Aqua Pazza

4.7
128 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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Dress code
Casual Dress
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may also valet with us at Bricco 241 Hanover st.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 128 People Are Saying
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New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I have been there three times for sooner in the last year. First time one year ago was very good, unfortunately the quality of food had substantially decreased. Ask for aspresso, the machine was broken 🙄

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DW
New England
136 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We were quite happy with MOST of our food last night, but sadly had one major complaint. The Bolognese was not a normal bolognese, and that was most disappointing! It was not a tomato red sauce but a white cheese sauce, which was not at all what we wanted. The scallop dish was delicious, as was the octopus appetizer was also great; both had a beautiful presentation as well. Crab cakes were quite small, but tasty. We had a nice pinot grigio which wasn't expensive. In fact the prices on the whole were very reasonable. Really too bad the waitress, who raved about ALL the food, didn't share the unusual preparation of the bolognese.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haves lived in the nNorthend for over 18 years. This neighborhood is full of awesome restaurants. Living in a neighborhood of great food is amazing but this is my favorite restaurant. The food is fresh, incredibly well prepared dining fantasy. Every dish scallops, Waygu burger, sea food risotto or the incredible grilled Black Sea bass. This is cuisine you will dream about. All this happens before dessert which is equally incredible. Please try The tiramisu challenges the any presentation ever imagined. Don’t stop there try the refreshing key line pie and and berry shortcake. All. Magnificent. If you
Make the trip to the Northend stopat Aquaazza for dinner. Paul
Revere’s house is three doors down so you
Can enjoy a little history before you dine at Aqua Pazza who writing modern day cuisine. Come

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AL
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Second visit to Aqua Pazza and the restaurant is reliably good. I would have liked them to comp a birthday dessert since we were 5 people eating dinner and multiple appetizers and we were celebrating a birthday.

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New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent. Fresh, fresh, fresh seafood, beautifully prepared. I've been a regular since they opened and every time I recommend it to someone, they love it as well. The corner location, with the windows open is lovely. Our servers let my friend and I linger for quite a while after we finished eating, which I appreciated. One of my favorite restaurants in Boston.

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AC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time to Aqua Pazza and both the food and services were once again amazing. This is one of our top favorite places to eat in all of Boston. First time we were walk ins and sat at the bar and it was so good we've been dreaming of going back. Now a year later, Aqua Pazza still impresses! We brought friends and made a reservation and it was still just as noteoworthy. We plan to make a habit of visiting every couple months! LOVE!

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite north end spot! Great food. Wonderful drinks.

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LG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb seafood, both fresh and creative. Local vegetables. Also excellent pastas. You could make a banquet of their appetizers. Fantastic service. My favorite in the north end. Take people there whenever I have the excuse.

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c
New England
50 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience - from the amazing apps: zucchini three ways, bursts, smoked salmon bruschetta; to dessert: amazing key lime tart w earl grey whipped cream. Our server Patrick was the absolute BEST. Thank you for making our dinner at Aqua Pazza a memorable evening.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped for dinner after a show. An adorable and lively corner restaurant. I had the scallops and my husband had a pasta dish. Both were excellent. Cocktails are superb and creative. Everything was so fresh. Looking forward to another visit.

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Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great. The dishes are light but very tasty.

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New England
27 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
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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SC
New England
21 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
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 on July 14, 2018
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
3 reviews
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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L
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
3 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
17 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
17 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place!!! Ambience very cool and fresh! Loved the food!!!

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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
Toronto
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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