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“The ambience was friendly and warm too.”
“also highly recommend the desserts.”
“The prices are reasonable, and you can get a decent carafe of wine for a reasonable price.”
“I'm a big pasta/risotto fan and I can definitely say that this restaurant has authentic Italian food!”
“The chef changes the menu every month or so to include some creative cuisine.”
“This is a great little "hole in the wall" Italian restaurant.”
“Even though this "one-time" bad experience shouldn't be generalized, I will not go back to this place for this only reason.”
“The food and our server Santiago are both highly recommended!”
“The prices are reasonable, and you can get a decent carafe of wine for a reasonable price.”
“My wife has loved this place for a long time.”
Looking for nice meal at a hiding spot....
I don't write many review, but I hope this one makes the chef and server more aware about how important it is a delicious meal, well presented and with good atmosphere. Our expectations were not met, poor presentation, food was just ordinary, wine list was overly price...never felt the Toscana Warmth and finding parking
was next to impossible. ;-)
Good food but bad experience.
Honestly, trattoria toscana provides excellent italian food, very similar to what you can get in italy and western Europe (I am french, and apologize for my average English)
I have been to this place twice with my wife; even though I am more familiar with napoletan cooking, I really enjoyed the diner.
Another good thing was the genuine "european atmosphere" of this place; we felt like in a small italian restaurant, rue Surcouf, in the 6ème arrondissement of Paris....
However, our second experience was very unpleasant: as they don't accept reservations, they asked us to wait 20 minutes (party of 3) despite my call 10 minutes prior to showing up. As the place is very small, we went one block from here at Church to get a drink (and we let the waiter know this ), and came back 25 minutes later; the table was given to someone else....and they asked us to wait 20 more minutes, without a smile.
OK, this is not a big deal and indeed, this unpleasant attitude is unfortunately very common in Europe; however, instead of apologizing, the waiter (supposedly co-manager ?) started to tell us that it was our fault and that we can only regret not having waited in front of the restaurant.
(of course, we left to another place)
To conclude, I would say that it deserves 4 stars for the food, but they may show disrespect to the customer, that is a problem to my opinion when you spend approx 100 to 120$ for two people.
Even though this "one-time" bad experience shouldn't be generalized, I will not go back to this place for this only reason.
High Expectations Not Met. After reading all the great reviews, decided to take someone special for dinner at Toscana since it seemed like a Boston version of Trattoria Cibreo we had dinner at twice in Florence, where every course was rich, earthy, Tuscan. When we walked in, the atmosphere was reminiscent...simple, basic, no frills, which is fine, it should be about the food. The issue was, for all the praise, the food was very average. First came bread & olive oil. The bread was basic sliced and it was perhaps the only time we've had olive oil with the consistency of water and no flavor. The Antipasto was better...the meats and cheeses were tasty and presentation was nice. The marinated mushrooms seemed to have come from Shaw's deli, not so special. Entrees did not seem very Tuscan...grilled steak, chicken breast with leeks, grilled salmon with lemon, pork chop and lamb shank...more Mediterranean than Tuscan. The only seafood entree...grilled salmon...had bones in it. This is never expected and should be noted on the menu or told to the customer. It came with grilled zucchini which was cold and unseasoned. The lamb shank was decent. There was an orange colored sauce on it and really could not tell what it was made of. That came with 3 little round baked pototoes, also unseasoned, and some spinach, also unseasoned and with the consistency of Bird's Eye frozen/chopped. The wine, at $8 per glass, was probably the cost of the bottle. As a $5 glass of house wine, it would have been OK. Which is the issue we had. The food was not bad, but dinner for 2 (one app, 2 entrees and 2 glasses of wine) was nearing $100 with the tip (tip was reasonable despite waiting 30 minutes for a fish dish and lamb shank, which would have already been braised/roasted...staff liked to stand around, it was not a busy night). For that amount.or not much more, you can go to Giacomo's, Stella or Rocca...all have better food and better service. Not bad, but not as good as everyone seems to be saying.
Best Italian food in Boston!. This place is around the corner from where my daughter lives and I can't believe I've ignored it the past 3 years! I will go back....and take my California friends with me when they go to Boston....again and again because I want to try everything! The penne with red peppers and the raviolis with sausage were prepared and seasoned to perfection. For two people, including wine, anti pasta and dessert, I was delightfully surprised at how reasonable the prices were since we did not pay attention when ordering. Leave the tourist to the North End....this place is the best!
Great Italian but a long wait to be seated..
This is a great little "hole in the wall" Italian restaurant. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but it's cozy and rustic on the inside.
Unfortunately my friends and I had to wait 40 minutes to eat here! The hostess kept telling us "Ten more minutes...ten more minutes." And because the restaurant is so small we were forced to sit on the curb outside to wait.
The food however, more than made up for the waiting. It was delicious!!! Definitely true to Italian cooking and the wine list is spectacular! I also highly recommend the desserts. The owner was very gracious to us once we got in, but I do wish he made an effort to make up for the long wait (maybe a free glass of wine or desserts on the house?).
Overall this place has authentic, delicious Italian food with excellent wines to pair with it. Just call ahead...
Amazing!. We happened to live in Fenway and had seen the restaurant many times while eating across the street at Brown Sugar. It does not look like much of a restaurant from the outside, but when we finally tried it, we were amazed! The atmosphere, service and food were all amazing. Our waiter was very attentive and genuinely funny. Our meals tasted like authentic Italian and were carefully prepared?much better than most of the Italian restaurants that you would eat at in the North End, and for a fraction of the cost. I can?t recommend this restaurant highly enough. One thing to consider is that since it is VERY small, they do no accept reservations. This has become one my favorite restaurants in Boston!
best italian food!!!!. I live right next to this resturant and have been MANY times and have LOVED it every time!!! Great date spot! Very intimate setting!! Service is amazing, food is more than amazing!!! The menu changes by season and has something for everyone! The wine list is also very impressive! Great hidden find!
Cheap eats!!!!. I've been to Trattoria Toscana many times and I've never been dissapointed with ANY of the dishes. Though the place is very small, the staff is extremely friendly and try to seat you as soon as possible. The dishes are amazing and come out in a timely manner. They have a delicious salad there for like 8 dollars and it's huge! Their mushroom risotto and any of their pasta dishes are just fantastic. I'm a big pasta/risotto fan and I can definitely say that this restaurant has authentic Italian food! Their wine list is average and their dessert is average. We tried the tiramisu and it was quite tasty. Overall, my experiences at Trattoria Toscana have ALWAYS been fantastic. It is truly a hidden gem in the fenway area!
Best Server!. My husband and I recently ate at Trattoria Toscana and had a wonderful experience. Our waiter, Santiago gave us great recommendations which made our experience even better. The lamb was delicious and the wine to go with it was sensational. The gnocchi was also to die for. The food and our server Santiago are both highly recommended!
most authentic italian food in the city; great atmosphere, feels like you're in your little corner in italy.
Gnocchis are absolutely to die for...they melt in your mouth. They are obviously hand-made, and just simply delicious. Their meat sauce is actually pieces of meat and not really a sauce at all.
I didn't save room for dessert, but with only a few tables, this place is small, quiet, very romantic, and absolutely delicious Italian fare. Highly recommended...better than any place in the North End.
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