Trattoria Il Panino

4.6
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$30 and under
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Italian
Trattoria Il Panino is the kind of place that one would expect to find along the Amalfi Coast. It is a warm, friendly, unpretentious and a food-focused environment. From the casual and positive energy of the atmosphere and waitstaff, to the serious and professional energy of the kitchen, the front
and back of the house form a desirable marriage. The entrance on 260 Hanover street has a full liquor license.
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MC
New England
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Two entrances/sides to restaurant; a little confusing as the other half of our party ended up on the bar side. Host (who I think was the owner) was very nice and very accommodating. Allowed us to wait in the bakery next door so we weren't freezing cold outside. The older, smaller side of the restaurant we dined was very authentic and cozy (which we liked and wanted for a restaurant in the North End), but only served beer and wine. The other side seemed a little bigger, newer, and livelier and has a full bar, so get your cocktails over there before you sit for dinner. Meals were served in pans so stayed warm and all were delicious. Loved the meat in the ragu pasta and burrata meatballs.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great time, needed a great date location while traveling, was so pleased with the entire experience. Meatball starter was great, Ragu was fantastic, wine pairings were spot on. Intimate, steady bustle of activity, warm greeting, very happy overall. Would definitely recommend.

ML
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were outstanding! Our waiter made the entire dining experience very enjoyable.

BS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food was very good, the calamari appetizer was light and very fresh. The pasta was excellent and the sauce was very good. The braciole was very tender and tasted delicious. The service was good and we would definitely go back. The area we were seated was not the best and due to how cold it was outside made it very drafty in the side dining room for dinner.

JD
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. A little disappointed desert was not available.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, fantastic meal. Carbonara and sea bass were a favorite.

KQ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very authentic Italian and non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner! It was delightful!

CS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just like Italy! Even my very picky dad was impressed!

BB
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to this restaurant for years and it never disappoints! The food, atmosphere and attentive staff are amazing Year after year!

LB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in Boston.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome pasta and great energy in this restaurant. Classic Italian! Highly recommend!

DF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing. We will continue to come back. Il Panino never disappoints. You guys are great!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

came here with my family visiting out of town around 630pm. it wasn’t loud until the 730 reservations came in. food was delicious, service was good. all the waiters and bussers were attentive! don’t expect to get dessert and coffee after your meal since they suggest to go to their sister restaurant (which is cash only:( overall food was good. highly recommend ravioli porcini and moms quarto

CS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been coming here for 25 years. Never had a bad experience or meal.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was lovely, the service was ok. I did love this popular Italian in the North End. It was lively, popular and a good ambience. My one criticism was the lighting - it was too dark. I had to use the light on my phone to read the menu, as a deaf person I couldn’t lipread the waiter or anyone else and it was difficult to see our food.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good service, average food.

c
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

My husband and I took his parents when they were in town for a visit. We make homemade pasta frequently and although the restaurant say their pasta is homemade, it certainly didn't taste that way. The food was ok, but for the price I was not at all impressed. The service was ok, though there was a lot of reaching all over the table to fill water/pick up plates. I would not return here.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious homemade pasta, great wine selection and nice draft selection. Romantic, cozy place and attentive wait staff. Overall, great experience.

M
Salt Lake City
24 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great gem downtown Boston. Service was exceptional, food was delicious, great place for a date

FM
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had to modify our 6:30pm reservation twice because we were running late. We got there 25 minutes before our (final) reservation, and they had no problem accommodating us so that we didn’t have to wait until our reservation of 7:45. The food was fantastic and they served our pasta in stainless steel frying pans, which my girlfriend and I thought was a really nice touch. The place was really clean and warm. The food was pretty reasonably priced considering the portion size and market price for the area. Wait staff was attentive, our water glasses never reached the bottom before our waiter would come over and refill us. They really lived up to the reviews I had read online. Trattoria Il Panino helped me make a very happy birthday woman!

LK
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for a girls night out dinner and it was delicious! We had a blast! Will definitely go back again

DW
New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been dining at the Trattoria Il Panino for twenty years, and I've never had anything other than delicious meals served by superb staff. If you want a delicious Italian meal served by friendly and available staff then this is your spot.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place anda service with very good Italian dishes.

JS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Great food but the prices have gone up a lot in the past few years. With all the appetizers around $15, it can get pricey. Is a high price for the very casual atmosphere. We were outside in the tented/heated patio. I like it out there but feel it has become overpriced for what it is.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food! Tough to get to the front of the line to talk to the man about getting seated, but really amazing food

LB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing! However we went on a Saturday night and it was extremely crowded. We were looking for a more intimate dinner and felt very rushed as the line was out the door. Could barely move there were so many people and felt like the servers were rushing us to finish and leave. When we asked to see the desert and coffee menu we were told that because it was Saturday they do not do coffee or dessert. I understand they are very busy and trying to turn tables but it was unfortunate as it was a dinner with friends from out of town and felt more of a quick meal than a sit down evening. It would have been much better on a week night.

HS
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing meal! We will definitely go back and also we will recommend it to everyone!!

FS
New England
63 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We arrived at our 5:30 reservation to find a line to get in the door and a hostess station overly stressed. We were seated downstairs where it started out a bit noisy due to two large parties in the room . That soon subsided and our EXCELLENT waitperson helped get the situation back on track. She was attentive and got our food out and settled (somehow using magic) the table making all of the noise. The food was outstanding and so was her effort. Will go again-maybe on a Sunday

VZ
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for a date! Must visit for everybody who wants to experience Italian North End hospitality!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time.

MM
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service and ambiance was great. Make reservation! Be ready to pay for valet parking at $28.

PM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic and service was good. Food came out quickly and such a busy night.

BW
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Rushed us through meal . While eating salad they asked us if they could serve meal,we said please wait till done with salads. They brought main course to table anyway. While eating dessert they took my unfinished glass of wine without asking . This was our second time there ,first time very nice engaging waiter, this time it was move them through meal quickly. Never written a review before but the service really was a disappointment.

JF
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Buiten was het koud: ruim onder het vriespunt. Binnen stond de verwarming niet aan. Veel gasten zaten met jas en muts op te eten. We hebben gevraagd naar de verwarming: er zou iets aan gedaan worden. Helaas het bleef koud. De gerechten te spijt, hebben we niet kunnen genieten van een Italiaanse ambiance.

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MH
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We went there on a Monday night so not too busy. Sat in the bar area at a table - very cold every time the door opened! Our server was very tough to find when we needed him. Asked for a minute to look at the menu and he didn't come back for a half hour. Food was fine but not outstanding so pair that with being uncomfortably cold and poor service AND fairly high prices and it's not a great experience. Wouldn't go back. So many other cozier places in the north end with great service AND food!

LB
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was good but not great. I ordered lobster ravioli and it was not served hot which was disappointing as it would have tasted better I'm sure. The bread was delicious! We felt like we were being rushed to order and eat so they could turn our table. I will give them another chance but honestly, there are better restaurants in the North End.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable, quick, would come again

AM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

The food was good overall. Prices aren’t too bad. I got the grilled seafood spread- it was lukewarm when it came out and the squid was charred so much that it was all I could taste, I couldn’t eat it. The rest of the seafood was good. Our server was great :-) My parents meals were both very good (carbonara, Lobster ravioli). It was SO LOUD in there which really took away from the experience. Wine was good but was served too cold as far as red whine goes. It’s usually served room temperature

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We have been here many times, the food is incredible! We were a bit put off by being told we had a wait even though we had a reservation. We had to get to a show so having a set reservation was key. The hostess didn't seem to care. Eventually we got our table and our wait staff was great. Please keep in mind when people make reservations it is probably because they are on a timeline.!