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“Just what we needed.....” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Artu

Artu
6 Prince St, Boston, MA 02113-2409 (North End)
617-742-4336
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Ranked #246 of 2,846 Restaurants in Boston
Price range: $18 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: North End
Cross street: Hanover Street
Transit: Artu is accessible from the Haymarket T stop (green and orange line) , the North Station T stop (green line) Government Center (green and blue line) and the Aquarium Stop. (blue line)
Boston,MA
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40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Just what we needed.....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

After walking and Christmas shopping from South End, Copley, threw the Boston Commons to North End for 5 hours, we were freezing and very hungry. Just wanted to get comfortable and have a relaxing meal. We found it. Although we sat at the bar (Patriots were on!!), it was very comfortable and the bartender could not have been better. He was pleasant, helpful, and personable. Great wine menu. Their soup was outstanding, bread so fresh, and our meals were great, price too. Even the other patrons were friendly! We sat for a while and never felt rushed. Cozy place and look forward to returning.

  • Visited December 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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South Hamilton, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Authentic Italian on Charles Street”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

The best value on Charles Street: a romantic little Italian place with wonderful food and good prices.

  • Visited December 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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Key West, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“amazing food late night”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

This was a savior after traveling for over 12 hours. Our flights got delayed and we didn't eat all day. When we got to Boston we hopped in a cab and said "North end" because we were hungry and miss northeast good italian food. When we arrived around 11pm on a monday night most places were closed or only serving drinks. A friendly bartender on hanover st told us where he goes for food late night and directed us here. It was amazing. The two bartenders were so nice and friendly. We got calamari, salads, delicious bread, veal, pasta. They made us delicious specialty cocktails and were very helpful with the menu. There were all local service industry people in there. We were so happy about how great everything was they probably thought we were crazy. It had been a long day and this place was a perfect end.

Visited October 2012
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w mass
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30 restaurant reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“best cocktails in the north end, and the meatball quest continues”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Although I have been here many times for drinks, this was the first time I have tried their food. It is packed on weekend nights, hence the long bench in the bar area to seat those waiting. The long bar is staffed by some of the most personable people in the North End. They are wizards of drink creation-I recommend the pineapple soaked vodka, a large container filled with fresh pineapple slices and pure vodka, with a spigot that dispenses an amazing infused pineapple martini. Although full from a visit to another local fave, I continued the meatball quest.
The results? Well first, I ordered a single meatball. This can be a problem in many restaurants, but they were immediately accommodating. It arrived promptly, in a dish of their sauce, and a generous portion of bread (all for $2.50, btw). The meatball was a very good find-more breaded than some, moist inside and slightly spongy in texture (i know spongy is a rarely used as a superlative, but I assure you, in this case it is), and just spicy enough to cut through one of the better red sauces I have experienced in the North End, and that is saying something. The sauce was fairly amazing, a hint of zing, and was mopped up by the bread until the bowl was shiny clean.
Though I have been here many times, I feel like I have been missing out by not eating here. That will be rectified upon my next visit. And yes, I will be ordering spaghetti and meatballs. A hint, go early if you can, and you will definitely get seated. Go later? You are in for a wait. But a worthwhile wait.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Mystic, Connecticut
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Nice lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Had a great pasta dish with broccoli rabe and sausage. Pizza with eggplant and ricotta was also very good, thinner crust was very fresh tasting. Would go again.

Visited November 2012
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