About Mother Anna's
Four Generations of Fine Italian Cuisine! Boston’s historic North End is known for its many Italian restaurants. Over the last 80 years, many of these establishments have come and gone. None have stood the test of time quite like Mother Anna’s. Established in 1932, Mother Anna’s has passed through four generations of families. John Caparella, along with his three sons, have carried on the tradition that his grandmother started 79 years ago.
The last 20 years have brought on many changes in the North End. The number of restaurants have gone from the single digits, back in the early days, to close to a hundred. Also, the old Central Artery that had divided the North End for so many years, has since disappeared.
Mother Anna’s has now become the gateway to the North End. On a beautiful summer night, a table on the now famous patio gives customers a view of the Boston skyline that can only be experienced at Mother Anna’s. Mother Anna’s should not be missed!
Boston, MA 02113
Italian, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch & Dinner:
Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am 11:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Between Cross St. and Richmond St.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking Validation is available at Parcel 7 Garage:
Congress St @ Hanover St (191, 192, 193)
Haymarket Station - Outbound (Orange Line)
Haymarket Station - Inbound (Orange Line)
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access
Mother Anna's Ratings and Reviews
First visited in 1958. Much is still the same. Love the antipasto! Sorry spumoni was not available. Had not been back in many years, left Boston in 1969. Happy to find something I remember. My companion had to consider the menu at length, and we were not rushed. Enjoyed seeing and hearing a large fraternity group, which I'm told visits regularly. When visiting the ladies room downstairs, wondered what you do about handicap accessible to facilities. Thanks mother Anna's for still being there ☺
Was seated in about 10 minutes so not bad. Bar is tiny!!! The food here is awesome. Service was very good. Only negative was we were seated in a basement room with no windows. Felt like a dungeon. From now on i will request table for main floor. Location is great too. Almost next door to modern pastry which was excellent for dessert.
This restaurant was recommended by a friend as we hadn’t been to the North End of Boston before. We went early to avoid crowds and the food was good. Salad was 90% lettuce (could have put more than 1 olive, 1 cuke slice & 1 tomato wedge). Bread was awesome but no pasta with parmigiana. View of Boston’s skyline was beautiful.
We had a reservation for 7:15 on a Saturday. It was very crowded and the host staff seemed a bit overwhelmed. Other people with reservations ahead of us were also frustrated. Staying on the staff we got seated in the basement ( not a bad thing) at 7:30. The food and the wait staff were both GREAT!! And by the we left after 8 there was no wait and more relaxed upstairs. So definetly go but consider a bit off prime time! Enjoy!
Service was great the waitress remembered that we had been there in Aug and waited on us again. The food was very good and tasty. We did not have to wait for a table. Even meet the manager Fabio who was great and could not do enough for our party of 4. All the meals were hot and tasty and plenty of food for the meal and the next nights dinner. We will be back again when in the Boston area. Thanks for a great dining experience
Admittedly, it was a busy Saturday night crowd, but there was no room at the entrance for more than one party waiting to be seated and there were about four groups jammed in front of us all waiting. The hostess did not show for several minutes and we were not seated for our 7:15 reservation until about 25 minutes later than that. Our table was in the back - had to walk through the kitchen to get to it.
The food was OK at best - expected better. Service was mediocre. Ordered a bottle of wine and it did not come until after our meal had been served and we had to ask what happened to our wine - we were half finished with our meal when the wine arrived. Salad was served with no balsamic or oil and had to ask for those to be brought to the table. Waiter was friendly but not very effective.
With so many good Italian Restaurants in the area, our next trip to Boston we will try somewhere else.
Mother Anna's has the sauce. If you want to feel like you are eating authentic Italian food like your grandmother made, this is the place. The sauce is what makes everything taste so great - whether is is on shrimp, chicken or eggplant. We have been coming here for years, and though our kids are now teens, they still love it. We do too.
This place was a disgrace. Surprised to get a reservation on open table since it was last minute for a Saturday night reservation. All the other restaurants on Hanover Street could not take me until 9:30. They took my 8:00 reservation. The problem is that did not honor it. I was with my senior citizen parents (who had to stand for close to an hour) and diabetic husband. The hostess was completely unapologetic and did nothing to help the situation (she should have offered some bread or a drink especially for my diabetic husband - I told her that his blood sugar was getting low because he waited to long to eat). Instead the hostess just insulted her customers for sitting too long and being unpleasant. After we started to complain, the wait staff was so overloaded and angry that they said we should just leave the restaurant. I have never experienced anything like this in my life. This is a definite NO. Especially knowing that these people openly talk nasty about their customers while they are patronizing their restaurant. Horrible!!!!
Service was beyond slow, took almost 25 minutes to even get a drink order taken and then another 15 minutes before drinks arrived. food was good, but overall we had to ask multiple times for anything before we received it. not sure if they were short on staff or just don't manage their seating and staffing well, but it was beyond painful waiting for initial service and then any follow up took far too long as well.
Very comfortable and casual place with simply prepared food. The entrees are delicious (esp. chicken marsala, veal roberto, and pollo venezio) and come with a side of pasta with simple house marinara or salad so the portions are big although they say it's not family-style. The side pasta can be a bit bland.
Front entrance is super crowded. We had a reservation for 6:45pm and were not seated until after 7. The hostess didn't even acknowledge our presence or those of other folks with reservations. Seemed really unorganized. Other than that we were please with service and food. Both were outstanding.
I was visiting Boston with my wife and 13 year old daughter. We were looking for good Italian food in the North End without having to dress up after a long day of sight seeing. Mother Anna's fit the bill. We sat on the outside patio and people watched. The Eggplant Rollatini was excellent. Great red sauce as well.
Great experience, food was great, service was good, and very accommodating. We asked for seating for 12 outside and they gave us a wait time of 5-10 min and set up extra tables and chairs just for us. Great views of the city and perfect spot. Would recommend to anyone
Just awful. Started with bad bread. Food was absolutely terrible. From the cheap silverware and glassware, to very limited wine list. We we're very sorry that we wasted one of our two nights in Boston on such a low class experience. It was suggested by a friend. I should have trusted my instincts and turned around and left immediately. With so many other choices, stratch this one off your list.
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