncello shrimp, salumi with truffle honey and the meatballs and a fresh crispy insalata was a great start. A couple of foodies in our party were wondering why they had not been there before. It was about to get better with the bolognese, osso buco, veal chop, rib eye, and swordfish special. It is very obvious that the kitchen knows what they are doing. We had a good argument about the best dish and favorite glass of wine. We look forward to settling it at the next visit.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Romantic, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Simply amazing from owner to every staff. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We go to the North End for dinner 4-5 times each year, which is not enough frankly. This was our first trip to Aria, it was outstanding. From being greeted at the door and given the heads up on how timing was running for our reservation (on time) to the familial way the staff treated each other and us, to the food which was absolutely amazing. I had a home made cavatelli with sausage special, it was probably the best thing I've eaten in 6-months if not this year (I travel a ton for work and frequent high end restaurants regularly).

It's a pretty small place, they had a party of about 10 in there with us at the same time and the rest of the restaurant was full, no delays, no issues, larger party had zero impact on our experience.

Aria Trattoria is our new favorite place in the North End, probably even in Boston.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

I was brought up in an Italian Family, my dad was born in Italy . From the same region as owner, these meatballs were the best I ever had!! All the food was authentic, Pinot Grigio was fantastic !!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Super cute restaurant on the second floor in bustling North End. We were surprised to see how cozy and romantic it was, and were even greeted by the owner himself! Made our date night feel really special. Food was DELICIOUS as well, of course. Would definitely recommend this place!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 16, 2017

My husband and I were in Boston for our anniversary. We did extensive online research, got a travel book and recommendations from our hotel concierge for all our dinner reservations except for the last night. On a whim and a recommendation from someone who knows the North End, we decided to have our last dinner in Boston at Aria. It was by far the best meal we had during our visit. We did their tasting menu, and they were able to accommodate to our preferences (I'm a pescatarian, my husband loves his red meat). Everything was so fresh and beautifully prepared. The serving staff was professional and friendly. The restaurant itself was intimate and romantic. It was the perfect end to our trip.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great evening for gathering of friends for good food and wine. Massimo, the owner is a great host and made some wonderful wine suggestions. There is a chef's tasting menu served family style that sounds great with wine pairings available. We ordered a la carte since we had a couple light eaters. Food was delicious, great creative seasonal specials.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Ordered the figs filled with goat cheese wrapped in bacon...delicious! Owner personally seated us and the service was outstanding!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent food; wonderful service!!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I’m always hesitant to leave a review when I find a neighborhood gem mostly in fear that it will be overrun once the word gets out. That fear aside, I have to highly recommend that you try Aria for a whole host of reasons. Wether it be that Massimo (the owner) is the first to greet and seat you, immediately treating you like family or the amazing food that he shares. The food here is consistently fantastic. Either off the menu or allowing the chef to create your meal, the outcome is always the same. Delicious Food served with love in a place where you always feel welcome. Aria is not very big and it’s cozy confines only add to the Italian Family feel as you sample Massimos family classics.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My date and I were so impressed with every phase of our dinner experience. We were greeted by the owner, the wine recommendation was terrific, the nightly dinner special was perfect, the bartender made a special drink for us, and the ambiance was quaint and romantic. It was just a fantastic dinner experience!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Best all around in service, atmosphere and phenomenal food. Highly recommend ALL the dishes on this menu year round. Will not be disappointed.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fabulous food and service. We all enjoyed it! Venison was the special and it was great.
Can’t wait for our next visit.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Business Meals, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

This is a gem on second floor in North End. We are from Ohio but travel yearly to Boston and always enjoy the North End for good meals and we enjoy the intimate dining.
Aria is as close to eating in Italy as a diner can get. Our server Nicole was outstanding and attentive; the entrees very hot and fresh. The red sauce is perfect. Do not miss this if you are looking for truly delicious Italian food with a lovely ambiance.
The meal Saturday night was beyond our expectations and we had to return Sunday for pasta which we never would do. Enjoy!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I had the seafood platter and the food was dry no sauce on it or on the side. My girlfriend had the ribeye which was burnt on the outside medium in the middle a little tough and the sauce was bad tasted like a one steak sauce. Food was overpriced for what we had.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent experience. The small, busy restaurant has some excellent dishes for Italian tastes and a killer wine list. Highly recommended.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was delicious but the ambience was not good for a date night.

We were so grateful when the welcoming owner was able to seat us early for our reservation. We opted for Fare Un Viaggio and were SO happy with the meatballs, limoncello shrimp, pasta a la Norma, bistecca delmonico with indulgent truffle fries and the smokey grilled sea scallops with corn and asparagus!

But...we were seated next to a group that the word "obnoxious" doesn't begin to describe. It was a girls night of grown women, acting like they were in their teens. Clearly tipsy, cackling loudly and shouting to one another vice talking. The surrounding tables were sharing similar looks of disgust. It might not have been so noticeable had they been seated in a corner, but they were smack in the middle of the restaurant. The waitstaff seemed to be catering to them- I'm pretty sure I saw a waiter rubbing one of the guest's shoulders (a bit odd in my opinion). We assumed they knew one another and since we were so close to our table, we didn't feel that mentioning it would go over well. We certainly didn't want to make more of a scene.

We didn't want our meal or anything else for free, so we discreetly mentioned it to our waiter after we paid the bill. We said "the food was delicious but this table ruined our experience. We are from out of town and we're hoping for a leisurely, relaxing date night. And they are not only disturbing us, but the other guests look annoyed as well." His response was to attempt to take the bill (we refused) and say "I understand, but they are from out of town too and said they've had a bit to drink."

Flabbergasted, we left the restaurant. To the credit of the restaurant, I'm not sure what the proper solution was. He did try to take some thing off of our bill. I guess my main disappointment is at the inability of the staff to "read the room". 6-7 other table of large groups (families), who all look annoyed...that can't be good for business.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Always a great experience with Massimo and the crew!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We were in town for a game and based on reviews chose Aria, so glad we did. The restaurant has been nicely redone. The service was amazing, truly attentive. Food was excellent and decent value. My favorite part was having the owner circulating and working the room. This shows a real dedication to his craft. Well done. Definitely recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent food, helpful and friendly service . Made an effort to accommodate us when we accidentally arrived early

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Eaten here several times. Food is good and the waiter was fairly attentive. However towards the end of the meal, we were very rushed. Waiter told us what they had available for desert and we told him that we would think about it. Next thing I know is that someone is dropping off our check. We order desert and before we have finished check is being dropped off again. Owner of the restaurant was hovering so much that he clearly wanted us to clear out so he could sit another party. After dropping $270 on a meal (4 of us), don't rush me out the door. Will not go back for this reason.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

First time I went, I got the Fare Un Viaggio. Was excellent. This past visit we just tried a plate. I got the risotto con zucca with shrimp. Shrimp was delicious but I have to say the risotto could have been more flavorful. Seemed a little watery as well. I still will return soon. Service is excellent. A little pricey, but worth it.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The restaurant was extremely loud because the dining space is so small. The food was nothing special and had very little flavor to it. It was also someone at our table's birthday so they brought us a piece of the chocolate cake. I took one bite of the cake and pulled a 6 inch long black hair from my mouth. The manager came over and jokingly said it wasn't his (because he is bald). He did not even apologize or do anything for us or with the bill. Overall very disappointing given all the other reviews.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

This was my second trip to Boston and my second visit to Aria. The food is outstanding! They have gluten-free pasta options. It can be a little loud, but the overall vibe is great. I highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great food and even better service. This is what you expect from North End Italian. I would highly recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I'm new to the Boston area and had been hearing about the great Italian restaurants in the North End. I'm glad I chose this one to visit first! We were greeted immediately upon our arrival and checked in with frequently by who I believe was the owner multiple times throughout our time there. The food was fresh and delicious - I had a scallop and linguini special that was amazing. Portions were very generous! It was a lively place with a lot of talking and laughter. I'd definitely return!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Never visit our daughter at BC without having dinner at Aria's. The food is spectacular, the service outstanding. Warm and friendly....like being back in Rome. Try the limoncello shrimp-amazing!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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