Piccola Venezia

★★★★☆
  • 263 Hanover St

    Boston, MA 02113

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  • 617-523-3888

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I love eating in the North End. You really can't go wrong. Piccola Venezia had excellent food, fine drinks and excellent service. I would highly recommend this restaurant

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★★★★★

I love eating in the North End. You really can't go wrong. Piccola Venezia had excellent food, fine drinks and excellent service. I would highly recommend this restaurant

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Another excellent place to eat in the North End for Italian food. I've eaten here a few times while in Boston and it's always excellent. The servers are the best being very friendly and accomodating. If you have room at the end, they have excellent desserts and coffee. It's hard to save room though after eating such an excellent and filling meal.

5
★★★★★

Another excellent place to eat in the North End for Italian food. I've eaten here a few times while in Boston and it's always excellent. The servers are the best being very friendly and accomodating. If you have room at the end, they have excellent desserts and coffee. It's hard to save room though after eating such an excellent and filling meal.

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My son and I visited north end for the first time yesterday and we had a great experince eating at this restaurant.
The food was good, I had salmon (it was perfection) my son had a calamari appetizer and it wasn't that great.
Our waiter Mustaffa was very patient , curtious and had a great attitude.
I recommade this place for a casual lunch.
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★★★★☆

My son and I visited north end for the first time yesterday and we had a great experince eating at this restaurant.
The food was good, I had salmon (it was perfection) my son had a calamari appetizer and it wasn't that great.
Our waiter Mustaffa was very patient , curtious and had a great attitude.
I recommade this place for a casual lunch.
Hope this helps.

Pros: Great service Waiter was very patient and courtious.

Cons: Not all dishes are of great quality

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I was very excited to find a place that serves tripe, and make it very good on top of that. The veal saltimbocca is also very good. The North End has a mix of restaurants with pricey menus with awful food, and others with not so pricey menus and good food. Piccola Venezia definitely fits into the latter category. Any restaurant you go to in the North End is going to be tight quarters, and this is why I try to go earlier and avoid the crowds. Piccola Venezia has good food, good atmosphere, and good service...what else can you ask for?

2
★★★★☆

I was very excited to find a place that serves tripe, and make it very good on top of that. The veal saltimbocca is also very good. The North End has a mix of restaurants with pricey menus with awful food, and others with not so pricey menus and good food. Piccola Venezia definitely fits into the latter category. Any restaurant you go to in the North End is going to be tight quarters, and this is why I try to go earlier and avoid the crowds. Piccola Venezia has good food, good atmosphere, and good service...what else can you ask for?

Pros: Tripe, service, and it's quick

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This is one of my favorite places to go when i'm in the north end. The food is great, and you get lots of it, staff is friendly and pretty quick. It would be nicer if the space is wasnt as tight and you had a little more elbow room though.

2
★★★★☆

This is one of my favorite places to go when i'm in the north end. The food is great, and you get lots of it, staff is friendly and pretty quick. It would be nicer if the space is wasnt as tight and you had a little more elbow room though.

Pros: Food is delicious, large portions, great atmosphere

Cons: Bread at Bertuccis is better, cramped space.

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I would just like to thank Mike's mom for such a positive recommendation (BostonFoodie919). Because of your review I went and asked for Mike specifically. I'm sure you are so proud of him and hang all of his art work growing up on your refrigerator.

The review was appropriate as the restaurant is great, good food, good staff, good atmosphere.

2
★★★★★

I would just like to thank Mike's mom for such a positive recommendation (BostonFoodie919). Because of your review I went and asked for Mike specifically. I'm sure you are so proud of him and hang all of his art work growing up on your refrigerator.

The review was appropriate as the restaurant is great, good food, good staff, good atmosphere.

Pros: MIKE!

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I was just reading around some of the reviews of one of my favorite places in the North End Piccola Venezia. My friends and I make it a point to meet there at least once a month to have a good time over some wine, the awesome Hot Italian appetizer sampler, and then end it with probably the best tiramisu I've ever had (better than Mike's and Modern pastry). We have really grown to love the waitstaff and hostesses there They always make it a fun atmosphere and accomadate us quickly even on the busiest of nights. The entrees are reasonably priced for huge portions of food! Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but I was appalled to see a review from people who claimed that waiter Mike was rude and unprofessional. Each time we eat there, he has been fun, helpful and professional, telling us great places to go for cappuccino or to hang out in the North End. The one time that my friend had to wait a few minutes longer for her plate of food, he was nice enough to wipe it off the bill for us and give us free dessert and coffee. The people who wrote an awful review claiming they thought a sufficient tip on 125$ was 12 $ (9.6% his calculations were right sorry to tell you) should probably stay home and cook for themselves. If you were looking to save a couple dollars McDonalds isnt far away. But if you're looking for great family style food with a friendly waitstaff, ESPECIALLY MIKE, go to Piccola Venezia next time youre in town!

5
★★★★★

I was just reading around some of the reviews of one of my favorite places in the North End Piccola Venezia. My friends and I make it a point to meet there at least once a month to have a good time over some wine, the awesome Hot Italian appetizer sampler, and then end it with probably the best tiramisu I've ever had (better than Mike's and Modern pastry). We have really grown to love the waitstaff and hostesses there They always make it a fun atmosphere and accomadate us quickly even on the busiest of nights. The entrees are reasonably priced for huge portions of food! Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but I was appalled to see a review from people who claimed that waiter Mike was rude and unprofessional. Each time we eat there, he has been fun, helpful and professional, telling us great places to go for cappuccino or to hang out in the North End. The one time that my friend had to wait a few minutes longer for her plate of food, he was nice enough to wipe it off the bill for us and give us free dessert and coffee. The people who wrote an awful review claiming they thought a sufficient tip on 125$ was 12 $ (9.6% his calculations were right sorry to tell you) should probably stay home and cook for themselves. If you were looking to save a couple dollars McDonalds isnt far away. But if you're looking for great family style food with a friendly waitstaff, ESPECIALLY MIKE, go to Piccola Venezia next time youre in town!

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I was just reading around some of the reviews of one of my favorite places in the North End Piccola Venezia. My friends and I make it a point to meet there at least once a month to have a good time over some wine, the awesome Hot Italian appetizer sampler, and then end it with probably the best tiramisu I've ever had (better than Mike's and Modern pastry). We have really grown to love the waitstaff and hostesses there They always make it a fun atmosphere and accomadate us quickly even on the busiest of nights. The entrees are reasonably priced for huge portions of food! Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but I was appalled to see a review from people who claimed that waiter Mike was rude and unprofessional. Each time we eat there, he has been fun, helpful and professional, telling us great places to go for cappuccino or to hang out in the North End. The one time that my friend had to wait a few minutes longer for her plate of food, he was nice enough to wipe it off the bill for us and give us free dessert and coffee. The people who wrote an awful review claiming they thought a sufficient tip on 125$ was 12 $ (9.6% his calculations were right sorry to tell you) should probably stay home and cook for themselves. If you were looking to save a couple dollars McDonalds isnt far away. But if you're looking for great family style food with a friendly waitstaff, ESPECIALLY MIKE, go to Piccola Venezia next time youre in town!

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★★★★★

I was just reading around some of the reviews of one of my favorite places in the North End Piccola Venezia. My friends and I make it a point to meet there at least once a month to have a good time over some wine, the awesome Hot Italian appetizer sampler, and then end it with probably the best tiramisu I've ever had (better than Mike's and Modern pastry). We have really grown to love the waitstaff and hostesses there They always make it a fun atmosphere and accomadate us quickly even on the busiest of nights. The entrees are reasonably priced for huge portions of food! Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but I was appalled to see a review from people who claimed that waiter Mike was rude and unprofessional. Each time we eat there, he has been fun, helpful and professional, telling us great places to go for cappuccino or to hang out in the North End. The one time that my friend had to wait a few minutes longer for her plate of food, he was nice enough to wipe it off the bill for us and give us free dessert and coffee. The people who wrote an awful review claiming they thought a sufficient tip on 125$ was 12 $ (9.6% his calculations were right sorry to tell you) should probably stay home and cook for themselves. If you were looking to save a couple dollars McDonalds isnt far away. But if you're looking for great family style food with a friendly waitstaff, ESPECIALLY MIKE, go to Piccola Venezia next time youre in town!

Pros: Great waitstaff (Mike especially) huge portions for a cheap price, best tiramisu around!

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This was my first time at this restaurant and being a slow Wednesday, they had a server staff of two. There was a large party and my date was late. I was greeted warmly and seated next to the window, our server made me feel comfortable by joking with me while he bought over some bread with butter and some water. When my date finally arrived, we were promptly served after we ordered. My date ordered the pork chops and I ordered the Veal Giovanni (lemon butter sauce). My date is a picky eater but he enjoyed it very much! I always try everything and the pork chop was tender and juicy. My veal was flavorful with the right amount of tang from the lemon sauce. The service was what was expected but the small staff gave their 100% attention which means I'll be coming here again for a nice meal.

2
★★★★☆

This was my first time at this restaurant and being a slow Wednesday, they had a server staff of two. There was a large party and my date was late. I was greeted warmly and seated next to the window, our server made me feel comfortable by joking with me while he bought over some bread with butter and some water. When my date finally arrived, we were promptly served after we ordered. My date ordered the pork chops and I ordered the Veal Giovanni (lemon butter sauce). My date is a picky eater but he enjoyed it very much! I always try everything and the pork chop was tender and juicy. My veal was flavorful with the right amount of tang from the lemon sauce. The service was what was expected but the small staff gave their 100% attention which means I'll be coming here again for a nice meal.

Pros: Intimate setting for a date, personal staff

Cons: crowded

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Went Easter Sunday thinking they seemed to have a descent menu. Were we wrong!!. They first gave us a paper menu with 2 items crossed out. They ran out of those specials and there was only 2 items left. We then choose anyway from the regular menu. We ordered antipasto and we were served some imitation- I never in my life have ever eaten beets,carrots, and chick peas in an antipasto.Food was not tasty- risotto was too soft and not flavored enough,sauce in my husbands pasta and seafood was watery. Waiter Mike was unprofessional and rude. After paying $125 for a horrible meal, we left a $12 tip. We doubled the tax. Mike gave us back our tip stating he didn't want it which we gladly took back, because it felt it wasn't enough of a tip. Could you imagine? He needs to go back to math school- he thought it was a 9% tip, which if he is going by a 15% rule was a 10% tip. A 15% gratuitiy is suggested if the food and service was surperb. Even as he spoke to us, the owner and manager didn't even come over to see what was going on. He then proceeded to walk away from us. Freedom of Speech is a great thing. Please make sure everyone that reads this tells their friends and relatives that this place is horrible.There are great places to eat in the North End, so don't make the same mistake we made. We have eaten in 2 other restaurants in the North End that were good , but figured we would try someplace new. A lesson learned- always stay with the ones you know have great food. After spending $125, I can't believe he had the nerve to squabble over a few dollars. I take it he is related to the owners, because I don't think anyone would have stood for that or else he should have been fired!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Went Easter Sunday thinking they seemed to have a descent menu. Were we wrong!!. They first gave us a paper menu with 2 items crossed out. They ran out of those specials and there was only 2 items left. We then choose anyway from the regular menu. We ordered antipasto and we were served some imitation- I never in my life have ever eaten beets,carrots, and chick peas in an antipasto.Food was not tasty- risotto was too soft and not flavored enough,sauce in my husbands pasta and seafood was watery. Waiter Mike was unprofessional and rude. After paying $125 for a horrible meal, we left a $12 tip. We doubled the tax. Mike gave us back our tip stating he didn't want it which we gladly took back, because it felt it wasn't enough of a tip. Could you imagine? He needs to go back to math school- he thought it was a 9% tip, which if he is going by a 15% rule was a 10% tip. A 15% gratuitiy is suggested if the food and service was surperb. Even as he spoke to us, the owner and manager didn't even come over to see what was going on. He then proceeded to walk away from us. Freedom of Speech is a great thing. Please make sure everyone that reads this tells their friends and relatives that this place is horrible.There are great places to eat in the North End, so don't make the same mistake we made. We have eaten in 2 other restaurants in the North End that were good , but figured we would try someplace new. A lesson learned- always stay with the ones you know have great food. After spending $125, I can't believe he had the nerve to squabble over a few dollars. I take it he is related to the owners, because I don't think anyone would have stood for that or else he should have been fired!!

Pros: None

Cons: Imitation Italian Food, Poor and Unprofessional Service. High price for Cheap food

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The lonely, single star is for the restaurant's decor, the surrounding neighborhood, and the smells emanating from the kitchen. My watery pasta with the bland marinara sauce paired with sub-par bread and a bitter cappuccino was gag-inducing. The attitude of the wait-staff was horrendous. Even the bathroom visit was disastrous.

Sure, we were a big party of students, but our professor had made the reservation for over 20 people weeks ahead of time and told the owner that we were a review writing class, so the wait-staff should have been better prepared. Would it have pained them to fake a smile? I can find at least 3/4's of my class who was there that night as well who would agree with my viewpoints.

Bottom line - The North End has many competitors - GET IT TOGETHER!

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★☆☆☆☆

The lonely, single star is for the restaurant's decor, the surrounding neighborhood, and the smells emanating from the kitchen. My watery pasta with the bland marinara sauce paired with sub-par bread and a bitter cappuccino was gag-inducing. The attitude of the wait-staff was horrendous. Even the bathroom visit was disastrous.

Sure, we were a big party of students, but our professor had made the reservation for over 20 people weeks ahead of time and told the owner that we were a review writing class, so the wait-staff should have been better prepared. Would it have pained them to fake a smile? I can find at least 3/4's of my class who was there that night as well who would agree with my viewpoints.

Bottom line - The North End has many competitors - GET IT TOGETHER!

Pros: surrounding neighborhood, good atmosphere, prices are okay

Cons: paper napkins and placemats, rude waitstaff, average food, contemporary radio station instead of classical/soft music playing in the establishment, probably not a lot of parking around

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This restaurant used to be amazing when it was on Salem Street. They moved to a bigger location on Hanover Street and it lost it's spectacular atmosphere. Even the food seemed different once it moved. They do have great pork chops with vinegar peppers.

5
★★★★★

This restaurant used to be amazing when it was on Salem Street. They moved to a bigger location on Hanover Street and it lost it's spectacular atmosphere. Even the food seemed different once it moved. They do have great pork chops with vinegar peppers.

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Piccola Venezia is the place we bring our friends when they need cheering up or we just want to celebrate . This past Sunday 12 of us got together at the Pic to have a birthday dinner. The staff always makes us feel like family and has a fun attitude. We like to start with the appetizer sampler and the antipasto. I always order the same entree of Eggplant Rolatini because it?s my favorite and my girlfriend likes the veal vittorio. The Tiramisu is the best I have ever had anywhere, but because it was a birthday we had orered a cake from next door at Modern Pastry which is always a good choice. It?s good to know that we can always depend on this restaurant for great food and a good time.

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★★★★★

Piccola Venezia is the place we bring our friends when they need cheering up or we just want to celebrate . This past Sunday 12 of us got together at the Pic to have a birthday dinner. The staff always makes us feel like family and has a fun attitude. We like to start with the appetizer sampler and the antipasto. I always order the same entree of Eggplant Rolatini because it?s my favorite and my girlfriend likes the veal vittorio. The Tiramisu is the best I have ever had anywhere, but because it was a birthday we had orered a cake from next door at Modern Pastry which is always a good choice. It?s good to know that we can always depend on this restaurant for great food and a good time.

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I am originally from Brooklyn and now live in Florida. I was visiting friends in Boston recently and went to the North End for dinner. We chose Piccola Venezia Rest. because it had that look from outside of what Italian restaurants looked like to me growing up in New York. We all had great meals that night and very good service. The lasagna was like my mother?s. . They had Arancini ( Sicilian Rice Ball) on the menu which I have only seen in Brooklyn and they were fantastic. The fried calamari was excellent.too. Thanks for a great meal Wish I could get this type of Italian comfort food in Florida

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★★★★★

I am originally from Brooklyn and now live in Florida. I was visiting friends in Boston recently and went to the North End for dinner. We chose Piccola Venezia Rest. because it had that look from outside of what Italian restaurants looked like to me growing up in New York. We all had great meals that night and very good service. The lasagna was like my mother?s. . They had Arancini ( Sicilian Rice Ball) on the menu which I have only seen in Brooklyn and they were fantastic. The fried calamari was excellent.too. Thanks for a great meal Wish I could get this type of Italian comfort food in Florida

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I love this restaurant-- they serve polenta everyday! Polenta is a cornmeal porridge and (which is a good alternative to pasta, which I?m allergic to) the polenta served with tomato sauce is a great substitute. Now, I don?t feel left out when I join my friends for dinner in an Italian restaurant. My favorite is the chicken cacciatore with a side of polenta. They even serve a Polenta cheesecake for dessert.

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★★★★☆

I love this restaurant-- they serve polenta everyday! Polenta is a cornmeal porridge and (which is a good alternative to pasta, which I?m allergic to) the polenta served with tomato sauce is a great substitute. Now, I don?t feel left out when I join my friends for dinner in an Italian restaurant. My favorite is the chicken cacciatore with a side of polenta. They even serve a Polenta cheesecake for dessert.

Pros: polenta on menu everyday

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I have lived in The North End for 30 years and Piccola Venezia is my favorite rest. I eat there 3 times a week for lunch at least. They serve wonderful salads, my favorite is the Caesar salad w/ grilled chicken. I also love their salad antipasto w/ Italian cold cuts. When I'm int he mood for somethign more filling the meatballs are huge and are a meal alone. Piccola Venezia is where I bring all my friends and family who visit from out of town. My two nieces love it.

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★★★★★

I have lived in The North End for 30 years and Piccola Venezia is my favorite rest. I eat there 3 times a week for lunch at least. They serve wonderful salads, my favorite is the Caesar salad w/ grilled chicken. I also love their salad antipasto w/ Italian cold cuts. When I'm int he mood for somethign more filling the meatballs are huge and are a meal alone. Piccola Venezia is where I bring all my friends and family who visit from out of town. My two nieces love it.

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My husband and myself live about 20 miles outside of Boston and try to make it to Piccola Venezia at least 2 times a month. Whenever we have a special family occassion we always go to this place because its a lot of fun, the food is homestlye and the waitstaff have always been friendly and more than accomodating. This past weekend I tried for the first time the shrimp risotto and it was fabulous! My husband had the pork chops and we finished with their unbelieveably wonderful tiramisu! Piccola is a great choice anytime-- I recommened it highly!

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★★★★★

My husband and myself live about 20 miles outside of Boston and try to make it to Piccola Venezia at least 2 times a month. Whenever we have a special family occassion we always go to this place because its a lot of fun, the food is homestlye and the waitstaff have always been friendly and more than accomodating. This past weekend I tried for the first time the shrimp risotto and it was fabulous! My husband had the pork chops and we finished with their unbelieveably wonderful tiramisu! Piccola is a great choice anytime-- I recommened it highly!

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Piccola is the place we always bring our office group. We have had many holiday lunches and special occasion events take place here and have always been satisfied with the selection of food, the servce and atmosphere. The only "semi" con is the parking, which is indicitive to the North End not just this establishment. At least they validate at a local garage.

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★★★★☆

Piccola is the place we always bring our office group. We have had many holiday lunches and special occasion events take place here and have always been satisfied with the selection of food, the servce and atmosphere. The only "semi" con is the parking, which is indicitive to the North End not just this establishment. At least they validate at a local garage.

Pros: good for large groups

Cons: parking

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My wife and I decided to try this restaurant while in Boston because we liked the menu and we were told that you can't go wrong in the North End. The service was bad and the food was worse. My wife ordered a veal dish that was completely inedible, the veal was so tough that she had to strain to cut it with a steak knife and the waiter acted like he couldn't believe her request when she asked him to take it back and bring her a menu. I had the Godfather Platter which is an enormous amount of food but it to was terrible. The veal and the chicken were both so tough I couldhardly cut it, the meatball tasted freezer burned, the eggplant was soggy, and the noodles were over cooked but the sausage was ok. The food at a chain restaurant such as Olive Garden is far and away better than here, I will never go back to this restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

My wife and I decided to try this restaurant while in Boston because we liked the menu and we were told that you can't go wrong in the North End. The service was bad and the food was worse. My wife ordered a veal dish that was completely inedible, the veal was so tough that she had to strain to cut it with a steak knife and the waiter acted like he couldn't believe her request when she asked him to take it back and bring her a menu. I had the Godfather Platter which is an enormous amount of food but it to was terrible. The veal and the chicken were both so tough I couldhardly cut it, the meatball tasted freezer burned, the eggplant was soggy, and the noodles were over cooked but the sausage was ok. The food at a chain restaurant such as Olive Garden is far and away better than here, I will never go back to this restaurant.

Pros: Looks nice enough

Cons: Food and service

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I walked through the North End looking for a place to dine for the evening. I was in town on business and decided to venture out on my own. I walked up and down Hanover street and chose this place due to it's small size and seemingly cozy atmosphere. The service was good, the wine was delicious, the food not too bad - except for the bread - it was quite dry, but the price was right. I had a decent meal for a decent price. I would recommend for a quick and casual dinner, not something fancy or over priced.

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★★★☆☆

I walked through the North End looking for a place to dine for the evening. I was in town on business and decided to venture out on my own. I walked up and down Hanover street and chose this place due to it's small size and seemingly cozy atmosphere. The service was good, the wine was delicious, the food not too bad - except for the bread - it was quite dry, but the price was right. I had a decent meal for a decent price. I would recommend for a quick and casual dinner, not something fancy or over priced.

Pros: Quick Service, good prices

Cons: A little cramped and warm on a hot night.

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We (4 adults) got seated promptly at 6:00 pm on Saturday night and were served bread, butter and water immediately. The restaurant serves only beer and wine so the cocktails we hoped to order became a glass of Chianti and Amstel light. I ordered the Veal Marsala dinner which comes with a side of linquini (w/tomatoe sauce) and asked the waiter if I could have the linquini with a meat sauce instead. Because I was splitting the meal with my friend the waiter insisted that the linguine would HAVE to be served UNDER the Marsala not on the side. He recommended we also order a dish of linquine with meat sauce which made no sense since we wanted LESS not more food. Despite several attempts to make my request understood I was served a full order of linquine with meat sauce AND the Veal Marsala with a side of linguine and tomatoe sauce. When I asked our waiter he replied with annoyance, "this is what you ordered." The Marsala tasted like it came from a jar with gravy-like consistency. I watched it slowly form a thick gell on the plate. The mushrooms were fat and chuncky, not thin or sauted as should be. There wasn't a hint of real marsala wine. The veal was tough and gritty. My husband's Veal Parm was over fried and chewy. The waitstaff rushed us throughout the entire meal. The dinner cost $90 (with tip) . We left feeling we had been taken in by the "name, address, and decor."

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★☆☆☆☆

We (4 adults) got seated promptly at 6:00 pm on Saturday night and were served bread, butter and water immediately. The restaurant serves only beer and wine so the cocktails we hoped to order became a glass of Chianti and Amstel light. I ordered the Veal Marsala dinner which comes with a side of linquini (w/tomatoe sauce) and asked the waiter if I could have the linquini with a meat sauce instead. Because I was splitting the meal with my friend the waiter insisted that the linguine would HAVE to be served UNDER the Marsala not on the side. He recommended we also order a dish of linquine with meat sauce which made no sense since we wanted LESS not more food. Despite several attempts to make my request understood I was served a full order of linquine with meat sauce AND the Veal Marsala with a side of linguine and tomatoe sauce. When I asked our waiter he replied with annoyance, "this is what you ordered." The Marsala tasted like it came from a jar with gravy-like consistency. I watched it slowly form a thick gell on the plate. The mushrooms were fat and chuncky, not thin or sauted as should be. There wasn't a hint of real marsala wine. The veal was tough and gritty. My husband's Veal Parm was over fried and chewy. The waitstaff rushed us throughout the entire meal. The dinner cost $90 (with tip) . We left feeling we had been taken in by the "name, address, and decor."

Pros: Got seated immediately on a Saturday night

Cons: Marsala tasted like gravy from a jar

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I went to this restaurant with a group of friends and it was fantastic! we went on a Friday night and it was very busy and loud, but it was a lot of fun! The waiter we had was wonderful and the food was unbelievable. Someone in the group had been there before and said the portions were huge so we all shared....very "homestyle". If you're looking for a trendy place to be seen with small portions and gigantic price tag this definitely isnt the place for you!! Hard to find dishes like Tripe and Baccala (sp?) make up for the Americanized items such as mozarella sticks. Seriously, try this place, you wont regret it.

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★★★★★

I went to this restaurant with a group of friends and it was fantastic! we went on a Friday night and it was very busy and loud, but it was a lot of fun! The waiter we had was wonderful and the food was unbelievable. Someone in the group had been there before and said the portions were huge so we all shared....very "homestyle". If you're looking for a trendy place to be seen with small portions and gigantic price tag this definitely isnt the place for you!! Hard to find dishes like Tripe and Baccala (sp?) make up for the Americanized items such as mozarella sticks. Seriously, try this place, you wont regret it.

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I went here once during the early afternoon (when many of the other North End restaurants are closed), and was very disappointed. The food was definitely below average (especially for a North End restaurant!). And the service left a lot to be desired. I find it hard to believe that a restaurant of this caliber can last on Hanover Street! Definitely seek out another option if you are in the area!

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★☆☆☆☆

I went here once during the early afternoon (when many of the other North End restaurants are closed), and was very disappointed. The food was definitely below average (especially for a North End restaurant!). And the service left a lot to be desired. I find it hard to believe that a restaurant of this caliber can last on Hanover Street! Definitely seek out another option if you are in the area!

Pros: none

Cons: sub-par food, bad service

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Wish that I could have something positive to say, but alas I cannot. The bread was ho hum. The olive oil was a canola mix, the service was laced with comments like` I'll get to it in a minute` Then they left out my soup and charged me for it. The fettuccine Alfredo was ok, but was dripping over the plate(hideous portion was served) so when I dipped my fork I had to stop the gusher of noodles that kept dropping on the table. A $38.00 bottle of wine was served in a childs juice glass or a mini wine glass, but the most disturbing aspect to our dining experience is that we were seated next to the basement area . Obviously the basement floods or is extremely damp as the entire evening the area wreaked of an odor of damp moldy basement-

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★☆☆☆☆

Wish that I could have something positive to say, but alas I cannot. The bread was ho hum. The olive oil was a canola mix, the service was laced with comments like` I'll get to it in a minute` Then they left out my soup and charged me for it. The fettuccine Alfredo was ok, but was dripping over the plate(hideous portion was served) so when I dipped my fork I had to stop the gusher of noodles that kept dropping on the table. A $38.00 bottle of wine was served in a childs juice glass or a mini wine glass, but the most disturbing aspect to our dining experience is that we were seated next to the basement area . Obviously the basement floods or is extremely damp as the entire evening the area wreaked of an odor of damp moldy basement-

Pros: large portions, price below average

Cons: weak Bar, service, ambience

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I have been to this restaurant a half a dozen times and everytime it has been a great experience. Love the red sauce and the portions are huge. The wait staff is always friendly and accomodate all requests. This a great tradional italian place to get a meal. No clue what the bad review about this restaurant is about. Oh and prices do not break the bank. I highly reccomend checking it out sometime.

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★★★★★

I have been to this restaurant a half a dozen times and everytime it has been a great experience. Love the red sauce and the portions are huge. The wait staff is always friendly and accomodate all requests. This a great tradional italian place to get a meal. No clue what the bad review about this restaurant is about. Oh and prices do not break the bank. I highly reccomend checking it out sometime.

Pros: Price, Food

Cons: None

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What is more important to you, a good meal for a decent price or great food that is more expensive? On this particular night, myself and two others randomly chose to eat at Piccola Venezia due to the more casual atmosphere and reasonably-priced menu. We ordered the Baked Penne and Baked Lasagna. Both meals left us feeling full and happy but the cheaper-than-normal price we paid for pretty good food is what made us smile -- it wasn't because the food was exceptionally fantastic. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant for a casual evening out, one that's not meant to impress your guests or date but rather please them with a decently-priced menu. Both baked dishes were slightly over-cooked and lacked on the amount of cheese and sauce. The house Merlot was delicious and the waiter even accomodated our specific requests regarding our order.

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★★★☆☆

What is more important to you, a good meal for a decent price or great food that is more expensive? On this particular night, myself and two others randomly chose to eat at Piccola Venezia due to the more casual atmosphere and reasonably-priced menu. We ordered the Baked Penne and Baked Lasagna. Both meals left us feeling full and happy but the cheaper-than-normal price we paid for pretty good food is what made us smile -- it wasn't because the food was exceptionally fantastic. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant for a casual evening out, one that's not meant to impress your guests or date but rather please them with a decently-priced menu. Both baked dishes were slightly over-cooked and lacked on the amount of cheese and sauce. The house Merlot was delicious and the waiter even accomodated our specific requests regarding our order.

Pros: Casual atmosphere, House wines, Price

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I thought I'd try something new in the North End, but quickly regretted it. The first bad sign was when they told us their 'martinis' are made with some low alcohol vodka, as they don't have a liquor license (beer, wine and cordials only). The food was average at best. My guess is that the place fills up with tourists who don't know any better. I can't imagine any locals coming back for a second try. I was really disappointed, as there are so many great restaurants in this area, and I ended up here.

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★☆☆☆☆

I thought I'd try something new in the North End, but quickly regretted it. The first bad sign was when they told us their 'martinis' are made with some low alcohol vodka, as they don't have a liquor license (beer, wine and cordials only). The food was average at best. My guess is that the place fills up with tourists who don't know any better. I can't imagine any locals coming back for a second try. I was really disappointed, as there are so many great restaurants in this area, and I ended up here.

Cons: food, alcohol

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The hot appetizer sampler is probably the best thing on the menu. I knew we were in trouble when the basket of bread came and it contained what could have passed for supermarket bought soft hero roll type "bread". Sure sign things weren't going to be great. Chicken parm was thin and tough although plentiful, but extremely hard to cut with the provided butter knife. The bed of linguine was soft enough to drink through a straw. Be sure to order al dente if you insist on going here. Waiter was extremely busy, don't go here expecting to be catered to. Overall, would skip it and try a different option.

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★★★☆☆

The hot appetizer sampler is probably the best thing on the menu. I knew we were in trouble when the basket of bread came and it contained what could have passed for supermarket bought soft hero roll type "bread". Sure sign things weren't going to be great. Chicken parm was thin and tough although plentiful, but extremely hard to cut with the provided butter knife. The bed of linguine was soft enough to drink through a straw. Be sure to order al dente if you insist on going here. Waiter was extremely busy, don't go here expecting to be catered to. Overall, would skip it and try a different option.

Pros: Appetizers

Cons: Bread, Service, Chicken Parmesean

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You could do worse than Piccola Venezia on a busy night on the North End. It's a place that you can get into and offers pretty solid fare and a reasonable decent wine list. They do the basics very well it seems, and I also had a very enjoyable pork loin in a pinot noir reduction special there. Overall, this is not a place you might set as a target destination, but in case you lose patience waiting at Dolce Vita or Giacomo's, this is a alternative you'll be satisfied with.

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★★★☆☆

You could do worse than Piccola Venezia on a busy night on the North End. It's a place that you can get into and offers pretty solid fare and a reasonable decent wine list. They do the basics very well it seems, and I also had a very enjoyable pork loin in a pinot noir reduction special there. Overall, this is not a place you might set as a target destination, but in case you lose patience waiting at Dolce Vita or Giacomo's, this is a alternative you'll be satisfied with.

Pros: Shorter waits

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Among things that weren't quite up to scratch were that the overall ambience was very non-authentic. While it had a nice warm decor, the light was far too bright for the slightest bit of romanticism, the staff were extremely Olive-Garden-esque, and the menu and hence the food was completely Americanized. Very Basic dishes with little creativity. Vinny Testas indeed.

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★★★☆☆

Among things that weren't quite up to scratch were that the overall ambience was very non-authentic. While it had a nice warm decor, the light was far too bright for the slightest bit of romanticism, the staff were extremely Olive-Garden-esque, and the menu and hence the food was completely Americanized. Very Basic dishes with little creativity. Vinny Testas indeed.

Pros: Huge Portions

Cons: Not Authentic Feeling, Too Bright, Not High Quality

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This is my favorite place to eat in the North End. The waitstaff are very friendly and helpful...the atmosphere is great...so much to look at on those exposed brick walls! And the food ......is fantastic! The portions are huge (watch out Vinny T's!). You have to try the tiramisu- some of the best I have ever tried!

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★★★★★

This is my favorite place to eat in the North End. The waitstaff are very friendly and helpful...the atmosphere is great...so much to look at on those exposed brick walls! And the food ......is fantastic! The portions are huge (watch out Vinny T's!). You have to try the tiramisu- some of the best I have ever tried!

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This in not one of my favorite places in the North End. It is fun with a big group, but the food is average...

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★★★☆☆

This in not one of my favorite places in the North End. It is fun with a big group, but the food is average...

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Had a great real italian meal here the other night and THE BEST Tiramasu I have ever had. Comfy place to eat and have some wine

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★★★★☆

Had a great real italian meal here the other night and THE BEST Tiramasu I have ever had. Comfy place to eat and have some wine

Pros: Food, Tiramasu, Easy Going

Cons: none

 

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