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About Mamma Maria
Nationally acclaimed Italian cuisine served in five elegant dining rooms within an historic 1830 brick townhouse overlooking America's oldest public square - North Square - in the heart of Boston's North End neighborhood.
Boston, MA 02113
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
T to Haymarket or Government Center.
Geraldo Andrade/Julio Torres
Private Party Facilities:
Mamma Maria offers elegant private dining available 7 nights a week. With five separate dining rooms, we are able to serve all your private dining needs.
Piccolo Room accommodates 2 -6
Puccini Room accommodates 10 -16
Terrace Room accommodates 18 -30
Rossini Room accommodates 20 - 40
Verdi Room accommodates 40 -50
Private Party Contact:
Jennifer Mancuso: (617) 523-0077 ext. 2
Banquet, Bar Dining, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access
Mamma Maria Ratings and Reviews
Of all of the places to eat in North End we ended up here. The ambiance was horrible, very dated and closed in. Nothing like the places on Hanover that are small but open to the street and people walking by. The food wasn't good, just ok. Not what you would expect from the famous North End. I'd never go here again or recommend it
Sadly for a Thursday night, it was incredibly overcrowded and we sadly did not receive the level of service I was hoping for, nor did the restaurant live up to the overall hype in my opinion. We were there for my Mother's 60th Birthday which was planned and coordinated with the restaurant well in advanced. Upon arrival, we were brought upstairs to our table which was stuck in a small corner in the back squished behind a table of 11 or so business men. Not an ideal spot to celebrate - but it happens. The waiter did not know it was my mother's birthday which was a little disappointing as I had communicated this well in advance. The larger table was being very well tended too and we were somewhat forgotten throughout the night (having to find/ask for our waiter to order drinks, waiting over 25 minutes after that to find our waiter again to order appetizers, 45 minutes in - we were offered bread). It was a very VERY busy night and we were happy to all be together but the level of service was lack-luster and not to mention, it was incredibly uncomfortable to continue to get bumped by staff and members of the larger party behind us.
I've worked as a waitress for a handful of years and understand larger parties do tend to take precedence over smaller tables, but we were a party of 6 who connected with the restaurant well in advance looking for ways to make a birthday special and memorable and were not impressed with the caliber or reputation Mamma Maria's touts.
Food wise, the appetizers were wonderful and probably the best part of the meal (we ordered 5 plates to share - the oysters, carpaccio, and fig/prosciutto plate were all phenomenal). Our meals were "good" not great. The flavor profiles were a little weak (opinion, I know) and we were expecting more all around.
My hope is that this was a one night poor experience - but I'm not sure if this is the case. Maybe it is better for smaller parties (there was a side room which looked more intimate)?
Food was very good. Service was better. Attentive wait staff ensures that all needs are met but was never in the way. Ambiance was very good. Location in the north end was perfect. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to a friend and I would not hesitate to return.
Overall, excellent experience and fantastic food. Food quality given the creative and ambitious rotating menu is impressive. Wines are relatively premium priced, but the wait staff is very knowledgeable and our bottle, which our waiter helped us choose based on our domestic wine preferences, was very good. Service was slow to start, but then I was also 20 minutes late for my reservation on a Friday night, so that is certainly forgiven as space is limited.
There was a bit of drama when a waiter broke an empty wine glass on a chandelier behind me and some of the glass ended up on me and on the table, but the staff was EXTREMELY diligent about laying down a new tablecloth, removing all glass, remaking our meals. Our bottle of wine, which I'm positive was not affected, was replaced with no questions asked (to be clear, we didn't ask for that, so kudos to management for their concern and proactivity). Unfortunately we found, upon returning home, that the back of my shirt had red wine stains on it. All things considered, though, it was an excellent experience, food was exceptional, and we will definitely be returning.
Overall, Mamma Maria is not cheap, and attention from our waiter was lacking early on (I think 15 minutes before we placed a wine order and another 15 before we got bread), but those minor complaints are both overshadowed by the quality of the food/wine and all other aspects of the service, which were exceptional. We are definitely excited to return to experience more of Mamma Maria's exceptional rotating menu.
Mamma Maria was very good in all caregories. There were several options for seatings in different floors and rooms. We liked the yellow garden room. The craft coctails were very good. I had one with muddle fresh peach that was fresh and not too sweet. My husband had the roast pig that he said was succulent and hearty. My son had the rabbit pasta that he liked but would have liked a larger portion. His friend had tne bolognese which was authentic and delicious. I had the lobster agnolotti that was excellent. It was not only flavorful but chock full of lobster. I would definitely recommend this and will be back to order it again.
Went to Mamma Maria's to celebrate our anniversary- sat at table 4 downstairs which is in a corner near windows - very cozy and relatively quiet. The food was outstanding, very fresh, wonderful presentation and creative. A bit pricey but worth it for a special occasion. Would definitely go back!
We were seated upstairs in a big room with many diners with many conversations and many dishes being served---just what you would imagine an authentic Italian restaurant would be like. Our waiter was a little slow in getting our order but the wait was worth it! The Food is what you come for and it does not disappoint! I had the heirloom tomato salad to start and the summertime pasta for dinner. Perfect! My husband had the lobster pasta and he would have licked the plate if he could! We finished the meal off with limoncello and a dense chocolate cake that was heavenly. Best meal we had in Boston!
Great space in a great location; on the expensive side which would have been okay but the main reason I picked this restaurant was for an elder relative enjoy a rare meal of veal. Which of course was sold out at 7:45 PM... ridiculous. Waiter didn't really seem to care. Not sure I would go back.
So sorry but this visit was not up to our various visits of more than two years ago. It was good, but certainly not great, and it should have been. With so many great restaurants in Boston, you don't need to settle for good, unless it is inexpensive which this is not.
My husband and I had a fantastic meal, here. The heirloom tomato and ricotta 1st course was wonderful, and my husband had the meatballs for his. The scallops with fennel was unbelievable. So enjoyed the flavor and lack of pasta. My husband had the seafood stew, with the most amazing broth and seafood, the homemade pasta was really good, and not too much to eat. We even had dessert, I loved the tiramisu
In the reservation I put that it was our 29th wedding anniversary. They gave us the best table for 2 on the 2nd floor with a window view of the North End in Boston. I did not request that table, but they knew through the reservation and it made for a perfect evening. The food and wait staff was excellent!
Spectacular food! Romantic and historic setting. Our waiter was very professional and knowledgeable about our food and wine. Many fine bottles of wine to choose from and our waiter knew what to recommend when we described what we like in body, flavor, dryness and price range. We came here to celebrate our wedding anniversary and plan to return.
You will not be disappointed, only impressed!
We had an amazing experience. Our table was not ready when we arrived so we were treated to prosecco which was a very kind gesture. Upon seating, we felt we had the best seat in the house next to the open window/mini balcony with a view of Prince Street. Our server Jose was attentive, and had great suggestions.
The bottle of merlot we got was great.
The Bread & pesto sauce - amazing.
Artisan cheese platter - great flavors and perfect complement to the bread & pesto.
Salad with blueberries & hazelnuts- best salad we've ever had.
Lobster ravioli - fresh and flavorful but still lite.
Rabbit pasta - unique option but yummy
*I asked for Parmesan which was key to the flavor.
Dessert: peach tart which was perfection. Perfect portion, not too sweet, great flakey crust.
We will certainly be back to celebrate another special occasion.
Disappointing. The old North End has so much hype, but really has turned into a tourist trap instead of fabulous dining. Far better places to eat for the money. Nice ambiance, but very loud. Waiter didn't know the wine list and couldn't tell us any difference in tasting notes among the Chianti we were looking at (He basically told us that the more expensive one was better than the less expensive one). The osso bucco was phenomenal. Definitely the star of the show. Everything else was average.
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