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“Very good, but not spectacular” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Limoncello

Limoncello
Ranked #37 of 3,179 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: North End
new york
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106 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Very good, but not spectacular”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2014

Had dinner here with several friends on a Saturday night. Reservation was for 6:15 and place was packed when we got there. Lots of families. Tables are close together and the restaurant stayed packed the entire time we were there. Wine was good, salad was excellent, pasta dinner was okay. Service was just okay, waitress rather disinterested. Friends agreed it was good, but with so many choices we would try somewhere else before coming back. Cannoli was excellent though!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Twyford, England, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Superb pasta restaurant.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

We came across this restaurant whilst touring Boston on foot. What a great find! An "old fashioned" Italian run by Italians producing great food. Not a pizza to be soon, but the pasta dishes were top notch. Much of the pasta is home made. Four of our party of six opted for the house special signature dish, which we can all highly recommend. Reasonable price and good service. Mid week lunch time and it was fairly busy. Our friendly host advised us that evenings get very busy. Highly recommended.

Visited April 2014
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best Authentic Italian food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

We were strolling around the Italian quarter when we stumbled on to this gem. Even though the restaurant was busy we were looked after and had a table in quick time. I can only describe our meal as the best we had up to that point of our time in Boston. It was only bettered by the next meal we had there 2 days later!!! I cannot praise the staff highly enough for their attention and courtesy. I can only say that when we return to Boston we will make Limoncello our first port of call. A hidden jewel!

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Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Bad food; worse service”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

This is one of the worst Italian restaurants in Boston I've ever been to. The visit began on a good note with crusty bread, freshly-grated cheese, high quality olive oil and a lovely dish of warm Italian olives. Unfortunately, those items were the highlights.

Our waitress was snobby and robotic, reciting the daily specials and pausing between each dish to purse her lips and scowl. She recited the specials and took our order. Period. We had to flag down busboys for water, bread and beverage refills. No suggestions were made. No conversation was attempted.

A $10 glass of house chianti was okay. I've had better for less money. Veal parmigiana had an off taste and the thin red sauce lacked flavor. The pasta was mushy. I asked for a cup of extra marinara to moisten the pasta and was brought a flat dish of sauce that was dumped over my meal.

Braciolettine di polo was described as a stuffed chicken breast with imported ham and fontina cheese. It arrived as a rubbery, dry log of chicken covered in mushrooms.

The stuffed pork chop was nothing special and lacked any distinctive flavor. And an $8 Caesers salad resulted in a $10 up charge for a chicken breast on top.

Dessert was tiramisu that was dry and lacked any creamy consistency. Coffee was served with milk, not cream, which only served to turn it a muddy brown.

I expected much better from a restaurant in Boston's fabled North End. Believe me, we've had better Italian meals in sweet home Chicago. Avoid this place; you'll be very disappointed.

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Yarmouth, Maine
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The best family owned Italian restaurant in Boston!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

We aways head for Limoncello's when we go to Boston. The staff is superb, friendly and want diners to have a great meal. Every time! Highly recommend.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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