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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Ida's Restaurant - CLOSED

Ida's Restaurant
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Seating
Neighbourhood: North End
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Yum!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2013 via mobile

My husband and I came to this restaurant, very small only about 8 tables! The bread was excellent! The pasta and sauce was delicious ! My husband said it was the best chicken Parm he has ever had!

  • Visited May 2013
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3 Thank Lgpm
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English first
NYC
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73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Red sauce deliciousness”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2013

Ida's has 10 tables and about 25 seats. It's literally like walking into someone's living room. They're only open 3 days a week and I thought I wouldn't be able to get a reservation because I left a message the same week. Donna was so nice. She called me back on Thursday and set us up for Saturday. She also turned out to be our server. We had the bruschetta which came on large chunks of bread and had mozarella and peppers and onions on them. Very tasty. We got an appetizer serving of the meatballs because I had read rave reviews. The reviews were well deserved! They were tender, flavorful and so obviously homemade. My husband and I joked that we might order another plate for dessert! I had the eggplant ala Ida's which was really good. My husband had the veal and eggplant dish. He really liked his as well. The menu is basic, Chicken, veal, eggplant and all the pasta dishes are spaghetti based. It was a really nice experience. I would definitely go back.

Visited April 2013
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2 Thank boriqua72
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Lee, MA
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50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Always a treat!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2013 via mobile

Everytime we go to the North End, we go to Ida's. It's like eating in an Italian home. The food is simple basic Italian food, served by a family who have been there for generations. The tables are close together so you can chat with the other diners and the atmosphere is cozy. Never have we been rushed to make way for other diners. The fact that they are only open three nights a weeks says a lot. It's about serving great food at reasonable prices. Go there if you want to be treated well. It's an experience well worth the trip!

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1 Thank pmonachina
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Boston, Massachusetts
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36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“The secret is out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2013

The last time I wrote a review of a North End restaurant and recommended it highly, we couldn't get in the next time because the line was too long. When I told my ever-loving that I was going to recommend Ida's, our favorite North End place, she warned what happened that time. But I see from other reviews that the secret is out, so here goes.

I first dined at Ida's in 1952. It had been open only a year, and was an instant favorite of local Italian journalists and politicians. Anna and her daughter, Felicia, were the cooks. No menues. You ate what they made that day. (A few years later, Felicia opened her own restuarant that was the best in the North End for many years.) Today, Ida's is very much the same as the original. It seats only about 30. It is run by Paul and Donna Bruno. Paul's aunt, a native of Rome, prepares specialities that take lots of time, and Paul is in the kitchen in the evenings. Ida's is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and only serves dinner. They feature plain, "old fashioned" Italian dishes, the kind your Italian grandmother would make. Salad and pasta on the side are served with all main dishes. The pasta gravy (plain red sauce) is the best I know. I have no idea what the secret is. Roast stuffed veal is my favorite; Saltimbocca is my mate's. Ida's is one of the few North End restaurants that offer house wine by the carafe -- small, medium or large. Medium is plenty for two. (They also have a selection of bottled wine and beer.) Prices of food and wine are reasonable. The place is small, and it's informal, and you will surely meet friendly people at the next table. Make reservations, and they take cash only. You'll make Ida's your "local" just as I've been doing for 60 years.

  • Visited December 2012
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2 Thank Robert S
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Boston, Massachusetts
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65 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Traditional”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2012

Down a little alley, nice little place to escape the hectic hustle of the North End. Serves good traditional Itailian food in a traditional Italian way. Wouldn recommend.

  • Visited September 2012
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1 Thank RaeRae M
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