This was my first time dining at Ida’s and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The one thing you need to know is that it’s a total “home style” experience. Having grown up in an Italian family in the Boston area, I compare dining at Ida’s to a Sunday dinner at Grandma’s house. The food is outstanding and plentiful, the staff is very friendly and welcoming, and the space is, well, “homey”. If you are looking for this type of experience, then you will be more than happy with a visit to Ida’s.
Our table had several different dishes: veal/eggplant parmesan, chicken/eggplant parm, and veal roast. The veal roast was the favorite. In fact they only had one order left, and one of our group was lucky enough to snag it. However, knowing that we all were craving a taste, our waitress was kind enough to bring us the leftover end piece (on the house) that was too small to sell, so that we could all try it. Wow! What a fantastic dish – slow roasted and seasoned to perfection, served with au jus. The other dishes were top notch as well. All came with pasta on the side which was cooked to a perfect al dente and served with a wonderful Bolognese sauce.
The space is quite small (maybe 6-9 tables in all) and a bit cramped, but that is part of the experience. There was only 1 waitress on the night we went (not sure if that is normal). Since she was very busy, the service was a bit slower paced, but we appreciated that as opposed to being rushed out on a busy night. And even though she was busy, she was still very accommodating an friendly.
If you are looking for an upscale experience in the North End, then it’s best you try somewhere else. However if you are looking for great food at a reasonable price in a welcoming environment, check out Ida’s. You will definitely want to call for reservations on a Saturday night. Oh, and they told us that if you want to be guaranteed the veal roast, you can ask them to hold you a serving when you make your reservation. You can bet I will be doing that the next time I visit!
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