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“Dinner out at the North End”

La Summa Cantina Italiana
Ranked #87 of 3,330 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Neighbourhood: North End
Reviewed 22 May 2014

We were very disappointed in this restaurant - service was just so so - food not great and not very hot. The restaurant was empty for a Saturday evening. Overcharged us for an item and also overcharged the meals tax - used 8% not 7%. The menu outside indicated that if you paid cash you got a discount on the bill. They did not honor that as they said it was an old menu. Very noisy for the few people there - not able to have a quiet conversation. There are so many great restaurants in this area of town to select from. We may or may not return to try this one again.

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Reviewed 6 May 2014

This is one great undiscovered Boston Gem. The ambiance gives you a real sense of leaving the busy streets of Boston and stepping into a neighborhood café in Italy. My wife and I went there for a nice, quite romantic dinner and were not disappointed. We were not rushed and our waiter was VERY helpful. Not being familiar with Italian wines we asked him to choose one for us and it was perfect. The food was excellent. So much like a home cooked Italian dinner I think Mama was back there doing the cooking! Our waiter really made us feel welcomed and not like a couple of tourists passing thru. The portions were large and the prices were not. If a quiet, slow paced, romantic dinner is what you are looking for this is the place.

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Reviewed 30 April 2014

We ate here on the recommendation of a native Bostonian who accompanied us. It has redefined our concept of Italian food compared to what we usually eat in the UK. The starter of cheese ravioli was extremely good with a thick tomato sauce that will spoil most ravioli I eat from here on in.

Our main courses of Arancini, Marsala Pollo and Pollo Limino were all very good. My Arancini were soft but crunchy and very nice. The service was friendly but not intrusive and the atmosphere was quiet and restful. Slightly confused moment when the background music switched into a salsa track from it's regular Italian classics but other than that it was an excellent night.

A very nice neighbourhood Italian.

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Thank Playfairest
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

Great ambiance. Food was good, but not spectacular. So dark, we couldn't see artichoke antipasti which was tasty, but piled on a plate. Not much in way of presentation. No silver service replacement between courses, no bread until requested after salad. Entres must be for hearty farmers. Tiramiso good but canolli...ugh. Felt more like college mess hall. Anyone in kitchen?

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Reviewed 9 March 2014

My daughter who lives in the Boston area took me to La Summa for my birthday after having a wonderful experience this past New Year's Eve. She was surprised then that the restaurant wasn't more crowded and it was only about half-full this time (a Thursday).

The food and service certainly can't be the reason this little place a block off a busy street in Boston's North End wasn't packed, because both were outstanding. I had a fruit di mare risotto, which literally spilled over the edge of the dish - a bounty of mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari and scallops heaped on a bed of perfectly cooked risotto.

My daughter's cream-based pasta and spinach dish was equally delectable, and the whole experience was complimented by friendly, attentive service and an extensive wine list.

Walking around the North End, it's not uncommon to see people waiting in line to get into a restaurant along the neighborhood's main streets. La Summa is clear proof that a short trip off the beaten path can pay great rewards.

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