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Business Description
Assaggio is a restaurant that offers a variety of food options for lunch and dinner. It specializes in Italian cuisine and provides a range of insalatas and pasta dishes. The restaurant offers calamari fritti, baby shrimp, chicken broccoli and pork chops. Assaggio also serves cheese tortellini, fish chowder, lobster roll, spinach salad and sausage sandwich. It operates a full-service bar that provides a selection of wines, such as chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio and merlot. The restaurant offers space to host various special events, such as birthdays, luncheons, anniversaries and corporate dinners. Assaggio features handicapped-accessible areas and provides online reservation services.
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Fax Number: (617) 742-3512

Payment method
travelers checks, all major credit cards, diners club, amex, master card, visa, discover
Price Range
$$
Neighborhood
North End
Categories
Italian Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Mediterranean Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Mediterranean, Take Out, Italian, European, Continental, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

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Allie Beau

06/29/2010

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Overall
Allie & Ravioli, A Love Story

The North End used to be my 'hood. For senior year of college, I seemed to seamlessly survive on cannoilis and pizza (and beer and adderall, obv), and all too often forgot to get a ""proper meal"" in. Now that I'm a touch older, I enjoy marathon dinners with wine by the bottle. And alas, little spots like Assaggio are even more appealing.

Went here for dinner with a couple girlfriends. Our service was impeccable. At a place like this, where the server must ""call"" for their food to the chef (there's no computer system), it really becomes impressive how they time things, keep an eye on tables, and keep drinks full. Our server did all of this fabulously.

For an app, we had the hot cherry peppers stuffed with prosciutto. WOW. Those things were more delicious than I ever expected, and I LOVE both hot peppers and prosciutto, so the bar was high. These things delivered, let me tell ya.

We also split a Caesar salad that was classic and delicious--no craziness like anchovies or anything, though I'm sure they'd honor such a request--just a really good salad.

For dinner, I allowed myself to have the guilty pleasure I often do not order out (especially at non-Italian places because what's the point?); RAVIOLI. Raviolis have basically no nutritional value whatsoever. Pasta? Bad for you? Cheese? Also bad for you. Sometimes there's some spinach or meat or if you're fancyschmancy some lobstah in there, but the result is the same. These are pasta-cheese dumplings that no diet could allow.

Luckily, I'm not allowed to diet because I would go batsh!t crazy, and I allow myself things like this sometimes. Raviolis are my love. Assaggio, again, did not disappoint.

In recent developments since our dinner, my friend applied for a job and is now waiting tables at Assaggio. It makes me happy to report that they treat their employees really well, and that she delivered some lasagna to my house post-work the other night. Lasagna, also, very very good.

Not to most well-known North End spot, but one worth checking out for sure.

SuperUber

06/13/2010

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Delicioso!

I found this restaurant quite by accident while touring the North End with my cousin a few years back. Since then I've been nothing but pleased with every visit.

Most recently we made a reservation for a graduation lunch/dinner and as the ceremony lasted a bit longer than expected we had to call and push the reservation back. The woman I spoke with was very understanding and said we were fine whenever we made it in. Their flexibility was much appreciated.

Our 10 top ordered a variety of food including two daily specials, one swordfish the other a butternut ravioli both delicious, I split a pasta primavera and gnocchi with marinara. Their pasta primavera is one of my favorite dishes in the Boston area. It's so simple and yet they pack in the veggies. Paired with the pesto cream it's a hard combination to beat. The gnocchi too was amazingly simple and fantastic.

Our entire party was pleased with their meal and the whole affair went off without a hitch.

With the laid-back atmosphere and simple, delicious food here I look forward to coming back again and again.

whatisthis3

04/25/2009

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Overall
a fine place for lunch

When we arrived we were made extremely welcome. The bread and oil are excellent. The menu choices for lunch couldn't be better. We had dined here some twenty (!) years ago and loved it. We loved it today.
Our niece joined us after a bit and although we had to move to another table to accommodate three people, the servers were extremely courteous and lunch went on its merry way.
We had fine food and a wonderful time.
Thomas S. Green
Brunswick, ME

dparsons28

12/02/2006

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Overall
Closed without notice

I had a special event and made a reservation at this restaurant. I made the reservation about 4 days before and when I went to the restaurant for dinner with my 5 guests, the restaurant was CLOSED!!! Apparently, they had closed for ""renovations."" They never called to inform me of the change and I was left with my group, literally, out in the cold. What a terrible way to conduct a business!

alwaingo

06/18/2006

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Overall
Flavorful Italian fare in the North End

Dining room was cozy and charming but not too cramped. Food was deelish and prepared wonderfully - our party of four loved all of the dishes we ordered (including pasta, beef and fish). Drinks were creative and wine list was more than adequate for us neophytes. Only gripe is the service was slow and it took forever to get our order placed. Otherwise, I recommend this hidden gem in the North End.

jaclynrosebrook

03/26/2006

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Overall
Antipasto with tuna from a can!

Although the service was decent and the wine fair, everthing about this restaurant was substandard and overpriced! The ""trendy setting"" was cramped, stuffy and sweltering with not enough class, creativity or kitsch to make it cozy or cool. The antipasto for two was similar to a McDonald's salade niçoise with tuna from a can, store-bought provolone and a couple of olives and tasteless tomatoes. The entrées were worse - the shrimp scampi was rubbery with watery tasteless linguini, the veal was ... well, we think it was veal ... was boiled and flavourless. Even the bread was slightly stale. All this for 100$ which included a tip and gull bottle of wine but no desert! What a nightmare! I should've known - I couldn't spot an Italian anywhere in the restaurant (perhaps at the bar), not even the kitchen.

act4

02/07/2006

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Overall
Always a great dinner experience!

I have been to this restaurant several times over the past couple of years with several different parties. This is always my choice for Italian whether I'm meeting a friend in town for dinner, or a group of friends are celebrating an event. While the bar area is small and you may wait for a table, the food is worth it! I've tried a variety of entrees and never been disappointed. The wine list is extensive. The ambiance is very cozy and I've always found the service to be pleasant.

theduke37

02/22/2005

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Overall
North End gem

One of the best non-fine dining North End restaurants. You can't compare it to Mamma Maria or Davide because it's not as expensive or formal, but Assaggio is one of the best places you can walk into. Each pasta dish I have had there has been well-crafted, seafood and vegetables are fresh and services is among the better you will get in the North End, even on busy nights.

jennifer00

05/20/2003

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Overall
Best Restaurant in the North End

I have been to a multitude of Italian restuarants in the North End in the past four years since moving to Boston. I have found Assaggio to be THE BEST. And everytime I bring a friend there for the first time, they agree. The food is delicious and perfectly cooked everytime. There is a wide array of choices and I am never less than amazed with the dish I have ordered. You have to try the fried calamari, stuffed mushrooms, and just about every entree they have to order. Staff is friendly and courteous, but since Assaggio is small, there will be some bumping into. Assaggio has great atmosphere, food, wine, dessert, and art. Most restaurants and cafes in the North End are disappointed, not Assaggio!

maibuns

09/04/2002

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Overall
Bland & boring bistro

Wine selection is good. Nice small cozy bistro. HOWEVER, food selection was uninventive, and lack of variety. Quite expensive for the food portion provided. Waitresses and hostess need attitude and charismatic improvement, they look like they were forced to work there.

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