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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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2014

I have been eating at this location for over 20 years. The name has changed over the years but the food was always very good. The meal I had on Saturday night, February 8,2014 was fair at most. I had a veal dish which was loaded with sugar. The other entre was overloaded with sauce. I hope this was just an off night and not a sign of the future. The place was packed and the doors were left open to the cold for a good amount of the time that I was dining. The guests waiting need to know only open one door at a time. A suggestion...slow down a bit and take the time to prep the meal the way it should be done. Thank you.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 5, 2014

This place is fantastic! The food is delicious and the ambiance and all of the staff are friendly, welcoming and comfortable. We live in the North End and take all of our guests here. As a huge plus the food is reasonably priced and many of their bottles of wine are $20. Great place to take family, friends or a date!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2014

This is a fabulous north end Italian restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2014

The food was fine. We might have enjoyed it more had our experience been better, but I'm sure it still wouldn't have been worthy of the stellar reviews I've seen. The real problem was the service. We arrived on time for a 6:00 reservation, and were seated at 6:50. We watched tables stand empty while we waited outside and then in a tiny front vestibule where one is constantly hit by the door. When we did finally sit, we were largely ignored throughout our meal. We managed to flag down the server to order about 20 minutes in. The food did come out quickly, and was adequate-- risotto bland but cooked well enough, tomato sauce a bit sweet but otherwise ok-- but definitely not worth the wait or the hype.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2014

I have eaten at Panza about 10 times. Its strongest feature is top quality food; its weakest is its inefficient service scheduling and its extremely small footprint, which limits patrons ability even to wait indoors during winter.

In the four years I've been going to Panza, I have found its pasta dishes to be excellent. The gnocchi is toothsome; the beef tortelloni is superlative, and the raviolis are beyond reproach. The restaurant is not consistent in honoring reservation times, because it's so small that it doesn't have enough space to build in a buffer. No dessert; no coffee after dinner. They bring people in and out. But this is the North End! Go to Modern and get a cannoli.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 31, 2014

good authentic Italian food. Small place, so a bit noisy

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 29, 2014

I have been to Panza on multiple occasions now. The food and service are simply excellent. In an area filled with great restaurants, they stand out. I will definitely be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 23, 2014

Great meal, great service, great wine and super accommodating

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2014

This is and will continue to be our favorite restaurant in the north end!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 15, 2014

This is a pretty small Italian restaurant in the Boston North End. They have enough tables to serve about 50 people at one time. It was a bit crowded and a bit noisy. There isn't a good waiting area, so the tables near the door weren't the best. Panza seemed really busy for a Wednesday night. I would always recommend getting an advance reservation.
The food was excellent. As an appetizer we had the mussels with the white wine sauce and they were superb. We also had the Veal Marsala and it was one of the best we have ever had. The house salad was a bit disappointing because they only had one green. The prices were excellent. We had a bottle of wine, 2 dinners, salads, mussels all for about $100. Highly recommended.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 15, 2014

A friend had recommended Panza because of it's good food and reasonable prices. Those expectations were met but nothing about the experience would have me going back. I made a Wednesday reservation for my boyfriend's birthday. We arrived but were not greeted by anyone. Went to the back of the restaurant to ask for guidance since 5 minutes later still no one had acknowledged us. We were told to go stand at the front and the host would speak with us. The "host" ended up being the same waiter who had briskly pushed past us 5 or so times while we waited awkwardly among other diners. We were told we couldn't be sat until our whole party was there so instead we uncomfortably lurked over other tables. Needless to say, not a hospitable restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2014

Veal Saltimbocca was amazing. My girlfriend also loved the gnocchi. Perfect date night spot.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2014

Just what I was looking for - a very good, nothing too fancy, local place an easy walk from Boston Garden. We had a Sun 5PM reservation for a 7PM event and the timing was perfect. The place is small and it was full the whole time we were there so a reservation was necessary. The house and Caesar salads were large and fresh with nice dressings. Very shareable. The table wines were very reasonably priced and full to the brim. The pasta dishes were yummy. Service was friendly and efficient but a tad stretched. The helper delivered our dinners and did not ask if we wanted parm and weren't asked if we wanted another glass of wine but we could have asked. We got dessert togo at a bakery just down the street.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2014

The capers salad and chicken parm are amazing. Great staff, great food. We live coming here.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 8, 2014

I ate here with friends on a whim one chilly Thursday night last January. The food was very good but the service was a little too gruff. We live in the neighborhood so I think we'll try a few other spots before coming back for a second round.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 8, 2014

We visited Panza to celebrate our daughter's birthday. The staff went out of their way to insure it was an extra special and memorable evening - thank you, Panza!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 4, 2014

Terrific Italian food, quick service, small friendly people.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 4, 2014

We always have a great time at Panza and Saturday night was no exception. The food is excellent and the servers are helpful. Definitely one of our favorite places in the North End!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 3, 2014

I had read reviews that the service and the wait was horrible, but that the food was amazing. Well, maybe we got lucky because we headed into the North End after a blizzard and we were seated right away. Our waiter was attentive, and our water was always refilled. I got the butternut squash tortellini, and my husband ordered the special cavatelli with a pork ragu. SOOOOOO GOOD!!!!!! Everything was delicious! Also, the prices are right! You get a lot of food and generous pour of wine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on January 2, 2014

Booked in at the last minute during a snow storm so had no trouble getting a table. The food was better than the North End average, Lobster ravioli was a particular delight. Very delicately flavoured little pasta parcels that looked like little suns in the sauce.
Calamari also very good, ribs were interesting - I'm used to pork ribs and these are beef but very tasty and succulent.
Will definitely be back

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 2, 2014

Wonderful experience on a snowie night In January. We shared a salad with the house sherry vinaigrette that was perfectly portioned, a lazy lasagna and a veal Marsala that was very tasty. Perfect! Small intimate setting in the North End of Boston. We will return.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2013

Hostess is also a waitress so she's more concerned about her tables then seating. Restaurant has a draft from the front door. Manager (?) Owner (?) Rude and not helpful. Our male waiter was excellent. Very nice guy who tried his best to give us top notch service. Appetizers were the best part of our meal. Fantastic calamari and bruchetta. Dinner was good, but not great. They do not serve coffee or dessert as a courtesy to pastry neighbors. I appreciate that as a small business owner but was a little surprised. Over all great to share wine and appetizers before dinner. Appetizers we'll priced!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2013

Excellent food. Small dining room. No bar or place for overflow.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2013

We began our New Years Eve celebration at Panza, our reservation was on time and we were seated in the window, best table in the house! Great menu, terrific prices and wonderful service.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2013

Loved the food but didnt love the wait. We had made a reservation the day before for 6:30. We knew it was a small place so we figured they would adhere, more or less, to the times. When we got there there was virtually no waiting space indoors and it was bitter cold outside. No one was really attending the door and unfortunately for the people dining there were people standing looking at them while they were eating,probably making them feel uncomfortable. We were told there were 2 reservations ahead of us waiting to be seated and we should expect a wait. It was almost 1/2 an hour in the freezing cold. It was obvious to us that they must have seated folks without reservations on the early side hoping they would be gone in time. Fail.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 29, 2013

I can't say enough great things about the food and staff at Panza. Everything was prepared perfectly and the staff was very friendly and helpful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2013

The last time we ate at this restaurant it was a different name. We were thrilled with the "change", however. We love this little place because it's cozy and you can clearly see the kitchen and chefs working to put your meal together. There's a check box for the "Fit for Foodies" category. I checked it because if you want to taste what a really excellent Veal Marsala or Chicken Parm is supposed to taste, this is it. Use this restaurant as your touchstone to authentic Italian dishes. The bruschetta is to die for, no kidding. The menu is compact but every dish appears to be as good as our selections. The service, too, is excellent and our server was very attentive in a very busy lunch hour. All in all, a guarantee hit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2013

Everything was delicious! Would definitely go again!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 22, 2013

Had a nice dinner at Panza after Trans Siberian at TD Garden. Made reservations the day of and they took us rigt away - did not have to wait in line. Food was very good and prices are reasonable.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2013

Our party of six arrived significantly early for our dinner reservations, but the waitress didn't hesitate to seat us right away. The pace of the meal was perfect, we never felt rushed. We had the large calamari appetizer and it was the best I've ever had. All six of us had different meals and all six of us raved - the presentation and flavors were outstanding. The waitstaff was friendly and professional and we eagerly look forward to dining at Panza again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 21, 2013

We had a 515 reservation for a Sat night for 9 people. That's a large party for a North end restaurant. We wanted to take some friends as we have been to Panza many times. We were late as there was a problem with the T, called them and they said they would do their best. when we got there at 6, we had a 10 min wait and they were able to seat us.
The food was great, service excellent.

Spring rolls, calamari and chicken piccata are soooo good!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2013

Fantastic food, great service, very reasonably priced.

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 (London)·Dined on December 20, 2013

Excellent all around we will return to try more

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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2013

It has been over a year since we were last at Panza. We used to go all the time, but since we had a baby, we have eaten out less. We went this past Sunday, and were thrilled that it was just as good as the last time we were there.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2013

Great experience, restaurant is small but tables open after reasonable waits.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2013

Went to dinner at Panza with a friend for a nice night out. Overall, Panza's was quaint & good ambiance. We had reservations and got to Panza's a bit early and they explained they didn't open til 4p so we came back a little later. When we came back for our reservation, they never asked if we had one and told us to sit anywhere, we sat ourselves despite the waitstaff just standing there. Our waitress was fine but not attention. They had minimal to drink for non-alcoholic choices and were snippy about it. The other waitress asked another couple to move to sit a bigger party & said "It would make my life much easier" and then told new party "your coat is in my way". She was very selfish and abrupt. I'd go back for the food not the service

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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2013

I had done a lot of internet research to get a reasonably priced North End restaurant for a Boston overnight getaway. Panza stood out with value-priced menu and wine list compared to many of the alternatives in the area. The incredible quality and preparation of the food,and impeccable friendly service were a big bonus. Our food was so fresh and hot from the kitchen that we had to wait a minute before beginning to eat. The fried calamari app was the best preparation of this dish we've had; seafood fradiavolo and veal saltimbocca were great and enough for 2...and priced right! Reviews I had depended on for this decision were spot on. We're back every chance we get. If we lived in Boston I would not have given out this info!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2013

Everything was outstanding. My only complaint was that we were seated next to door. Brrr.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2013

Food was very good, great selections and well prepared. Setting is attractive but very tight.

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 (Mississippi)·Dined on December 11, 2013

Food was fabulous. Looking for a quaint place in the North End with delicious food, you cannot go wrong at Panza's

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