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The Best Italian Restaurants in the North End of Boston

Updated on July 11, 2013

Find and Vote for the Best Italian Restaurants in the North End of Boston!

Look no further than the North End of Boston for the best Italian food in New England (and possibly the country), the best pizza, bakeries, and sandwiches, all within a short distance from each other. Stroll off the beaten path of Hanover Street and onto the sidestreets to find even more great Italian restaurants and bakeries.

Have a favorite restaurant, bakery or pizzeria that you frequent all the time in Boston's North End? Vote for it below!

What's My Personal Favorite Restaurant, You Ask?

I'll tell you anyway...

I've been to at least a dozen restaurants here, and the ones I like the best I've gone to over and over again. It's hard to try new places when the "best" keep you coming back for more.

My absolute favorite restaurant in the North End is Giacamo's, which happens to be at the top of the voting list at the top of this page. For pizza, I've only had Regina's, so I can't say how the competition rates. Both Mike's and Modern are excellent for dessert.

My number two choice for restaurant, and it's a very close number two, is Fiore's. We actually had our wedding reception here, and it was the very first wedding to be hosted by the restaurant. The food is always good, and there's a rooftop bar which is incredible during the warm months. You just won't find that anywhere else. They also have a great choice of wines, something that is lacking in some of the other restaurants nearby.

The North End Italian Cookbook - Make the famous recipes of the North End in your own home!

Don't feel like going out? This might be just what you're looking for. Get the incredible taste of Boston's most famous Italian neighborhood right into your home. These restaurant Italian recipes that have been acclaimed by critics and customers alike. I purchased this book and have browsed some of the recipes. When I make one (or two), I'll have a much better review here. In the meantime, the other reviewers have really put this book on a pedestal, so I'd say it's a worthy purchase.

The North End Italian Cookbook, 5th
The North End Italian Cookbook, 5th

Classic Italian dishes include: Cannellini Beans Insalata, Pasta e Fagiole, Farina Dumplings, Marinara Sauce, Frittata di Spaghetti, Potato Gnocchi, Veal Scaloppine, Beef Braciole in Tomato Sauce, Calamri Freddo, Gelato, and Italian Toto Cookies.


The North End - Where it is - You can map your own directions through this interactive map as well

The North End:

get directions

Did you know there were so many Italian restaurants in the North End? There are more Italian restaurants in Boston's North End than any other neighborhood in the United States (unless you can prove me wrong).

How Often Do You Eat in the North End? - A poll on how often you're eating here!

Once you've eaten here, it's kind of addictive. Have you eaten here more than once? Let us know in the poll.

How often do you eat in the North End?

See results

Links and Information on the North End - Official links to find further info

Find more information about the North End on these websites dedicated entirely to this neighborhood of Boston:

A Sampling of Some of the North End's Eateries - The Phantom Gourmet's Great 8

These videos are always entertaining and a little cheesy (pun intended!).

The Boston Italians Book - A history of the Italians living in the North End

Ever wondered how the Italians first arrived to Boston, and why the North End? Read about the interesting history of the Boston Italians, and the struggles they went through as they came to a new land for the first time.

The Boston Italians: A Story of Pride, Perseverance, and Paesani, from the Years of the Great Immigration to the Present Day
The Boston Italians: A Story of Pride, Perseverance, and Paesani, from the Years of the Great Immigration to the Present Day

"As you flip the pages of The Boston Italians, you can practically smell the sauce simmering on the stove. It;s not a dull history lesson but a narrative underdog tale of what Puleo calls the real story of those early southern Italian immigrants." -Dana Barbuto, Patriot Ledger


A Video Tour of the North End - View the destinations and sites within this neighborhood

Love This Neighborhood? Get Caught Up on Your Reading - Read more about the city of Boston (download or purchase a hard copy)

If you're planning a trip to Boston or want a detailed guide to travel the historical sites and best attractions, these book will give you some excellent tips and suggestions to see all that the city has to offer.

Intro photo by avlxyz on flickr, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.

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    • NotYetWed LM profile image

      NotYetWed LM 

      5 years ago

      A great area for parties!

    • Rodaussie profile image


      5 years ago

      Love love love pizza and any other italian food

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      6 years ago

      Definitely there are so much great restaurants and everyone has their own speciality . But now i want to eat pizza because while reading this lens, i feel i am so hungry..

    • Gypzeerose profile image

      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      Man this is handy! I loved Boston. Great job.

    • Vortrek Grafix profile image

      Vortrek Grafix 

      6 years ago

      Haven't been to North End Boston but will be glad to take your word for Italian authenticity there. Frankly, most of the "Italian" restaurants I've tried in the US (mostly in Nevada) miss that mark by a wide margin. So much so that I only eat the Italian I cook at home anymore. We perfected a dish called "Spaghetti alla Pescatore Pazzo" (crazy fisherman's spaghetti) which calls for very liberal use (crazy is optional) of garlic, red wine, spices, olive oil, and plenty of seafood :-)

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      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      @NausetViews: That's what we do, you really can't go wrong in there. A few weekends ago there was a long wait at all the well known Hanover St restaurants, so we just stumbled across one on a side street near North Square. It was excellent.

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      6 years ago from Boston

      There are so many great restaurants in the North End that my husband and I usually spend half the night walking around and trying to decide where to eat. The good news is that you really can't go wrong wherever you go. But as you might expect, the restaurants are small and seating is limited- so be prepared for a wait. Put your name on a list and then walk around.

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      6 years ago

      Boy, you really got a ton of different restaurants listed there. I want to see the final results to see who is best!

    • Meloramus profile image


      6 years ago

      I spent part of my honeymoon in Boston, but missed out on this experience. The North End sounds like a great place to visit.

    • KateHonebrink profile image


      6 years ago

      Now that I've read your amazing article, North Boston is on my 'must-see' list! Great job!! Loved it!!

    • nyclittleitaly profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens. I have been there a few times for the Fisherman's Feast. I'm from Mulberry Street in New York.

    • bohica96 profile image


      6 years ago

      Great article. Is Wednesday, still "Prince Spaghetti Day" in the North end of Boston?

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      desa999 lm 

      6 years ago

      Great lens, made us hungry reading it. Nice effort.

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      7 years ago

      great pizza lens indeed!

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      7 years ago

      Looks like an interesting place. Nice lens!

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      sarahrk lm 

      7 years ago

      Now I cannot wait to go back to Boston and try some of these restuarants. Thanks

    • BusinessSarah profile image


      7 years ago

      My pizza-loving fiancé is definitely going to appreciate the pizza recommendation if we end up in Boston on our list... :) Definitely bookmarking this for later perusal, thanks for such a great and comprehensive resource!!

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      7 years ago

      I've always wanted to go to this part of Boston!

    • Beadsnresin profile image


      7 years ago

      What a 'saucesome' Lens! lol

      Thanks for the post.

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      7 years ago

      I love Italian food and restaurants. In my area we only have 3 to choose from. Your lens has inspired me to write a lens about our Italian restaurants. I eat at these restaurants twice a week so I think I can give some good opinions.

      Thanks for the inspiration and keep up the great work.

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      7 years ago

      You know my dear ... it has always been a goal of mine to actually make it to Boston, in the first place. I've yearned for a visit ... and now to find the best restaurants ... heck, I'll have to stay the Summer or something! Yumm.

    • ScareYouDiva profile image


      7 years ago

      perfect - we have to overnight in Boston so love the recommendations

    • ilovehaagendazs profile image


      7 years ago

      I would love to visit the eateries in Boston one day... the Italian food looks so yummy!

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      7 years ago

      This was a very nice lens. Thank you for sharing. I've never been to Boston but would like to go someday.

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      7 years ago

      Oh my goodness, people are going to be flocking to the north end of Boston, thanks to you! Deliciously done!

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      7 years ago

      These looked good!

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      phoenix arizona f 

      7 years ago

      The Italians know how to cook.

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      LauraMarie LM 

      7 years ago

      Ive never been to Boston, but I sure do love Italian food. I could eat it every night of the week

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      7 years ago

      Boston is just a wee bit too far for us to visit on a whim - which I'd love to do! It's the drive from the White Mountains in northern NH to an actual highway and then the traffic as we near Boston that is really the issue... If it were just a little easier to get to, I think I'd be a regular! Those restaurants look wonderful!

      :) Kath

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      Bella Stella 

      7 years ago

      Nice lens with interesting topics, attractive photos! I liked it!!!

      Generally speaking, I love Italian food and I always look for Italian restaurants when being in foreign countries. They are the safest solution if you are hungry and unwilling to risk ordering a plate you do not know how it is going to taste likeâ¦

      I am currently trying to complete a project with the museums of Greece. I would appreciate it if you stopped there for a while leaving your opinion comments and it would be very important for me if you liked it. Here is my lens .

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      7 years ago

      My stepson may be attending school in Boston this summer, so we definitely appreciate this list.

    • AlisonMeacham profile image


      8 years ago

      It is a while since I visited Boston but when I do I will know where to find a great restaurant guide!

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      8 years ago

      I love Italian food and now I am going to have to check out these Restuarants!!

    • BuckHawkcenter profile image


      8 years ago

      OK, I love Italian Food, I love Eating Out, I love Boston. You got me! Great tour of the restaurants in the North End. I sure enjoyed this. Have to get back to Boston soon.

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      8 years ago

      I never get to go to Boston, but I would love to eat at any of these spots! Yummm...

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      Ruth Coffee 

      8 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      It all sounds great, I love Italian food. I've only been ot Boston once and it was on a business trip. I recall the largest bowl of Pasta I have ever seen but I don't recall the restaurant.

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      9 years ago from Royalton

      On my first child's due date I had heard that eating Italian food could bring on contractions, so my husband and I drove over to the Italian North End for a delicious meal at one of the tiny little restaurants there. The food was incredible but she still didn't arrive until two weeks later.

      We go back to the Italian North End as often as possible. The food there can't be beat.

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      9 years ago


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      9 years ago

      I LOVE Italian food!

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      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA

      These all sound so delicious!


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