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Eagle Hill
1.6 miles from North End
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Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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Dinner
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Italian
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Gift Cards Available, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Small, quaint family-oriented Italian food. We didn’t have a reservation, yet we’re accommodated anyway. It felt like we were at our old Italian aunt’s home eating.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed August 27, 2020

This is a tough review to write because I think all the positive adjectives have been used to describe this place. I can't say enough good things about eating here. It is just perfect. Do whatever you have to in order to get food from...this place. The salsiccia and veal alla ursula was some of the best food I've ever had and honestly, it's a real bargain for Michelin level good food.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed August 18, 2020 via mobile

East Boston has a treasure it needs to keep safe by patronizing much better. We stopped bye via taxi tonight to find home cooking by an institution named Ursula. The gnocchi and Rabe starters were masterful. The bone in veal chop was just perfect. The...bread and kind service were better than home. Getting a meal better than you can get at home is what going out is all about. Being treated like a family in the neighborhood is what makes this place number one and as long as Ursula is there they will stay number one.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed July 8, 2020 via mobile

Is this place truly number 1? Let me tell u about our incredible experience and food at this quaint little restaurant. Family owned and loved. Veal incredible. Red Sauce delicious. Alfredo out of this world. Aracini appetizer magical! Bread magnificent. Not to mention that we...went during Covid and found our favorite new restaurant in all of Boston! You won’t regret checking out this well deserved #1 restaurant. We drove out of our way to come here and it was well worth it!More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed February 18, 2020

Had dinner here on a Tuesday night in February. It's a small place but the owners are very kind and caring. The food was very good home made pasta and sauce. Mostly red meat, only one seafood dish on the menu which I ordered and...really enjoyed. I would go back here if I am in the area again.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 24, 2020

based on trip advisor's rating, chose to dine here. be forewarned: navigating the area is VERY tricky. streets are narrow and wind around. heavy traffic on friday night around 5:30 pm. very tough to find parking - might have been something else going on in...area, or it's just how it is there! however, it was SO worth going! it's a small restaurant, but it being early [opens at 5, there at 5:30] and being a solo diner, was seated right away. throw-back red-check tablecloth. believe order was taken by co-owner but not sure. they do have specials of the day, which were tempting but had checked menu on-line and ordered the stuffed mushrooms and the linguini alla mario [shrimp, clams, mussels with plum tomato sauce]. both dishes were excellent! did NOT have the problem related below with the chewy clams/mussels. portions were big enough w/o being overwhelming. came with simple salad, bread w/olive oil. only drank water, didn't have dessert.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 22, 2020

My husband and I were in Boston for the weekend struggling to find somewhere to eat on a Saturday night in centre of town that didn't have huge queues. We were desperately checking online for inspiration as to where to head... and, seeing Mario's was...number one on TA and that it wasn't too far from where we were staying, we thought we'd give it a try in case they had room. The welcome couldn't have been warmer from Antony, the co-owner: although it was packed and we didn't have a reservation, he made room for us very quickly (which we feel very lucky for, as a party of three turned up minutes after us without a booking and couldn't be fit in). Let's face it, TA can be a minefield and you're never sure which reviews are fake or which are genuine, so we'd visited with a bit of trepidation (as well as with lots of hope that we could be fit into the restaurant anyway). But we had one of the tastiest meals we've ever had: our chicken parmigiana and veal parmigiana were simply flavoured and beautifully cooked and the arancini starter was a lovely, moreish start to the meal. If you're wanting food that is trendy, Instagrammable and flashy then go elsewhere. Mario's is homely food, served with kindness, for a reasonable price. You'll leave there with a happy heart.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed December 9, 2019

Mario's is my favorite old school Italian joint in Boston. It is family run (yes that waitress lady is the owner and she did make the sauce today that you are eating) and it feels like you are sitting in Nana's kitchen. Red and white...checked tablecloths, tangy dressed iceberg lettuce salads, all the the traditional Italian sauce dishes that you love. It's a sit down family restaurant and you will be comfortable in their one room, but its not fancy. You can find fancier restaurants in the North End, but this experience at Mario's is about the food, the friendly staff and the genuine neighborhood atmosphere.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed November 19, 2019

Had a really enjoyable dinner here last week with my wife and a friend. Based on the high rating, I was actually pleased to find Mario’s more friendly and casual, and less fancy and pretentious, than I might have guessed. It’s a bit hard to...put into words - to me it was in that just right spot; it’s fancy enough for a date or an occasion, but not too fancy for a regular meal and a catch up with old friends. The food was excellent all around; plentiful, tasty, and reasonably priced. Service was friendly and efficient. Two thumbs up!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 16, 2019

Gave 2 stars because of the nice people. Ordered pasta w shrimp, mussels n clams. ALL of the seafood was over cooked. Tried 3 clams, gave up after chewing each at least 5 xs and still they didn't come apart. Shrimp, mussels - same results....My wife order pasta w chicken, the chicken was also over-cooked and dry. Owner brought a new plate of clams and shrimp, same result-- wither her at the table, I had to leave the clam. The 1 shrimp, took 3 tries w a fork to split a piece!? The server mentioned another table had the very same complaint. Reviews must all be from family, friends - and their friends of friends- R.E. Chicago's Little ItalyMore

Date of visit: November 2019
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Yes the can take care of that
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Response from KristinR104 | Reviewed this property |
It is about 5 minutes from the airport. We made reservations because it is a small restaurant and def fills up quickly because it’s very popular and has many “regulars”. It’s so good-you’ll be happy you did.
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Response from Liz H | Reviewed this property |
i'd say 10-15 minutes? not super far, our hotel was near Faneuil Hall if that helps!
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