Massiminos Cucina Italiana

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649 reviews
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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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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Son’s Birthday

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New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating as our party changed in size 3 times. Food was absolutely incredible. Great job all around.

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PS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, big portions and good value. We went here prior to the Celtics game and found a gem, near the TD Garden , not overcrowded and got a great meal prior to the game. Staff was very friendly and the service was awesome!

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KM
New England
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the food and the atmosphere and always celebrate at Massiminos after the marathon. It feels like home with the waitress and "crew". Just what's needed! Have both protein for the runner and enough excellent pasta dishes for all.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Disappointed that Menu prices were jacked up so high for marathon weekend.

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SV
New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great as usual. A little disappointed that items on menu were higher due to Marathon Weekend but still a favorite place. Will return. Music a little high but no deal breaker.

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London
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Average food for increased prices only because of the Marathon. If you eat pasta for around 30$ you expect more.
The service was extremely fast, we had a starter and the main course within a very short time, we couldn’t drink the wine that fast. Paid the bill after 40 minutes without being asked about a dessert or a coffee.

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BR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

BEWARE: The Owner changed the menu for the Boston marathon and increased the prices by $10 a plate. The actual menu selection was also worse. Unacceptable.

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RG
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, food wise and atmosphere! I always return here when coming for the Boston Marathon!

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JS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Don't let the "off the beaten path" concept charm you into visiting this mediocre restaurant. Limited menu, boxed penne pasta and food that was ok (garden salad, chicken parm and some homemade fusilli with onions). Whitney Houston played on a loop, loudly. Decor is dated, space is cramped. Would not go back and wouldn't suggest you go, either.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Would have rated higher but restaurant jacked up prices with limited menu for marathon. Meals delicious and food and service were excellent.

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KP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. Real an quintessential Italian local dining.

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MD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very average with an exceptionally poor wine-by-the-glass selection. If large portions of everyday Italian at a reasonable price is your thing, I’d recommend this place. Don’t expect to enjoy your wine unless u buy a bottle.

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M
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place. Our trolley driver was Italian and I asked her where she eats and this was her favorite! It was great in every way.

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EC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, homey atmosphere, great food!

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G
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

While the food was quite good we had a few problems at our recent visit. First, there were no soups available despite being on the menu. Then we were told there were no coffee or desserts on “event day.” So needless to say, it was a disappointing experience.

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KO
New England
58 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was just ok. Sauce very garlic heavy. Veal had odd consistency. Portions good. Nice menu.

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MH
New England
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Unless you absolutely don't care where you are eating and just want to be fed before a game at the TD Garden, there are much better venues for great food in the North End of Boston than Massiminos. This was our second trip and each time we were seated down in the basement bar area. I've no idea what the rest of the place feels like but the basement bar is absolutely dreary. You feel like cattle squeezed into a makeshift dining area with cheap tables set-up too close to each other. Our food was certainly good and the service was pleasant but I'd rather take out from Massiminos.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Food mediocre, service not great. Our waiter did not ask us if we wanted a salad with our meals And he brought us our check without asking if we would like dessert or coffee.

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WN
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Arrived early, before Celtic's game to avoid crowds. Close to the arena. Food very good. Large portions. Specials are expensive. Good service. Small overall spaces for tables. Can be above average noise levels when full, but not overbearing. Took granddaughter before game. Not really recommended for very young children. We had a good time.

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FR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

They sponsored my softball team. They are awesome!! Great food!!

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KH
London
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing! The service was fantastic as well. The restaurant itself is really small and not much to look at once you’re inside but the quality of the food and service makes that inconsequential. We ended up in the basement which at first I thought was weird but ultimately was really nice. Very cozy and intimate and quieter than the upstairs. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for great Italian!!

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BL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, Drinks were amazing and great waiter!! Would definitely be going back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good, the place was noisy with unusually loud music playing not what you would expect for an Italian restaurant more like a bar. The servers were at times chaotic and trying to speak over the music which added to the not what I would expect from a highly rated restaurant. We had not even sat down and the server was telling us the specials. We did enjoy our dinners at the end of the day.

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CB
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time here and already cant wait to come back! A new favorite 🙌😍

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

830 reservations that finally got sat at 9. Weird waiting experience. Bartender was good and nice, owner seemed curt.

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Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The kitchen made me a special meal when I wanted to have a meat sauce. It was DELICIOUS!

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BB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has become a "go to" for us. Had a great dinner celebrating my son's 17th birthday. Will definitely go again!

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LM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Very authentic. Good food and service. A bit close quarters, but that's its charm.

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DA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was fabulous but we had to wait 30 minutes to be seated. We tickets to the Bruins game and we were late due to being seating late. It was way too loud.

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DD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 2

We made a reservation 2 months in advance and when we arrived they said there would be a 30-45 minute wait. IY was the Night of a Bruins game and they took in too many walk ins to accommodate their reservations. This is not the first time this has happened to us. So we went up the street to another restaurant and had a very good meal.

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1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Very nice overall experience, but the restaurant was jam packed and the staff seemed a little overwhelmed at times. No major complaints but had to ask for a GF menu for my wife three times and our appetizer was forgotten.

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1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Although very busy food and service where excellent

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B
New England
33 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service and food for a dinner mtg before a Bruins game.

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MA
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food is Absolutely Great!! Well done once again

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Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and people. Ate in the basement which was intimate and fun.

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CU
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was good and the prices on the menu were extremely reasonable. However, they did not post the prices of the specials and that is where they get you. The fried calamari appetizer (typically a price range of $12-16) cost $21! The plate was not extremely large either. The pasta special which had a small burrata piece and a bolognase sauce was $35 and not even close to worth the price. There are definitely better Italian restaurants around and throughout the north end.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Made reservations on open table for a special event with my son. Got to massiminos and they would not seat us (as well as others) because they said they overbooked. When we asked to speak to a manager (on a sat night) they told us there was no manager on duty. Really? Pathetic.

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C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food ,, great service .. noise level high ..

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CO
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I would recommend Massiminos for a non-game or event night. I've been twice in the past 5 weeks for pre-bruins game dining. The food is great but it's very crowded and noisy and desert and/or coffee are not served after dinner on game nights. We were downstairs and our table actually blocked the emergency exit. Despite the crowd the service was great.

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