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About Vinoteca di Monica

Located in the heart of the North End, VINOTECA di MONICA is Chef Jorge Mendoza-Iturralde latest culinary venture with an emphasis on Rustic Regional Italian cuisine and Wine Spectator’s Grand Award for one of the largest Selections of Italian wines in the city. You no longer need to travel to Italy to experience the marriage between regional Italian food and wine. The menu focuses on the preservation of traditional regional dishes, with an unpretentious dedication to the true flavors that make regional Italian cuisine so popular. The art of pasta and bread making are carried out daily, for your sampling, where the freshest ingredients is an everyday affair. VINOTECA di MONICA is the result of Monica’s Restaurant evolution and its chef‘s passion for the Italian culture and the big role food and wine plays in its preservation. Reservations Recommended.

143 Richmond St.
Boston, MA 02109
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday, Saturday & Sundays: 4:00pm - Midnight

Cross Street:
Hanover St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 227-0311

Website:
http://www.monicasboston.com/MonicasBoston/Index.aspx

Parking Details:
Valet Parking directly across the street.
Validated Parking at Parcel 7 Garage. 136 Blackstone St Boston, MA 02109 Phone: (617) 973-6954 (On the corner of Sudbury St. and Congress St.)

Public Transit:
Haymarket, Gov't Center & Aquarium

Executive Chef:
Jorge Mendoza

Private Party Facilities:
Semi-private space available.

Private Party Contact:
Jorge Mendoza: (617) 227-0311

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Vinoteca di Monica Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (37)
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Romantic (25)
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Cozy (22)
Notable Wine List (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Comfort Food (17)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Bar Seating (12)
Fun (12)
Good for Groups (10)
Business Meals (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Casual (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
People Watching (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Disabled Access (3)
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Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
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Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Best Italian in the North End of Boston

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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

We really enjoyed our dinner. It was a busy Saturday night but our service and food were very good. The Bibb lettuce salad was excellent. My husband really enjoyed the Bolognese pasta. The lasagna with chicken ragout was also very good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Recently visited Vinoteco di Monica to celebrate my birthday. My husband and I had a lovely little table tucked into a window nook, and it was like we had our own little room. I loved it! Food was good, wine was yummy, tho my husband ordered a double espresso after dinner and said it was quite weak.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

This an excellent Italian restaurant. The ambiance, service and especially the food were all excellent. I will certainly come back on my next trip to Boston.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

The service hear is always excellent and I will never get sick of their delicious pastas. My favorite North End restaurant!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined 6 days ago

This is my second year in a row visiting Boston and this is the best Italian restaurant for seafood in America. Great wine list. Great place for friends to meet and enjoy an amazing meal.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner last Saturday evening celebrating our grandsons 22nd birthday!! The rice and cheese square served with the salmon my husband ordered was one of a kind and very delicious!!! The home
Add pasta with my veal parm was amazing!! The chicken stuffed pasta one grandson ordered amazing ... we never saw it prepared like that before. Our only disappointment is that nothing special was done for our grandsons birthday!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We love Vinoteca di Monica. Absolutely the best food in the North End! Always our go to place especially when guests in town. Housemade pasta is special and amazing. Highly recommend.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Came here before our New Years Eve gala, had a wonderful dinner with my boyfriend, my friend, and her date. We all loved the food and really enjoyed the service. The waitress was kind and knowledgeable of the menu, as well as the staff was very friendly and helpful. Overall 10/10!

P.S - should note that my boyfriend lived in Italy for a year and my friend’s date is Italian and they were completely amazed at how authentic the food tasted! A real slice of Italian cuisine!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Happy New Year! My wife and I had a nice dinner on New Year's Eve. The asparagus/fried egg appetizer was delicious. Caesar salad was fresh. Our entrees, Ravioli and deconstructed chicken lasagna were tasty. The sauce was very nice. We enjoyed a nice bottle of Barolo and our desserts, crème brulee and chocolate torte were great. A glass of limoncello capped the night. I had the clear limoncello while my wife had t a creamier version. I found hers a little too sweet.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our family went to Monicas for New Years Eve during our visit to Boston. The service was excellent, our waitress was extremely attentive and food was one of the best we have ever had in the North End

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Top spot in the North End. Best food, best service. Never been disappointed

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Casual, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Lovely New Year’s Eve lunch. Food delicious, ambiance nice and great service!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

This place is amazing!! We went for dinner on Saturday night and everything tasted so good. I got the linguini pomodoro and my boyfriend got the spaghetti aglio e olio, a favorite dish of his, and this blew him away. The wine we got was delicious as well and our server Paola was the perfect level of attentive, not intrusive but never absent when we needed her. We’ll definitely be back!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had a meal there 4 years ago with friends & had always planned to return. Our return visit did not disappoint! We had actually tried to eat there 3 weeks ago with out doing open table & faced over 2 hour wait. We loved our meals, the wine list is an Italian adventure & the staff attentive, professional & knowledgeable. It is one of our North End favorites!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great restaurant , great location, easy to make a reservation. Fabulous staff, delicious menu.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Best restaurant in the North End by far. The gnocchi special, pork ribeye and bread pudding dessert are all amazing.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The service was okay. It was a little expensive. There are a lot of other options in the north end.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wonderful food, went with group of six—we all tried pasta dishes and they were wonderful. We particularly loved the pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe and the mushroom ravioli. Staff was friendly and helpful. Vibe was busy and holiday fun.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The food and the service were both excellent. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent homemade pasta and service was attentive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We were there on 12 /21/17. Great food , as always, but the sever seemed rushed and annoyed. She forgot my desert and only returned to bring the check . This was a special holiday dinner and we were disappointed by the service , overall. The three stars is generous

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Service and food were lousy, disappointing experience overall

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Freshest ravioli I ever ate. They make their pasta every day. Make sure to make a reservation. Made mine a week ahead of time. Our waitress was also 5 star. When we visit Boston again, we will go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Interior of the restaurant is nice, but we ended up being seated in the bar area - I would have preferred in the restaurant, ambiance was better (we did have reservations). Had a sparkling drink, had nice flavor but was warm, and a Sangria, which had a very strong alcohol taste (didn't taste like a Sangria). I had linguine with seafood, mussels were very fresh, only one scallop, all and all could have had more flavor. My husband had gnocchi and really enjoyed it. Probably wouldn't go back given all the other options.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Try the pre-fix. Excellent and a great value. Pair wines for the full experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Love Monica's , the food and staff! Our group of friends enjoys monthly/bimonthly dinners there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Took awhile to get seated, even though we were on time per our reservation. Waiter was a bit ambivalent. Food was above average.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent food and service. Monica's is our go-to choice in the North End.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was delicious. Was not the typial mediocre italian red sauce joint that is prevalent in the North End. We had some yummy cocktails. I had an old fashion...but it was not made with a Luxardo.....come on its the North End...use the good Italian cherries.

We started with imported buffalo mozzerella topped with sweet roasted peppers and smoky grilled eggplant and San Marzano stewed tomoatoes. ALl 3 were incredibly scrumptious I had the haddock which was very flavorful in a white wine sauce. White fish can be bland...this dish was scrumptious. My husband had the pork chop agrodolce style . He loved it. We skipped the dessert an opted for Cafe Vittoria. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Anne. Fantastic bartender. Make it a point to go here.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a 7:45 reservation for 7 people, one of them being 83 years old. Our entire party arrived by 7:45, we were told that they were getting our table ready. We inquired a couple of times to the bar tender, she was borderline rude/argumentative about our request. The hostess was lovely and came over to speak with us, our elderly guest got a little extra splash of wine... we continued to wait. We were finally seated at 9:30pm. Walking out in search of another restaurant was a thought but not an option. Calamari app was fantastic, ricotta polpette were flavorless - a waste of space, the bruschetta and crostini apps were fine. Most everyone enjoyed their main courses, not sure if they were so starved that a ritz cracker would have satisfied. The amatriciana tasted like a regular marinara sauce and pasta was over cooked. Service was manic. Moments of good, but some very rude moments and strange behaviors. Felt kind of abused for lack of a better term.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Best food we've had in the North End so far. And you absolutely have to have the bread pudding for dessert. It is devine!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great atmosphere and delicious food

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 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2017

What a disappointment dining at Monica's was! Having been there before and enjoyed the exceptional food, wine, and ambiance, we invited friends to join us. The antipasto was sparse and did not have the peppadews and abundance of cheeses and meats as in the past. Calimari was ok. The 4 different entrees we ordered were mediocre. The tomato basil sauce was extremely salty, the beef ravioli sauce resembled a brown gravy. Both seafood entrees were generous, but, nothing special. Service was mediocre. Upon serving our entrees, the waitstaff disappeared, while we all awaited parmesan cheese and hot pepper as our food grew cold.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Excellent dinner. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. The host was pleasant and managed the dining room very well. Homemade pasta is delicious!

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

So good, we decided to eat dinner a second night in a row at the same spot. Damn fine pasta.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We had a great time here! Waiter was awesome and very knowledgable. Food was excellent but portions could have been slightly bigger for the price. Excellent specials and drinks were delicious!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Family dinner. Really enjoyed our meals. Service was punctual, friendly and not intrusive.

Tags: Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

LOVED IT!!! WENT SATURDAY NIGHT WOTH OUR SON AND DAUGHTER IN LAW AND HER MOM AND DAD. GREAT MENU, DELICIOUS FOOD AND DRINK. THE SALMON SPECIAL AND GRILLED CALAMARI SALAD WAS AWESOME. SAT BY THE DOOR SO IT GOT CHILLY WHEN THE DOOR OPENED BUT OTHERWISE A PERFECT EVENING!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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