Aqua Pazza

4.6
411 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Oyster bar & Italian Kitchen located on the freedom trail in the North End. Frank DePasquale brings to you the best of all his locations into one boutique restaurant

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Daily 4:00PM - 6:30PM

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vipMBFMaven53
New England
96 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was packed, inside and out. No social distancing.
Before we were seated we were asked what kind of water we wanted.
Immediately upon being seated we were asked for our drink order. When we said we were looking at the wine list, we were given a dismissive look.
Our waiter was wearing his mask under his nose and he kept disappearing as he had a dozen or so tables.
Hostess kept walking around checking on where we were in our meal.
Ordered oysters...25 minutes later our main course arrived.
We commented that we were waiting for our oysters. A busser took our meals away.
Oysters finally arrived with our wine...we had to pour it ourselves.
Our main food had apparently just been sitting and waiting.
We questioned a waiter as ours was running to other tables...as the food was now not at proper temperature from sitting almost 30 minutes....and the response was "it should still be ok to eat".
We asked for it to be replaced.
Meals arrived with no seasoning or flavor at all. We asked for salt and again was given a grimaced look.
Dirty dishes sat on the table and still no one to pour the wine.
I guess it's more of a place to be seen and be part of the scene than to have a great meal.

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vipBohemiana
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was good but not as good as I expected based on other reviews. We started with the octopus with eggplant--those two parts really didn't seem to go together. The octopus was grilled but lightly and the eggplant (caponatta) was too sweet to accompany the octopus, in my opinion. We also had the broccoli rabe as a starter, which was good. My husband had the lobster pillows (ravioli)--he liked it but I thought the sauce was on the sweet side. I had the spaghetti vongoli, which had a nice light flavor and small (very small) clams but it didn't taste like homemade pasta. Overall the dishes were good but not outstanding. The indoor atmosphere was nice--not too loud yet festive. Service was good. I would not go back nor recommend--it's pretty pricey for pretty good pasta.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Service was good. They changed their menu nothing special about it. They use to be unique with their menu. They need a dessert chef their key lime pie is good but o will not call it let lime pie. Their chocolate mousse very thick it needs to be fluffy and light.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful setting for a date with my husband.. we have recently moved to the Nortb Ens and walk by often! Beautiful setting and great food— may be our new spot!!

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a good meal and experience here!

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vipRobertS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful experience. The food was great and the service was fantastic. The waitstaff are very outgoing and seem to be having fun at the same time. The nice ambience is a plus.

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Janet
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the ambiance. Seating at the bar with great service,
We noticed prices have increased and smaller servings with some dishes

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Awful service! Worse in the North End.

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vipBard
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal. Everything was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was great, food was average, overall a good place!

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Andrea
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got the seafood tower and everything on there was delicious and so fresh, shrimp cocktail was almost the size of the lobster tail. Everyone loved their entrees, location on a quiet side street and loved sitting outside. Marisa was our service and she was amazing. Will go back again, maybe even this weekend!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely my favorite spot in the north end. You can never go wrong with their food, ambiance and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!!! A must go when in North End in Boston!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Had the spaghetti with clams. It was a ridiculously small portion. Left hungry and so many better options in the North End. Very disappointed!

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vipBedaius
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food: Overall good, however the risotto was a bit too salty for my taste
Service: Please bring new silverware between courses. If someone gives their starter fork and knife back, please bring fresh ones. I had to get mine from an empty table
This place is clearly two levels below Bricco.
Entrance: Switch the light on and have someone welcome the guests.

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CarlyS
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The tartare was amazing! The manicotti was delicious!

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viploraines
New England
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Marissa was amazing. Food was outstanding!

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vipBostonDiner
New England
48 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Solid North End with DePasquale Ventures staples like Italian Fries, Manicotti, Filet Mignon, Veal Milanese, and other dishes. Good service and great people watching when seated outdoors.

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vipSharon
New England
20 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good from appetizer to entree and wine was all fabulous. Very authentic. Highly highly recommend

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vipMichaelW
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. The restaurant recreates the atmosphere of the old ‘Mare’ which used to be in the same location, but almost seems to be a level above. Service was highly attentive and cordial and the quality of the food was outstanding. (With one exception: The Tiramisu is being made ‘table side’ - that simply does not work because the dessert needs to set for several hours, so this came across as ‘gimmicky’). But overall an outstanding meal and I can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience! Fresh, excellent food and great service!

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vipYainey
New England
18 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a great find- the tiramisu is a must try. Service was great- good wine. Would go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very tasty cheese plate and entrees - the spaghetti Vongole was good. The truffle cheese on the board was so good! Our server was very polite

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Antonio was a delight, the food was delicious.

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DanM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marissa the server and "Richard the Bread Man" were fantastically attentive. Food was impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner I have ever had.

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vipAndreaD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first dining experience at Aqua Pazza won’t be the last. The maitre d and wait staff were so accommodating, professional and downright pleasant and friendly. Great and varied menu. Each one of our many appetizer and main meal selections was fresh and delicious. Although it was a beautiful and bustling Saturday night in the North End, we never felt rushed or crowded. Thank you to everyone at Aqua Pazza for an all-around great experience. We look forward to seeing you again real soon.

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ClaudiaN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The outdoor seating was a little noisy but when it is on the street you can't expect it any different. Very good service and very well done classic such as spaghetti and clams and chicken parmigiana. Definitely would go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious! Such a fun experience! We will definitely be back again.

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DavidL
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Service was friendly, accurate, quicker than expected. Will definitely be back to try more.

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LauraB
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Good eggplant parmigiana and wild boar pappardelle, but the octopus was really terrible. Wonderful service, very friendly waitress and overall ambience.

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TonyC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

My wife and I had Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail and Oysters for appetizers. They were good. For main course, we had the Gnocchi and the Risotto of the Day (seafood risotto). My wife loved her Gnocchi. The seafood risotto was okay. Nothing stunning. I also tried the margarita di palma. Not my cup of tea to have OJ in it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing good. Great service. Authentic Italian cuisine. Will go back and recommend to all!

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sheilab1
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've eaten at other DePasquale restaurants and they're all good too. This was amazing. Would recommend to anyone and would go back again.

Sheila (Everett, MA)

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vipRobertS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience. Excellent food, great service and pleasant ambiance in always fun Northend.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and amazing food. Staff was lovely and smart. Lively Boston North End. What a fun Sunday evening.

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Alden
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! The wait staff was very professional and the ambiance is fantastic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible service and unfriendly staff that rushed our group out of their restaurant. Food was mediocre at best. Wouldn’t recommend or return, as there are other restaurants nearby with much better food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. All of the seafood was incredible.

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GraceP
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic meal. This property is gorgeous--modern without being industrial or impersonal. What really set the night apart was the outstanding service we received from Antonio--a true professional. Will certainly be back.

FAQs

Aqua Pazza is rated 4.6 stars by 411 OpenTable diners.

Aqua Pazza does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/355/bricco.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.