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Cantina Italiana

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4.4
2091 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

An iconic tradition in Boston's "Little Italy", Cantina Italiana serves the tastes that make the North End famous. Started in 1931, Cantina Italiana is the oldest restaurant in the historic North End of Boston. We boast over 90 years of tradition in providing the best in homestyle Italian American and authentic southern Italian cuisine, the freshest New England seafood, and unparalleled service and experience. Cantina Italiana's warm, charming, and traditional atmosphere gives our restaurant a relaxed setting to enjoy you meal amongst the most important parts of your dining and drink experience: family, friends, and of course...food! Enjoy and cheer among us as we would at home: Mangia, Beve, e Buona Salute!

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Booked 37 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 723-4577

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ciriaco Colella

  • Catering

    Catering is available upon request.

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Cross street

    Fleet Street

  • Parking details

    We offer valet parking after 4:00pm daily. The cost is $24 per car. We also validate @ the Parcel 7 garage near Haymarket Square.

  • Public transit

    Closest stops are North Station and Haymarket

  • Entertainment

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

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Main

  • Bruschetta$7.00

    Grilled Italian bread topped with marinated plum tomatoes and Mozzarella, drizzled with olive oil and basil

    • Caprese$13.00

      Imported fresh Mozzarella cheese served with tomatoes, roasted red peppers and basil, drizzled with olive oil

      • Zuppa di Cozze$11.00

        Sautéed mussels with black pepper, lemon and olive oil

        • Frittura di Calamari$12.00

          Fried calamari tossed with garlic and cherry peppers, served with marinara sauce

          • Insalata della Casa$9.00

            Mixed greens, cucumbers, carrots, grape tomatoes and red onions, served with homemade creamy Italian or Balsamic

            • With Grilled Chicken$14.00
            • With Calamari or Shrimp$16.00
          • Insalata Cesare$9.00

            Romaine lettuce tossed with homemade Caesar dressing, served with garlic croutons and shaved Parmigiano cheese

            • With Grilled Chicken$14.00
            • With Calamari or Shrimp$16.00
          • Spinaci con Noci e Gorgonzola$9.00

            Baby spinach tossed with balsamic vinaigrette dressing, with honey toasted walnuts and crumbled gorgonzola cheese

            • With Grilled Chicken$14.00
            • With Calamari or Shrimp$16.00
          • Pizzetta Margherita$12.00

            Topped with fresh tomato sauce, basil, Parmigiano and Mozzarella cheese

            • Pizzetta al Prosciutto$15.00

              Topped with fresh tomato sauce, Parmigiano cheese, Mozzarella cheese and Prosciutto

              • Pizzetta con Salsiccia$14.00

                Topped with fresh tomato sauce, Mozzarella cheese, caramelized onions and spicy Italian sausage

                • Pizzetta Quattro Stagioni$15.00

                  Topped with fresh tomato sauce, Mozzarella cheese, roasted peppers, mushrooms, artichokes, Calamata olives

                  • Pizzetta Capricciosa$14.00

                    Topped with fresh tomato sauce, Mozzarella cheese, artichokes, mushrooms and Parma Cotta ham

                    • Pizzetta con Funghi$14.00

                      Topped with fresh tomato sauce, Mozzarella, Gorgonzola cheese and wild mushroom

                      • Gnocchi di Patate$14.00

                        Homemade potato gnocchi tossed with a choice of fresh tomato or Bolognese sauce

                        • Ravioli di Ricotta$15.00

                          Cheese stuffed ravioli served with a San Marzano tomato sauce

                          • Parmigiana di Melanzane$15.00

                            Baked breaded eggplant layered with Mozzarella cheese with a plum tomato sauce and Parmigiano cheese

                            • Maccheroni al Forno$14.00

                              Baked pasta tossed with spicy sausage, plum tomato sauce, Parmigiano and Goat cheese

                              • Maccheroni alla Boscaila$14.00

                                Homemade pasta with sautéed mushrooms and Parma ham, tossed in a tomato cream sauce with fresh basil

                                • Tagliatelle$14.00

                                  Homemade Tagliatelle pasta tossed with a choice of a classic tomato, Bolognese or Amatriciana sauce

                                  • Spaghetti con Polpette$15.00

                                    Spaghetti tossed with marinara sauce topped with homemade sirloin meatballs

                                    • Lasagna al Forno$17.00

                                      Layers of homemade pasta sheets, besciamela and meat sauce, topped with Mozzarella cheese and baked to perfection

                                      • Maccheroni con Pollo e Broccoli$15.00

                                        Chicken sauteed with garlic and broccoli in a white wine Parmigiano cheese sauce with pasta

                                        • Pollo Marsala$15.00

                                          Boneless chicken breast sautéed with mushrooms and sweet Marsala wine

                                          • Parmigiana di Pollo$14.00

                                            Our traditional Chicken Parmigiana or Veal Parmigiana, served with pasta

                                            • Vitello$16.00
                                          • Spaghetti con le Cozze$13.00

                                            Mussels' sautéed in a light cherry tomato sauce, served over Spaghetti

                                            • Spaghetti con Calamari$14.00

                                              Calamari sautéed with fresh garlic and basil in a plum tomato sauce, served with spaghetti

                                              • Spaghetti con le Vongole$15.00

                                                Clams sautéed with garlic and olive oil in a white wine sauce, tossed with spaghetti

                                                Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                                What 2,091 people are saying

                                                Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                4.4
                                                4.4 based on recent ratings
                                                • 4.5Food
                                                • 4.4Service
                                                • 4Ambience
                                                • 4.2Value

                                                NoiseModerate

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                                                1. SK

                                                  SusanK

                                                  Pittsburgh

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                  overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                  Great food with good presentation. Very authentic.

                                                2. LL

                                                  LeslieL

                                                  New England

                                                  13 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  13 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Wonderful service and delicious food from beginning to end

                                                3. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New England

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  3.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                  overall3food4service5ambience2

                                                  Waitress was great however booked an outdoor reservation and was told upon arrival that it’s only first come first serve and we had to sit inside which was the reason I booked there. Should update OpenTable

                                                4. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                  overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                  Great food and service… bad acoustics and super noisy- Hard to hear people in your own party.

                                                5. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New York Area

                                                  1 review

                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                  overall3food3service5ambience3

                                                  Was not my favorite North End experience. Had good memories of this place but this time it felt like a tourist trap. Arancini appetizer was excellent and we enjoyed some good cocktails but the pasta entrees (bolognese and alla vodka) were a bit pricey and underwhelming. Attentive waitstaff. Front of restaurant is nice with light from front windows but the back (which is where they seated us) is a bit dreary. So not a bad experience but not great either. Felt like I could have made a better choice.

                                                6. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New England

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Wonderful service, great food.

                                                7. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New England

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                  overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                  Mother’s Day dinner

                                                8. RS

                                                  RobertS

                                                  New England

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Cantina is always spot on, authentic Italian food. Best carbonara in the North End.

                                                9. B

                                                  Beverlymas

                                                  New York Area

                                                  11 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  11 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Excellent food and service!!

                                                10. BN

                                                  BillN

                                                  New England

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                  Excellent Food!. Not fancy just great food and service. Been many times and never disappoints.

                                                11. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New England

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Mother’s Day dinner.

                                                12. TS

                                                  TimothyS

                                                  New York Area

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                  Great place to eat in the North End, I highly recommend it!

                                                13. SS

                                                  SheldonS

                                                  New England

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Food was excellent! Omar was awesome

                                                14. DG

                                                  DebG

                                                  Western NC

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  1.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                  overall1food2service1ambience1

                                                  I went home hungry. I really cannot provide any positive feedback regarding this dining experience. Wait staff were slow and didn’t keep an eye on us, and the food was just awful. I took only a few bites of my entree and pushed it aside, and our waiter never even noticed what was happening. From the start, this meal was a disaster. The bread was stale and cold, the bruschetta was bitter (assuming it was the garlic or perhaps the oil was rancid), and the pastas were WAY over cooked along with the seafood (I detest rubbery seafood). Save yourself the heartache of a bad Italian meal in the North End and go to one of the many excellent choices surrounding this place. I’m heartbroken that my last evening in Boston (and my only dinner in North End) was at this establishment.

                                                15. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New England

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Best Italian food in the North End. Keep walking until you get there. It’s worth it.

                                                16. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  The what I think was the owner was incredible and was able to seat us immediately. Food was quickly served and FANTASTIC! Our waitress was knowledgeable and so friendly. 5 stars, couldn’t recommend more.

                                                17. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great food and great service

                                                18. j

                                                  julespville

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Wonderful experience from start to end! The hostess was super accommodating and friendly when we needed to adjust our party size. Our waiter was the BEST…friendly, knowledgeable, and funny! And the food was AMAZING! We will be back!

                                                19. KD

                                                  KarD

                                                  Chicago

                                                  1 review

                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                  overall3food5service2ambience1

                                                  Service was poor. Not attentive or helpful. Not rude just not present at all Food was good !

                                                20. DF

                                                  DavidF

                                                  Atlantic City

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  We are from NJ and have been here 3 times and never disapoints. Food and service is fantastic!

                                                21. LC

                                                  LisaC

                                                  New England

                                                  9 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  9 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  great luncheon, we had a bit of everything from the menu, great service and value

                                                22. L

                                                  Leah

                                                  New England

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Awesome food and service The waiter was stellar.

                                                23. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  1 review

                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                  overall3food2service5ambience4

                                                  Good service. Food is so- so.

                                                24. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New York Area

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 18, 2022

                                                  overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                  great waitress

                                                25. RR

                                                  RobR

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 18, 2022

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                  Food was great, service excellent, but it’s a bit loud. Wouldn’t stop me from returning though

                                                26. D

                                                  Dora

                                                  Surrey

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  2.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 18, 2022

                                                  overall2food3service1ambience1

                                                  Very disappointing experience. Poor service, dilapidated restaurant. Food appeared randomly. Food was tasty but I’d never go again.

                                                27. AB

                                                  AngelaB

                                                  1 review

                                                  2.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                  overall2food4service1ambience2

                                                  Booked a few weeks in advance as the party were running the Boston marathon the following day. Despite confirming the booking the day before, we turned up and were told they wouldn't be able to seat us for 40 mins as they were busy! There was no apology and we felt like we were being a nuisance by asking for updates on the timescale for us to be seated. They eventually managed to find a table for us after a 15-20 minute wait. Food was very good but I wouldn't recommend based on the uncertainty of actually getting a table even if you have made a reservation.

                                                28. CM

                                                  ChrisM

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Good was excellent as always and Omar’s service was GREAT !

                                                29. MJ

                                                  MJP2558

                                                  New England

                                                  46 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  2.0

                                                  46 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                  overall2food2service3ambience3

                                                  My wife and I ordered the fettuccine carbonara, had to send it back as it was dry and pasty. Second try was not much better, you would think everyone in the North End could make this easy but favorite dish without fail !! Our friends ordered the gnocchi and veal with egg plant. Both dishes were good. Drinks and service was satisfactory. We have dined in the North End many times and have had dinner here before, something was off as It felt like they were just going through the motions ? Does not compare to some of the other local eateries.

                                                30. SB

                                                  SirBC

                                                  Pittsburgh

                                                  15 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  15 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Excellent food, and service!

                                                31. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Washington DC

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Waitress was bellissima!

                                                32. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New England

                                                  10 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  10 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 14, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  One of my favorites. Lovely frutti di mare and pappardelle bolognese. The refurbed interior is very open and simple — definitely bringing more people, next time!

                                                33. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Pittsburgh

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 13, 2022

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                  Service person appeared to be a manager and he could

                                                34. CG

                                                  CaitlinG

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 13, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                  We had a delicious dinner here for a friend’s birthday midweek. Our waiter Omar was super friendly and helpful, all four of us really enjoyed our meals, and they make a really good espresso martini. Overall I would definitely recommend La Cantina and thanks again to Omar for a lovely experience.

                                                35. D

                                                  Dani

                                                  New England

                                                  1 review

                                                  2.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                  overall2food2service2ambience2

                                                  If this restaurant was good in the past, it’s no longer. Mozzarella app came without bread or basil, had to ask for olive oil, and then server cam to drip it out little by little on the plate. Food was pasty and not appetizing. Sad to see a number of solos sitting at the bar during the middle of the day. Made for less classy ambiance as did the mostly empty dining room, tattered and old decor. Would not return or recommend.

                                                36. s

                                                  shannon

                                                  Detroit

                                                  13 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  13 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                  overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                  Great old school Italian restaurant in the North End. Food and service were outstanding. It’s extremely noisy though so if you are looking for a romantic date night dinner, this isn’t the place. If you are looking for amazing red sauce Italian dishes, this is your place. Our waitress was fantastic.

                                                37. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  San Francisco

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Everything was great!

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                                                  TriciaG

                                                  New England

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 7, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  We had a wonderful experience at Cantina Italiana. The food was delicious and we appreciated the vast menu selections. Our server Layla was very attentive and made some great menu selections for us. We also enjoyed the wine and lemon martinis. Restaurant and rest rooms were very clean as well.

                                                39. NV

                                                  NicV

                                                  Chicago

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  Very attentive wait staff. Our food was delicious, the mussels were the best I’ve ever had. Overall a very enjoyable experience. Would recommend this place.

                                                40. RB

                                                  RiBa

                                                  Orlando

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Wonderful experience. Restaurant has a warm, welcoming atmosphere and staff is attentive and pleasant. The food was absolutely delicious. Made a reservation and was seated within minutes. I don't live in town, but if I visit again, will be sure to return for another meal.

                                                Safety precautions

                                                • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                  • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                • Protective equipment

                                                  • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                                • Screening

                                                  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                                FAQs

                                                You can order delivery directly from Cantina Italiana using the Order Online button. Cantina Italiana also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 723-4577.

                                                Cantina Italiana is rated 4.4 stars by 2091 OpenTable diners.

                                                Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                Booked 37 times today
                                                Google Map for Cantina Italiana

                                                346 Hanover Street Boston, MA 02113

                                                Dining areas

                                                Additional information

                                                • Cross street

                                                  Fleet Street

                                                • Neighborhood

                                                  North End

                                                • Hours of operation

                                                  Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

                                                • Cuisines

                                                  Italian

                                                • Dining style

                                                  Casual Dining

                                                • Dress code

                                                  Casual Dress

                                                • Parking details

                                                  We offer valet parking after 4:00pm daily. The cost is $24 per car. We also validate @ the Parcel 7 garage near Haymarket Square.

                                                • Public transit

                                                  Closest stops are North Station and Haymarket

                                                • Payment options

                                                  AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                • Executive chef

                                                  Ciriaco Colella

                                                • Entertainment

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

                                                • Additional

                                                  Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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