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Traditional casual italian dining
PRICE RANGE
$20 - $75
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Italian
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Gift Cards Available, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stumbled on this little restaurant as we were walking the Freedom Trail. The restaurant is not big, it offers both indoor and outdoor seating. My husband and I went after the lunch crowd, we had no issues with service or crowd. My husband had the...Penne Amatriciana, I had Mom's Lasagne Della Casa. Food was piping hot; portions are a good size, we took the leftovers back to the hotel. The bread is fresh and served warm. Prices are competitive and reasonable. Our server was friendly and efficient. Was fun to see the chef cooking up a storm in the small kitchen. We were able to take our time and enjoy the delicious entree. This food reminded me of my Italian mother-in-laws cooking, yummy and comforting.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The atmosphere in the lower level is AWFUL! Tables so close together and the the area is so loud that you have to yell to be heard. It’s just not romantic or even conducive to having a conversation. The server approached us with “any questions”....No greeting, no explanation of specials. We ordered the chicken parm and the carbonara. The carbonara is good, not great and the chicken parm is really just awful - no seasoning, a very basic acidic sauce, tough. Definitely better options really anywhere.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So fortuate to find this restaurant recommended by a local we asked as walking through Little Italy. If you are looking for authentic Italian this is the place to go. We had tradtitonal spaghetti and meatballs served in a hot skillet. Brought back wonderful memories...of spaghetti made by my Italian grandmother. Highly recommend this restaurantMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a party of 8....ordered a number of appetizers , drinks and bottles of wine. The entrees came out halfway thru eating appetizers as the waiters tried pushing things aside to be able to put entrees on table at the same time! Just really really...poor help! Then even had to go up and get utensils halfway thru entrée as waiter took utensils away in effort to clear up the table. Drink also spilled on table and on one of our party , to zero attention of waiter who offered no help in clean up. I must say they had plenty of people waiting the tables, except none of them were competent. The kicker was that with 8 people, a 20% gratuity was included (which he never would have gotten if I got to write in), but to not make a scene with my party, I paid the bill and went to Modern Pastry for a good desert AND might I say good service! That's a big PASS on Trattoria ll PaniNO!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The service was absolutely fantastic, especially taking care to keep one of us with a dairy allergy happy and safe. The food was good to very good depending on what was ordered. Lobster ravioli was very good as was the tortellini panna e prosciutto. The...special, a seafood dish was good but the clams were very small and disappointing. Penne Pomodoro needed salt, said one of our party who never salts anything. Atmosphere was vibrant and very European.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 30, 2022

Stay away. This once great restaurant is no longer, This was by far the worst dining experience I’ve ever had in the North End. We ordered the Nepolotian Fruiti de Mar (seafood over pasta) & Chicken Parmigiana. The portion size was tiny with the clams,...shrimp & mussels very small,,,. Come to find out the clams are imported. I’ve never seen seafood sizes so small in a restaurant portion. The sauce was not flavorful at all! The chicken parm was undercooked & it looked that way when they placed it on the table. Service was disjointed & the restaurant was way too hot, ugh, terrible!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 25, 2022

Lots of energy on this busy street at night. Too bad the food didn't rise to the same level. Service was great. Chicken parm just average. Bread seemed stale. No reason to choose this over the many other Italian spots on the street.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 15, 2022

Whenever my fiancé travel into the North end we will only eat at this restaurant. Being frequent travelers to Italy, this is the closest thing that we have found in regard to mimicking authentic Italian food. Each course offers a great serving size, while clearly...utilizing the freshest ingredients. The mixed drinks are also amazing if you cared to try them, as well as a great wine menu on hand. The service is always amazing, we have been lucky enough to have Paolo as our server on multiple occasions, and speaks great english and Italian for a more authentic feel. Paolo always puts in extra effort to make the afternoon or night a great experience and treats you like family. We have eaten here on many occasions, as well as several other restaurants in the area, and we will not eat anywhere else within the North end any longer. Mike and CateMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 14, 2022

Very noisy ambiance, very impersonal, they tried to serve the main course as we were eating our starters. If you are age 18-25 you would feel ok but not for older. Food was bland, I would definitely not recommend this restaurant.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 11, 2022 via mobile

We popped in for a lunch on a weekday and were seated in the basement. It was too hot to sit outside, but the patio looks lovely. The basement is dank and dark and has a bathroom smell that interferes with the enjoyment of the...food. Perhaps the smell was intensified by the heat, but I wouldn’t recommend eating in the basement if you can avoid it. We had excellent service and the food came out timely in the individual pans it was cooked in. The bread was so-so. I tried three different dishes ordered by my family and they were all a little salty (and I like salt!). But they were still tasty. My daughter said her dish (Penne Al Pomodoro) was the best pasta she’d ever had. The place is casual and feels authentic. It was a good stop for lunch.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 7, 2022 via mobile

Poor. Pasta dishes were overly salted and just didn’t taste fresh. I told the waitress but she wasn’t interested. Suffice to say the tip and credit card levy were merrily added and expected to be paid.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed August 3, 2022 via mobile

Excellent Italian restaurant in the North end of Boston. The staff area amazing. Lots of character and fun here. Atmosphere is very nice with both street and indoor dining. For appetizers the calamari and zucchini flowers were good but not amazing. Salads were good but...satisfying and fresh. The mains like the grilled seafood was half cold and half well cooked. Unfortunately I believe it was from using cold plates. The pastas were incredible. Beautiful sauce, large portions and bold flavor. We shared 4 pasta dishes and all were very good. Wine selection is a good size with some great choices. I would come back especially for the pasta and the service.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 3, 2022

Excellent Italian restaurant! We went around 4:30 on a Monday so we did not need a reservation. We were seated right next to the open window on the sidewalk, which was perfect. All staff were friendly, service was great, and the food was delicious. Dinner...was not rushed - nice and relaxing. I thought the prices were good also considering that we were in the city. I was looking forward to a good meal in the North End, and this did not disappoint.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed August 2, 2022

You must have a reservation or plan on a long wait. The atmosphere was pretty darn casual. Most of the men, including myself, were in shorts and a tee shirt. We were seated in the basement, which wasn't the greatest, but I wasn't there to...see and be seen. Service was fairly decent and the food came out quickly. Portions are a good size and the drinks were pretty cheap. I had a Maker's Mark for $12.00 Lots of places in Boston charge nearly double. Food comes in a no frills saute pan or kitchen pot. So they probably bring it straight from the stove. You can order a few things family style which is what I would recommend. Overall, I thought it was a nice low priced option if you want a sit down meal.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 25, 2022 via mobile

4 out of 4 great meals. Sea bass, spaghetti, pene puttanesca all fresh - hot off the grill. Great service and phenomenal atmosphere in North End Boston

Date of visit: July 2022
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I’m not sure, I’m sorry....food is excellent!
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There weren't any children there. I suggest you call and ask if they have one or if they possibly do half orders.
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TRATTORIA IL PANINO, Boston - 11 Parmenter St, North End - Menu & Prices - Tripadvisor

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  • Food: 4.5
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