Aqua Pazza

4.6
181 reviews
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Oyster bar & Italian Kitchen
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New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food here was absolutely delicious. I recommend the burger, the branzino, the gnocchi, and the key lime pie. This is a hidden gem, so go while you can still get a reservation :)

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NO
New England
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stopped in for restaurant week. The food was amazing and the service was great, too. They had run out of some of the items, but offered awesome substitutions, and everything tasted very good. Will need to find a reason to stop back in soon.

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RA
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love this place the food is so fresh and nicely prepared and they have an excellent set choice of Italian wines. We have been to Aqua Paza several times and just love it, always great. I highly recommend this place.

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JM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The service was good very friendly but the food was su-par. We ordered the seafood arancini for an appetizer and it was just flavored fried rice balls. We then had the lump crab carbonara which we thought at first the wrong dish because we didn’t see any crab. Looking closer it was minced crab very sparingly throughout and tasted like it was tossed in Lipton chicken soup broth. I ordered the Wagyu beef burger medium and it was served bleeding. Taste was ok. The other entree ordered was the sirloin which was way over seasoned, fatty and grizzly. Pretty much inedible. The best part of the whole meal was their in-house made olive oil and bread. We were excited to try this restaurant because we are big fans of the sister restaurants and were disappointed because this didn’t live up to nor was it close the the quality and experience of the owner’s other restaurants.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visited for Dine Out Boston– three course meal was delicious and had excellent presentations, although portions were on the small side. Surprisingly, I would recommend the Kobe burger over a pasta for the third course... it was great!

Service was good but a bit slow. The overall ambiance is awesome, great decoration and lighting, I just wish they didn't have a TV playing a food channel!! Why??

Overall, enjoyed the experience but I'm not aching to go back.

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a
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I like a relaxed feel when I go out for diner - service was definitely above average but could be a little more relaxed for our taste. I tried other places of the same owner and this was like the copy of the original, not bad but not at the same level. The antipasto bruschetta and fried miso were ok, and the Gavi was affordable and easy going, but for some reason the orata was way too dry, and the salmon didn't impress anyone, while the octopus(my favorite dish, I order it most of the time) wasn't what I expected. The table was split on the branzino. The dessert was awful, no-one liked it. I give it overall a 4 stars because we had a great time seeing our friends visiting Boston and the place was our choice.

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AW
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice waiters, very knowledgeable about everything from the food, to its sources, to the spots in the surrounding area that they recommended.

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GA
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

it is a very small restaurant with a very limited menu. Food was excellent, however make sure you like something on the menu before making a reservation. And I would definitely make a reservation

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M
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great good. Lovely service. It was a quiet night, so the chef came over to chat with us on a few occasions. I enjoyed it very much.

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RM
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best burger I've had in my life. It's not your average cheeseburger, it's one of those artisan creations covered in things that otherwise have no business on a burger, but whoever's in the kitchen back there really knows how to make it work. Absolutely spectacular. The cocktails were excellent as well. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly. Overall a 5-star experience. I'll be back!

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L
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Excellent food; rude maître d'. What way to make our group feel uncomfortable by asking us to mind the time before even seating us and not offering us dessert. Disappointing for one of my favorite restaurant groups.

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a
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is wonderful and Marina is a great waitress!

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G
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

My experience was an all around amazing time! The staff are very educated and accommodating about the menu. The level of service was excellent! No concerns whatsoever and would highly recommend due to my experience.

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GT
New England
24 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Quality restaurant. Food is delicious. Good presentation and service.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fun evening celebrating our son's birthday with family. The food was special and delicious. The servers were friendly, pleasant and attentive.

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SR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, interesting and unique flavor. Excellent service.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at Aqua Pazza was such a treat. The food was delicious! The flavors were fresh and balanced. We appreciated food varieties, and the exciting aromas and taste. Our server was excellent - friendly and knowledgeable - and we enjoyed the pretty atmosphere.

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C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Aqua Pazza is better than any tourist trap you’ll find in the north end. The food is always delicious (particularly the burrata, the smelts, the Tuna Crudo, and any pasta dish!). Everything is so fresh and the portions are perfect. The service is always delightful as well. ALSO, their beer selection is better than anywhere in the north end. They clearly put a lot of thought into everything. Great date spot.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the branzino aquapazza style.

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F
New England
32 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent, the waiter fully and expertly describing the menu items, recommending excellent wines and overall helping make the dining experience pleasant.
The menu, while small, had very sophisticated items. Their bruschetta, both the smoked salmon and the tomato and cheese was outstanding, as were all of the main dishes the four of us ordered.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good restaurant excellent service served mostly seafood and the food was exceptional.

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B
New England
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Two words: Crab carbonara... 'nuff said. Very nice dinner, fresh fish, good cocktails and wine list. A little cramped, but overall, we'll be back!

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed octopus and smelts.
Had total 5 apps between us;
Would definitely return

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JL
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptionally good and very fresh, and the service was amazing. Our server was very informative and helpful. I would definitely come back here again.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did not know what to expect. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The chef came out to make suggestions and spent time asking questions. It always a pleasant surprise. We will be back!

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S
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and drink was great (especially the Octopus and the Piazza del Nord with chinato omg), the service was incredible (our waitress insisted on climbing on things to get a good picture of us), but you are paying a lot. Our bill for two people ordering a total of three drinks was $200 and we left feeling slightly hungry.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was ok, maybe a little too expensive for the quality of the food to be honest but the ambiance is very cute!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, eclectic menu. Not traditionally Italian but a nice departure from everyday Italian.

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BW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff was great and made a great call on a bottle of wine. Food was amazing! You need to get some sort of pasta with whatever you order for sure! Overall great experience

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T
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding. The service was exceptional. The only downside was a limited wine selection.

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SL
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best experiences I’ve had in The North End. The food was incredible, we asked for the owners recommendations and they were exquisite. Not your typical Italian restaurant; the perfect blend of seafood and authentic Italian. Breathtaking dishes and the attention to detail was amazing.

Make sure to get the Tuna Crudo, the Scallop Ceviche for appetizer and don’t pass on the Winter Black Truffle for a main course. 100% recommended.

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OB
New England
23 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good and our waitress was very knowledgable on the menu and the specials, and helped us choose our food. It is a small and cozy restaurant with some unique and delicious dishes.

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KG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Apps were great. The entrees were not as good. Ordered the scallops and they were A LITTLE OVERDONE AND TOO MUCH TRUFFLE. Other fish dish tatted very fishy

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food at Aqua Pazza is amazing. Every dish we tried was better than any other equivalent we've had before. Even small dishes such as bruschetta are made with creative and flavorful ingredients. This is definitely a restaurant worth trying multiple antipastos before enjoying primi and secondi dishes. Their oyster and whole fish selection looks like they get updated periodically and our waiter was very helpful in explaining the flavor profiles of any of the dishes we asked about.

The cocktails were very unique as well. Not your typical vodka, or whiskey cocktails but more eastern European liquors and plenty of Prosecco.

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GM
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant with a very nice atmosphere. Very comfortable and clean and is a modern day take on nice Italian North End dining. Food is exceptional. I was super hungry so the only not 100% positive comment would be the pasta dishes could be a bit larger. Other than that and it’s not a big deal, the place gets 5 stars all around. Forgot to mention they have a bunch of different unique beers. The owner, a nice young guy, came and talked with us for a while and has a passion which is great to see.

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OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty and beautifully presented food that we really enjoyed! The server was outstanding in every way - knowledge, personality, and impeccable service. Only downfall is no vodka or other liquors available; only beer, wine and aperitif offerings..

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d
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Small charming addition to the North End culinary scene. Not for those seeking meatballs and red sauce dining. Missed opportunity not to feature Italian music.

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JM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Grand dining room features contemporary Italian food, with an exceptional wine selection. You must try the coconut tiramisu.

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OT
New England
176 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We really enjoyed everything! We didn't know when we booked that it is the old Mare space but we love that place and it's the same owners. Everything is really fresh and they strive to make it right! If I had to nitpick I'd say the entree portion sizes are just a little too small and the server was slightly scatterbrained but that is just nitpick, everything really was great :-)

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