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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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Located in Boston's Historic North End.
North End
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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Provided by Citysearch - 

Not only do I know the owner very well(close relative), but I find the food very old fashioned Italian just as if my mother was cooking it herself. Apparently, you people who didn't like it, don't know the true essence of a home cooked Italian meal, and have no right bashing someone's hard work with rude comments.



Provided by Citysearch - 
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!



Provided by Citysearch - 
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.



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Massimino's is a favorite of mine. The food is excellent and the service has always been wonderful when I've gone. I am also the type of diner who takes three hours or more to dine and I've never experienced anything that would lead me to believe that I'm being rushed or that I'm not welcome there. It's quite the opposite. The servers are quick to come over and refill water and/or wine as well as to clear dirty dishes, etc. They always have a pleasant attitude and are always happy to recommend a fabulous dish or a wine suited to your taste. The only downside is that it is a small restaurant and a lot of people like to go, so the wait can often be up to an hour. But trust me, the wait is well worth it.



Provided by Citysearch - 
An old friend

We ate at Massimino's 9 years ago on our first trip to Boston. Forgot where it was, so imagine our delight when we stumbled on it while walking around the North End during our July 4th trip to Boston this year.\nExcellent friendly staff, and truly great Italian food. One of the best antipastos I have had anywhere!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Dine with the locals

This rest was interesting. Reminded me of being in a small restaurant on tha Amalfi coast. The place was immaculate. The food ws great. Real Medertaranian food, and they did not break my wallet. Has alot of charm. try the home meade patasa.



Provided by Citysearch - 

Clean, nice atmosphere Waitress pleasant,kept coming back to make sure all was OK. Roast pork over rice and mushrooms not a lot of flavor. Olive Garden Pork dinner far better for less money. I will give it another try.



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Worst Service - Avoid at all costs

We made a reservation for a party of 12 three weeks prior to our dinner. We even called to confirm the week of the reservation. When we showed up, however, we were told that it would be an hour wait for our table. Then, we were told later that they don't take reservations (even though we had made reservations over the phone). Several other groups of people were waiting outside in the 20 degree weather also waiting on their reservations. It was almost a mob! I would stay away from this place at all costs. They are a bunch of liars and have no sense of service. Not to mention the fact that the bathrooms didn't work and the ROTO ROOTER truck was there for the hour we were there trying to fix the sewage problem!



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Hurry and eat

Food was decent. Service was horrible!!! There are no seats at the bar. One must stand and have a drink. After the meal they asked if we wanted the dessert menu. instead they threw down the check and said they needed the table. They did this twice!!! Not recommended. Bettter service anywhere else!!



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Sat Night Buzz Kill

We came in with a large party and had made reservations over a month ago. They made us wait for 1 hour 45min past our reservation time and were rude and NOT apologetic. We had to wait at a cramped bar and uncomfortably stand over guests at their tables. The waitress was extremely rude and at the end of the meal yelled at us for not tipping (we assumed that the tip was included for a party of our size and corrected out mistake). We were shocked at the service, mediocre food, and awkward layout. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone and will tell as many people as I can about our experience. By the time we left it was late and we were all angry.