La Summa

4.8
16 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
A letter from the owner,

From the time I can remember, while I was growing up in this Italian neighborhood, the North End of Boston, my grandmother, Crocefissa Barbara Summa, was a great influence in my life.
It was at her dinner table that I learned of friendship and love, and by her side I discovered the art of Italian cooking. I learned it all begins with the best ingredients to bring out the simplicity of flavors of Sicilian cuisine as well as the many various regions throughout Italy. It pleases me that you selected to dine at La Summa. I know that your experience will be warm and pleasant, with culinary pleasures. - Barbara Summa Sullivan

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 16 people are saying
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4.9
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4.6
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4.8
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Noise · Moderate
100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KatharineT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a great meal here with family. We ordered the special dishes which were delicious. Service was great.

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STEPHENB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic Food! I have been to the North End many times and this ranks at the top. The service was professional and helpful with recommendations. I will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ( as always )

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CaroleK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

My daughter and I dined at La Summa on a Friday evening that was rainy, so outdoor dining was not an option. The small restaurant was filled to capacity. We were greeted and shown to our table. The menu was traditional Italian. We chose to split an order of Arancini for our appetizer. It came along with a basket of Italian bread. The bread was fine, nothing wonderful. The arancini were delicious with a filling of cheese, ground chicken and herbs, accompanied by home made marinara. For dinner I ordered Pollo Limone, a sizeable chicken breast served with spinach and artichokes in a lemon sauce over fettucini. It was very good. My daughter ordered Pasta Spinaci, which included prosciutto, spinach, sun dried tomatoes tossed with cavatelli and cream sauce. She felt the proportion of sauce to pasta was off, with much sauce and little pasta. There was little eough of the tomatoes and prosciutto that it was not readily visible in the sauce. She commented that she would not order the same again. The wait staff were very friendly and attentive. The only thing that lessened our enjoyment was the large, very loud party sitting behind us. Due to the size of the restaurant, I would request outdoor seating when available.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

OT
OpenTable Diner
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Just off of Hanover St., La Summa delivered an authentic Italian meal and dining experience. We had a homemade ravioli appetizer, gnocchi, pasta & meatballs, chicken parmigiana and pasta spinaci. Our only disappointment came with the latter two meals, which appeared to be served with boxed penne instead of the homemade pasta the other dishes had. Everything tasted wonderful and we would t have knocked the food rating, had we been told it was boxed penne upfront. I would highly recommend a reservation as there are not many tables in the restaurant and there were 2 large groups while we were there. The service was great and the hostess was full of personality!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional

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vipAnnD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A truly authentic Italian restaurant…the family and their wonderful recipes are the essence of this quaint place in the North End.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had family visit from out of town, so 10 all together with a lot of younger kids. The staff was amazing, super friendly, sat right down and food came out quick.

It was so delicious! I had a shrimp and chicken special, we got bruschetta, meatballs, a few different pasta options and of course some wine!

Couldn’t be happier with our choice and highly recommend

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Rose
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great! We sat outside and the noise was high, but that’s to be expected!

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NancyW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to La Summa. It has the feel of a local neighborhood restaurant. It is family owned. Onto the food. The wine selection is good with many moderate priced bottles. My husband and I each had a salad. His the Caesar and mine the Arugula. Both were fresh and very good sized. For dinner I had the scampi special which was awesome with homemade pasta. My husband had the veal and said that was outstanding. Our waitress was the daughter in law of the owner and had a wonderful personality that made us feel like we were part of the neighborhood. After dinner we took a walk along Hanover Street where the “famous” restaurants are. They were crowded and very busy. I will take intimate La Summa every time. If you want good traditional Italian food at a reasonable price skip Hanover and find the little gem that is La Suma.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the very first restaurant I ever ate at in Boston when I moved here 3 years ago and could not say more wonderful things about this restaurant. It’s such a gem. Fantastic food every time I come here. The staff is extra ordinary and a big reason why I happily come back so often. They treat you as if they’ve known you for a long time.

Friends come to visit Boston from the Midwest. They LOVED this restaurant. From the food to the service. I suggest you do not pass up on this restaurant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best in the north end

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vipVizzy
New England
67 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time visiting La Summa. The staff couldn’t have been nicer and the food was very good

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RandyC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and very nice wait staff. Recommend the veal dishes highly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine selection. Would definitely come here again!

FAQs

La Summa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 523-9503.

La Summa is rated 4.8 stars by 16 OpenTable diners.

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.