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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.
Boston, MA 02113
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We are offering a special menu on SUNDAYS from 12:00pm-10:30pm, 2 courses for $25.00.
We offer valet parking after 4:00pm daily. The cost is $20 per car. We also validate @ the Parcel 7 garage near Haymarket Square.
Closest stops are North Station and Haymarket
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
I like the food, nothing special, just traditional Italian pasta, lazania, ravioli, etc., but fresh made and very tasty. I also like the host, he was friendly and funny.
I didn't like that tables were pretty tight and it was very noisy, not possible to talk. Waitress was not helpful with food explanation or advices and no interest in our satisfaction.
I met my family here for lunch on a Saturday and they could accommodate a large group (9 altogether) but the rest of the experience was not great. Service was horrible. The food wasn't much better. I wouldn't go back there because of the food. I can deal with very slow service if it's worth the wait, but I was disappointed all around.
Great meal and service. It was not our first time here and there is a reason we keep coming back. Mario our server was attentive and knowledgeable. He even gave us a great recommendation for gelato for dessert. I had the ravioli special that was amazing and my husband had his standby chicken parm and it did not disappoint. Great restaurant in Boston's North End!
We've had better meals elsewhere. Visited on a Saturday evening. As expected, the place was very busy with a lively, happy tone. We were seated in the rear of the restaurant near the kitchen so there was a lot of serving traffic passing us. The lighting in that area is really ugly and should be improved. Calamari and caprese appetizers were outstanding. Veal scallopini valdostana was pleasant but not exciting. Marinara sauce (on pasta) was good. Cheese ravioli was good. The wine list was adequate but not extensive. Overall, it was a decent but not spectacular meal. There are other North End restaurants we like better.
Use to be a decent restaurant and a place we went to regularly. But it is no longer a restaurant of quality, overpriced, no effort to enhance ambience. For example frozen flat tasting ravioli compared to homemade at other North End establishments. It's too bad, obviously lacking in direction and knowledgeable chef.
The food was spectacular. One of the better Italian restaurants in competitive North End. I'd go back. Only issue was the service. Not sure why Open Table asks about an occasion (it was actually my birthday and I could've gone anywhere) but it went completely ignored. In addition, they sat us in front of an air conditioner that could made my nipples cut glass. We changed to a cramped table in the corner. Our waiter was like a man on a mission. The service was adequate but very impersonal. All that aside, the food was fabulous. Right down to the cannoli's..
As soon as I walked in, I was greeted like family from the very friendly italian gentleman who may have been the manage/owner. The food was phenomenal and the were many choices on the menu. I recommend the Bombolotti con Aragosta.--pasta, shrimp, and lobster dish. The ambiance is very low key as well, and even on the way out, my friends and I were still treated like "famiglia!"
Host was very friendly and jovial and said cute words in Italian. Lots of people dressed in flip flops/running clothes. The valet out front was a nice touch but didn't really match the casual nature of the crowd inside. Got seated at our reservation time. They have an area that seems to be an add on to the restaurant with a few tables, seating with black plastic covers that felt like gym mats from elementary school and harsh fluorescent lighting. Because it was a romantic Friday date night out, it was not he right vibe for us and we left shortly after being seated. People did say the food was good but it wasn't worth it for us to stay due to the chaotic/casual/unfinished ambience. We were hoping for some place more quaint, fun, less touristy. Honestly changing the light bulbs back there to warmer tones so that it wasn't so cheap would really improve the ambience and would help justify the cost of the meal.
I was in Boston for business and kept hearing about how great the Italian district was in Boston. We spent our last evening in Boston there and I was glad I did. The place was charming and the manager and staff was even more charming. I was not a fan of the ravioli with Bolognese sauce but my guest ordered a chicken dish that was out of this world. The portion sizes are large enough to share so we both ended up enjoying her dish.
Our server Lucia was amazing!!! We dinned with a large group and a few children in our party have food allergies. She was patient and thorough and repeatedly checked in with the kitchen to make sure our meals were prepared safely. The food was delisious and the experience was awesome. We will continue to come back here!!!
Had a fantastic time- great food and service. Definitely worth making reservations; skipped the wait. Also loved the valet parking in the North End: $20 without tip. All of the food was delicious and the specials were terrific. Looking forward to going back.
We had the best experience. The first Italian restaurant in Boston. One of the big 5. Alberto greeted us and literally cared for us the entire night. Our waiter was great too. It was an
experience like no other for me because even the waiter was Italian. His father used to be one of the chefs and recently retired. We all enjoyed the authenic Italian dishes. Veal, gnocci, lasagana. The mussels were the best I ever had. For dessert we had the Amaretto Tort! Oh my heavens! You must get dessert! I would definitely go back. Thank you Alberto for a great time! ❤️
I made a reservation for 10 as my boss was in town from out of state and had never experienced the North End. We had a great meal! The best quote of the night came from my boss' 18 yr old daughter: "I didn't think it would be THIS good. I thought it would be like Olive Garden." ;-)
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