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“Authentic Southern Italian, always consistently delicious” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Caffe Paolina

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Caffe Paolina
Ranked #18 of 37 Restaurants in Swampscott
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Authentic Southern Italian, always consistently delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

My husband and I have been coming to Paolina's for years and have never had a bad meal. Paolina works the front, usually with one other server while her husband does most of the cooking. Fresh homemade pasta and sauces from scratch make all the dishes delightful, and being able to bring your own wine is a nice plus. The decor isn't fancy, but homey and cozy. Enjoy!

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  • English first
  • Any
English first
Swampscott, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Not good”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2014

We took out 2 pasta dishes once and could not eat it. It was uneatable and went straight to garbage can

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Yelena U
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Salem, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Truly Italian”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2013

What a great hidden gem in Swampscott!! You are able to bring in your own favorite wine and savor many Italian delicacies cooked and served with pride. Diners are not pressed to finish their meals but rather savor the tastes and company . . . just like in Italy . . . relax and enjoy!!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank BigBoy9
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62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Hot, tasty food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

My husband and I were on a date and he chose this place since it seemed like a cozy hideaway along the water. We asked the staff if the food had gluten, since my husband has an allergy and she said no but after a long time we realized she didn;t understand what we were asking. We ordered the Pasta Fagioli and Stracciatella, both of them piping hot and absolutely delicious, perfect dishes on a cool fall day. It did take a while to get that's because they made it right there when you order and we were pleasantly surprised when we dug into it. We ate outside since we wanted privacy and was not impressed with the worn out outdoor decor but the food made up for the lack of aesthetics.

Would visit again AND recommend, we give the food and price and A!!!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JenniferJ1
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Boston, Massachusetts
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93 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2012

We were a party of four in this tiny little place, warmly greeted by Paolina herself, who is from Calabria, the "heel" of the boot. All of our dishes were absolutely delicious. All of the food is made from scratch, and it really showed. Before dinner we were served individual bruschette with tomatoes and onions. We had salads, Arancini, Chicken Marsala, Involtini de Melanzane (eggplant) and Veal Parm. All lovely! The restaurant has no liquor license, so we were able to bring in our own wine, which saved considerably on the check. Unlike another reviewer, we did not think the restaurant overpriced, nor did we have any complaints about the service. This placed is packed on a Saturday night; that ought to say something!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Bellanonna2
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