Aqua Pazza

4.7
116 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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Oyster bar & Italian Kitchen
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Italian, Oyster Bar
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Hours of operation
Monday closed
Tues-Thurs 4pm-10:30pm
Friday/Saturday 4pm-11pm
Sunday 4pm-9pm
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(857) 350-3105
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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may also valet with us at Bricco 241 Hanover st.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
116 reviews
4.7 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
76%
Very Good
18%
Good
5%
Fair
1%
Poor
0%
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New England
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It is a great location and a well-designed space, so it's a pleasure to sit in the space and look at the people walking down North and Richmond streets. We were four, and the best dish was a Branzino - with very bitter (this is good) broccoli rabe. I had the crab carabonara, and I couldn't find much crab in it, although a lot of that italian bacon. The service was strange - as there seemed to be plenty of service staff, yet service was surprisingly lethargic. A very nice waiter but we were always waiting a little bit for food / drink, etc.

Maybe it was an off night ....

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New England
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect—especially the food—and we can’t wait to return!

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New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and the wine selection recommended by Michael was absolutely delicious. 5 star experience and we will be back!

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food; clean and elegant ambiance, not a bit pretentious; friendly, approachable service; a real gem in the North End. We were seated by an open window- a light breeze cooling us off.
Two of us had the tuna crudo - flavors and textures were incredible in such unexpected combination - black garlic purée has some sweetness, rich, smooth, a ‭little heat from finely sliced chili pepper, nice crunch of pickled watermelon rind, and the super fresh fish
Crispy smelts, very light crunch and two dipping sauces
Orata- very light dish, perfect for summer, crispy skin, so moist it melts on your tongue
And the so highly recommend Aqua Pazza branzino. This is a whole fish braised in very delicious wine and lemon sauce. It is surprisingly easy to eat, it falls off the bones and is fantastic
Easily the best dinner we’ve had in Boston!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has restored my faith in the North End. Started with amazing Gavi wine and a fantastic Spuma alla Pesca (sparkling rosè with white peach foam). Began the meal with amazingly curated oysters. We originally only ordered 9 but got 6 more bc we were so happy with the quality. We also had the zucchini trio with zucchini flowers that were spectacular. Our meals were the pomodoro, which tasted exactly like my grandmothers, a risotto with delicate scallops and shrimp, and a vongole with Manila clams so tender. We tried all the desserts and can not even describe how great they were bc we have reached the food coma stage of the day. Our waitress was so knowledgeable and enjoyable. We even met the owner and chef bc we were so overwhelmed with the quality of the meal and the drinks and really everything.

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KK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian food just a block from the hustle bustle of Hanover Street. The risotto was expertly prepared and delicious! My husband loved his branzino. It was so much quieter than Hanover St with better food-we went back during our stay we liked it so much

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Extremely understaffed with no restaurant manager on duty.

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KD
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing. The burrata with tomato jam is one of the best things on the menu, and the oysters were delicious! The place is small but still feels very open and is extremely cute. This place would be great for a first date or dinner for a special occasion. The price is reasonable, but it can definitely add up quickly depending on what you get. 100% recommend this place!

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MM
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a family dinner here while on vacation (disclosure: my kids eat like grown ups) and it was spectacular. The waiter Phillipe (who was also one of the chefs) gave us excellent suggestions and every course was amazing. Will definitely return on our next trip to Beantown!

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

Delicious food, plating, in a nice ambience. There are window seats where patrons spent long hours enjoying food and conversation. The service is relaxed and attentive and accommodating. Really enjoyed our experience here.

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CF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice North End spot with good food, excellent service and reasonable pricing.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Only one salad- Arugula. Salmon only came with leeks- no sub allowed. Salmon was good not spectacular. Risotto was good and carbonara
Not the best restaurant. No one walked out saying that was great. Tables very tight, could hear the conversation next me - very close.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Family I from out of town...we all loved the food and casual, comfortable ambiance

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best. Burger. Ever.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly service and amazing fresh seafood. My kid made such a mess, and the staff was very understanding and kind about it.

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New England
25 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for the linguine and clams. It was great. Service was also excellent.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing. Service superb by Tatiana from Ukraine. Highly recommend goat cheese stuffed flower blossoms, crudo, and scallop cauliflower entre!

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RZ
New England
33 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With windows that open to the street, the feel is of an outdoor restaurant on the streets of Rome. The food is imaginative, beautifully plated and most fairly priced. This was our first visit and it will definitely not be our last. BRAVISSIMO!

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G
New England
24 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place! We really loved food and great attention to details from our waitress. Great new addition to Boston Little Italy

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I was excited to try this place based on reviews. What a disappointment.
We had a party of 5 old friends coming from as a far away as India and Arizona.
First off, the I will say the Bar Tender was great as we enjoyed a pre-meal cocktail.
All went downhill after seating. Our server was awful; arrogant and had a "I can't be bothered by your stupid questions" attitude. It was shocking to all of us that he felt put out we asked some detailed questions about the specials and menu. WELL EXCUSE ME!. This persisted all through the dinner; in fact at one point we were considering to just get up and leave and go to Mike's Pastry for a dessert! Fortunately, two other servers brought out our meals....and they were nice. The food iteself was OK, but nothing special. Probably, we would have enjoyed the food more had it not been for such a rude and disinterested server. The bill came to over $400 with two bottles of wine and no dessert. So, not exactly cheap. I left a scimpy tip (should have left nothing). Overall, Sorry to say, I would not suggest this place at this time. Perhaps the owners or managers can put a bit more into training thier staff and to increasing the expierence of the customers. Not a bad idea guys.....

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K
New England
16 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here yesterday for weekend dinner. We order several appetizers : daily oysters , octopus, and crab cakes; all really really good. For main course I had Spaghetti with clams; again it’s wonderful. It has generous portions of clams; may be not enough spaghetti for me. It just taste so good and I want more! We shared our dessert, coconut tiramisu, key lime tart, gelato; my favorite is the tiramisu.
Our waitress is also very very good. She told us the daily specials in detail, explain to me the different types of oysters they offer for the day. Plus with her friendly service, thumbs up to her.
Overall this is one of the best weekend dining experience in recent years.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Tight tables but worth it. Upscale north end establishment

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve lived in the south end for 10 years and have eaten in all of the cities best restaurants. This is easily one of the best. Every dish outstanding and remarkably well-priced considering the quality. Better than our usual north end go-to mamma Maria and certainly better than its sister (and formerly in this space) Mare. We are only going to eat here every time we go to the north end, there is no need to go anywhere else.

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CD
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was a great restaurant with amazing food. Unfortunately we weren't offered a cocktail or wine list, just sparkling or still water. That was disappointing , but we enjoy the food.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Burtotinna was amazing, so was risotto di mare. Over all a great family dinner.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All our choices were fantastic. Oysters from Maine and NS were excellent and liked the unique labeling when served. Nice local beer option for me. We order 2 fish dishes which we both extraordinary. Wait staff was top notch. Great location with beautiful large picture windows. Would highly recommend.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and waiter was amazing!

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were staying in town for a few nights and had dinner the night before at a very disappointing Italian restaurant in the North End. Being our 25th wedding anniversary, we wanted to find a nice restaurant at which to celebrate and to make up for the prior night’s meal. Fortunately, we received a recommendation from a local for Aqua Pazza. Being restaurant week, they had a prix fixe menu from which to choose. I ordered the crab cakes, salmon cruda, and pasta bolognese. The crab cakes were delicious, the salmon cruda fresh and highlighted by the accompanying sauce, and the bolognese to die for. Every bite of the bolognese was full of fresh, savory goodness. My wife ordered seafood arencini, charred octopus, and crab carbonara. All were equally delectable. The carbonara was especially tasty, with the pasta cooked to a perfect al dente. For desert, I ordered the coconut tiramisu, a scrumptious cloud of chocolate and coconut goodness. My wife ordered the key lime pie. It had just enough tartness and hints of cardamom to make it a special treat. Our waiter, Philippe, did a wonderful job and helped to make our anniversary dinner special. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a quiet, romantic place to celebrate that special occasion.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing experience! We were late for our reservation because of parking but they were super understanding and held our table. I loved every dish and wine that was suggested especially the ceviche( a must have). Everybody we interacted with was amazing and answered all our questions. Especially Mike, he was really present and interacted with all his guests.

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

We went there because of the Boston restaurant week and my friend and I both love seafood. First of all, parking is so painful around that area, we had to park 15min walking distance away. And due to the occasion, the restaurant was all packet, and looked a little too crowded. Overall, the food was excellent, and service was fantastic.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was good but not amazing, there was nothing remarkable about this place. Given that there are so many options in the north end I would prefer to try a different place rather than returning to this restaurant.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great main dishes. Dessert was not the best but they took it off the bill, which was very nice. Waiter was great. Slightly overpriced meals, but that’s the North End.

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RR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aqua Pazza did not disappoint. I went with a friend. We started with the zucchinata, then had the bolognese, and finally the crema fish. Everything was amazing!! The fish was so flaky and flavorful - cooked to perfection. The bolognese melted in your mouth. The cocktails are very notable. One is prosecco with a peach foam on top. It was so unique and delicious. The bartender came over to make sure we enjoyed it as well. Top service and good food - however, not cheap. I will go back with my husband!

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food is decent, but not memorable.

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JR
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

Overpriced. Food was just OK--it's expensive and you don't get very much of it for the price. There is MUCH better food all over the North End at a much better value. The atmosphere is good. Service friendly, but took an hour for food to come out. You can do better than this place.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar, the bartender was attentive, friendly and had impressive knowledge of the menu. We loved it and will be back with friends soon.

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C
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great night here. We were early for a reservation with friends so we sat at the bar first and the bartender was great! So friendly and really walked us through the drinks and the dinner menu. We also had oysters at the bar which were delicious especially with their homemade blood orange sauce that came with them. Dinner was also delicious and the waitress was very nice and knowledgable. The only complaint would be that for the price the entrees were a bit small. But everything was delicious. Definitely a great place for a special night out!

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This will be our new go-to seafood place in the North End. Fantastic friendly, knowledgeable service, great atmosphere, more spacious than most, fresh, delicious seafood!

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New England
33 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was good and food was awesome would love to go back

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