Prezza

4.6
1710 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Chef/Owner Anthony Caturano’s unique cooking style brings old world traditional Italian and Mediterranean cuisine to Boston’s North End. A full bar and over 500 wines to choose from enhance the experience.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Monday -Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Bar open at 4:30 daily; Sunday: 4:00pm-9:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 227-1577
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Anthony Caturano
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Private party facilities
Prezza can accommodate parties of 7 or more. Please call for available accommodations.
No Private Rooms
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Private party contact
Rachel: (617) 227-1577
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hanover
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Public transit
Haymarket on the Green or Orange Line
Aquarium on the Blue Line
Additional
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Daily 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 9:30PM

What 1710 People Are Saying
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D
New England
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great option off of the main strip in the North End. The mushroom risotto was phenomenal!

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JF
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was overpriced for amount quality was good / average.
Service seemed rushed. Waitress barely spoke and was cold. It seemed we were treated as out of town tourists who they would never see again, and they wont, although we are local.
Got a pre dinner drink at the bar and although the drink was good the service and hospitality was poor.
Someone who seemed like the manager spent the entire time we were there visiting two woman at a table and no one else? Friends relatives or creepy but no service to anyone else.

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RL
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

our waiter was awesome the food quality was very good we all know you get what you pay for and i would recommend the apps wines drinks for sure the whole experience was great i just don't see the price point on the entrees as a general going to dinner on a semi regular basis i felt the entree prices were $$ just my opinion, but the staff and quality is very very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife’s birthday celebrated with out of state guests. All went to see Elton John after dinner. It was a perfect night.
Thanks,
Michael Gooding

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b
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food, homemade, plenty of great options. Prezza is fine dining, clean, great service enjoy before a game or a special occasion or just hey let’s get the best meal.

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MC
New England
58 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Sunday night dinner has the added Sunday Gravy menu and its a hit. He enjoyed the eggplant parm and added meatballs from the appetizer menu. For me the appetizer grilled clams and sausages with a side of broccoli rabe was a good dinner. The sausages were so good we will be back for a Monday night Grill Night menu that includes sausages. The menu offerings are wide ranging and sure to please. For dessert the pistachio icecream and cookie hit the right spot.

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Tucson
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service! The duck was maybe the best I have ever had and the bread pudding was Soo good!

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JC
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent epecially the well cooked octopus and calamari. Waiter was excellent and friendly.

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B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful meal here. I made reservations a few hours before we wanted to go out, which I'm glad I thought to, because the place was packed when we got there. The food was fantastic, even the bread and olive oil to dip it in was better than average, which is saying something for a restaurant in the North End, which has no shortage of great restaurants. The absolute star of the show was the octopus and squid appetizer, which I could have eaten buckets of and nothing else. The pasta entrees were just the right amount - we were both full but not uncomfortably stuffed, and had no leftovers to take home. Pretty standard list of desserts, tasty but not extraordinary. The wine was nice and the service was very good. It was a loud restaurant, and sometimes hard to hear my dinner companion over the tables near us, but we also happened to be sitting between two boisterous parties. All in all, very lovely evening.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We just ate here on Friday. Food was very good. We tried the grilled octopus that others recommended. Very good. The rest of our meal was good. The service was almost impolite. When we wanted to order just an app first then wanted to decide on an entree to make our evening last our waiter seemed to have been annoyed. He did not make eye contact after that. Short answers to our questions and basically ignored us the rest of the evening. That kind of service left a bad taste in our mouths.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food delicious Clarissa was an amazing waitress!

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HH
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed the experience as soon as I walked in. The greeter was very pleasant. The wine list was not intimidating. And, our waiter was extremely helpful and friendly. I went with my family and we all enjoyed our food. I ordered the shrimp appetizer and the veal. Both were excellent and would order them again. Prezza is definitely on my 'go to' restaurant list.

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TS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Not a good place for having italian food. If you wanna experiment, go ahead.

But if you wanna have real Italian food, skip it look for somewhere else.

Cause owned by it's own chef this place has lost ability to criticize itself I believe.

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GD
New England
41 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I chose Prezza due to numerous recommendations of respected foodies and blogs online. They all touted the romance of the place so I took my wife on a date there. When we walked in, I must admit I was a bit surprised as it felt like an upscale sports bar upon first glance.

We laughed at the first impression and began ordering after the attentive server came and promptly took our wine orders and letting us know the specials. She was particularly attentive throughout the meal without being intrusive or overbearing; a particularly fine balance of attributes that I like in servers. We were never left waiting for long periods of time between updates and/or refills of water or wine. She was also extremely pleasant and capable of answering all of our questions about the dishes and wine.

Then there was the food... oh my... the food. This is the type of finesse and craft that only generations of Italians are typically capable of in my experience. We decided to share a number of dishes rather than order separately in order to experience the various sections of the menu.

From the cold starters we chose the burrata and beet salad. The creaminess of the burrata and the tart of the beets and pistachio vinaigrette were a perfect pair. There were some micro greens on the plate as well but they honestly didn't add much to the dish other than some pop of vibrant green.

The gnocchi was perfect and tossed in a luxurious veal stock and tomato sauce giving it a savory twist of a meat sauce without having to worry about the correct tomato-to-meat ratio. It was not overly heavy either which was a surprise as I expected it to have a certain greasiness to it but it was as smooth as silk to the bit and left no real trace of oil or grease afterwards.

The dessert menu also looked fantastic, but we had already committed to Mike's Pastry; so we had to save that treat for another night Prezza, but thank you for the fantastic meal.

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C
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paulie was fantastic as usual!

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C
New England
119 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Too noisy and tables too close. Hard o have a conversation but food is good

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RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The VERY Best Italian restaurant! Outstanding food and knowledgeable service.

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D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

This restaurant was recommended by a hotel concierge. There are so many Italian restaurants in this area and we had only a short time to visit. It was so disappointing that we ended up here! The food preparation was tasteless and really ruined what would have been fresh ingredients. Chicken parmigiana was prepared with completely uncooked lumps of canned tomatoes, with no seasoning. Literally someone opened a can and poured it on a chicken cutlet. The shrimp scampi was in a watery butter sauce. Again no seasoning. No garlic. No taste. The broccoli rabe was served with Parmesan cheese. Apart from the fact that I have never ever seen broccoli rabe served with cheese anywhere ( and I am Italian American from NJ and have dined across the country in both restaurants and homes of Italian Americans and in Italy too) the broccoli rabe was undercooked, had no flavor and no seasoning. Olive oil smeared with tons of cheese. I honestly have no idea how this restaurant has gotten such good reviews. I can only conclude that the diners who reviewed this place have no idea what goes into good Italian preparation. This is not “new Italian cuisine.” It is flavorless food thrown together to appear Italian

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MK
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience. The mushroom Rizzo toe was to die for. Excellent wine list we had a bottle of Bartolo. We were a party of six and had the dessert sampler which was very good .

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m
New England
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one our favorite places to eat, very good wine list.

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F
New England
23 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

A very nice restaurant with a great atmosphere. They have an expansive wine list. We had the Burrata and Meatballs for appetizers and they were delicious. As for the main courses, they were good, but not memorable.

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PG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The server wasn’t helpful in explaining the dishes; the place seemed a bit racially charged. The food was overpriced and overrated.

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PR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. have been here a number of times and it is always good. Will return

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TF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Prezza is our "North End favorite". We live in Vermont and when we are in Boston, Prezza is our go-to restaurant. Great Italian food, and a fantastic staff. We've never been disappointed!

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KD
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! After a trip to Italy this is defiantly right there with dining in Italy! The risotto was incredible!

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TG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came most recently before seeing Elton John. Service was prompt, yet friendly, and the food was excellent. They were prepared for the early rush (60% of reservations that night were prior to 7 pm due to the concert), and quality was still excellent.

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SP
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian food and our server was attentive and knowledgeable. Best Bologna’s ever!

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N
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time at Prezza and another outstanding meal! Best Italian in Boston in my opinion. Fresh creative and delicious.
Hip, sleek ambiance too. Will be back.

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HG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Unfortunately had to wait over 30 minutes past our reservation. Food was great, pleasant atmosphere!

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LD
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cozy. Great ambiance. Very attentive and friendly staff.

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MF
New England
46 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When in the North End, people usually go to Hanover St. This gem is on Fleet St. Unassuming from the outside, beautiful on the inside. They have a great cocktail & wine list. We had the mushroom risotto & Fig bruschetta, both were amazing. We also had chicken parm & the braised rabbit ravioli for dinner. Although their Sunday gravy is not what I grew up with, the chicken parm was quite good. The ravioli was outstanding. For dessert it was pistachio ice cream & blueberry/peach shortbread. Both were absolutely delicious! The service was wonderful as well. I highly recommend!

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good overall.
No complaints.

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FD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The food was lacking in quality, but the service was the real problem. Getting our server’s attention was nearly impossible. She also did not mention that the ravioli entree I ordered was only one medium sized ravioli, which would have been helpful. It took her 20 minutes to come back after we got our food and she was even rude when I tried to order more. None of the many, many managers standing around in suits came by to check on us either, although one did stare at us while chomping on his gum. I paid with a gift card and was sad to learn that we didn’t spend the whole thing because it means we will have to come back!

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MS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wonderful wine list! You will not be disappointed!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable food. Great service. By far one of my new favorites on the North End!

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o
New England
45 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We were recommended to Prezza by good foodie friends. The service was fabulous. Our waiter and support staff were absolutely fantastic. The food was fairly pedestrian for the North End and the prices were a bit high, particularly the wine. We had 5 people celebrating a birthday and all of us had the same comment on the menu: we couldn't find something we loved. It seemed that every dish had a component that made it less than desirable. We all settled. When I go to an Italian themed restaurant, I usually have a tough choice because there are so many appealing menu items. Here, we were all trying to just find something we could enjoy. One final comment; there was person there who I am assuming was the manager. He was pacing near the bar, not far from our table. He made me feel as though we were stealing silverware or overstayed our welcome. Not good. Again though, the service was first class.

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F
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal. Corn raviolini spectacular! Service excellent.

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PB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Lamb was tasty but really fatty. Service was excellent

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S
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night with a train schedule for home. Fantastic service, superb food. Chef caught a 300 lb tuna, so menu was tuna-focused. Had tuna app and sea scallops, suberb

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for fantastic Italian fare!

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