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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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4.5

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

Neighborhood Gem (68)
Casual (65)
Authentic (60)
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Good for a Date (51)
Cozy (46)
Comfort Food (37)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Special Occasion (31)
Fun (29)
Romantic (26)
Worth the Drive (26)
People Watching (26)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Great for Lunch (17)
Hot Spot (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Quick Bite (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Business Meals (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Late-night Find (5)
Healthy (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Scenic View (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

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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·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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 (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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 (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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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Panza has excellent food. We have eaten there twice now and both times the food has been exceptional. The bruschetta is incredible, as well as the baked ziti and penne amatriciana. We have also been to Italy recently and this was almost as good with wonderful atmosphere to go along with it.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

It’s a very small and busy spot. We liked the food we ordered but it took them 10 minutes to seat us (in spite of our reservation). There was an empty table when we arrived but they seated some folks who had just walked up without a reservation before even speaking to us. Then, once we were seated, our server was really rushing us out. He kept trying to take our plates while we were still eating and never asked if we wanted more drinks or dessert or anything.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food is the absolute best in the North End. Panza never disappoints. It's fantastic! Everything on the menu is outstanding and the specials are to die for!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

John was an outstanding server!!
Made us feel right at home and suggested the perfect dishes
This is a must for anyone wanting excellent basic but superbly executed Italian pasta dishes
A definite place we’d return to over and over

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Delightful evening with table by open window. Chicken Panza and side of garlic bread fabulous! Would love to go back; wish we lived closer.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Excellent Italian food and incredibly reasonable. Some of the best pasta I've had in quite some time. The place is small and busy, but also has really nice modern decor. Would absolutely eat at Panza again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

It was Sunday night of a long weekend and the place was packed. We had reservations for 5:30, but didn’t get seated till after 6. Fortunately, we were not in a rush. Once seated the service was prompt.
Most of our party went home with a doggie bag because the serving size was enough for two people. We had been there before and most definitely will go again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The service here is atrocious. There is no one at the front of house taking reservations. Waiters ignore people as they walk into the restaurant. Although the food is wonderfu, the experience is not worth it due to such poor service. There are so many choices in the north end that this was an utter disappointment.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very small but cozy place waiter were very pleasant food was good .. small menu...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We try to eat here every time we are in Boston, the service is very good and so is the food.
Very busy place so make a reservation !

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Panza is my go-to Italian place in the north end. You cannot go wrong.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Been coming here for years. Best Chicken Marsala anywhere!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Amazing bolognese sauce. Everything was absolutely worth any kind of wait. Extremely fast service but lacking connection to customers for quick turnover. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone as long as you don't mind a wait and don't want to sit and linger much after you finish eating.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Tortellini were great but "grilled" salad was hammered & more like sauté 'd.
Food came way fast and felt like being rushed but it is a small location with few tables so I get it

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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