Papa Razzi - Wellesley

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$30 and under
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Italian
Papa Razzi offers the best of Italian scratch cooking: simple recipes, fresh ingredients, and passionate chefs. Inspired by the modern trattoria, each of our convenient locations makes it easy to enjoy a heart-warming meal from our wood-fired ovens. Everything from thin-crust pizzas to favorite pastas are made to order in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. We look forward to your next visit!

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Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 11:30PM

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on March 17, 2020

That's great to hear. Thank you!

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l
New England
103 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Delicious salad and pasta. A very pleasant and private place for friends to sit and enjoy lunch.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on March 17, 2020

Thank you livetoeat. Glad you enjoyed.

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CD
New England
17 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I felt that while the service was excellent, the food was not up to usual high standards.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on March 11, 2020

Sorry to hear this CaryID. We take pride in providing our guests exceptional food and never like to hear they are disappointed. If you'd like to tell us more, we encourage you to reach out to Gary Morrison, the General Manager, at (781) 235-4747. Your satisfaction means a lot to us and hearing more about your experience helps us learn where we could have done better.

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ET
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met an old friend for dinner. We had a great time relaxing and catching up. The waitress was great. The food and wine both very good. Would highly recommend!

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on March 12, 2020

Thank you Erin! Glad to hear you and your friend could catch up and enjoy. We appreciate the recommendation and hope we see you again.

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting menu. Very varied. Wait staff attentive and easy to make reservation on Open Table.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you Christine! Glad you enjoyed and happy to hear our servers made a good impression. Hope you will join us again soon.

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PH
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been a long time fan of Papa Razzi - wish they would re-open a location in Hanover.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you for being a fan Pat and glad you enjoyed. We miss being in Hanover too.

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SA
New England
27 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken soup is excellent. Veal parm really good. Always consistently good.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thank you Sarah! We are very happy you enjoyed.

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TR
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

My only problem... my meal was wrong... I ended up getting my correct meal and eating when my friends were done.... not happy about that

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on March 3, 2020

Very sorry to hear this Truday and we do apologize. While we know sometimes mistakes will happen, we always want to be sure that we correct the situation quickly so our guests leave happy. We will be reviewing your feedback with the team to learn how we could have made the situation better. If you'd like to tell us more, we would value your comments and invite you to speak to Gary Morrison, our General Manager, at (781) 235-4747. Your satisfaction means a lot to us.

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R
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is my first time back in quite sometime. I was exceptionally impressed with the attentiveness of the service. The menu selections are really good and the food when served was hot and attractive.
Kudos! I will return .
R.J.S.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thank you for joining us again Robert and we are happy you liked what you saw. We are looking forward to serving you again in the future.

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JS
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy coming to Papa Razzi. The food and service were great. Tommy, our server was terrific and represents the brand and restaurant exceptionally well.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on February 26, 2020

Thank you James. We are glad you enjoyed and happy to hear that Tommy made a great impression. We will pass along your compliments and we look forward to seeing you again.

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HC
New England
87 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Papa Razzi in Wellesley was a neighborhood gem - excellent Italian food which rivaled the North End for years in a comfortable atmosphere. Over the past two years, however, this location changed its menu and, with it, the quality of its food has taken a nose dive. Selections are often peppered to the point where the meal borders on the inedible. Other offerings lack the quality which my family came to expect. Sad to see such a terrific local institution hit bad times!

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on February 26, 2020

Sorry to hear you have not enjoyed your recent visits to our restaurant. While we did make some changes over the last few years to our building and our menu, we are still dedicated as always to providing our guests with exceptional food and experiences. We would love to hear more about your concerns as your patronage is important to us and we invite you to give our General Manager Gary Morrison a call at (781) 235-4747. We would love to earn your confidence back as a loyal guest.

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m
New England
28 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overall Papa Razzi is consistently ok Italian food however it is not the greatest and never will be for a few reasons. First off, this location sits in Wellesley Falls area of downtown Wellesley off Route 9 and is tucked away to the right near the river, hardly noticeable and is quite a large location. Place was very crowded since it was Saturday, parking lot is very large and interior here is decorated quite nice with cool light fixtures etc. The entrance and hostess station here is an odd setup which leaves very little room for waiting patrons and is adjacent to the seating so cold drafts enter the dining room and tables are set up in the walking path of patrons entering. Thought that was strange.

The service here started off slow but picked up quite a bit and the two managers visible in the dining room checked in on us on two occasions which was decent. Menu here is standard selection of Italian dishes, standard appetizers and entrees. Extensive wine and cocktail lists and even a small menu for the kids. We started out with fried mozzarella which was delicious and opted for the Veal Scallopini and Filet. Food was served timely, waitstaff here was ok, our server could of been a tad bit friendlier and was all business but it was fine. Entrees came out hot, servings were a bit skimpy and biting into the red potatoes which were overcooked and the very limp broccoli and then taking a bite of the small piece of veal scallopini I was not overly impressed, it was just ok, a bit overcooked and tough and I was a bit surprised that this was the same food as the delicious fried mozzarella we just finished. Filet was just average as well which I was surprised at and it had areas of tough pieces. Dessert was served as brownie sundae with gelato and it was equally not that great, very hard brownie and sauces that tasted like they were from a jar. In all the meal was just average and there is probably a reason you don't see too many of these chain locations open anymore.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on February 24, 2020

Sorry to hear about your experience Matthew. We have built our reputation on exceptional food and never like to know our guests do not enjoy. We will share your comments with our culinary team in the hopes we can make improvements. Guest satisfaction is very important to us. We are proud to be part of the Wellesley community and plan to be here for a long time. We hope if you tried us again, we could win back your confidence with a more typical experience. We appreciate your honest feedback.

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j
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was terrific...service, food, friendliness of staff. All created a nice, relaxed, enjoyable evening.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on February 21, 2020

Great to hear Jeff! Glad you enjoyed and hope you come back for another relaxed evening with us .

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L
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Only problem is that we waited over 10 minutes for cheesecake to show up

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on February 21, 2020

Sorry to hear there was any wait for dessert. There must have been a mix up in communication and we are looking into what happened. We always want our guests to enjoy their dessert!

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LI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Tables were too close to other tables, which caused a lot of bumping into our chairs when people tried to pass by. Waiter did not check back to the table enough.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on February 21, 2020

Sorry to hear you did not thoroughly enjoy your experience. Your feedback is important to us and we will review with the team. We are always trying to make adjustments so we can deliver our guests the very best. Thank you for your honest comments.

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JF
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a 5 star evening for us. The food, drinks, atmosphere were all upscale! We had the citrus scallops and the veal chop (all were amazing!). We can't wait to go back and try other entrees. Oh, and our waitress was very attentive, amazing for a packed house.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on February 21, 2020

Thank you Joan! We love when a guest has a five-star evening with us. Glad you enjoyed and thanks you for your review. Hope we see you again soon.

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TC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, I came here for a Valentine’s Day dinner and it was fantastic. The staff worked quickly and were very professional, the food and drinks were delicious, and there was a very happy atmosphere. On top of everything, the general manager went out of his way to help us when we forgot our food at the table. I will definitely be going back again soon!

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on February 21, 2020

Thank you for joining us on Valentine's Day Thomas. We are glad you enjoyed and happy our team was welcoming. We appreciate your review and look forward to seeing you back here again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Had an 8:30 reservation and checked in at 8:20. Waited until 8:50 and then asked how much long we would be waiting. They had messed up and never checked us in and sat many people that came in after us. What’s the point in making a reservation then??

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on February 21, 2020

Sorry there were any issues. We have discussed the situation with our team in hopes we can do better in the future. We are normally very efficient at holding reservations and always do our best to make our guests feel welcomed and appreciated. While sometimes things will delay reservations, we always do our best to keep our guests informed and we are sorry that we missed the mark. We hope you will see better results on your next visit.

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CH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Papa Razzi in Wellesley is one of our favorites. We find it to be a consistently pleasant dining experience. The bar area is inviting. Tables in the dining room are adequately spaced and not crowded together allowing for private conversation. The menu is varied; prices are reasonable. Salads are large enough to share ( and they split them in the kitchen). Fresh, warm bread and bread sticks are offered prior to the meal. The food is delicious, portions are large and nicely presented ( I always have leftovers to take home). Wait staff is friendly, professional and efficient.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on February 21, 2020

Thank you Catherine. We are happy to be one of your favorites. We are glad you enjoy it here and we appreciate your kind words. We look forward to having the pleasure of serving you again soon.

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C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food and service. Noisy atmosphere. Can hear nearby tables.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on February 21, 2020

Thank you for the feedback. Glad you enjoyed the food and service!

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J
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service despite how busy it was!

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you Julia! Delicious food and great service keeps us busy. Glad you enjoyed!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

First time at Paparazzi. Outstanding food and great service. Will definitely be back soon.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you! So glad you enjoyed and happy to hear you'll be coming back.

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P
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The noise level was high. Hard to hear dinner companion sitting right next to me! Other than that, GREAT!

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thanks for the feedback Pomi. We're glad to hear it was great but sorry if the noise level was not to your liking. We always want our guests to feel comfortable. We appreciate the feedback.

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OT
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Atlantic salmon was very good, brussel sprouts had an odd taste—my husband found them unedable. Very good service.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on February 5, 2020

Thank you for the feedback. We are glad you enjoyed the salmon but wish the Brussels sprouts made a better impression. We usually hear good things about them. We always want our guests to enjoy their whole meal, so we are sorry that the sprouts did not live up to your expectations.

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V
New England
97 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had a less than sparkling experience on Saturday night. Starting with the wait of over 20 minutes to be seated. Our server was courteous and seemed efficient. I was taken aback when my husband wanted to order the chopped salad without chickpeas and our server said that the kitchen couldn't do that because the salad was mixed in the morning. I then asked if there were any vegan entrees and told no. 98% of the time, a suggestion would be made to accommodate a special diet. I went on to order the gnocchi with tomato sauce only and broccolini. The gnocchi arrived with cheese as it appears on the menu. It had to go back. Of course, by the time my entree got to my done the way I ordered it, my husband was done with his dinner. No apology or concession was offered for our botched dinner experience.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on February 4, 2020

We are very sorry to hear you did not enjoy. Our manager will be reaching out to you directly to hear more about your experience. Your satisfaction is extremely important to us.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service is always great - never disappointed.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on January 27, 2020

Thank you! We are glad you think so. Looking forward to seeing you again

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M
New England
48 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great night
Server, John was awesome
Food was fabous

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on January 27, 2020

Thank you Mayme! We are very happy you enjoyed it all. We will pass along your compliments to John.

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VD
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pasta was mediocre. The complimentary bread is tasty, but actual apps not particularly impressive. Desserts were excellent, and everyone’s favorite part of the meal.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on January 27, 2020

Thank you for the feedback VegDinner. We will share your comments with our culinary team. We have built our reputation on exceptional food and never like to know that our guests did not enjoy. We will take your feedback to heart and hope that if you return we can provide you a more memorable meal. Your satisfaction means a lot to us.

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A
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place and my child who is severe autistic did great there.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for joining us and we are glad you and your family were comfortable. Hope you will join us again.

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m
New England
23 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was undistinguished. The special chicken w bow ties arrived w ziti. The chicken reminded one of near east spices. The sauce base was watery and most un-Italian.
The waiter was attentive and good.
1-21-2020. Noon

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on January 23, 2020

Sorry to hear you did not enjoy maryelaine. We take great pride in the excellence of our food and never like to disappoint our guests. We will discuss your feedback with our culinary team as we continue to work towards being the best. If you'd like to discuss your experience, please give Gary Morrison, our General Manager, a call at (781) 235-4747. Listening to our guests is important to us as is your satisfaction.

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b
New England
24 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening with our kids, 20 and 13. Food was delicious, we had a terrific waiter, place was warm on a very cold night.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you Beckys. We are glad you and the family enjoyed. HOpe you can come back and join us again.

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J
New England
41 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistent is the word for Paparazzi - food and service.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you Judes!

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l
New England
104 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

A lovely place for friends to enjoy a relaxed lunch or dinner. We enjoyed the pasta special and salad, always reliably good.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you livetoeat! We are glad to be considered reliably good. We look forward to your next visit.

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EM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Liza, was awesome, fantastic service. Food was yummy and restaurant was hopping on a Wednesday night!

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you Elizabeth! Liza does a great job and we will pass along the compliments. Hope you can come back and join us again.

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OT
New England
36 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful experience with family. Our server Jim was on point as was the rest of the staff.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on January 13, 2020

Thank you! So glad you and the family enjoyed. We will be sure to pass along your compliments to Jim too.

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M
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Everything was very good except toward the end of our dinner around 9 pm, the servers were sweeping the floor around us and all the other tables, very noisy and disturbing.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on January 13, 2020

Thank you for the feedback Mjee. We are sorry that your experience was not five-stars. While our team was trying to clean, it's important that they remember to maintain a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere for our guests. We will discuss with our servers and hope that this will not happen again. We hope your next visit is enjoyable from start to finish as that's what is important to us.

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JP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good as always. Second time in a week going! Will be back.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on January 13, 2020

Thanks Jake! We are glad you enjoy and hope you keep coming back. See you soon.

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JP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service, good food and an overall good experience.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you Jake. Glad you enjoyed.

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CH
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been here since the remodel. Of the dozen or so times that I've visited this location over the years, this was the best. The food was outstanding and better than I remember, we had an excellent waiter, the place was alive and buzzing with happy diners. I love the "free" valet parking. The wine list also was better than remember. We will be back.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on January 6, 2020

That's great to hear and we are glad you came back in. Better still, we are glad you will be coming back. We look forward to seeing you then.

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SH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We always have a great experience at Pspa Razzi
Food and service are always consistently good.

Papa Razzi - Wellesley
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you Sherri! We are glad you enjoy it here.

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