Fried calamari tossed with hot cherry peppers, served with marinara sauce
Tables too close together. Hanover Street extremely noisy and disruptive. Many people without masks. Waited almost half an hour to be seated. No time limits in place as required. People sitting drinking at bar in restaurant without food. Food was delicious but our meals were mixed up and just an apology was offered. Prices high. $7 to add pasta to your meal.
The food here is 100/10. The service here is 10000/10. I would recommend this place to every single person. I felt like I was eating dinner with my family. Honestly exactly what I needed in these COVID times. This place brought me so much joy. Thank you !
Did not follow proper Covid-19 procedures, very overcrowded. Had a reservation for 730 outside, got sat at 815 inside... will not be back
Dinner was great and the service was amazing !
Would definitely go again.
Lovely staff. Excellent service🥰
Just perfect. Manager Omar took a special interest. He didn’t have to. The food and service spoke for itself. Two manhattans, Castelvetrano olives appetizer, Milanese veal chop, and a beautiful slightly spicy sausage and broccoli rabe pasta. Just delicious. Matthew our waiter was spot on. Will definitely be back when in Boston.
Another GREAT experience. Food was wonderful! Filippo, our sever was awesome. He makes us feel like family and is a real professional. We will be back soon.
We had the best experience at Cantina Italiana! It was definitely a busy night, but our waiter was doing an amazing job. Such good food and the drinks are great too!
Love it here! Great food and service. Staff was fantastic
This was are first time dining at Cantina Italiana. It was a beautiful evening and because of Covid, we were sat outside. It made the night wonderful, like dining it Italy. We had a 6pm reservation and we were seated right on time. Our server, Filippo, greeted us with a smile we could see even through his mask. He was amazing. Very efficient. You could tell he enjoyed his job and had been serving for a long time. The food was served with no delays and was traditional homemade Italian with fresh ingredients. All four of us enjoyed our meals. We will be back very soon. Thank you to all.
Delicious meal. Good service. Outdoor dining on Hanover Street may be one of the only great things to come from this pandemic!
Service was great and attentive. Food was delicious and hot. Great value for the North End.
The food, service and value was unbeatable for the north end in Boston! Best experience I’ve had on Hanover St!
We went for restaurant week. Eggplant parm was amazing, calamari was decent. Server was awesome & very friendly. Service was slow due to high volume of people on a Friday night but he offered us limoncello on the house for the wait.
I specifically selected the outdoor option when making the reservation. When we showed up, the owner tried to show us to a table inside and when I pushed back and said our reservation was for outside, he said there wasn't a table available and we had to wait an additional 15 minutes. When we sat down, it took quite a while for our drinks to come out. By the time we got our entrees it had been an hour. The raviolis were clearly frozen and bland. Food was not great. When we were wrapping up desert, the owner came over to us again and said we were up against the 90 minute time limit and started clearing our plates before we were done. We had already given the waiter our credit cards and were being pushed out the door when it took the kitchen an hour to get the food out to begin with. Wont be back, and definitely dont recommend.
Good food, normal portions. Service is very good.
Fantastic service from our waiter (Anthony?). Sat at the window and loved every minute of it. Pasta was fantastic, as were the tiramisu and cannoli.
Server was super respectful, manager greeted us warmly, food was fantastic, experience was amazing
Second time here and just as good as the first. The only caveat is that you can still end up waiting in line as they can’t distinguish outside reservations so they get too many people wanting those tables. We waited about 15 min which was fine. The food was awesome as was the service. We had chicken parmesan and shrimp & lobster fra diablo. The last time I had the veal Parmesan which was amazing. Don’t know why more people aren’t talking about this place. Worth the night out and outside seating is a plus but know that it is a bit tight out there.
Food was solid, nothing above average across the six of us who dined. Service was subpar, just incredibly slow and disorganized. Also, despite having an Open Table reservation and arriving a few minutes early, we were told to wait in line, which we did until eventually a table for six opened - about 35-40 min later. What’s the point of the reservation?
One of my favorites! Good food, service and these days, you can eat outside. Highly recommend.
My wife and I have been going to the Cantina for years. The meal this evening was the best ever. Delicious veal chop parmigiana. Excellent service. Great night.
It was great sitting outside. Tables were a good distance apart. Food was great except my chicken cutlet a bit burnt and when they messed up on an order it was not a fresh dinner just recycled the mistake. But I would still go back. I have been there before and it was great. It is not the most amazing restaurant in North End but a good staple for traditional Italian.
Their food is not fresh at all
Made a reservation for outside seating at 815pm and when we arrived there was a long line outside of the restaurant. We assumed they were walk ins but come to find they were also reservations for outside seating as well. They overbooked and did not abide with the rule for parties to stay during the planned time frame. We were told it would be just a minute and we waited outside for 20 minutes then told the manager we would eat inside. It was apparent they were understaffed when we waited an additional 30 minutes at the table to put a drink order in. The waitress was extremely nice and was obviously busy but I would not recommend relying on your reservation being available.
Never served, seated 45 minutes after reservation. HORRIBLE service. Had to beg to get water. Eventually got up and left after almost 2 hours of waiting without our order even being taken
Come here very often. Had a reservation and when i arrived i was told to wait in a line that didnt move for 20 minutes. At that point we decided to just leave but it was a busy friday night and couldnt get a table anywhere else. Ended up just ordering take out down the street. Brough friends who were visiting and wanted to show them a good dinner. Very disappointing
To be clear, we did NOT actually eat here. We intended to. We made a reservation for 7 pm. I specifically said we wanted a table outside. I said if the restaurant could not guarantee outside seating, we understood, but we would not eat there. When we booked, we received a message through Open Table that the restaurant might contact us about our reservation. I totally get it. These are very difficult times. Restaurants are challenged to meet all the demands placed on them. The restaurant did not contact us about the reservation. We arrived for our reservation on a busy Friday night, presented ourselves for our reservation and were promptly told that we could have a table inside now or we could join a line of 25 people that were waiting for an outside table. I said we tried to reserve an outside table. The host did not really respond, but said “all these people want an outside table too.” So I said no thank you and we went to a different restaurant. I’m not really surprised or frankly that disappointed. I tried to do the right thing and tell the restaurant what I wanted. They could have said there are no guarantees as to tables, and we would have understood and gone elsewhere. Perhaps I should never have expected a different result from what happened. After all, it’s Friday night and the restaurant needs, in these times more than ever, to fill every table. I get it. I just won’t go back.
Delicious outdoor experience!
Outstanding attention to detail, service and food..
The owners are extremely attentive our server - antonio I believe is his name..was very professional and courteous.
We were there Sunday the 16th of August - party of 6- front window for my wife’s birthday
The table next to us was filled with loud drunks but the food was awesome and the service was great. Highly recommend
Wonderful dining experience. It was a dinner out before my daughter returned to college. The food and service was excellent. I felt very safe since the staff wore face masks and tables were equipped with hand sanitizer spray.
We booked an outdoor reservation, but then upon arrival were asked if we wanted to sit inside. This resulted in us waiting for our outside table for ~15 minutes. The couple behind us also had an outdoor reservation and probably had to wait another 10-15 minutes after we got seated for their table. Our waitress was lovely and the food was decent, but beware if you want to sit outside.
In the midst of the Covid outbreak they really went over and above. We felt safe and really enjoyed our night out! Highly recommend!!!!
Amazing. The only word to describe this experience. Everything was amazing. Food, service, ambiance. This is our new favorite place in Boston.
Great outdoor experience in North End!
Wonderful hostess...meals came quickly..
We had a great time and the food was awesome. Will be back again!
Amazing food and drinks would definitely recommend and go back
Cantina Italiana does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.
Cantina Italiana is rated 4.6 stars by 1807 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.