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Massiminos Cucina Italiana

4.4
1009 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
We are open for al fresco dining outside on our patio as of April 1st. You can also dine on the 1st floor dining room or check out our Wine Cellar. Come in and eat like you are in Italy.

Voted Best of Boston, by Boston Magazine, Travel & Leisure and Improper Bostonian. Specializing in hand made pasta, buying from local farmers to get the best cuts of meats and sourcing the freshest seafood in Boston. Try the Talgeri Antipasto, pan seared Salmon, Bone in Rib Eye, Stuffed Porterhouse Veal Chop or the Tagliatelle pasta con Burrata. Leave room for the tiramisu. See you soon
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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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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 1009 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Lobster Ravioli with shrimp & fra diavolo sauce ever❗️❗️❗️Was so good I had it twice on my trip & so did 2 others in my group❗️On Tues night Sept 21st had best waiter ever❗️If I’m not mistaken his name was David. Highly recommend❗️❗️❗️

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MicheleC
New England
24 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service here is exceptional - knowledgable, attentive and never hovering (👋 Bryce). Our group arrived 20 minutes early for our reservation and were immediately given our choice of table on the delightful sidewalk patio. And not a complaint that we had to wait to order until one of our group returned from parking the car.
Don’t miss Nonna’s meatball. Massimino’s house sauce is outstanding and the meat was cooked to perfection. A whipped cheese accompaniment made the dish.
The extensive menu is full of classic goodness and there are plenty of options within each protein category. The specials - our order included the Tagliatelle Limoncello (with scallops and shrimp) - are creative and flavorful.
The other clientele are relaxed and happy, adding to the experience.
Fingers crossed the City of Boston lets these outdoor dining areas remain. It adds so much to the ambiance of the North End and feels especially right on the charming side streets.

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BethE
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Sat for 10 minutes and nobody waited on us while others were being served. We got up a left.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Kinda gross, vibe was wierd feltnlike you were in an ally, had to send back several utensils for being dirty

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N034
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food was very salty. Different sizes of wine glasses for same price.

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SEANB
Orlando
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food in the North End of Boston! A worldwide food mecca. My family enjoyed everything about it. We had a table at the open window on a beautiful night. Our waiter gave us some value insight on the large menu. The food was delicious and cooked perfectly. Prices were a good value considering the quality and more than satisfying taste.

Street parking is the only issue that I see folks having but there are plenty of very close lots….

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MelissaR
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! A welcome surprise a bit off the main strip of restaurants. Will definitely return!

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james
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Overall we were HAPPY! There was a street fair going on when we arrived so we elected to eat inside. We were shown to a table on their lower level & had to wait until they found two chairs, but just a few minutes. Our waiter was very prompt & brought us bread & took our drink orders quickly. I ordered the Caprese Salad & it was DELICIOUS (I shared with my wife) For Dinner my wife ordered the Ravioli Marinara & she loved it & said the sauce (gravy) was AWESOME! I ordered the Zuppa di Pesce Napoletana, it too was DELICIOUS & I had to ask for more bread to soak up all the Sauce :-). All in all I was VERY PLEASED, the only drawback was it was a little noisy, but it sort of added to the atmosphere. So at least 4 STARS

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JasonH
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best.. We had the stuffed artichokes and the fried burrata and both were amazing..

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Megan
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow. Just wow. The food here is absolutely wonderful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our family made a reservation at 6:30 outside. We arrived a few minutes early and we were seated outside (tables are packed together). Right away we were given waters and bread by a member of the wait staff. We sat for another 14 minutes (I was timing it) without any acknowledgment, menus, etc. There was a table of 2 that got seated after us and were given menus and a wait staff member took their drink order so we get up and left since clearly they didn't care for our business. I should have listened to some of the reviews about slow service. I've never left a restaurant due to poor service - I'd never go back nor would recommend. Disappointed but ended up eating up the street at Tony and Elaine's and had a fantastic meal there instead.

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IanA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Personally wasn't wowed by the food. The Veal Massimino was drowning in a sauce that was already splitting before it came to the table, therefore i received about 9 small pieces of veal with oil settling upon it. My partner was more or less confused by her Chicken Marsala as there appeared to be chunks of ham on it. Our hopes were that this would at least be prosciutto, but from taste and intuition you could tell that it was pieces of deli ham. Also the marsala sauce was overly sweet and there was no real wine flavor. Overall while the restaurant was quaint, I don't believe it lived up to its hype and overall we won't be returning.

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ChristinaZ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The food was amazing but even with a reservation we had to wait 45 minutes for a table.

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vipDisappointed
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of the best food in the North End.

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Casey
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I love this place! Every time we are in the area we go! Great food and service.

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KelleyL
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family enjoyed the food, service and ambiance!! Great value!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely evening and the food was delicious. The fried artichokes and gnocchi al forno were fabulous. Look forward to next special occasion.

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angelajustine
New England
21 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were able to get a table of 9 seated which is no easy feat in the north end. While the seating was crowded we were comfortable and felt well accommodated. Our waitress was friendly and attentive and the food was delicious. We've been before and we will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant so much I don’t usually go anywhere else when I am in Boston and anywhere near the North end. The carbonara is amazing. The Nonna meatball appetizer melts in your mouth and the ricotta it is served with is heaven on a plate. Pork chop with vinegar peppers, chicken piccata and gnocchi al forno got rave reviews as well by my dinner companions. It was a beautiful night and we sat outside but they have it decorated so cute that even the noise of Boston traffic didn’t detract from the ambiance. Can’t recommend it enough.

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PatrickH
New England
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual

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CatherineL
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We wanted to sit outside. The outdoor space is limited, tables small & very close together. The shrimp cocktail was ok, not jumbo shrimp and tasted waterlogged. I had a special pasta limoncello pappardelle which was fabulous, so flavorful. My fiancé had chicken saltimbocca, which was also delicious! It was a nice night and we did appreciate being able to sit outside!

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AngelE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food!

CG
CathyG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent!!

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

Absolutely everything you would want in a Boston North End experience! And the food was excellent!

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JimC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything you think the North End is and more.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Small family restaurant with amazing food and friendly service. I wanted everything on the menu.

JM
JohnM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Took family to this restaurant in the North End. Not on the well-traveled, more touristy Hanover St, but nice inside with a very gracious host/owner/chef, who inherited the business from his father.

There were 10 of us so we had a family table downstairs, which was set up for large groups (there was another boisterous grp downstairs as well of about 25 ppl). Everyone order something different, all dishes were quite good, some exceptionally good for price = good value. Decent wine list as well with reasonable pricing.

We had a very good time and will return in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

After seeing this place had great reviews we decided to give it a try— biggest tourist trap. Service was OK but the food was actually awful and extremely overpriced. We should have known when even the bread was stale and the ‘olive oil’ was transparent..

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MarkH
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. Service a bit slow but it was very busy. We had a very enjoyable meal.

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vipAnonymous
Columbus
33 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paulo is terrific and provided just the right amount of attention and conversation. The stuffed veal chop is enough to bring us back all by itself. And, a great wine selection offers a perfect pairing. Plus, the ambiance of the cellar and authentic Italian Ritrovo atmosphere is one of a kind. We shall return!

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KristinW
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved this place! Great Italian food at a decent price. Alfredo was to die for!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family LOVED this restaurant. We were in town from Houston and Seattle and were looking for dinner accommodations for 9 people. I spoke with a young man on the phone to make sure I could make a reservation and he was very friendly. When we arrived we were promptly seated in the downstairs area which was SUCH a nice relief from the heat! Our server, Dom, was very friendly and extremely welcoming to our over-the-top family. He also gave us some amazing recommendations from the menu. Speaking of the food- to die for. It was fresh, hot, and delicious, and every bite had my eyes rolling back into my head. If you’re looking for authentic Italian cuisine, look no further. I want to eat here every day for the rest of my life.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a great experience. Well recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Unfortunately we had terrible service, so much so that tables around us even tried to help us out! We were so excited to try this place and it was a pretty big let down. The food was good, but not good enough to make up for the overall horrible treatment by the staff.

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vipnymalaid
Boise
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming here for more than 30 years. Every time I travel to Boston to see family, I make a point to visit.
Love the staff; owners and food. One of the best!

JH
JasonH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best Italian in the Northeast! A must when in Boston..

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AmyC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I had chicken Marsala. Very good. My husband had gnocchi which he enjoyed very much. All our food was very good.

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vipAusten
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our meal was very good with the exception of the bread which seemed stale. We usually enjoy bread in the North End so much that this was a disappointment. Only reason I didn't give it a 5 stars for food.

AF
ArtF
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Difficult to find in with limited seating, make reservations.

FAQs

Massiminos Cucina Italiana offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 523-5959.

Massiminos Cucina Italiana is rated 4.4 stars by 1009 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.