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
My wife had last eaten at Mother Anna's many years ago. I was joining her for a return and my own first time during a weekend together in Boston. With a 5:45pm Saturday reservation they were packed and frantic. All four empty water glasses on our table were dirty (one with lipstick) and they were replaced without question. The atmosphere is average. That all was underwhelming, but from there the service was efficient and food was terrific. A busy night in the North End. We my go back some day but not until trying many other places.
I don't know why this place has such mixed reviews. I came here on Valentine's Day with a friend and everything was perfect. We got the mussels, which were some of the best I have EVER had. We also split the gnocchi and chicken parm/eggplant parm combo, which were delicious and each took home two meals worth of leftovers. Portions are huge, prices are totally reasonable and the wine is also reasonably priced. Not the fanciest of places inside, but 5 stars on food from me.
Great ambiance. Listening to Andrea Boccelli while eating gnocchis and drinking DOCG wine made for an amazing date. Comfort food at an authentic place. You go for good food and wine, not for a lavish experience, though the authenticity of a hearty meal is an experience of its own.
We dined at Mother Anna's on New Years Eve. Found a table on OpenTable with very short notice. Got seated right at the time of the reservation despite the place being full. Food was excellent, service was excellent considering the place was packed full. Can't wait to come back to this spot!
I have walked by this restaurant for probably 35 years, never noticing it. Then through Open Table I’ve found Morher Anna’s. We arrived on time for our reservation. However it took quite a while to get seated. Once seated, we put an order in for wine. It took a little while for that to come. However once it arrived, it needed to stay in the next room because there was no room near our table for the ice bucket.
We ordered gnocchi in red sauce and veal parmascian with linguine. We also had two garden salads. The garden salad was, not good. In the middle of the salad was a scoop of green beans that looked like canned beans. They were over cooked and then cooled. It otherwise ruined the salad. I recommend asking that they not put the beans on the salad or try a Caesar.
The entrees were fine. Unremarkable. The tomato sauce was fairly tasteless. Neither good or bad. That said the veal was very tender and enjoyable. The gnocchi was fine as well.
This restaurant was passable. We’d go back if we couldn’t find some place else.
I am a long time fan of Mother Anna’s. I now live in Washington DC but try to make a visit here any chance I get. The food and the service are great. We had a fun family holiday dinner on Tuesday evening and best of all was we got to enjoy the leftovers the next evening - the portions are huge. Lobster fettuccine and chicken creation are family favorites!
Family-owned Mother Anna's has been offering home-style, familiar Italian dishes for over 50 years, and continues its long tradition of friendly service and warm atmosphere. At out latest visit, the waitress was terrific in getting some in our party's complicated choices and dish-sharing right, and with a smile. One of us had what we believe was a new addition to the menu-- shrimp baked in cheese. Superb! We'll continue to make Mother Anna's our "local," our North End favorite.
great afternoon out in boston, first time trying out this restaurant and was not disappointed, the food was excellent, we did make reservation, which I would recommend because the place is small, waitress was excellent , we did not feel rushed to leave, everything was excellent, will definitely be going back
I didn't like the food. The food didn't have much taste.
There are so many good restaurants in the North End, there is no reason for me to go back there. I have been to many restaurants in the North End and have never tried Mother Anna's which has been around for many years. Well, I tried it. Would not recommend it.
We celebrated two birthdays in the afternoon and spent a leisurely two hours telling stories and enjoying wonderful drinks and dinner. When we arrived the table was set and waiting. We had drinks, enjoyed an antipasto, and then ordered and enjoyed the meal. The food was delicious and we all felt right at home. This was the perfect place to enjoy each others company and a wonderful meal. I recommend.
A group of us who were in town for a wedding and decided to go out for an evening meal and Mother Anna's was recommended. Everything about the place told the story of a very busy restaurant that aimed to please.
The food was more than we could eat and everyone was thrilled with their selection. Our waitress was wonderful. We will definitely return.
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!!!!
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