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Cantina Italiana

#75 of 2,383 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
North End
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346 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-1911 (Fleet Street)
+1 617-723-4577
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Macon, Mississippi
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was good and atmosphere was nice. But our waiter talked so fast and felt like he didn't want to take the time for us. I got the seafood ravioli and it was very good, but some in our group said it wasn't what they expected. Overall tho they need to improve on how they leave customers feeling.

Thank AlliGrace
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were 2 couples and went there on a Thursday night, we got a table real fast. The service was very nice and polite. The food was excellent, tasty and hot. The prices are reasonable (plates around 20$). It is not the first time I come to this restaurant when in town. Every time I am satisfied. We will certainly... More 

Thank MamaMontreal
Cuenca, Ecuador
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went there with my wife and daughter on a bitter cold Sunday afternoon. My daughter parked the rental car about a half mile away ($40) and followed her iPhone GPS to our location through the winding maze of Boston's Little Italy. She, like we, were warmly welcomed by the owner. I opted for the three course, multi-choice, prix-fixe dinner ($38)... More 

Thank Ray I
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sam is amazing!!!!!! We came to boston for a girls weekend from vt and felt like we were home the moment we sat at her bar! Andres was just as much as a pleasure. The drinks were fabulous the company was even better! The food was incredible!

Thank Stepfanie L
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73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is nothing like homemade pasta - try the Bombolotti con Aragosta which is homemade Bombolotti pasta, tossed with fresh shrimp and lobster meat, sautéed with garlic and olive oil in a plum tomato sauce. Amazing! Portions are generous and chef also takes special requests if there isn't what you want on the menu and they have the ingredients in... More 

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Angola, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very good pasta dishes. Best thing is even though they have fixed menu entries you can customize your on. Like if you want clams with a certain sauce and type of pasta just tell them. Lots of made in house items. They now have full bar and an excellent wine list. Tonya (manager) seems to always be there and providing... More 

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Chico, California
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was such a great place to eat in Boston. It's exactly what I wanted for an "old world" Italian meal like someone's grandma would make! It lived up to it's reputation that other Bostonians have enjoyed for many years. The waitstaff is mature, friendly, experienced & accommodating. We asked for an item that wasn't on the lunch menu, only... More 

Thank 2golfers2015
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2017 via mobile

We made a reservation for six at 8PM and hoped to time it so that we could attend a Celtics game at 5 followed by dinner. I commend the folks for honoring our reservation on a busy Saturday night even though we were 20 minutes late due to the game going into overtime. We had traditional Italian-American dishes, including lasagna,... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2017

We were walking around in the North End and really wanted some Italian food for dinner. We ended up at Cantina Italiana simply because we didn't want to wait forever for a table and this place wasn't as crowded as a lot of the other places that we passed. Initially I was a little concerned that some of the Italian... More 

Thank Brooklet425
Butte, Montana
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

Honestly some of the best and most authentic food we have had in the United States. Itvasca very busy night but we were able to get to the bar to wait about 20 minutes for a table, so glad we did. Our waiter Luca was exceptional. Highly recommend this place.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $40
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 346 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-1911
    (Fleet Street)
  • Public Transportation: Closest stops are North Station and Haymarket
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End
  • Neighborhood: North End
  • Phone Number: +1 617-723-4577
We have been serving generations of families, locals and tourists in the North End since 1931. People crave the taste of our food. Some say their mouths water just thinking about eating here. That’s why when we change even the slightest thing, they let us know it. We’re set in our Ways and Proud of It!

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Staying in North End

Neighborhood Profile
North End
Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Take a rest in a cafe on Hanover street and observe the quirky, European character of the North End.
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