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About Panza

Panza's traditional Italian cuisine and relaxed atmosphere make for a great evening in this historic North End locale. For a dinner out with friends or a date night, Panza is the place to go if you want to be treated as part of the family. With signature dishes like Veal Panza, Seafood Risotto, and Chicken Parmigiana we pride ourselves on the quality of our ingredients. Throughout the year Panza also offers up seasonal specials to showcase the best of the region. Spend an evening with us and find out why people have made Panza a part of their family.

326 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02113
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, and Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Fleet St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 557-9248

Website:
http://www.panzarestaurant.com/

Public Transit:
Haymarket (Orange); North Station (Orange, Green); Aquarium (Blue)

Executive Chef:
Richard Talieri

Additional:
Wheelchair Access, Wine

Panza Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (60)
Casual (57)
Authentic (53)
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Cozy (45)
Good for a Date (42)
Comfort Food (35)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Fit for Foodies (31)
Special Occasion (28)
Fun (26)
Worth the Drive (25)
Romantic (24)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Great for Lunch (17)
People Watching (17)
Local Ingredients (15)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Business Meals (11)
Hot Spot (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Quick Bite (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Healthy (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

The food and service were excellent as usual. It is our favorite Italian restaurant!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food and service, will be back

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·Dined 5 days ago

Great food, good sized portions. Quick service! Would definitely go again!

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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·Dined 6 days ago

The restaurant is small but there was a line so the thought was the foo must be good. It was so true meal was delicious. Service was attentive and friendly. Will be back.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Excellent restaurant. Great food and plentiful portions.

Tags: Fun, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 5, 2017

My husband , son and I enjoyed a very good dinner at Panza. It had been recommended
to me as having excellent veal dishes as well as pasta dishes. The food was fresh, appropriately seasoned and truly delicious. We especially loved the grilled Italian greens appetizer as well as the calamari- cooked perfectly and very good. The veal piccata was tender and had a wonderful flavor. The service was spot on- which always makes for an enjoyable evening. This restaurant gets high marks from me.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Amazing as always!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This place is a GEM. I loved everything about it. From the WONDERFUL service to the
absolutely delicious food, to the ambiance. JUST GREAT !! Can't wait to go back again and again. We had the mussels fra diavolo, veal panza and home made pasta and a bottle of wine.
Couldn't have been treated better.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

They were very busy but never made us feel rushed or unwelcome. Food was amazing!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Fun
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Made a reservation for 5pm, and was glad that we did when we arrived because the line was out the door. We were told that our table was just being cleaned up and to wait outside and we’d be called in. We waited 15 minutes, watched 3 other parties of 2 (who had openly said that they wished they had made a reservation) be seated before us, before we were finally invited inside. The food was okay, but the overall service was so disappointing that it ruined the experience totally.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

This a hidden gem!! It’s by far my favorite. We’ve been going there for 10 years and have never had a meal we didn’t rave about!! Food and service is top notch!! Can’t wait to go back!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Casual, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Amazing meal! Fantastic service! Can’t say enough good stuff about the place!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Amazing experience, food was great and not too many people for a friday night

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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Always a great experience at Panza, we will definitely be returning customers.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Satisfying meals without much pretension. Panza was very busy when we arrived and seating was a bit chaotic despite having a reservation. The service came fast initially and then slowed down after we quickly received our dishes. Portions are generous and the flavors satisfy. Refined palettes may find the flavors here average. Come for a hearty meal and a generous cup of wine.

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Food was absolutely fabulous. The price was good and our service was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent as usual

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Love this place. We have eaten at the many great Italian restaurants in the North End but feel Panza is best. The bread is crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. The wine is very reasonably priced generally $22 a bottle. We shared the bruschetta ($8) that was enough for 4. I had the chicken parmigiana ($18) that was huge and perfectly cooked. The ziti was al dente and cooked with salt. The sauce was light and tasty. I rank this as second only to a Sicilian restaurant in Granda Spain. My wife had a fish dish that she absolutely loved. Truly the price was a great value considering that so many places overprice their food. Granted we didn’t have dessert there as there are 2 great bakeries nearby but think this place is wonderful.
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Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Once you are in it is great, but to get in was a huge hassle. We had a reservation for 5pm, as did many others in the LINE we had to wait in outside. A walk in group was allowed to cut us and be seated. We waited for half an hour when we had a reservation. There is no hostess working the door / line so reservations essentially are meaningless. Great food and prompt service, but the line outside with reservations is a major turn off.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The restaurant was quite small, a bit of a hole in the wall. But the service was great and the food was delicious! We had a reservation, which helped because there were several people waiting. The food came out pretty quickly. We were out celebrating a birthday, so I was hoping for something with a bit more ambiance, but overall it was nice. I also didn’t realize that they don’t serve dessert, so we had to go down the street for a pastry.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Simply put, Panza was fantastic! How did we choose to go there? We Googled “best caprese salad in Boston” - and it was! All of our meal was excellent, and John’s attentiveness and recommendations were great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Panza has great food at reasonable prices. A real plus is the ability to make a reservation which can be difficult in the North End. It is a great spot.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The eggplant parmigiana was the best I’ve ever had. Everyone greatly enjoyed their meal. The side salad was not a salad at all...literally came with just lettuce.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always consistent always delicious. Excellent service. Excellent food. One of our favorites in the North End. Never disappoints! Highly recommend

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Authentic, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our meal was great. And we loved that we were able to make a reservation in advanced. Towards the end of the night though, the staff wanted to go home and opened the front door, turned on the lights, and just did whatever they could to encourage us to leave. Which we found rude when we spent a lot of money and just wanted to finish our wine.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great little restaurant. Very small, so make a reservation. The seafood linguini fra diavolo was delicious and the service was outstanding. John was great.

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

We have eaten at Pabza many times. Every meal has always been excellent!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fun, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Great food, excellent waiter and moderate price made this an enjoyable evening for all. Had out-of-town guest and they truly enjoyed the experience also.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Delicious and reasonably priced Italian food in a cozy setting. Can be a little crowded so reservations are recommended.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food was just ok compared to other options in the area, and the meal started off with a mildly rude altercation with the hostess who seated us. After we tipped 16% on the bill, the general manager came over after we paid to complain we tipped off the pre-tax total (which is the rule of thumb) vs. the post-tax and loudly announced to us and nearby tables he felt compelled to inquire why the tip was so "poor". This used to be my regular stop in the North End, but I don't think I'll be coming back.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Panza is authentic Italian. Absolutely delicious with great service despite the tiny close quarters of the restaurant. Our service was very knowledgeable about the menu and helped us narrow down our choice because there were so many good options. The restaurant is quite noisy so not a good place to conduct business. But I would highly recommend for a good fun night out!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The best restaurant in the North End! AMAZING food, great service, consistently outstanding.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fun, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Delicious. On vacation and wanted a local restaurant. Did not disappoint. Short ribs were unbelievable. Wine reasonably priced. Worth a trip.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Panza was great! Food was amazing as was the service. A little tight and loud but fits the neighborhood. Definitely with a try!

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

With all the great ratings I was surprised that this place wasn't better. There are so many places to choose from in the north end and while Panza had a good price point, none of their noodles were made in house, salads were over dressed and the service was just ok.

Nothing about our experience was particularly horrible but there are too many better spots in the surrounding area that I'd rather go to.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Had the Butternut Squash tortalini and lobster ravioli were outstanding. Ask the friendly waiter what he would recommend and he gave us 5 options including the two we had. Place is small and cozy and hard to get the attention of waiters at the front door but once you did the dining experience was great. Highly recommend for the North End experience and you can make reservations.

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Very good food and service. Very good vegetarian options available.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I called many many times during business hours to change the number in our party. I left three messages as no one answered until 90 minuets prior to our reservation. Until then, we did not know if they could accommodate our additional two guests.

The food was fair to average: over-cooked pasta, unimaginative preparation, and huge portions (which many rate highly sacrificing quality for quantity).

The service was good: friendly and cheerful. He forgot a few things but we were a large group in a loud tiny space.

Overall, mediocre.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This place is straight bomb. Everything else in the north end will look like Olive Garden after Panza. Penne alla Pescatore in Fra Diavlo is perfect.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Spicy, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Fun, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Casual, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food is excellent, but service leaves something to be desired. I understand the servers are busy and want to turn the tables quickly, but the service we received when being sat and by our waiter was pretty rude.

Tags: Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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