Boston >Food & Dining > La Galleria 33
125 Salem St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211342.364697 -71.055515
Mon. - Thu., Sun. 4pm - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 4pm - 11pm
Neighborhoods: North End, Central
La Galleria 33 is now serving brunch!! Strawberry-marscapone french toast, creamy shrimp and "grits" (polenta), eggs benedict, blood orange mimosas....Delicious!!
Stay away. Bad service. Food mediocre. Used to enjoy going here since the food was pretty good, the service was equally good and they took and honored reservations. What a difference a few months make. Have the anitpasto if you like more salt than cold cuts. Have the Shrimp fra Diavlo if you like sauce with little spice. You might as well stand and hold on to the cutlery that way it will make it easier to dodge the wait staff who are trying to take away utensils before you are finished using them. Enjoy the shadow of staff standing over you waiting to push you out of your chair so they can seat the next set of schmucks.
Honest Review – My mum was in town this week from Denver and her one request was to have a good Italian dinner but one that was not very expensive. My girlfriend and I typically eat at Bacco's but I knew their prices there are higher than she wanted to spend. We read numerous reviews for restaurants in the North End on Open Table and selected La Galleria 33. We were not disappointed in the least. The waiter was attentive and seated us promptly. The bus boy was a bit obnoxious constantly stopping by to fill our waters. We ordered the seafood stuffed mushrooms which was good but not excellent. The bread served with olive oil and olives was very good to start the meal. The dressing for the house salad was not well balanced, the vinegar overpowered the dressing. We ordered veal paradiso; lasagna and veal saltimbocca and all were excellent choices. The homemade pasta was excellent; the veal paradiso is one of the best veal dishes I have ever tasted. The vodka cream sauce itself was to die for, ok maybe a bit extreme, but it is second-to-none. The lasagna was not heavy or overpowered with too much cheese, perfect blend of ingredients. We skipped on dessert as we typically go to Cafe Vittoria whenever we are in the North End. We will definitely return to La Galleria 33 the next time we dine in the North End. As it turned out we ended up paying for the meal anyway!
Excellent Italian fare – After arriving in Boston our first night and wandering through seemingly endless Italian bistros, we finally settled on La Galleria 33 because of the sweet Italian woman welcoming us at the door and promising amazing homemade pasta and the reasonable prices. We got bread with the best olive oil I have ever tasted, including olives. We shared a fresh, balsamic bruschetta appetizer, which was delicious. I chose the homemade gnocchi; the marinara was slightly spicy and overall excellent. There was so much of it too! My husband chose the eggplant rollatini, which was the second best we have ever tried. We were absolutely thrilled with this place and will probably go back before our stay ends.
Ok food.. really bad service. – We visited Saturday evening 11/1/08. From the moment we sat down we felt rushed & unattended. At first greeting our waitress was interrupted by the hostess because a party of 9 was "getting worse" & she needed to "get them seated now". Our waitress told her to take the wine glasses off/away from the table behind us. The hostess said she couldn't do that (uneasy/surprised tone) & our waitress again directed her to take them, she was forcing that table to finish and leave!! We ordered an appetizer & wine. The $16.95 antipasti was skimpy & not worth the price.
When our waitress returned we ordered & since the menu says that they will try to accommodate anything we asked if manicotti was an option. She was curt stating we don't have it and told us to have cannelloni. It wasn't a recommendation; it was a snarly comment. Rather than ask anything else he just ordered a chicken dish & I ordered the veal parm. I did ask what the pasta choices were & was told that it's whatever the chef had ready. I asked what his choices were because I don't care for Rigatoni. She of course said linguini or rigatoni & left the table, we were stunned. The table next to us received their food & had gotten linguini so I was hopeful. Of course when our meals arrived.. I got Rigatoni. The veal & chicken were ok but I did not have any of the pasta. The worst part was that while we were enduring bad service the really upset party of 9 that came in after us was being catered to. We heard our waitress very politely telling them about specials & laughing... we had no idea there were specials at all!
Antoher table asked about Coffee to find out that on Sat nights they do not serve coffee or desserts. She offered no explanation & left that table sitting confused.
It was not a good experience. We are very disappointed with La Galleria. This was suppose to be a special night and dinner set a mediocre tone for the evening that was hard to shake.
I DO NOT recommend this restaurant.
Awsome Italian – It's really refreshing to know that there are still some restaurants in the North End that care about their customers. We went there on a Thursday night. Nearly dragged in by our waitress, I thought this ought to be good, and to my surprise it was fantastic.
The service was impecable and the food was fresh and delicious.
We had such a good time, we felt as if they have known us for years.
I'm truly looking forward to our next visit.
Average food, below average service – Nice setting, easy to fit a large family. Food was OK to good - not very memorable. Service was below average. Mark-up on wine was a little higher than average.
There are plenty of great restaurants in the North End, eat here only as a back-up plan.
La Galleria = 1/2 meals for FULL price!!!! – This was by far the WORST experience at a restaurant EVER! Myself and two friends wanted to meet for dinner and we came across La Galleria 33. We put our names on the waiting list and were told it would be 30-40 minutes until a table was available. We chose to wait outside on the sidewalk rather than in the small foyer and after 25 minutes were told that our name was already called and we "missed" our chance to get a table. The very rude hostess told us that she would "see what she could do" to get us in. An hour and 15 minutes later, the three of us were sat at a table for two.
Within 30 seconds of getting our salads, 2 meals were brought out while the third person had nothing (he hadn't ordered a salad). The waiter from this point on, completely ignored our table. We had to ask the water girl to see if she could find the missing third dinner. 25 minutes later, our friend got his hot dinner, while the other two of us, got to chip away at the icicles on ours. Again, the waiter avoided our table, except to quickly tell the person that had to wait for his dinner that he would have it taken off the bill. He wasn't even at the table long enough for us to ask him to heat our dinners up.
When it was time to pay the bill, I casually asked the waiter if our dinners (the two that were delivered quickly) were supposed to come with pasta. He informed me that yes, both eggplant parm and the chicken parm were supposed to include pasta...we never got it! When I asked to speak with a manager, she was even more rude than the hostess was! The manager (who was also waiting tables in the next section) said that she didn't know why we were complaining because the late dinner was already taken off the bill. I explained to her that we had only taken 3 bites of our COLD dinners because we waited for his AND we only got half of it (no pasta)! She offered to package the pasta to go which was a joke! We should have taken the pasta and dumped it on her head!!
I love this restaurant – La Galleria 33 is a lovely small restaurant beautifully decorated. The pricing is good except wine is high. The food is delicious especially the pasta. Try the spinach cantollini-it is supurb!!! This is the North End's best kept secret.
Horrible Service – I went here with my wife and 2 other couples. When we arrived a group of 6 was in a heated argument with the hostess. The group had arrived 15+ minutes late. Their argument lasted over 10 minutes while we patiently waited and the group was told there was a table of 4 that could be arranged for them. The group refused it and after a long debate was seated at a window table for 6. My group, which was 20 minutes early, was then seated at the table for four that the last group had refused. The waitresses then scowled at us all night because we had a person sitting in the aisle that blocked their path. Bottom line: this place wants money and will sell out your reservation. Make sure to show up 30 minutes early or just make a reservation somewhere else. While the food is good, it's hard to enjoy knowing that the hostess gave away your reservation while you were standing at the door.
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