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#112 of 223 Italian in Boston
#382 of 1,840 Restaurants in Boston
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$20 - $50
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Italian, Seafood
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North End
0.1 miles from North End
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Prompt seating, friendly service, pretty presentation, yummy cuisine. Thumbs up Aqua Pazza Boston! Thank you to the entire staff! ♥️ Carlos!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 9, 2022 via mobile

The food looked like it would be good, but I’ll never know. The hostess told us about 45 minutes for a table. After 1.5 hrs — double the time they suggested, there was still no sign of a table freeing up. She then told us...“maybe 30 minutes?” It was clear that they had no real plan to get us seated, but just get stringing us along. I get it; it’s a Saturday night and you have a full docket of reservations. Other restaurants politely turned us away that night, but Aqua Pazza wasted a large portion of our evening. That is complete disrespect of your would-be customers.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 9, 2022

Great meal with family & friends. We enjoyed a raw bar appetizer, then a bunch of apps with the Whole Fish of the Day. Whole Fish was outstanding; well-prepared and served at the table.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed September 11, 2021 via mobile

Made a reservation on Open Table & received 1000 credits…. Should have known something was up as this used to be a difficult reservation to get. We were seated at 6:15 Saturday night table of 4 with 13 & 11y0 children outside. Out of the...gate, no Titos & soda- only flavored vodka….. fine…… then we ordered $100 in apps, 1/2 seafood tower, fried calamari & barata and was told it was customary to add the main course at the same time????? Odd…. However, the worst and unforgivable is that though there were other tables, we were sat next to 20 something very over-served and screaming ahhhhhh ahhhh happy birthday as the were served even more!!! We’ll, I’m not THAT old, but it hit the third strike and we paid and walked…. Never again….ended up walking into a lovely traditional spot called Pellino- which we’ll return to…..More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed July 23, 2021 via mobile

Food was excellent and services attentive. Busy North End Italian establishment. Very good dining experience worth another visit. Size is small and very crowded so make sure you have a reservation.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 27, 2021 via mobile

We love love love this place! 'Discovered' it thanks to great TripAdvisor reviews 4 years ago and now we go there every time we are in Boston. It's in the north end - great seating indoors and outdoors, wonderful service (our waiter Anthony was great!)...and delish food ! We've had everything from hkme made pastas to fish to Burgers and everything is so good! Go - you will not regret it!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 6, 2021 via mobile

We just had a really delicious meal at Aqua Pazza. The seafood was really good - we had oysters, a great crudo and the Orata- all really great. Nice outdoor seating in the North End- and definitely better food than some of the others we...tried in the neighborhood during our visit. Our server Jiovanni was the boss and made sure we really had a great evening- thank you!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 5, 2021

The food was good, but the waiter had an attitude. Doesn't work for me. I've eaten at too many restaurants in too many cities in too many countries to tolerate a waiter who is not service-oriented.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 3, 2021

Charming waitstaff, delicious food (absolutely fresh pesto, salata mista, very large eggplant parm as appetizer but could be main) and amazing chocolate mousse or berries with lemon sorbet. Comfy outdoor dining with great heater. Couldn't have had a better experience...have dined around a lot in...the North End and this is best yet.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 30, 2021 via mobile

Authentic Italian restaurant in the vibrant section of the North. Enjoyed a variety of entrees but my favorite were the Arancini Cacio e Pepe e the fresh simply grilled Orata whole fish. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 23, 2021

My boyfriend and I took a last minute day trip to the North End last Saturday. It was a perfectly beautiful post-Covid day. The world was opening up and it felt great! Understandably, everyone else was feeling the same. Although you were booked with upcoming...reservations, your manager Patrick was quick-thinking, thoughtful and professional. He found an outdoor table for Mark and I to enjoy a few apps and drinks. The food and experience were perfect- thank you! We’ll be back...More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed November 2, 2020

On a cold halloween night I would have loved to partake of the raw bar but just could not bring myself to eat anything that was cold. The fried calamari shrimp and scallop appetizer was delicious. The. Manhattan (ok that was cold) was very tasty....The yummy eggplant parmigiana appetizer was sufficient for a main course - and even then we brought some home. The wild boar pappardelle stole the show.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed July 19, 2020 via mobile

Flew in late and grabbed a bite here. Such a quaint spot. Last ones to be seated and no one ever made us feel rushed. Oysters were so fresh and amazing. The waiter was perfect very helpful on the menu and gave us suggestions throughout...the city for the rest of our stay. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed December 9, 2019

We dined on a Saturday night and had made reservations ahead of time. The place was not full but steady so I'd recommend reservations. We had the scallops and the bolognese - both were good - but the scallops where hands down the winner of...our selections. It was delightful. The service was very good and a nice wine selection. The restaurant was recommended to us as an Italian restaurant - hence the order of the bolognese. But it's really listed as Seafood with Italian second. I wish I'd seen that prior to going as I'd have ordered a seafood item instead of pasta. But the pasta was good - just not "knock your socks off" like the scallops. Would definitely try this place again.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed September 7, 2019

Enjoyed the apps very much. The pork belly and also the crab cakes were delicious. For the main course went with the fish of the day cooked in a "aqua pazza" sauce. It was terrible. The fish had an off flavor, not like it went...bad, but just didn't taste good. The waiter asked if I'd like something else and said he recommends the fish cooked not in the aqua pazza sauce (which I thought quite odd since it's the name of the restaurant) . I said, I ate the fish plain w/o the sauce and it just doesn't taste good, that I used the sauce to mask the taste of the fish which made it edible, but still not good. He said he'd ask the owner to remove it from the bill. He came right back to tell me the fish was flown in today so the owner refused to take it off the bill. I said that was fine, I hadn't asked for a refund. Then, the owner comes over to reiterate about how fresh the fish is and that he made it himself so he wasn't about to take it off the bill. He should have left well enough alone. If he wasn't going to engage me in conversation about the meal or do something about the bill he should have never come over. I didn't ask for anything off the bill and now he was making me feel like I was trying to get away with something. As a former restaurant owner I said to him, it's always good to let people know when its good and when it's not. But, after how he made me feel I'll certainly let everyone I know, know where not to go, aqua pazza. You've got a lot to learn about being a restaurateur and and being a chef. My date thought the fish horrible as well and was unimpressed with the small amount of fish in the risoto de mare. Great place for apps. Kind of steep for $125 worth of not much.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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