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“Excellent homemade pasta” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Vinoteca di Monica

Vinoteca di Monica
143 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109-1414 (North End)
617-227-0311
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Ranked #294 of 2,670 Restaurants in Boston
Price range: $21 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, Pasta
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: North End
Cross street: Hanover St.
Transit: Haymarket, Gov't Center & Aquarium
Baltimore, Maryland
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58 reviews 58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Excellent homemade pasta”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Had a Friday evening reservation for 9pm, and were seated promptly upon arrival. Solid wine list, with several good values in the $30-40 range. Extensive list of specials for the evening made for hard decisions, but settled on a pasta special of gnocchi with a wild boar ragu (for me) and a sausage and broccoli rabe pasta (for him). Both were excellent (as expected, as we get fresh pasta from Monica's mercato regularly). Serving sizes were reasonable (filling, but not so large needed to take a doggie bag.) Service was attentive without being intrusive. Definitely will return to sample more of the pasta dishes, and perhaps to try the pizzas, which also looked excellent.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Bévilard
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Nice place with awful food ”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012 via mobile

Good place for eating... American food but not Italian at all.
Carpacio was covered with mayonnaise (!) and gnocchi all ragout were done with can ragout.
We won't go there anymore.

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere in the heart of the North End”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

A friend recommended this restaurant as his favorite in the North End - and I'm so glad he did. The variety was wonderful, the service was friendly and relaxed, even though it was a busy Saturday night, and the food was excellent. We had the Carpaccio and Salad Limone for appetizers. We enjoyed Lobster Risotto and a pasta bolognese for our entrees. I have visited Italy twice, and as an Italian American have had more than my share of Italian food. While dining here, I felt like I was back in Italy and can't wait to come back.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Park City, Utah
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Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“surprise surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We had plans to dine at another neighborhood restaurant on teh sunday night of Labor day weekend. unfortunately there was a 45 minute wait, so we tried Vinoteca di Monica. I have to say that out of teh whole it experience it was a pleasant surprise. The wine list was extensive and affordable. The menu had more than enough choices, although most of it pasta (house-made). Not very many non-pasta choices though. I shared the wild mushroom crepe for an appetizer and it was divine. for dinner I orderd the linguine with mixed shellfish in a plum tomato sauce. the fish was great - the sauce pretty bland. Another in our party ordered the Veal chop and it was excellent, as was the lobster fra diavolo.
Even the desserts were delicious. The only reason I won't give it 5 starts is because the waiter was not very pleasant. next time, I'll ask for another server.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Boston
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great italian food with a neighborhood feel.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Enjoyed dinner at Monica's on Saturday night. Got there early which was good since the North End was very crowded as we left. We split a Caesar Salad, then moved onto grilled salmon with a risotto cake on a bed of veggies, and a pasta dish made with prosciutto and peas. All really really good! Had not been there in many years, but will make it a regular stop again.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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