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About Carmelina's North End

Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Carmelina�s North End serves traditional Italian cuisine with a twist. The restaurant has a full bar including an extensive wine selection which includes both domestic and imported wines from Italy. Carmelina�s North End offers takeout services as well as an area available to rent for private parties and corporate events.

Try the fried calamari or the spicy shrimp to start out your meal at Carmelina�s North End. Choose from entr�es like the gnocchi al forno or the stuffed center cut pork rib chop. For vegetarians, the restaurant has plenty of options like the palermitana. Top off your experience with a cup of specialty coffee and a homemade dessert.

307 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02138
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Sicilian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
We are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner
Sunday - Thursday: 12 noon - 10:30 pm
Friday and Saturday 12 noon - 11 pm

Cross Street:
between Richmond and Prince St

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 742-0020

Website:
http://www.carmelinasboston.com/

Entertainment:
Watching our chefs cook in the wide open kitchen

Parking Details:
The Parcel 7 garage, which is under a 5 minute walk to us, offers deeply discounted parking with our validation.
They charge 3$ for 3 hrs. Bring us the ticket and we will validate it for you.
If you don't get back to your car within the 3 hours they will charge you the normal rate. This is the link for more info

http://boston.citysearch.com/profile/map/4719119/boston_ma/parcel_7_parking_garage.html

Public Transit:
Haymarket
Government Center
Aquarium

Executive Chef:
Damien DiPaola; Chef di Cucina Michael Hollenkamp

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Carmelina's North End Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Kid-friendly (53)
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Casual (4)
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2016

This is the best Italian restaurant in Boston!! The food is authentic and very good, the prices are great and the taste is so good, this is my 3rd time here, I can't wait to visit again

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2015

Outstanding restaurant with exceptional food and quality staff. Look forward to returning many times!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2015

We had dinner on New Years Eve. We were seated promptly at our reservation time. The service was top notch. Everything that we had was prepared perfectly. My personal favorite was the Ahi Tuna Arrabbiata appetizer. It could have been a meal by itself. Others in my party raved about the duck, the special gorgonzola pork chop and the Sunday Marconi. The Carmelina dining experience made our evening. What a great way to start the new year. Thanks so much.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2015

Absolutely incredible dining experience. Staff was super friendly and very accomodating/attentive to our needs. The food was phenomenal--we will definitely be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on December 29, 2015

There are only a handful of places
That make Italian food better than
Nana's.......
This is one of them
Everything is great Sunday Macaroni is a must

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2015

The food was very deliscious! Our table had fruita de mare, mussels and calamari and chicken parm...all were wonderful and huge portions. Portions were mostly protien, not laden with pasta. The wine the waitress suggested was perfect as was her service all evening. We had a window table looking into the street which was great for people watching.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2015

Visited with my wife and 2 adult children on a Sunday night. We arrived about 15 minutes early and told that there would be a wait of 15 - 20 mins and recommended we wait at a bar a few doors down. We left our cell number. We decided to walk the neighborhood instead. After over 1/2 and hour, we arrived back at the restaurant and they sat us about 5 mins later. Server was very nice and attentive. Everyone raved about the food, but is was very crowded and noisy. It is a very small place. Did not stand out to me in the North End.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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service3
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2015

Many kind of excellent good taste pasta with al dente boiled which is rare in this country.
Only one disappointing thing is that they have no desert menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2015

We chose this place by ratings and proximity to the water taxi service. Walking by we didn't see a lot of difference from other authentic North End restaurants. But once inside we were deeply satisfied by the food, the service, the vibe. The food was Italian original, so good we were making little sounds of joy, like in the movie Chocolate. We sat next someone from Maryland who travels to Boston frequently, and always comes to Carmalena's. She was making similar sounds. Enough said.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2015

this was our second visit, great restaurant great feel food is excellent look forward to going back

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2015

Had a party of 5 Saturday night at 815. We were early and were sat promptly at 815. Waiter didn't ask if we wanted appetizers which I thought was a bit off . Once we got our drinks we were not asked again if we wanted more beer or wine for the duration . The food all arrived at different times and my girlfriends carbonara which is "the dish" was not hot and bordering cold . We didn't say anything at the time because my girlfriend feels uncomfortable saying anything. I had the crazy Alfredo which was was very good . I noticed around 9pm a large group came in and clearly would be seated where we were once we left . From this point on we were rushed out of the restaurant . Our dishes were cleared along with everything else on the table . It was clear they wanted us out . They even asked the couple beside us if they would be willing to slide down to accommodate the group that was waiting . How was dessert? Do they serve dessert? I can't tell you because we weren't offered any . This is completely unacceptable . This doesn't happen at the Olive Garden and I wouldn't expect it on Hanover St in the North End of Boston .

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food3
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2015

No other words but Excellent would do. Best in North End. Try the exploding clams!

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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 5, 2015

My Dad and brother were fortunate enough to find Carmelina's on our recent trip to Boston. It was small, open kitchen, the service was outstanding, but the food was absolutely the highlight. We all ordered different pasta dishes and neither disappointed. I would venture to say that we will be going back the next time we are in town. Thanks for a great night!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 3, 2015

Excellent food, well prepared at reasonable prices. Small and intimate. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 27, 2015

North end gem right on Hanover street wonderful food

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2015

We had a great dinner here on a late Sunday afternoon in November. It was quiet when we arrived but soon was very busy with patrons filling the cozy Hanover Street establishment. We started with the Fried Calamari with Hot Peppers which were awesome. Then house salads and the meatballs appetizer, both were excellent. For our main entrees, I had the Center Cut Pork Chop, which was huge, my son had the Gnocci which were delicious, and my wife had the Polle Cardinale, also delicious.
The prices were very reasonable and the service was very good. We would definitely come back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 21, 2015

I live nearby this restaurant, and will return frequently. Service was pretty good, and food was awesome. We both ordered off of the specials that were served that night, and were blown away. The menu is very pasta focused, so if that's not what you're in the mood for, this is not your place. Good selection of affordable wines and beer.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2015

Sitting near the open kitchen was a very cool atmosphere. We had mimmos meatballs as an appetizer which were second to none. For appetizers we ordered the crazy Alfredo and seafood Alfredo. Having been to most north end restaurants and many others all across the city, Carmelinas is at the very top of our list!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2015

I have walked by the restaurant numerous times and finally had the occasion to try it. A very busy Friday night (they were telling walk ins a 3 hour wait), so I am glad we had reservations. We were sat promptly, though the only table available was right next to the entrance, so we had to deal with the cold from the door opening & closing. (FYI the front windows/doors can be opened for al fresco dining during warm weather.) We could tell that all of the other tables had recently been seated, so it would have been a long wait and we had plans afterwards. The waitress was prompt and took our drink order. Wines were reasonably priced.
Ordered the clam appetizer which was delicious and a bit spicy. I would have to say I was not a fan of the bread/rolls served. They were a bit dry and not very flavorful. Would have preferred slices of a good Italian bread.
We ordered 2 of the specials that night - a straight up pasta with meatballs & sausage and a chicken parm. For both dishes the pasta was cooked perfectly, al dente. The meatballs had a little too much garlic for my taste (& I like garlic!). The chicken parm was HUGE, but was a little burnt. My son is not one to make waves so he ate around the burnt part. Even with that he was not able to finish.

The sauce was of a style of cooking chopped tomatoes vs. a regular sauce, which I was fine with. Too full for dessert to try any.

Service was prompt and attentive as the staff worked as a team delivering the food as it was ready, filling water glasses & checking on needs.

The place is an open space and can be noisy. Hard to have a conversation if that is your goal.

Overall, I would recommend and plan on returning to explore the rest of the menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2015

We enjoyed our Garlic shrimp appetizer , and pasta entrees: Crazy Alfredo was very interesting spicy with ho e made fettacine noodles , pancetta , chicken and just right amount of creamy Alfredo sauce. A 4-mushroom baked rigatoni was also interesting and flavorful. Pasta entrees were very reasonably priced at $18 each. Nice selections in the Wine list and ample serving size by the glass.
There are seats at the bar and high bar seats/tables as well as regular tables. Ambient noise was on the loud side with lots of vibrant conversations. Suggest make a reservation by Wed for prime time on Friday PM.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 19, 2015

Knowing that the place is small. The food and service was awesome!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2015

Did a little research on my recent visit to Boston to find one of the best Italian Restaurants on Hanover Street. Carmelina's was shown to be one of them. I was not disappointed....the food was magnificent. Small place with open kitchen design. I suggest making a reservation to gaurantee a table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2015

Our server was very attentive and fun! The food was incredible. Highly recommended!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2015

There were four in our group. We had the meatballs for an appetizer, which were very good. We each ordered different pasta dishes and, after tasting each others' meals, agreed that all four pastas were equally absolutely delicious.

The next time we go I want to sit at the marble slab bar. It overlooks the tiny kitchen so you can watch the chefs do their magic!

This restaurant is also in the same block as Mike's and Modern Pastry for an after-dinner cannoli.

I would not recommend this restaurant to families with kids who like to wander during dinner. The space is quite small and is not conducive to lots of movement.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2015

i live in the north end, so have tried many restaurants in the north end. Carmelina's is one of my favorites. I've had the gnocchi and pasta puttanesca both so good

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2015

I chose this cozy restaurant to share with my best friend as we had both just returned from
international trips: me from Italy, he from Ecuador. It was the absolute correct choice, and I was ready to be very critical, as I had just returned from my friends in southern Italy where I enjoyed so many perfect examples of Italian cuisine. We were warmly greeted by Antonio and Maria, and Maria took well care of us. We shared the eggplant parmesan and the mussels marinara. Really, I could eat those mussels every day for the rest of my life! And with that delicious bread fresh out of the oven! My friend chose the carbonara and I chose the fusilli with pistachio pesto and sauce of cherry tomatoes with fresh rigatoni topped with slices of seared ahi tuna. We were in Sicilian paradise. Wines were Nero D'Avola from the South and
and Nebbiola d'Alba of the North. More than ample sized portions of each dish, so tasty, I think we licked each plate.
I'll be back with more friends and family. This is a 'go to' place for me!
Grazie Tanto!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 8, 2015

Great food, typical small little place. There is no bar so if you are early there is no place to wait inside. Recomend to all

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2015

Four of us for dinner, and we wanted something authentically Italian...and we found it. Very good food, nice menu, good wine list, good service..nothing to complain about here. Well worth a visit.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2015

We had dinner on a busy Saturday night, and we were seated for our reservation promptly. The appetizers of meatballs and calamari were delicious, and fresh warm rolls. We had the crazy alfredo which was spicy and flavorful, and veal and chicken dishes and salad. Everything was great! Our server was very knowledgeable about the food and very helpful and friendly. We will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2015

Perfect spot in the north end for dinner- great food, central location

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2015

Tiny little place with tables very close together. Food was very good, wine was ok. they should expand the wine list.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 4, 2015

My friend and I had dinner here on a whim, looking for a great spot in the North End. We used Open Table to get in (otherwise there was over an hour wait)! Everything was fabulous! From the service, to the food, to the wine suggestions. Definitely on my list of places to visit again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 1, 2015

Thank goodness we had reservations, seemed to be a favorite with the locals. Food was excellent and so was the service. We sat at the front window which completely opens up to the street.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 1, 2015

Reviews indicate this place is great...it's Fair....not exceptional. Food ok....small and noisy...it's wasn't bad but if you want some wow food try somewhere else.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2015

Wonderful service, good food and such a good location. Heart of north end and just across from mikes pastry! I recommend trying this place.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2015

Vacation weekend, small & very loud because you sit very close together BUT food & edit staff fantastic!

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 24, 2015

We loved everything about our dinner: the food was outstanding, especially the Littleneck Clams & the homemade pasta. Great ambience, attentive & professional service. Would definitely recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 24, 2015

I was expecting the restaurant to be larger, but it's a small, cozy restaurant and from where I was sitting I could look into the kitchen (which I always love).
The bread they serve is fresh out of oven warm and is amazing!
The pasta I had was great as well!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2015

Mussels, baby eggplants and carbonara are delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 19, 2015

Amazing everything! Especially enjoyed the mushroom risotto!

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