Distinguished Chef Jose Duarte delights with a very unique and unusual marriage between Italian Cuisine and Peruvian Cuisine. Taranta is the ideal location for a corporate function, private function rooms are available, and also corporate teambuilding cooking classes. We are located in the North End and we offer validated parking at the parcel 7 garage. Taranta is a Green Restaurant and has received the City of Boston Green Business Award. It was also named one of the Best New Restaurants of the Decade by Zagat and the top 50 Restaurants in Boston by Boston Magazine.
Boston, MA 02113
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday – Sunday; 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Validated at Parcel 7 garage on Congress Street
Haymarket or Government Center T Stop on the Green line or Orange line
Banquet, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Taranta offers private cooking classes for groups of 15 or more, and culinary adventures to Peru. Check our website for more information!
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Taranta Ratings and Reviews
We were very excited to try Taranta for the first time on Saturday. Obviously, the reviews are quite good and the chef is a friend of a friend situation. Hence, the restaurant was recommended to us and we chose to book our holiday friendship dinner there this year. The restaurant is charming and the ambiance is nice. We booked via OpenTable 2 weeks in advance and we were able to score a 6:45 reservation which was also nice. That being said, after dinner the six of us walked out in agreement that Taranta was a "one and done" restaurant for us. First, we were seated upstairs by the window which was very cold (although the view for half of the table was very nice). The hostess agreed to move us downstairs and our waitress asked why we were moving. When we noted that it was quite chilly, she muttered under her breath that they COULD HAVE turned the heat up. Whatever. So we were reseated. The menu provided options that suited everyone and we were all excited for our meals. However, all of the meat dishes that our table ordered were less than flavorful. The presentation was beautiful, but the meals themselves were just "meh". Further, when our waitress asked if we were interested in ordering a drink prior to our meal, one of our party members asked if they had a full bar. The waitress replied that they did NOT have a full bar, and that we could only order beer or wine. On our trip to the washroom however, we found that there are indeed many options outside of beer and wine on display by the bar. My friend just wanted a Campari and soda which could have been easily accommodated. Our hopes for this restaurant and our experience were high, but we walked away disappointed.
Taranta never disappoints. A highly creative menu fusing Peruvian and Southeen Italian staples. You can't go wrong with anything, but everyone has to try the homemade Yucca Gnocchi with Ragu Verde at least once! A good wine selection to accompany the meal makes Taranto the perfect spot for a date or get together.
Tried taranta for the first time on Saturday and we will definitely be back. Very unique dishes - not your typical italian cuisine. We tried, the Paiche, the Chicken and the Fusili - all were outstanding. The restaurant itself is cozy and romantic, and quiet enough so that you can hear people talk. The service was also top notch and our waiter made great recommendations.
Busy North End restaurant with Three floors. Initially we were seated on third floor which felt like Siberia as bathroom was in the basement. We asked to be moved and the restaurant accommodated us by seating us on second floor, which was much nicer. Great menu, primarily Italian with some Peruvian influences. Service was attentive. Wine list was acceptable with some good choices for under 50 dollars. Noisy but it was Saturday night. I would go back but probably not before exploring some other North End options.
Last weekend, I used Open Table to find an immediate reservation near my hotel, and I happened upon Taranta. My expectations were not high for a North End restaurant with available, last-minute seating on a Saturday night. Fifteen minutes later, we arrived at the restaurant and there were a few open tables, reinforcing my fears. Those fears vanished as soon as we tasted the delicious pan roasted mussels. We ordered two entrees, the lobster ravioli with shrimp and the day’s ravioli special – both were yummy. Even though we were very full, we finished the meal by sharing the lucuma tiramisu; both it and the coffee were out of this world!
I️ was striking out at every restaurant in North End so i finally hopped on OpenTable to see if any restaurants had a table to reserve for 2 in the next hour. Luckily, Taranta had an opening so i immediately booked it. The food was delicious, but it was much pricier than i anticipated (should’ve checked before booking). The service was okay. I prefer for Parmesan to be shaved into my pasta instead of scooped from a bowl, which is picky on my behalf. The waitress gave my friend a really hard time about asking for her dish without olives, and also brought out the two dishes at different times. I’d go back again, but only if i was planning on spending a bit on a meal.
Inventive fusion of Italian and Peruvian cuisine in an energetic, but not too loud environment.
We really enjoyed all the dishes presented, but were really wowed by the pork chop. I’ve only seen a cut like this on the Flintstones. You’d better be hungry!
Don’t skip dessert, either, because their cheesecake and tiramisu were out of this world.
We love the complex flavors, the small, though not crowded atmosphere; the food is like none elsewhere! Jose is the owner and he runs a smooth operation. The staff works seamlessly together-actually enjoying what they’re doing. It feels good in here and you want to linger...
I am vegan, and the chef created a very flavorful and beautiful meal. He used an eggless pasta and sautéed wild mushrooms with a side of some spicy, Smokey sauce. I don’t typically eat my leftovers, though I savored every bite of this the next day.
The lamb shanks and fish were equally as fresh and delicious. I won’t mention any names, but someone in our party ate the fish for breakfast the next morning!
I highly recommend this restaurant for an intimate or large gathering. It’s uniquely fabulous!
WE love Italian, but when we read that Taranta infused Italian with Peruvian, it was a must try. The mussels, parpadon, calzone all had flavors that were delicately balanced and complimented the dish. Each was an experience that left you craving more. Great service by William.
I was very excited to try Taranta and am disappointed that it was such a poor experience. I made a reservation for my family of 6 at 7:30 on a Saturday night. Drinks were ordered and delivered, and our server took our food order. An hour later he came to the table to say there had been a "problem with their system" and our order had never gotten to the kitchen.
Mistakes happen, but good service would have been a few appetizers on the house delivered immediately, and our meals jumping to the head of the line in the kitchen. Neither of these happened. After delivering the bad news our server seemed to actively avoid us, and we had to ask multiple people multiple times for more bread, as well as repeated check-ins on our meals. They finally arrived at 9... 90 minutes after being seated, while we'd hungrily watched food stream out of the kitchen all night. Our server did offer free desserts, but we were eager to leave so instead we asked that he comp our drinks.
Hopefully others have a better experience, but I will not be returning.
Pleasantly surprised by marriage of Italian and Peruvian flavors. A wonderful menu with a selection of traditional and non-traditional offerings. We had a very special family dinner. We were seated on the third floor with an amazing view of Boston. Will definitely go back.
Couldn't be more pleased with my experience at Taranta. I was in town for just a night after being on Cape Cod for a wedding. We wanted someplace nice, with good food, but not a tourist trap.
Service: perfect, friendly, timely and unobtrusive.
Atmostphere: Cozy, but not cramped, fun to watch the people going by on Hanover St, great view of the Custom House Tower. Quiet enough to have a conversation, but not too quiet that you feel you are overhearing everything your neighbor says. Dark lighting, but it fit the mood and wasn't too dark.
Drinks: The Pisco sour was delicious and the wine list was small, but filled with good wines. All/most of the wines are grown biodynamically and with sustainable environmental practices...doesn't mean much if all you want is a great drink, but it was a nice touch and the wine we had was great and went well with all of our food choices.
Food: It is a mix of Italian and Peruvian food, but with mostly an Italian flair. We started with the mussels which were absolutely fantastic. The broth was so flavorful and rich and the mussels were plump and perfectly done. We all got various pasta dishes, which were equally fresh and tasty. The Porcini mushroom pappardelle and the lobster, crab ravioli were particularly delicious. Initiatially, I didn't think the portion sizes were that large, but they are! I couldn't finish my meal.
Definitely worth the visit!
We ordered an appetizer, a bottle of wine, and two entrees, and everything was fantastic. I was in Boston for four nights, and this was hands-down my best meal there. The service was perfect as well. I noticed our server checking on us periodically, but he didn't hover or pester us at the table frequently at all.
"Innovative" concept of Peruvian & Italian cuisines sounded interesting in theory, but in practice was not spectacular. The Italian component seemed shoehorned to fit in with the Little Italy locale. The food was enjoyable but unremarkable. However, the service was homely and genuine.
Having decided to visit Boston during one of the city's busiest weekends, we felt fortunate to get a reservation--the North End was mobbed. We were greeted cheerfully and seated immediately. Service was attentive and responsive throughout (our request to turn the music down was immediately accommodated). We were initially intrigued by the restaurant's claim to offer Peruvian/Italian fusion and were not disappointed. Both the trout and the paiche (a firm-fleshed, mild-flavored Amazonian game fish) were creatively prepared and delicious. The risotto accompanying the paiche was outstanding. If we lived in Boston, we would make Taranta a regular habit.
One of my favorite restaurants, it is Peruvian-Italian fusion. As someone else mentioned, the pork chop is absolutely delicious.
The service is phenomenal, and the Peruvian cocktails are really cool as well, something you won't get at the other Italian restaurants.
Taranta is a fun place for a meal. The food was good, not great, and the execution of the dishes generally came up a bit short of how they sounded on the menu. The prices are fair, the service was very good and the ambiance is inviting. The music is loud and the lights are a bit low -- so it's hard to have an easy conversation at the table.
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