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Hub-bub and home-style Italian favorites distinguish this enduring neighborhood favorite.
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  • Wine List
  • Lunch and Dinner
With lunch, dinner, and a notable wine list, Massino's lives up to its critical acclaim. Accolades included being voted "Best of Boston" in Boston Magazine, rated "Excellent" by Zagat and "A precious gem" by Travel and Leisure.
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Price Range
$$
Location
Located in Boston's Historic North End.
Neighborhood
North End
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Italian Restaurants, Fine Dining Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Caterers, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities, Restaurants
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Parking: Paid, Garage

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Mediterranean, Italian, European, Continental

Price Range : Average

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Ryan S.

05/25/2014

Overall

Great food and great service. There is a reason it is hard to get a reservation or a seat. It is good! Agreed the customer experience should not be waiting one hour and a half but in Boston it could be that way without reservation. Some room for improvement there.

Rob L.

04/27/2014

Overall
best Italian restaurant in Boston

Service is great. they treat you like family. hugh portions of great fresh Italian food! The real deal!

thumperpc

03/18/2011

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Just like other reviews, reservations mean NOTHING!

Looking forward to a nice meal but a little concerned ahead of time with the cavalier way they handle reservations from other reviews.\nHad made a 6:00 p.m. reservation prior to a 7:30 Celtics game on Wed. March 16. Got there ontime but was told there would be a 45-minute wait. So if I ate at 6:45, I'd have to shovel my food into my mouth.\nWhat a complete joke! Anyone reading this, BE AWARE!!! They don't care about reservations.\nI'll NEVER go back!

KFITZ

01/06/2010

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Feels like Italy!

What a cozy little place! I walked in off the street w/out a reservation and they sat us right away. Right from the start our waitress was extremely attentive and offered several menu suggestions. We took her suggestions and boy am I glad we did - food was phenominal. I will definately be going back in the near future and would highly reccomend anyone that is considering a night in the North End to try Massimos!

YEAGER

01/06/2010

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Overall
Best food in the North End

Massimino's is me and my wife's favorite place in the North End. After trying most of the Italian spots on Hanover, we haven't found anything as good as this place. They treat you like family from the moment you walk through the door and make you feel at home. It's one of the best atmospheres if you're looking for a quaint, cozy place enjoying outstanding cuisine. The portions are bigger than most and typically costs less than the others. I highly encourage anybody looking to stray off the beaten path to try Massimino's...as we will continue to drink and dine with them!!!

DanKIT21

01/03/2010

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DO NOT GO HERE!

Do I have to give this restaurant one star? I would give it zero stars if that were an option. I can't comment on the quality of the food because we didn't stay long enough to find out. That's how poor the service was. I am not usually one to write reviews on these sites, but I am so disgusted by my experience at Massimino's that I feel compelled to share it. Let me also add that we came here because Massamino's was highly recommended to me by a friend who said that ""the eggplant parmasean is outstanding and the atmosphere and service is good."" You can imagine how disappointed we were.\n\nSo here's our story: My date and I had a 6:00 pm reservation which we made three days ago, and when we arrived, the ""hostess"" (if you can call her that), hastily informed us that there would be a 30 minute wait. There were two other couples behind us who had made reservations as well and they were told the same thing. The hostess's explanation was that whoever took the reservation did not write it down and because there was a game in town, she didn't have enough seating. (Umm that is their problem, not ours)! She wasn't even apologetic. She just told us to ""go down to the bar and get yourself a drink."" When I told her that neither of us planned to order alcohol, she said ""oh then you can't go down to the bar. They really wouldn't like that. You'll have to wait up here."" Because the restaurant is in cramped quarters, there wasn't anywhere for us to wait, or sit down for that matter. About 10 minutes later, she led us downstairs to the bar area (presumably for a table?), but then left us standing there without seating us. When I asked one of the waitresses if she could be of assistance, she said something about needing to grab a check and then ran off.\n\nNeedless to say, my date and I were not impressed. I asked to speak to the manager and was told that he was not in tonight. Finally, my date told the hostess ""There are plenty of other places that serve eggplant parmasean in the North End that will seat us."" And we left. Had I been here on my own, I would have put up a bigger fuss, but because I didn't want to embarrass my date, I just decided to move on to greener pastures.\n\nClearly, Massimino's cares more about making a profit during a game night than honoring existing reservations. I don't care how good the food is. We are not giving these people our money. I was appalled by the rudeness of the staff, their lack of professionalism and the non-existent service.\n\nFor the record, we DID find a very nice restaurant with excellent eggplant parmesan and outstanding service about five minutes from Massimino's in the North End and they seated us immediately without a reservation... so it's nice to know that such places do exist.

zadnor

03/01/2009

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Overall
Below par service & food

Massimino's proved mediocre last night.\nWe started with a drink downstairs while waiting for a table. The wine cellar is cozy and charming but, like most North End restaurants, space is at a premium so we had to stand at one end. No matter, the wait was only about 30 minutes.\nWe ordered a glasses of chardonnay and Chianti. The former was delivered promptly but, then, another employee pulled the bartender aside, and whisked him away. Another man took his place and filled the order for which I paid. Before he gave me change he was replaced by yet another man who gave me incorrect change--at least according to the price we were quoted. When I pointed out the error, he condescendingly sneered the price?which had risen $1.00.\nWe were seated upstairs in a corner beneath a speaker blaring dance music. A woman behind us sat so far from her table--her knees were about even with the table's edge--that no one could pass to reach us. Three different servers, rather than politely ask her to scoot up decided instead to serve us over the diners and dinners at the table beside us. We had to reach out for our plates and glasses and place them on our table while the waitrons either leaned over the couple's table passed Chianti our neighbor's reeling face. Rather than deal with this inconvenience too often, the employees chose to check on our needs infrequently. \nThe meal itself--sausage w/ vinegared peppers & potatoes and chicken saltimbocca--was so-so. The vinegared peppers were good--tender and tangy--and the roasted potatoes, excellent but the sausage was overcooked so that it was dry and chewy. Tthe sausage may have been good but I can't say because they cooked the flavor out of it. The chicken was fine but I am pretty sure the ham with it was not prosciutto and the herbs and spices were all but nonexistent. The side of pasta was all right with good tomato sauce.\nTo be fair, others I've spoken to have had good experiences at Massimino's. Would that I had joined their ranks.

zadnor

03/01/2009

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Below par service & food

Massimino's proved mediocre last night.
We started with a drink downstairs while waiting for a table. The wine cellar is cozy and charming but, like most North End restaurants, space is at a premium so we had to stand at one end. No matter, the wait was only about 30 minutes.
We ordered a glasses of chardonnay and Chianti. The former was delivered promptly but, then, another employee pulled the bartender aside, and whisked him away. Another man took his place and filled the order for which I paid. Before he gave me change he was replaced by yet another man who gave me incorrect change--at least according to the price we were quoted. When I pointed out the error, he condescendingly sneered the price?which had risen $1.00.
We were seated upstairs in a corner beneath a speaker blaring dance music. A woman behind us sat so far from her table--her knees were about even with the table's edge--that no one could pass to reach us. Three different servers, rather than politely ask her to scoot up decided instead to serve us over the diners and dinners at the table beside us. We had to reach out for our plates and glasses and place them on our table while the waitrons either leaned over the couple's table passed Chianti our neighbor's reeling face. Rather than deal with this inconvenience too often, the employees chose to check on our needs infrequently.
The meal itself--sausage w/ vinegared peppers & potatoes and chicken saltimbocca--was so-so. The vinegared peppers were good--tender and tangy--and the roasted potatoes, excellent but the sausage was overcooked so that it was dry and chewy. Tthe sausage may have been good but I can't say because they cooked the flavor out of it. The chicken was fine but I am pretty sure the ham with it was not prosciutto and the herbs and spices were all but nonexistent. The side of pasta was all right with good tomato sauce.
To be fair, others I've spoken to have had good experiences at Massimino's. Would that I had joined their ranks.

megker22

02/04/2008

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Overall
Great Food

We had lunch here and it was so good. The waitstaff was a lot of fun we had great food and a great time.The prices were very reasonable.

LRPCCC

01/24/2008

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Overall
HUGE dissapointment; a regret

My boyfriend and I decided to order our food from here based on all of the wonderful recommendations that we have had (as well as the award from Zagat and a few others). This was our last dinner together as I am moving tomorrow and we wanted something really delicious and I have to say that I have never been so disappointed in a meal and I have never complained. I honestly didn't even eat my entree. My boyfriend ordered the veal saltimbocca which is supposed to be stuffed with prosciutto and served with penne. The pasta was dry and the veal was not only bad, but instead of being stuffed with prosciutto, it had chunks of ham all over the pasta and not even stuffed in the veal. I ordered the shrimp scampi, which is my favorite dish of all time and I have NEVER been dissatisfied with at any other restaurant... the pasta was dry and chewy, the shrimp was not fresh and extremely over cooked and there was no sauce on it either. The lobster ravioli was nothing special either. The food was terrible quality and I feel terrible that my boyfriend had to spend so much money on such poor quality food.\n\n

fromboston

05/21/2007

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Overall
Best Italian food in Boston!!

I am an expert in Italian food and this is by far the best I ever had.

We had the antipasta for appetizer and it was yummy.

i had the cheese tortollini with red sauce and i just loved it. the best sauce i ever had!
my fiance had one of the specials which was a seafood/pasta dish and he loved it! even after over 2 months from eating it he still talks about it.

we defintely will be going back in the future!

fromboston

05/21/2007

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Best Italian food in Boston!!

I am an expert in Italian food and this is by far the best I ever had.\n\nWe had the antipasta for appetizer and it was yummy.\n\ni had the cheese tortollini with red sauce and i just loved it. the best sauce i ever had!\nmy fiance had one of the specials which was a seafood/pasta dish and he loved it! even after over 2 months from eating it he still talks about it.\n\nwe defintely will be going back in the future!

dlmn

03/16/2007

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Overall
Good food, don't count on your reservation

My boyfriend made reservations here for my birthday. He had called ahead and asked that we be seated downstairs in the wine cellar, and told them it was my birthday and they said they would provide pieces of cake and a candle. (He didn't tell me this ahead of time of course)\nWell, I got there and they had our reservation down for an hour and a half later than the actual time he'd made the reservation for, but they said it wouldn't be a problem getting a table. We were seated shortly after everyone arrived, so it wasn't a problem though they did seat us upstairs, which was louder and crowded. I agree with what other people posted about the specials, they don't tell you the prices of the specials. I ordered one of the specials but they were out of it. I ordered another one of the specials, and one of the appetizer specials, but I don't know how much they cost. the food was very good, the service was good except they forgot the birthday cake. he asked the waiter about it on the way out and the server said he forgot as they were busy.\nI'd say the food was good and we had a good time, but don't count on your reservation.

boston217

02/23/2007

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Great food, bad attitude

Booked a birthday dinner for small group and when I made a reservation they didn't say anything about it being a problem, just said ""see you tonight!"" When I got there, the place was crowded and hostess claimed we'd have to wait another 1-1.5 hours! When asked about having a reservation, she got ""too bad - we're busy tonight!"" \n\nTotally recommend the food (delicious& not too expensive) but don't consider your reservations to be solid at all!

kevinmichels

06/28/2006

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Amazing bartender, great service, the best food in the northend.

This place is amazing. First off it's easy to find and when i called to get directions the host was more then happy to give them to me. When i got there i didnt have a reservation, and there were two of us, waiting for three so we were sent to the bar downstairs. The bar is small. unbelieveably small. no chairs nothing, but by far they have one of the best bartenders in the city. Not only did we not have to wait for a drink, but the drinks were unbelieveable. This girl made an italian espresso martini, which i've since tried to order at several other places, but is no where near as good and she made my wife a drink from where she was from in canada called a ""Quebec Bissou"" that is now my wifes favorite drink, but no one else in the city know how to make. When we sat down at the table and were served bread and water right away, greeted by our waitress who was more then happy in the middle of a rush to help us order. She reccomended the veal chop, which was beyond phenomional! She also took the time to help us chose a wine, and dessert. The food was amazing, huge portions, by far the best meal i've had in boston, and the staff will bend over backwards to make sure you leave happy. Only in a family owned Italian Bistro will you get such personal service. I would higly reccomend a vist!

lekohawk

06/11/2006

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I had a blast!

I visited Massimino's on a bit of a whim (we just started walking the North End, and went in to the first relaxed attire Italian place we came across) with a friend on a recent trip to Boston. I have to say, I had an excellent time! It was a Friday night and there were only a few clusters of people sitting in the restaurant. The hostess gave us our choice of sitting upstairs or downstairs (""We'll go look downstairs, and if you don't like it we'll get you a table upstairs."") \n\nThe waitress quickly took our wine and antipasti order, and upon discovering that they were out of our wine selection, she exclaimed - in true east coast Italian style - ""I'm gonna take care a ya!"" and went off in search of a different wine for us. She quickly came back with a very good red, the name of which escapes me at the moment.\n\nAfter a few minutes with the bread (which was, I'll admit, a little dry) and antipasti, she took our food order - again with all the flair and fire one expects from a waitress at an Italian bistro. Within 20 minutes, I was eating my meal. We dined at a fairly leisurly pace, and were never rushed. As a matter of fact, the waitress encouraged us to eat slowly, and even sat down near us, briefly, to discuss the finer points of finding good Italian on the North End.\n\nThe bill came, and we discovered that though the bottle of wine she'd brought us was $25 more expensive than the wine we ordered, we were only charged for the cost of the bottle we'd ordered. Take care of us, indeed! Probably the best waitress I've had in a long time.\n\nIn all, I'd highly recommend Massimino's to anyone looking for good Italian, and fun and friendly service. I'll be back in Boston next summer, and you can bet I'll be back at Massimino's then, too.

miamurphy

05/12/2006

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DISAPPOINTMENT

There's a reason that there are so many poor reviews of Massimino's. It claims to be sort of down-home, rustic italian food. And the food's OK. But, my boyfriend's is way better. And prices are outrageous, which makes for a downer of an evening. They are pretty deceptive about the specials, ie. they cost three times as much as the rest of the menu.

aink

02/11/2006

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I'm confused...

I've been going to Massimino's for 5-6 years now, and I and have always enjoyed myself. I recommend it to everyone. The other reviews that complain about stand-offish service simply don't get it. I don't want someone bothering me while I'm having dinner with friends and certainly not when I have a mouthful of their exquisite wine selection. In that same vein, when I do attract their attention for another basket of bread or another bottle of wine they are all over it!\n\nIf you want a stuffy atmosphere with no character, go somewhere else. If you want the feel of an Italian kitchen, attitude and all, then go to Massimino's.\n\nI like standing in the bar area and speaking to the wait staff and bartender about the specials and my favorites on the menu. That's also a good time to ask them about any new wines that they have.

bostonfan1983

10/30/2005

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NOT WORTH IT.. Avoid.. Detailed review inside

Massaminos. 1 word. obtrusive. in so many ways, the size of this place is a downfall. STAFF lingers near the doorway which is connected to the kitchen which is 5ft away from the seating. A hovering effect as all stafff just stands their talks mingles, talks loud. very unproffesional. THE FOOD..The soup a pasta, small bite size peaces of pasta with beans. Looks like a CAN of soup picked up at STOP AND SHOP. nothing special. the polo paridiso sauce is watered down. a pasta dish comes on the side with marinara sauce..pasta has a KIDDY size look and taste. The Bachliorti though is impressive. the mixture of Chicken , ham, cheese is very appetizing. the server... You'd expect more from an Italian Restaurant... She seemed lazy, unattentive and left EMPTY plates on the VERY small table. One must know when the table needs to be cleared.\n

for_the_record

08/19/2005

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Great Find

Massimino's is one of our favorite restaurants in the North End. Because it's off the beaten path, there is rarely a wait -and when there is, it's no longer than 20 minutes. The service can be a little slow at times, but the food makes up for the service. Massimino's serves large portions for a good price (not too expensive) and the food is delicious. I haven't had a bad meal yet! Definately worth the trek.

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