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Cantina Italiana

(19 Reviews)

346 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

(617) 723-4577

Tomorrow: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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General Info
We have been serving generations of families, locals and tourists in the North End since 1931. People crave the taste of our food. Some say their mouths water just thinking about eating here. That’s why when we change even the slightest thing, they let us know it. We’re set in our Ways and Proud of It!
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Price Range
North End
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Take Out Restaurants, Caterers, Italian Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, Validated, Valet

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes, No

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Family Style, Take Out, Italian, European, Continental

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No


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Delicious! Old world charm- great menu.
We were greeted so wonderfully while examining the menu outside.
We were taken inside by someone that reminded me of my Grandfather- so warm and friendly.
The oldest restaurant on this block with traditional Italian food.
A definite return

Victoria S.


Great Food, Subpar Service

This review is based on my last two visits..I have been here several times - the Saltamboca is amazing. However, the service is OK. I have had the same server the last two visits, and both times, he seemed totally uninterested in my table and our experience. We were done with our meal (both times) and sat around fot 15 minutes waiting for him to come back. I usually don't like to diss places I enjoy, but I was extremely disappointed this last visit. I took my family hoping to show them a nice time, but they left feeling unwelcomed and dissatisfied with the service. BUT, they loved the food.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Disappointing and Dirty

We were visiting Boston and were looking for a good Italian meal for lunch. We were very disappointed in Cantina Italiana. Our waiter was very cold and rude. He barely smiled or said a polite word. The food was equally disappointing. Our bread tasted like stale grocery store bread. My husband's pasta and sausage dish was just a step above Chef Boy-ar-dee and my chicken and pasta in a white wine sauce was not much better than something I throw together on a busy week night. The bathroom was filthy, especially for such a pricey restaurant. I have seen cleaner bathrooms in Denny's, Overall, this was not worth the money and left us with a bad taste. There were so many other restaurants in the area that we wish we had made a different choice. We are really not picky diners and are usually quite satisfied with restaurants, but this was the exception for us.



Provided by Citysearch - 

Amazing from the service to the desert I don?t think it could have got much better. This restaurant is reasonably priced with a great wine list. I would recommend this to anyone who likes magnificent Italian food. The last meal I had that was this good was in Italy? Cantina has a real home time feel with all the detail to fine cooking?.. The staff was amazingly helpful and prompt. The manager was generally concerned about our experience and it clearly rubbed off on her staff. I think her name was Tricia (Cute too). It was nice to enjoy a great meal with great service for a change.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Average Food, High Prices

Just moved up from New Orleans. Expected more, but I guess I'm spoiled. (New Yorker too). The place was as authentic as you can get, complete with live accordian music, but we had the cold antipasto, gnocci and rissotto procini. The rissotto was dry, and the gnocci's sauce was flat and uninspired..

Not worth the 65 dollar bill (no wine or drinks).

No wonder there was no wait to get in.



Provided by Citysearch - 
North End disaster

We made a reservation for 8:30 on Saturday night and were still waiting for a table by 9:15. Other patrons near the bar were annoyed with the wait when they made reservations as the hostess and manager sat other walk-ins. When I told the hostess to take off our reservation she rolled her eye's at me.
As a hospitality professional myself I would never stake my reputation by recommending this restaurant to anyone. There are to many great restaurants in the North End to put up with this level of unprofessionalism.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Below Average Quality, Overpriced

I have been to this Restaurant 3 times, the first 2 times the food was good but the last experience was one of the worst I have had in any restaurant, rude waiter and terrible food. While the food was good the first 2 times, it is still overpriced. Not every restaurant in the north end has good Italian food, this one may vary on the day, you may have a good experience in one day and a bad one on another, but regardless, it is overpriced, you can get cheaper/better quality Italian food in a local restaurant or even Carrabbas.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Awesome homemade pasta

We went to Cantina Italiana last weekend because we'd never been there before and were hosting some out-of-town guests. We were all pleasantly surprised by how good the food is at this restaurant. The homemade pasta is excellent, including the fusilli. Our service was sporadic, but it was very busy.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Don't be fooled by the tacky neon side outside! The food is excellent!

I actually found out about Cantina Italiana on Citysearch and decided to give it a try despite having some negative reviews. I am so happy that I went. My boyfriend and I regularly went to Cantina while we lived in Boston and make sure that we go there whenever we are back in Boston visiting. The lobster ravioli, fresh mozzarella, and fried calamari appetizers are all excellent. The bomboloti pasta with spicy sausage and goat cheese is a unique variation on the traditional baked ziti and I get it every time! They also have some great seafood dishes with scallops and shrimp. Anyone who knows Italian food can really appreciate the great food. And don't be fooled by the ""small"" portions - I thought the plate looked small but the food is so rich that you'll find it difficult to finish and end up taking it home. Also really nice is that they serve fresh bread with a different olive oil each night - flavored olive oils from spicy peppers to simple garlic. The only thing that I have ever had that I did not enjoy was the cannoli, but that was because I was expecting sugar cream, not traditional Italian-ricotta style.
Make reservations and avoid having to wait - though they do have a newly redone bar in the front for you to wait.
Enjoy! (also know they have a sister restaurant down the street that is also good - though Cantina is better - but it is a little pricier and dressier)



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good Food but a Little ""Buggy""

I have been goign here for a few years now, and the food has alwasy been outstanding. The last and final time i went there was with my oarents visting from CT. As we were sitting in a booth my mother noticed a cockroach!! commign out of the gap. We are all very disgusted. My father then tapped the wall with his hand in attempt to scare it back into the wall.. 3! more came out!

We were soo digusted we left promptly.

I will NEVER go there again.

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