TripAdvisor led me to Mother Anna's (and I'm glad it did), so here's to spreading the word. I was frantically searching for an Italian restaurant in the North End that serves lunch because I realized - two hours before my flight - that I couldn't leave Boston without eating North End Italian. All I wanted was a quick bite to eat...nothing fancy, red sauce and pasta with some sort of Italian atmosphere.
Boy, am I glad I chose Mother Anna's. Located right by the Haymarket Green/Orange Line stop, the Aquarium Blue Line, and the Downtown Red Line stop...kind of...it is located on a street corner right as you enter the Italian North End. When we (my mom and myself) walked in, the main dining area was abuzz with a flurry of activity: locals speaking Italian over bread and oil, gasping over the piping hot pasta dishes, and giving no indication that it was actually 1:00 on a Tuesday afternoon.
We were seated quickly and immediately dug in to the fresh bread and garlic oil. Delicious! I ordered the linguini with meatballs ($11) and my mom had the lasagna ($10). For the size of these dishes - huge - the price was well worth it. Despite feeling full about halfway through my bowl of pasta, I finished the entire dish because I just couldn't stop! The sauce in itself was light and was not spread too heavily across the dish. The meatballs were salty, a little sweet, and went wonderfully with the linguini. My mom enjoyed her lasagna (as did I, when she couldn't eat the rest!). Service was quick and attentive, despite having 3 members of the wait staff for a full restaurant. Our waitress smiled at us every time she stopped by our table and actually seemed happy to see us.
My only complaint is that soft drinks did not come with free refills. I thought this could have been better advertised in the menu but, at $2 each, I can't blame them for keeping it out. Now you know! Drink your sodas slowly...
Other than that, no complaints about Mother Anna's. No matter what your exact tastes are, if you're in the mood for authentic Italian, you're in the mood for Mother Anna's.
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