Boston >Food & Dining > Limoncello Ristorante
190 North St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211342.363366 -71.053878
Neighborhoods: North End, Central
place is so good – never had a bad meal here, in fact they were all extraordinary. some of the best italian food i've had and im an italian chef
Good and reasonable place to eat – We have eaten at Limoncello's a number of times and have always enjoyed it.
One attraction is that the menu carries non-Italian dishes for those - not us - who are not fans of Italian food.
The act of the bus boy who "accidentally" tries to serve you bottled water even if you specifically have asked for tap water is getting old!
If you insist on speaking the language "of the locals", try Spanish rather than Italian.
No big deal.
We will be back.
Ciao e c'vediamo!
Typical by-the-book Tacky North End restaurant – I have lived in the North End for 5 years and decided to try Limoncello on Saturday night after hearing how great the food was. My husband and I had an 8pm reservation but after arriving on time, were ushered to the back of the restaurant to a cramped makeshift bar/coat room area and told to wait. We glanced around the room to see about 6 other couples who had obv. been waiting a lot longer then us, all with P'd off expressions on their faces. After about 20mins the manager tried to make nice with complimentary cheap glasses of chianti but the goodwill gestures died down around the 40min mark. I decided to check out where we would be potentially sitting and spotted the 2-tops squished among larger tables of 8 all on top of one another. How romantic! It became clear the greedy manager had overbooked and wanted to pack as many people in there as possible. The combination of being treated like cattle with the garish murals on the wall more suited to Olive Garden was the final push we needed to get up and leave!
Unfortunately I cannot comment on the food and I probably never will. It would take mammoth persuasion for me to set foot back in there!! Fortunately Carmen is right next door and once we shared our story with their hostess, she gave a chuckle as though she'd heard it all before. Even though their restaurant is a lot smaller but just as busy (there was a line out the door) we were treated to a great seat up front amongst a much classier clientele and ambience. I will be eating at Carmen again. Limoncello not so much.
Real Traditional Italian – What a fabulous restaurant and exceptional dining experience. If you truly want traditional italian a reasonable price this is the place in the city. Very nice restaurant, great locatiion and fun with great service.
If you love food, you'll love Limoncello – The atmosphere is not as nice as the prices suggest. ( stains in the ceiling tiles, lights flickering, flatware that is $8.00 a dozen) But the food. oh the food. The bread is amazing. Best caesar salad I have ever had. When my spaghetti was served, it looked like something you would get at a high school cafeteria, cheap bowl, thick spaghetti with sauce on top. But let me tell you, looks can be deceiving. It was by far the best pasta and sauce I have ever had. My wife got pasta in a cream sauce, and again we both agreed, it was by far the best either of us have ever had. Plain and simple, IF YOU LOVE GOOD FOOD, YOU'LL LOVE THIS PLACE. Well done.
Great service – I recently went to this restaurant and wasn't disappointed. The staff was very courteous and came by every once in a while to check on how things were, etc. I had the lobster ravioli which was homemade and incredible. Small portions, but there were about 8-9 raviolis and I couldn't even eat all of them (I get overwhelmed when I have a humungous plate of food in front of me, so it was perfect for me). I would definitely go again, probably sometime soon!
WAY Overpriced – Being first time travelers to Boston, we asked around where we should wat in the north end as our whole group loves italian food. This restaurant was recommended so we tough we would give it a try. Here is what we found:
1. The restaurant has the potential to be very overcrowded with tables way too close together. Lucikly, we got to sit by the front window as we had a child and a stroller.
2. There was no kids menu whatsoever so if anyone feels like paying $18.00 for spaghetti...go ahead. Also, there is no juice whatsoever. Not sure what they expect the kids to drink.
3. There were no refills on either soda or ice tea...each were $3.00. The ice tea tasted like it was powder nestea. This is the first time I have ever been to a restaurant that does not have refills on ice tea.
4. My wife was talking with the waitress about which salad to choose. The waitress recommended one not on the menu that we found out was $16.00 when we got the bill. The others in our party ordered one which had everything ours had ours had but a little (and I mean a little) mixed greens. Theres was $9.00. Ridiculous
5. The portions are very small...not what one expects at an italian rest.
6. I ordered the squid ink lobster linguine. It wasnt bad but they used the bad parts of the lobster for the meat. I had a big piece of claw meat. Theres a reason they dont serve lobster claws in reastaurants...they are not crab claws. Also, they dont fill the plate up with the meal, they place it in this little bowl about the size of a large hamburger.
All in all, the food was ok...not what we expected. We typically go to very expensive restaurants and have no problems with the cost but $16 for a salad. For the ambiance, this place should be more reasonable. We found the waitress to be defensive and not helpful at all. There are much better restaurants for the price. For groups of 4, you could easily spend $200.00 here and then want to go to mcdonalds afterward...the portions are that small.
One of the North End gems – I went to Limoncello for an early dinner before a concert in the garden. The place was busy but unlike other places in the north end you didn't feel like you are in a packed elevator. We started with the stuffed artichokes and it was quite good. I had the Black squid ink Fettucine pasta with Maine Lobster meat which was very delicious. I also loved their homemade Tiramasu. The decor is not very fancy, but the restaurant is very comfortable. I would resommend this place for a good italian meal. Their Limoncello drink is also not to be missed!
Molto Bene! – Take it from an Italian New Yorker, this was a wonderful meal. Four of us walked in on an Wed. evening, with no reservation, and were promptly seated. The gorgonzola cheese in the appetizer we ordered was incredible. The veal marsala was one of the best I've ever had! My wife's veal chop was superb. Our seasoned waiter, Antonio, from Genoa, Italy, was fantastic. Besides serving us promptly, he was friendly and humorous. The busboy made sure our (tap) water glasses were never empty. At the end of the meal, Antonio treated my wife & I to an after dinner drink of, what else?, chilled Limoncello.
Not Recommended – Forced to wait in cramped coat room area for 45 mins, although we had a reservation. The tables were on top of one another - appeared as though they didn't want to turn anyone away, so they overbooked because it was Valentine's Day. The cheese platter wasn't worth the $15, and other than the bread and caesar salad, the meals were mediocre. There are many places in the area with much better food at a lower price. The ambiance was loud - had to practically yell across the table to carry on a conversation. NOT romantic. I'd recommend heading to Piccola Venecia or Dolce Vita (both on Hanover St.) instead.
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