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326 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113 (North End)
(617) 557-9248
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Ranked #87 of 2,814 restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: North End
Cross street: Fleet St.
Transit: Haymarket (Orange); North Station (Orange, Green); Aquarium (Blue)
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224 reviews from our community

87% Recommend
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English first
West Chester, Ohio, United States
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We stumbled into here after seeing long lines at Giacomo's and so glad we did. Calamari is wonderful, and my husband declared the chicken marsala the best he ever had. Good bread, good entries for the kids, excellent service.

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Miamisburg, Ohio
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40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Fantastic Italian in the North End. Fried calamari is terrific. Crowded and no bar but great service and food. Meomi ( our favorite Pinot Noir ) was very reasonable by the bottle. Go early and leave your name as there can be lines.

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Boston, MA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is a small (about 14 tables) restaurant. Be prepared to wait. Be prepared to sit shoulder to shoulder. However, be prepared to eat delicious food at reasonable prices. If the burrata app is on special, get it!Our table of 4 sampled the ribs, spring roll and burrata appetizers, the ceaser salad, the carbonara, the rigitoni, veal parm and lobster... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

So we waited for our trip to Boston and decided we definitely wanted to go to Giacomo's Ristorante for dinner based on fabulous reviews. With cash in hand on a Tuesday night at 6:30- there were 40 people in line. NO WAY! So, we moseyed around a bit and found ourselves at Panza, which had 6 people on line and... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This is a small restaurant, so if you see an open table then quit checking out the other North End restaurants (eat at them another night as most of them are very good also) and grab that table. I have eaten in many of the North End restaurants and have not been disappointed yet. Panza's Linguine Alla Pescatore, served with... More

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New Hampshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This restaurant was recommended to us by a friend whose grandmother lives in the North End and eats here often. I would recommend reservations as the place is very small. The wait staff was very attentive. The portions were more than enough to eat and all were VERY tasty. We had Linguine Carbonara, Seafood Risotto, Potato Gnocchi with the pork... More

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Everett, Massachusetts
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

A friend of mine who was a waiter at another italian restaurant suggested Panza when I told him I had out of town family who wanted to eat in the north end.well what a great suggestion ,I called for reservations but still had to wait awhile but it was worth the wait. The food was great I had ravioli in... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

the place was great. it was crowded and we had a short wait, but every restaurant in the area was like that so it wasn't an issue. the service was good and the food was excellent. I would recommend.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I am currently leaving in North End and went there with family that was visiting. Made a reservation which did not matter much, the women at the front of the house was disorganized and skipping people. I would go again in a non high season day. The food on the other hand was really good, and the service inside was... More

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Vancouver BC
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39 reviews 39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Was wondering around on Hanover looking for good Italian; so many line ups everywhere on a Wednesday night. We spied Panza and as luck had it they had a table for three available. The waiter was efficient and offered up his favorite things on the menu for us to choose from. We started with the calamari- excellent! Fresh and tender,... More

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