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#110 of 229 Italian in Boston
#365 of 1,863 Restaurants in Boston


$20 - $50
Italian, Seafood
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North End
0.1 miles from North End
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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
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
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
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
Reviewed August 30, 2019

Quite possibly the best restaurant in the North End. The food was excellently prepared, and inventive. For appetizers, my husband had zucchini flowers, I had a Cesar salad, which was lemony and delicious. Then came veal bolognese, which was a delicious white bolognese sauce, and...I had cod, with a side order of broccoli rabe, and fried potatoes, which were glazed with goat cheese. Good choice of wines. Our server was pleasant and accommodating. Had we been to Aqua Pazza on our first night in Boston, instead of our last, we would have eaten there every night.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed July 29, 2019

This is a small restaurant on the North End just down the street from Paul Revere's house. The food and the service were excellent. They have an oyster bar that serves a number of different oysters. All of the dishes we had were excellent. We...had the Veal Milanese, Lobster rolls, Salmon, Crab Carbonara, and the grilled Branzino all of which were excellent. This restaurant is definitely on the repeat list when in the area.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 12, 2019 via mobile

Ok. We live out of town and would consider moving to Boston to be closer to Aqua Pazza. Not really, but close to it! Absolutely one of the best restaurant experiences we've had. Aqua Pazza is in the North end of Boston where there are...5 Itallian restaurants on every corner. Many of them are excellent. Aqua stands out with a sophisticated menu that does NOT disappoint. Starters include bone marrow with cherry and octopus. We opted for the scalop cheveche and zucchini flowers with zucchini chips drizzled with truffle honey. Both were outstanding, balanced and memorable. My wife is crazy for zucchini flowers and these were easily among the best we've ever had. For entrees we selected two pastas since they are made in house though it was hard to pass on some of the other dishes. The whole pig Bolognese with parpradlle was to die for. We also ordered wild mushrooms and broccoli rabe. Both wonderful. Atmosphere and service we're also excellent. Thank you Patrick for a great evening. Can't wait to return.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 7, 2019 via mobile

We enjoyed this North End restaurant. Good food, good service and relaxed ambience. Truffle Potatoes stand-out and the Veal Milanese was also excellent. Pasta dishes were not enormous (a good thing) and full of flavor. Our server gave good recommendations on wine and was knowledgeable...about the menu. All in all a very enjoyable experience.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 6, 2019

We were visiting for the 4th of July weekend, coming from NYC and did a lot of research for good restaurants. We ended up here in spite of some of the bad reviews. And we were so happy we did!! We LOVED so many of...the dishes: the pork belly, the scallop ceviche, and the bone marrow were our favorites. These are all items we try often at different restaurants and we both agreed they were the best we’ve had in as long as we can remember. Definitely recommend!More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed May 4, 2019 via mobile

Nice. Pleasant setting. Friendly service. Broad selection of starters and courses. Eating alone, I sampled 4-5 starters because I enjoy variety. The food was good, not excellent. I think 5 star requires excellence. Still, quite enjoyable. Fried smelt was ok,. Arrancini Fried seafood rice ball...was ok, whereas they usually thrill me. Pork belly was very good. Italian white wine was very good, but serving size borderline stingy. I started to give 4 stars, but since I wouldn't likely go back because there are so many other places, I think I can only give 3 stars. Its borderline 3-4 stars. This is where a quarter ounce more wine pour would have made a big difference.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5