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About Trattoria di Monica

Trattoria di Monica is located in the heart of Boston's North End. At the corner of Prince and Salem Streets, you will find this small 25 seat candlelit dining room with colorful walls and original artwork. Chef-owners Patrick, Frank, and Jorge Mendoza serve homemade pastas with an imaginative twist, prepared with locally grown produce, New England seafood, and Imported Ingredients from the North End's best salumeria, Monica's Mercato.

67 Prince St
Boston, MA 02113
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Salem

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 720-5472

Website:
http://www.monicasboston.com/

Parking Details:
Area Garage Parking: Commercial St., Cooper St., Causeway St.

Public Transit:
Haymarket
North Station

Executive Chef:
Patrick and Frank Mendoza

Additional:
Beer, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Trattoria di Monica Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

3.9

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (1791)
Fit for Foodies (1364)
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Notable Wine List (325)
Hot Spot (182)
Great for Lunch (94)
Late-night Find (69)
Cozy (49)
Good for a Date (44)
Kid-friendly (43)
Authentic (41)
Good for Groups (35)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Comfort Food (22)
Casual (21)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Fun (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Local Ingredients (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Scenic View (13)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Great for Brunch (11)
Outstanding Value (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Business Meals (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Healthy (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Unfortunately, when we arrived at the restaurant for a special occasion dinner, which we had planned months in advance, the place was boarded up!

Would have been nice to hear from Open Table or the restaurant ahead of time to let us know.

Quite an embarrassment and inconvenience.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 11, 2017

I made reservations in February for a date night on March 11th. We were really looking forward to trying out this restaurant. We show up at our reserved and confirmed time through open table only to find that the restaurant was closed due to renovations. I did not receive ANY notice that they were closed. Their website does not say they are closed. Thankfully we were able to salvage the night by going to another restaurant close by who had availability. Why would you be accepting reservations when you are closed due to renovations?

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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The sweet potato gnocchi was amazing. I would get it again.

Tags: Romantic
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Our waitress completely forgot to put in our food order. We waited almost 30 minutes just for our appetizer. Got a quick "sorry!" but would have been nice to have had a bit more sympathetic response or at least have it taken off our bill.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Had dined here in the past and had an enjoyable experience so booked a table for Valentine's Day. The restaurant was over crowded, loud, and generally hectic. The server didn't bother to greet us when we sat down, acted annoyed by our presence, and service remained atrocious throughout the night. Food was bland and lacking in quality on all fronts, and server had zero knowledge of the wine list or menu to offer us. This was a very steep price to pay for such a disappointing experience.

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Been to the restaurant many times. It was just ok this time. It was a slow snowy night so the good news is our reservation was honored on time. I ordered the pesto pasta with scallops which I have had before. The temperature was not piping hot is was closer to warm than hot and it was not seasoned well at all... it was bland. So I was disappointed. The bread was not as fresh as usual either. With all the choices in the North End I don't think I will make this my go to anymore.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2017

Nice little Italian restaurant in the North End. Good, basic Italian fare. Everything we ordered was good, but nothing was exceptional. Service was very warm and friendly.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Overall still impresses, very consistent and top notch food and service

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Everything was crazy delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2017

This is one of my favorite spots in the North End. It's incredibly small, so make sure you make a reservation as I would imagine they can't accommodate many walk ins. The wine list is very reasonably priced, which I appreciate. They had a bottle of Chianti on the menu for $20...the whole bottle. $20. But the food is really the star. All of the pasta is homemade and delicious. It's fortifying without feeling heavy. Monica's is one of those places that you truly feel satisfied after the meal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2017

The food is Excellent...The wait staff is FABULOUS!
Quaint & cozy...

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Dinner was good, service was good...this is the 2nd time in Month that they have been out of Tiramisu by 8:30pm...a regular item on their dessert menu.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2017

A friend recommended this place and we have no regrets!! Amazing food in a great setting.

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Had the waitress not been so pushy about trying to get us out of the restaurant it would have been a much more pleasurable experience. We are cultured people, so to have her whip away plates before we were finished and hover like a helicopter I might have been able to enjoy myself a little more. The restaurant was too noisy due to the crowded space, it being a small restaurant. The food was pretty good, main dishes a little high for some of the pasta, but it was fine. We felt so rushed we went elsewhere for dessert. A shame. We did not overstay our reservation at all.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on January 22, 2017

The food was amazing. It's a pretty small place, so if there are only a few people there you can definitely hear each other's conversation.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2017

I am always satisfied with a fabulous meal, good wine, and terrific service. I have never been disappointed

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Monica's never disappoints! We always bring out of town guests there for authentic Italian and we always walk away happy.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2017

In a word, "yum!" Trattoria di Monica is snugly fit into the heart of the North End. This sweet little space and the sounds of the kitchen add to the conviviality that accompanies what is always a great Italian meal.

Husband went for a favorite chicken dish and wife had the shrimp special. The ingredients couldn't be fresher and the taste tastier. Service was warm, friendly and attentive. Great evening!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Excellent pasta-best we have had in the North End yet. The table are a bit close to the door, so it can be drafty when the door is opened.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 11, 2017

Always a great pick in the North End!! Love the food always fresh and plentiful. Love the location and that they take reservations

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on January 10, 2017

Small place, food not so great, service OK, given the restaurant was full and there were only two servers.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2017

We were disappointed with the service. We arrived 10 minutes late for our reservation, and were asked to wait outside while she talked with the party ahead. When she opened the door 2 minutes later she said we had arrived 10 minutes after the reservation so she "no showed us, but could add us back but might not look good on open table profile." Then she said we would have to wait, no tables available. We were told that most tables had finished, or were finishing, but were taking their time so she was "giving them the eye." We were not seated until 1 hour after our original reservation. Waitress hardly said any words to us.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2017

This restaurant is a North End gem. It is family owned and operated with a tiny dining room. I was in town for a visit with my brother in law and we had a great dinner. We all had salads and pasta dishes; The pasta was fresh and cooked to perfection. The service was attentive and we did not feel rushed in spite of the busy night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2017

We absolutely love the dining experience at this restaurant. We try to go there every time we are in the North End. When we eat elsewhere due to no reservations available we always say we can't wait to go back! The pumpkin ravioli is awesome as well as the 2 different scallop and pasta dishes. We can't imagine anything not being great. You can also head across the street to their market and get their fresh pasta to make at home! We will always be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 4, 2017

Not impressed for the North End. On the plus side, everything was made to order and they make their own pasta. However, we were the only ones in the restaurant and our meal took 25 minutes and we actually had to search out the waitress. I had the Marsala and the chicken was good but there was NO sauce! The pasta was plain without sauce. My daughter had the sweet potato gnocchi. Again, there was No sauce and about a third of the pasta was inedible because it wasn't cooked enough. I would not recommend this restaurant. In addition, it was very pricey. $25.oo a meal at lunch.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Not great service on New Year's Eve, forgotten Appetizers, food lacked seasoning , more cramped than usual

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

It was a wonderful food experience and my seafood pasta was the best I've had.. So fresh and delicious!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2016

We had dinner here last Friday night and were not disappointed. Great food and great friendly service. Love this place!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2016

I went here while taking a small road trip to Boston. We stayed in the North End specifically so we could have good Italian food and Trattoria di Monica didn't disappoint! It was a tight squeeze in there but the service was good and the food was delicious!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Food was outstanding. Place was very small, crowded, but comfortable enough. Very young staff was very knowledgeable and efficient. They had to place a table (next to us) directly in front of the kitchen entrance, which was a little inconvenient. Good menu selections to fit all tastes. The only thing that surprised us was that the door to the restaurant opens in instead of out, which has to be a fire code violation.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2016

This restaurant in the North End was small and full of patrons. The service was excellent and the food, which was delicious, (I am Italian and very picky when it comes to Italian food) came out in a timely manner. Definitely worth the wait and will visit again.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Outstanding Value, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2016

Tiny place with heart. The wait staff was very accommodating and gracefully moved around the small space with a deva's focus. I had them make a traditional veal marsala which was not on the menu. Served over fresh pasta, the veal was tender and flavorful. They have a limited beer selection and feature all Italian wines. Looking for a cocktail...look elsewhere! Of course you'll want to enjoy Monica's! You won't be disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2016

Calamari is delicious. Cooked perfectly. Both the chicken Parm and Chicken Piccata were great!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 11, 2016

Everything was perfect - thought we would give the restaurant a try since other couple are huge fans of the deli. WOW are we glad we did. Great great food - awesome, helpful, friendly service. Our waitress recommended wine, appetizers, and a couple of the entres we tried and all were amazing -
Can not wait to go back!! Will become our new go-to place in the North End -highly recommend.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Monica's had come highly recommended to us. It is a very small authentic North End restaurant. Our table was literally 6" from our neighbor. To get out of our seats, our neighbors had to get up and move. Very busy...popular? My husband and I both ordered the chicken Marsala. It came with linguine. I requested penne and my husband requested angel hair. My order was correct. My husbands came with the linguine which he does not like. They offered to correct it but that would mean I ate without him. We had to ask for bread, grated cheese and ground pepper...basically everything . It was not a good experience and we will not go back.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 8, 2016

Boston's "Little Italy" has about a thousand of these type restaurants. Trattoria Di Monica has a extremely diversified menu with something for every taste with portion sizes large enough to share or take home for tomorrow's lunch. Definitely worth it.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2016

Great place! Delicious food. It's located off touristic street, but it's definitely a jem! I will definitely be back and highly recommend it to all my friends!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Amazing! Was so glad to meet with friends there and have a true delicious Italian experience. The food was incredible, the wine, the service - everything - top notch! So friendly and so good! We will be back on our next trip to Boston! You must check this place out!

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Casual, People Watching, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Absolutely amazing meal in such a quaint little slice of the North End. The Bruschetta was unbelievable and every dish was just as delicious.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Small cozy, north end spot. Good Italian eats. Great homemade pasta.

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