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Posted by Anonymous on 12/11/2013
Possibly the only place in Boston you can get wonderful authentic Tuscan food. It's a great location; I'm surprised when I wander in here from a visit to the MFA and don't find it crowded, particularly because it's very small and can become crowded very fast. The ambiance and food are somewhere between homey and fancy -- I've seen people here in jeans and in their best evening clothes -- and the prices, while reasonable, are according. It's a good place to impress a date, not a place to bring young children. The staff are friendly, and if you bring an Italian speaker the owner will be excited to chat with them in Italian any chance he gets. The food is wonderful, and I recommend trying their desserts. The size of the dishes are big enough that you would not go away hungry just ordering a main dish, but not so big that you can't enjoy three courses if you eat slowly, Italian style. If I could change one thing about this restaurant, it would be to have them change up their menu a little more often. (Note that the bathroom is down a flight of steps, so this is not the best place to come with someone who has difficulty with stairs.)
Posted by Anna on 08/26/2011
Great food-sane portions, beautiful sauces. We have been coming here for years and the food could not be better. The gnocchi with gorgonzola, the vegetable risotto, the antipasto, the bruschetta-I dream about them. House wine by the carafe is a great value, and the service is always friendly and knowledgable.
Posted by real deal on 04/06/2011
This is real italian food, not the made up nonsense you get at the fake North End restaurants. If you like fettucine alfredo and chicken parmisan then this is not the place for you, if you are OK with menus written in broken italian (or you cannot tell the difference) then this is not a place for you, if you like gigantic portions enough to feed an army (and think that is very italian) this is not the place for you. You should really go to the North End. For everybody else looking for authentic italian food this place is a gem
Posted by TamerlaneNJ on 02/22/2011
Are you kidding? Trattoria Toscana is an authentic northern Italian restaurant, a great value for the city, and does things that none of those Italian-American places drowning in red sauce in the north end do. It's NOT FOR YOUR LITTLE KIDS. If you want cheap bowls of pasta and tomato sauce take your kids to Olive Garden or Chuck E. Cheeze. I understand that it was frustrating for you, but know what you are getting into. Ridiculous.
Posted by John on 02/12/2011
Trattoria Toscana is not bad, but do not make the mistake to go there with kids. The place is NOT the most kids-friendly place in town... You will be surprised to see your bill at the end. The guy, who is rightly sensitive about the difference between Ligurian and Tuscan, seems to be completely unmoved if kids are among his patrons. There is no such a thing as a "kids menu". If you wonder and ask, the guy would tell you: "oh, we can cook some nice zittis with tomato sauce" or something like that. Which is, of course, fine. Except, you better be ready not to fall off your chair when you get the check: $14 dollars for a small, uninspiring, completely average plate of zittis per child... By the way, you can get the same plate for no more than 5 dollars maximum, plus free drinks and desert at any other place... The guy better puts a sign out of his restaurant: Kids Are Not Welcome At least you know in advance what you get if you don't follow the rule.
Posted by Eileen on 02/08/2011
The Trattoria is the best place in Boston for Italian food. The food, service and atmosphere make you feel like you are at your grandmother's Italian home. My family eats there several times a year and it is like coming home each time!
Posted by Peter Rojan on 09/29/2010
This place is BELOW AVERAGE. No where does this place compares to the many Italian restaurants that we have in the North End. It does have a nice cute atmosphere however, but beyond that, nothing to yearn for. Food is expensive and the waiter was extremly rude. First time at this place and my last. I don't know what all this hype is about..