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About Cantina Italiana

A tradition in Boston’s historic North End. We have been serving generations of families,locals and tourists in the North End since 1931. People crave the taste of our food. Some say their mouths water just thinking about eating here. That’s why when we change even the slightest thing,they let us know it. Some things should stay just as they are.

346 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02113
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Fleet Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(617) 723-4577

Website:
http://www.cantinaitaliana.com/

Entertainment:
We are offering a special menu on SUNDAYS from 12:00pm-10:30pm, 2 courses for $25.00.

Parking Details:
We offer valet parking after 4:00pm daily. The cost is $20 per car. We also validate @ the Parcel 7 garage near Haymarket Square.

Public Transit:
Closest stops are North Station and Haymarket

Executive Chef:
Charles Colella

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
"2 for $25 Sunday Special" Cantina Italiana will be offering a set menu on Sundays from Noon-10:30 pm. An appetizer and an entree all for $25 per person.

Cantina Italiana Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (32)
Casual (31)
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Cozy (22)
Special Occasion (19)
Good for a Date (19)
Fun (18)
Good for Groups (18)
Comfort Food (14)
Romantic (14)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Kid-friendly (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Business Meals (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Pizza was great, so was the tortellini, thought looks bad

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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

The service was outstanding! It started with Sam as our bartender as we waited for our table. Very helpful and friendly. Then we got to our table and Marco was our waiter. He was excellent. My wife had the salmon with linguini. Very good! I had the chicken saltombocca, the best I have ever had. The pasta bombolottis outstanding. We had the bombolotti. Fantastic pasta, great atmosphere and very capable and friendly service. I highly recommend Cantina Italiana.

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Perfect dinner with family and kid friendly. The food was very good and I would definitely go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Casual
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·Dined 6 days ago

My girlfriend and I went to Cantina Italiana for a North End Valentine's Day experience. We had no complaints about the place as it had delicious food and excellent wine options. Definitely recommend.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

It is a great place with my favorite chicken park and my vegetarian wife loves the bake gnocchi.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

I went here on valentine's day with my girlfriend. The service was great, the waiter i had was always asking if we needed anything else. The food was excellent, and the prices were a great deal for the quality of the food.

Tags: Seasonal, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Fun
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Trip to Boston’s Little Italy and we chose the Best Restaurant. Amazing in all aspects.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food, excellent service, very friendly and attentive. Couldn’t ask for better

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Had a cozy neighborhood feel. The food quality did not match the price despite the large portions.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Anniversary

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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Service was perfect, from the time we step foot inside, we were greeted with warmth! It was a nice cozy atmosphere! Can’t wait to go again!

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Super food and service. Homemade pasta, veal and chicken parmigianan. Bread was also homemade. Service was the best in many restaurants I have been in.

Tags: Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Marco and staff were Great

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 (New England)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Our Uber driver recommended this place and we're so happy we dined here. Outstanding meal and service. We'll definitely be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great place to eat dinner was fantastic!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Lovely neighborhood restaurant. Casual environment. Great food. Like going to an old friend's house for a great dinner.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This was a great place to dine in the North End! My friends an I were greeted as we walked in and were immediately seated due to our reservation. The service was incredible and the food even better! Nothing better than homemade pasta with homemade sausage in a garlic/Parmesan sauce!

Will definitely return for another visit when I come to Boston!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We have been to Cantina Italiana several times. Food has improved- we almost didn't go back after our last visit in the summer. But the wait staff is so friendly, the family-friendly atmosphere so enjoyable, we were happy to return on New Year's Eve. Glad we did!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Good food and the valet service is a plus, especially on cold nights

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Made a reservation. Once we checked in, were seated immediately. Service was prompt and food was tasty.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We chose this restaurant based on the largely positive reviews. Arrived about 20 minutes before our scheduled reservation time and were promptly greeted and seated. Our server was very friendly and meals were quickly prepared with a very short wait. Food was average at best. I ordered a veal dish which had little flavor & my wife had a similar dish made with chicken. No sides accompanied our meals so I asked for a half order of pasta. A small bowl with marinara cost $7. Four small slices of cold bread came with some plain olive oil. No more was offered but was provided when we asked for it. I wouldn't return or recommend based on this experience.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Traditional, classic Italian restaurant in the North End. Best lasagna I’ve ever eaten!

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Bread was bland, very surprised. Fish of the sea was lacking enough seafood.

Pasta was outstanding as was the mushroom appetizer. Bruzetta very good but just one slice of bread. Ordered Johnny walker got jack daniels. Ordered kettle one got grey goose. Ordered pasta side dish which never appeared.

Marco the waiter and Host were very sociable and outstanding. Some mixups on orders.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

5 star already recommending to everyone and will be back.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I had always written this off as a tourist destination and avoided it without much thought. Well, what a mistake I made in doing so. The food, service and ambiance are fantastic.
I will certainly return again for another satisfyingly delicious meal.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We went there three years ago at Christmas. It was good then and was good now for this Christmas. Not as much sea food on the menu as we would have liked.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Went to Cantina Italiana for dinner Christmas Eve. Very poor service, waited a long time to have orders taken and to have food served.
Food quality fair at best compared to other North End restaurants.
Party of 4 was squeezed into both better sized for two people. Seats were very uncomfortable.
The one good thing was the fine service in the bar area while we waited for seats!
Perhaps service and food quality was off due to busy Xmas Eve,
but my experience was not at the high Open Table rating this restaurant has.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner with our 2 kids.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Good, simple Italian. Moderately priced, good service, easy to get a table last minute with reservation but busy on arrival.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Our family enjoyed an impromptu night in town and were pleased to get a reservation with immediate seating on a Thursday (game) night. The food was deliciously prepared and our server was courteous and attentive. So pleased to have found this place amongst dozens of North End choices.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We planned an early dinner for our family who were arriving at the airport after a long trip back home for Christmas. This was our first time dining at Cantina Italiana. We chose it because it has great reviews. It was a very fun evening and the staff were all so welcoming. What a wonderful start to the Christmas weekend. The food was very good, our waitress was terrific and the vibe in the restaurant was relaxed and fun. Clearly this place is efficiently run and cares about their guests. Everyone was so gracious and welcoming to our group of weary travelers. We will return soon!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Authentic Italian. Old school atmosphere with plenty of roof and great service. Home made pasta was to die for and the meatball app was out of this world

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The reservation was available right on time and the Host was great. The food and wine were excellent. Unfortunately, our table was next to a small group that spoke very loud and our waitress, although very nice and polite, knew nothing about the food or menu. She had difficulty with the ingredients in the specials as she described them and wasn't even sure if pasta came with our dinner so we ordered a side of pasta to be sure.
The food was "North End", but the atmosphere and service was more like a "Chili's" or "Applebees".

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food is absolutely outstanding - authentic Italian fare and homemade pasta! Absolutely delicious. I had reservations with my family, and the four of us thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The wait staff was also wonderful - very engaging and helpful - had a lot of fun conversing with him. Would highly recommend as a North End treasure - there are a lot of fabulous restaurants in Boston's North End, and this has got to be one of the tops!

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

EXCELLENT! Food and service was wonderful . A happy repeat customer :)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Server was amazing. Very patient

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We had a fantastic meal at Cantina Italiana! The decor is typical North End - somewhat outdated, but still manages to be charming. That being said, our food was outstanding. We had an antipasti platter to start that couldn't have been better and our pasta dishes were superb. Their homemade sausage had tremendous flavor that really added to the dish. I would highly recommend going to Cantina Italiana!

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We had an absolutely fabulous dinner for a holiday gathering with friends. Every person raved about their entrée and the meals were served piping hot and with generous portions. I am not a wine drinker although my friends loved the selection and I appreciated the wide array of cocktails. Relaxed but lovely atmosphere, we really felt like we were being entertained in someone’s home. Would definitely recommend it !

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

My friend and I popped in sort of last minute on a Friday night and were brought to a table straight away. I got the Saltimbocca di Pollo and it was very good. The Caesar salad was a great appetizer as well. The staff was excellent and hospitable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was hot, good portions. Nice warm crusty Italian bread served. Great wine list. Prices reasonable and there were specials offered. Will go again. Had a nice dinner with friends.

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