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La Summa, Boston, MA

La Summa

4.6
4.6
155 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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Sicilian

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Thu, Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 523-9503

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Catering

    We will gladly cater to all events of any size. <br />Call to book us for your next event.

  • Private party facilities

    We have a secluded dining room at the back of the restaurant that can be reserved for around 14-18 people. The front dining room can be reserved for larger parties, up to 50 people. We kindly ask that you call ahead.

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Cross street

    Hanover Street

  • Parking details

    Street parking is limited. We validate for parking at Haymarket parcel 7 only. Lewis Wharf and Sargent&#39;s Wharf, outdoor parking lots are located at the end of our street on Congress street. 3 minute walk to our restaurant.

  • Public transit

    7 minute walk from Haymarket Station. 9 minute walk from North Station. 11 minute walk from Aquarium T- Station.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 155 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. A

    Avaf

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience here was top tier!! We had a group of 10 people (8:30pm reservation), which can be a challenge in the north end, but the staff here worked diligently to seat and serve us, and were constantly friendly and helpful every step of the way! The food was delicious, and came out rather quickly, and the wine was fantastic. Overall great experience, and we will definitely be coming back.
  2. JJ

    JJay

    New England

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food….adore this place.. A bit off the beaten track of Hanover st….thus a much quieter neighborhood.
  3. Y

    Yummy

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So good! Yummy.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The food was mediocre. Nothing really wrong, just underwhelming flavor. Artichoke appetizer had very little flavor. Other main dishes were presented nicely, but like the app, were bland. Pasta in one of our dishes was extremely over cooked to the point of being soggy and mushy. Decided to try this restaurant given reviews we read. Will return to our other North End go-to’s in the future.
  5. AT

    AprilT

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous meal…. Staff were very helpful and accommodating!!! If we’re back in Boston, we will definitely come again! Great local family restaurant!!!
  6. DT

    DorothyT

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been guests for 30 years and once again we were thrilled with the food and service!
  7. M

    Maxmaddiemom

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Hostess was exceptional. We arrived and no one was there. We had reservations. Waitress recommended some of the items on the menu that were ordered by a couple people in our party which were very good. Dessert was excellent as well.
  8. A

    Amw28

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant in the North End! Accommodated a party of ten with excellent service and, as always, delicious food. Our entire party enjoyed the meal tremendously!
  9. L

    Local

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic. Looking forward to going back
  10. EB

    EdwardB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love it at La Summa. We have always found the meals great. We will return.
  11. k

    ket4

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food ok. Service friendly and helpful but slow. Great location in the north end.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food came out fast, rice ball appetizers were great but meals of ravioli and chicken lemon were presented quickly after. Meals just okay, but price was right. 3 meals, app and 2 bottles of Chianti for about $150.
  13. VW

    ValeriW

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Summa is our favorite spot in Boston! Super welcoming, family business. The food is always exceptional. Perfect spot to relax with family and friends.
  14. HE

    HerbE

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The ambiance and the service were excellent. The food was very good with a varied menu. Very good appetizers.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food wonderful wait staff.
  16. MW

    MontyW

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great memorable experience. The most delicious zuppa de clams and haddock pizzaiole I’ve ever had. Unpretentious strait forward friendly and efficient service. One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in years.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    The food was really bad. Low quality bread and pasta. Sauces seemed to come out of a can rather than fresh. Sauce w the sausage was literally just warm oil. Remarkably bad food for the location and looks of the restaurant. I have no idea how this has so many good reviews
  18. LR

    LeeRee

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Graduation
  19. K

    Kristen

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    The pork chops, chicken Marsala, and fettuccine Alfredo was not tasty. The pork chops were extremely dry. The chicken Marsala had an odd sweet and sour taste and the Alfredo sauce was not a sauce- it was more like a spread on the noodles. The Alfredo had a strange consistency that was not good. Honestly I cannot recall ever having such a bad meal. We tried each other’s meals and all agreed, each was just not good. It’s strange. I have no idea how this restaurant gets good reviews. I never write bad reviews, but I am only doing so in hopes off others not hating a bad meal. It is not expensive at all, so perhaps that should have been a clue.
  20. JJ

    JJay

    New England

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food….absolutely adore the Veal Special, Sharon is terrific…Thanks for everything.
  21. DE

    DaveE

    Key West

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic Italian Food we were in the Boston area for a week and this was the most enjoyable dining experience we had. Located down a side street in the North End where it has been for forty years. This is definitely a GEM of Boston!!
  22. JJ

    JJay

    New England

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfection…Barbara’s Special Veal….it doesn’t get any better than this.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A great Italian spot in the North End. Both indoor and outdoor dining. Seriously some of the best pasta I have ever had. SO fresh and flavorful. I had the Gamberi Siciliano with tagliatelle noodles and my mom had the special which had shrimp & scallops over torteloni. A must visit in Boston !!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was exceptional.
  25. f

    foodee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    I'm sorry but the food was terrible, I don't even know how they are in the North End & call it Italian food. The bruschetta was thick toast with melted cheese, my pasta was not home made and definitely not al dente, sauce flavorless. The waiter was unattentive to say the least - Very disappointing
  26. G

    Ginger

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal we had was fantastic! We have never been disappointed eating there.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience!!
  28. L

    Locke

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dependably delicious! Have been many times, always a winner!
  29. SD

    SusanD

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    4 stars for the food taste. Very small portions, service not great (distracted, impatient). Decor was nice.
  30. JH

    JessieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and I had the best chocolate martini I have had! The waitstaff was busy but friendly and did their job adequately. There was a table that was being very loud and the restaurant is small so it does impact other diners but it wasn’t unbearable. Overall I highly recommend.
  31. MM

    MarcM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    La Summa was a wonderful restaurant to celebrate a very small 50th wedding anniversary. Calling in advance, the waitstaff remembered the Prosecco for the table. The food was delicious, and our server was very warm and friendly. Highly recommend La Summa!
  32. BB

    BillB

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food and recommendations by waitress
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Meh….was expecting more for authentic North End dining, nothing special. Table for two was weirdly placed in the doorway to back room to accommodate an incoming party of 12. I was literally sitting in the entryway. Food was average to good. Don’t order the stuffed artichoke app, waste of money. Won’t be going back.
  34. BW

    BobW

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy La Summa. Wonderful food and always a genuine, no frills authentic Italian dining experience. The family members still manage the restaurant and serve the food and this last visit we chatted with two delightful granddaughters of the owner. All in all, a delightful and relaxing experience. Highly recommended.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    A very simple place but boy is the food amazingly delicious. The meatballs are out of this world. We were recommended by a friend to get away from the diners in Hanover St. We are so glad we came here as we’ll be coming back. The red sauce “supered”. Make sure you leave some bread behind to soak up the sauce. The white wine garlic sauce “yum yum yum”. Make a reservation as the place is small and packs up quickly. Ask for a window table!!!! Enjoy!!!!!
  36. HF

    HopedForBetter

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    The scampi sauce was an overly oily slop without balance or finesse. The ambiance, in a neighborhood where ambiance is easy to capture and capitalize on, was nonexistent. The ceiling, which one would normally never notice, was messy and derelict. The wait staff were lackluster. I will say that the pasta seemed fresh, but it was ruined by the sauce.
  37. c

    califgirl72

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We had a party of eight to celebrate our son’s birthday. We had a great event and everyone was able to find something on the menu suitable. Portion sizes were fabulous. Great value and very friendly staff.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sharon was excellent!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food. Went with a group of 8 and did not feel rushed at all!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went for Easter lunch. Service was friendly and welcoming, food was delicious. It’s a small and unpretentious place. A nice experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

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

La Summa is rated 4.6 stars by 155 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for La Summa

30 Fleet Street Boston, MA 02113

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Hanover Street

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Thu, Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Sicilian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking is limited. We validate for parking at Haymarket parcel 7 only. Lewis Wharf and Sargent&#39;s Wharf, outdoor parking lots are located at the end of our street on Congress street. 3 minute walk to our restaurant.

  • Public transit

    7 minute walk from Haymarket Station. 9 minute walk from North Station. 11 minute walk from Aquarium T- Station.

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 523-9503

  • Catering

    We will gladly cater to all events of any size. <br />Call to book us for your next event.

  • Private party facilities

    We have a secluded dining room at the back of the restaurant that can be reserved for around 14-18 people. The front dining room can be reserved for larger parties, up to 50 people. We kindly ask that you call ahead.

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