Boston >Food & Dining > Mamma Maria Restaurant
3 North Sq, Boston, MA | Directions 0211342.360774 -71.055840
Sun-Thurs 5-9:30pm; Fri-Sat 5-10:30pm
Neighborhoods: Central, North End
So Disappointing – My fiancé and I thought we would start our 1 year countdown to getting married by celebrating at a wonderful restaurant where we would return to each year to celebrate our marriage.
Reading the reviews and description of this restaurant ,we thought we were going to find it very romantic. First, after sitting in the car for over 5 minutes waiting for the valet attendants to stop speaking to their friends who were sitting in their car where customers should have been able to park, I started out of my car when one of them started his way towards me with an attitude. Clearly he changed his way when he realized that I may have been someone who’s occupation warranted a second thought.
We walk into this restaurant where it in this neighborhood it is typically small and were seated at a corner table where it felt like a closet. The romantic ambience was absent when the people around us were seated in jeans and sneakers. The carpet was just ok and the inside of the restaurant was dark and gloomy.
The waiter approached us, and he totally disrespected my fiancé and myself by his attempt to flirt with her. After his third attempt, I was now getting ready to take action when my fiance asked me not to. Clearly he was made well aware that I was not happy with the chain of event’s that had ensued. Needless to say his service towards me was different then what I observed at other tables. We both ignored him and he got the message loud and clear.
The food was just okay. At thirty two dollars a plate one would have thought the food would be exceptional. It wasn’t. Cleo’s or XO’s is far more superior in their service, professionalism, and respect for their customers.
Perhaps we lucked out and got someone who just didn’t get the fact that some people come to dine out because they are couples, and by them sitting at the table does not mean is open hunting season.
Yes my fiancé is the most beautiful woman who has ever walked this planet. I would hope he learns that respect is what she and other women deserve and not to be insulted.
Back in heartbeat! – Dinner was great family experience for all of us. Mama Maria was a feast for the senses as we enjoyed our excellently prepared dinner. The waitstaff was very helpful and our teens had a truly enjoyable dinner. It was a great way to usher in a family vacation.
Highway Robbery – We went to Mamma Maria as a group of 11. The waiter asked if we wanted to have a few appetizers to share among the table. We agreed and he brought out a few appetizers for each person. When we got the bill, we found out that he had chosen two expensive appetizers and charged us for 11 of each, plus 3 orders of 3 other appetizers. In the end, our appetizers cost more than $400. The waiter also tried multiple times to upsell us on more expensive wine. It ended up costing us $100 per person for the meal (after we battled them down from $120 per person).
In addition, they charged us a mandatory tip (despite getting ripped off by the waiter). The menu said the tip was 18%, but they ended us charging us 20% (netting the waiter another $20)
I would never go back here again. Maybe this was the case of a waiter gone bad, but it was enough to sour my opinion of the place.
very fine dining – yes, pricey, and i personally enjoy slightly more casual (upbeat yet casual) dining environments than this. excellent food, though. love their lamb gnocchi--VERY filling, but oh... so good.
this place is "unique" in a sense that the establishment is located in a house (or at least the place was a house previously): you have to walk up the stairs into different floors of dining areas. it's not like you go in on street-level and see everything there at once. great ambiance for dates (if anyone's worth a pricey date!).
Great food but....suspicious activity on my credit card the following days – We had a great time, had great food, and enjoyed the atmosphere. Yet, in the following two days after we dined there, suspicious activity started to show-up on my credit card. I hadn't used my card in several weeks (where it would be out of my possession to be processed) and I find this highly non-coincidental that on the day that I do, fraudulent charges show up on my account. I was forced to cancel my credit card and luckily was able to stop this identify theft from occurring any further. This ruined our experience at the restaurant and I would never go back here again because of it. This could have ruined my credit. There has been numerous television specials regarding this, how people sell card numbers on the internet, etc., and this potentially this could be taking place here. Of course this is hard to prove, but I don't feel this is a coincidence and has tarnished their reputation for me and everyone I know. I just don't want this to happen to other people as well. It's too bad because their Osso Bucco was amazing.
Lovely but overrated – The ambiance is lovely - the charming townhouse, very good service - but the food quality is uneven. Our party of four had 2 excellent appetizers (mushroom polenta and baked oysters) and two very average ones (bacon and arugala salad, lobster ravioli), and three very good dinners (rabbit and pasta, scallops and pasta, and gnocci carbonara) and one medicore one (the riboletta). For dessert, the tiramisu was terrific, the panna cotta very good, the chocolate cake dry and almost inedible. Overall, I'd say it's a very good dinner, and at a less expensive place, "very good" would be fine. But for $300, I expect more consistent quality. It was nice to go once, but I won't be back. A place like Antico Forno is just as good and much less expensive.
Celebrities and locals alike flock to this cozy townhouse on the North End's outer fringe for award-winning Italian cuisine. – The Scene
The parade of limousines that continually clog North Square's cobblestone streets is a testament to Mamma Maria's enduring high standards and staying power. Patrons at this romantic, converted brick townhouse (dating to the early 19th century) can choose one of five distinct dining areas (try to snag the snug second-floor enclave, which holds only a single table). Service in all corners is nothing short of outstanding.
Mamma's kitchen churns out noteworthy Italian and New American dishes featuring seasonal, local ingredients. In other words, stick to touristy Hanover Street if you're just looking for spaghetti and meatballs. Fava bean salad with roasted asparagus and watercress salsa verde is a light, refreshing starter. A succulent, slow-roasted veal shank (served osso bucco style) features a delicate saffron risotto. Leave room for the wonderfully intricate desserts, including a complex maple-mascarpone torta.
We love Mamma Maria – We have been enjoying Mamma Maria for many years. It is the closest thing to a classic European restaurant in Boston. The setting is completely unique overlooking this really old square in the North End. The food is absolutly authentic - don't know what the previous reviewer was talking about! Yes, it is busy, but that's part of the fun. They park you car, they are good with their reservations and the staff is always accomodating. Try to reserve on the many private rooms -great for celebrations. Highly recommended!
THIS PLACE SUCKS – I was really looking forward to dinner here with my family when they came to visit. I read good things. It was AWFUL.
#1 - Upon arrival, the hostess was being yelled at right in front of everyone. I thought she might cry. The place was noisy, overcrowded and hectic.
#2 no one who works here is Italian. NO ONE. The staff is all Moroccan. The food is barely Italian. It's mostly French/Morrocan. They serve some decent Italian wines... that's about it as far as authenticity.
#3 The service was terrible: our waiter forgot or screwed up our drink order TWICE, he forgot my salad, and after telling him explicitly that I had an allergy to mushrooms, my lobster ravioli came out with a smothered in a mushroom sauce (which wasn't mentioned on the menu). SMOTHERED.
$350 later, I am still apologizing to my parents for picking this place.
Great time at Restaurant Week – We just had dinner at Mama Maria during restaurant week. Fantastic dinner. Was skeptical going in because had read bad reviews about service....Service was terrific from the hostess to waiter to bus boys. Was seated right away at great terrace table. Very impressed. Food was delicious - scallops, tuna, ravioli and choc cake! Will definitely recommend and go back.
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