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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (33)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Good for Groups (25)
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Comfort Food (24)
Casual (23)
Good for a Date (18)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Fun (16)
Special Occasion (15)
Cozy (14)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Business Meals (9)
Kid-friendly (9)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Romantic (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
People Watching (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Awesome!!!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on August 7, 2017

While visiting Boston, we popped in for a late dinner. The food and service were both excellent!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Our family of four ate here on a weekend trip to Boston. The food was excellent but the best part was the service; it was outstanding.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 4, 2017

This was our first time visiting. I had the gnocchi and it was delicious. My husband had the special, short rib ravioli and loved it. The sangria was also great. Highly recommend!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Absoultely love this place. Feel like you are at home.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 1, 2017

We love to take out-of-town guests to the Cantina because it is a fun, old-school Italian experience. The food is excellent, the wait staff is very knowledgeable and it has valet parking.... very important in the North End. We had a great time!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Service was outstanding! Food as well. A great way to spend a special occasion or everyday meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Food was amazing, friendly service and great atmosphere. It's our go-to place when we're visiting the North End.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Fun, Cozy, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Great food great service. It's been in the N End since the 30's for a reason!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on July 24, 2017

The waitstaff is just fantastic! Food is equally fantastic

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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Loved my homemade pasta dish and everything was delicious that we ordered. Service was top notch. (can't remember our server's name but she was lovely and very, very patient and accommodating with our kids!)

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Wonderful and dining experience. Our waiter Andrew was prompt, polite and pleasant. The food was delicious & generously sized. Definitely check out the nightly dinner specials and the wine list!

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 21, 2017

We had a birthday celebration for our son's 20th birthday.
We were seated immediately, had wonderful service with our favorite server Omar, and the food was delicious - as always!

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·Dined on July 20, 2017

The food and service was great. A special shoutout to the manager who made it a very special dinner.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Brighton)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Ambience/decor could use some updating . Our server was very friendly and attentive. 6 adults sat in a booth which was a little cramped. Food was delicious! Price was fair.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on July 18, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 18, 2017

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..

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Delicious meal. Long wait even with reservation.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 10, 2017

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!"

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 7, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 7, 2017

HavingAndrew as our waiter always makes the night out a success. Thank you Andrew

The food is great and they are always willing to go the extra mile and make changes

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Hurray for gluten free options!

Enjoyed quieter table for 7 in back.

All loved their orders.

Broccoli rabe out of this world.

Any chance for fresh GF rolls like Legals has?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Great food. Chef willing to make anything which is great when you have picky kids. Food was all delicious from pizza to traditional dishes of parmigiana. Everyone left very very full!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2017

I was disappointed in the gnocchi, If you have to chew it it's not made correctly it should melt in your mouth, the veal scallopini had more of a thick gravy sauce rather than a nice thin sauce. Picky but I'm Italian.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, People Watching
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on July 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 25, 2017

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!!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We have been going to the Cantina for over 30 years. Over that time it has stayed just the same as it was when we started going there 30 years ago. The food is great, the atmosphere is great in the Cantina is authentic Italian in every way.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 23, 2017

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! ❤️

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on June 23, 2017

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." ;-)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 23, 2017

I'm Beyonce, friendliness, service, and setting were all great. Food was good, not outstanding but certainly acceptable. You're a nice place I would go back to.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Casual
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Best in the North End at reasonable prices. Don't get detoured- there are few that are not tourist traps- this is one of them. A must visit! Family owned for decades - food is fabulous!

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

The maitre d who seated us and who talked to us afterwards was great! Great staff in general

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Food is consistently delicious :)

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Delicious. Especially their homemade pasta.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Excellent. Would go back again. Valet parking is a great attraction in such a congested area

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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