Boston >Food & Dining > Lo Conte's Italian Cuisine
116 Salem St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211342.364709 -71.055630
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Central, North End
Worst Meal In North End – Hello,
I had an unpleasant dining experience at this restaurant Friday, August 13, 2010. As you know there are numerous fine dining places in North End. I was hosting my cousin, who was visiting from England and I wanted the evening to be extra special. Before choosing a restaurant for our dinner, I went online and researched multiple Italian restaurants in North End. After seeing a review of this restaurant on one of the news channels (I think it was 7-News), I decided to make a reservation and have our special dinner there. What a disappointment!!!! The service was slow; the waiter barely ever showed up to get us drink refills. The food was not good at all. I ordered Chicken Picata, which ended up being the worst I've ever tried. The sauce was runny, the chicken was tough, and the spaghetti was store made and nothing special. My husband ordered Chicken Cacciatore. He hated the entire dish. The chicken was overdone, he did not like the sauce, and there were too many large slices of onions, which completely overpowered the dish. He also ordered linguini, but received penne pasta instead. My cousin made a special order, she wanted pasta and scallops in light and buttery sauce, instead she got bolognes sauce. None of us liked our food. The restaurant was very noisy, and even though we made a reservation ahead of time we were placed at two mismatched (different height and size) tables. The entire meal cost us $92, which considering the economy is a significant price to pay for a 3 person meal. And yet, I would not mind the bill if the meal and the entire dining experience were worth it. But, the experience at Lo Contes restaurant was far from perfect; I've had better meals at third grade chain diners. I am posting my comment online because I want public to be aware.
A very dissatisfied customer.
My Go-to in the North End – I have fond memories of Lo Conte. My boyfriend took me here for our first Valentine's Day together. He picked it solely on its name and the hilarious jokes he thought he could make. Think about it.
We have been here a few times since for other anniversaries and valentine's days. We've brought both our families there, too. What I always tell them before we go is the food's great, the service is not great.
We go there because the food is so delicious, that I don't mind so much that the service is not great. The waiters keep themselves sparse, which is alright for the most part except when something is needed.
Our defaults are the pesto tortellini and the chicken parm. My BF is sort of a chicken parm connoisseur and calls Lo Conte's "close to spectacular."
went downhill – Was one of my favorites about 5 yrs ago, but quality and attitude plummeted since I've last visited the North End. The marinara sauce has gone down hill, as did the customer service. My friends and I had looked forward to dining at one of our old stomping grounds while I was in town, but I was extremely dissappointed. We waited forever to be seated (w/ a reservation), were rushed to order, and then expected to scoff down below par food. The whole experience was very unpleasant; I'm sorry to say I won't be back.
Excellent Food, Terrible Service - You will regret going! – My friend and I went out for a late dinner on a Sat. night (around 10.20) when they close at 11.00. We were sat right away and the waiter asked us to put an order in as the kitchen was closing. In order to avoid starting out on a bad foot, we quickly placed our order for mussels and the lobster ravioli. He came back shortly thereafter and took our drink order (a bottle of the Sangiovese). Within 5 minutes we received the bottle and food at the same time, which is also not customary, but we were hungry and it smelled delicious - we again decided to let it go and be grateful for such a fabulous meal.
We began eating and within 10 minutes, the bussers were trying to grab the food off the table before we were done! I kid you not, they came 5 or 6 times (a few min apart) trying to remove the food we had not yet finished. We also noticed that the other 2 large tables were not being bothered at all. At one point, I had to literally hover my hands over the food and stearnly stay 'we are not done, do not try and remove our meal'. It was ludicrous! We received the check and paid by 11.15 (the other tables were still there btw) and because we hadn't signed our credit slips (because we were pondering what to leave based on the terrible, terrible service with our last, full glass of wine), the manager came over and told us to sign. He said we could 'sit here all night' if we wanted to - after we signed. We really had no intention of spending much time there as it became apparent we were not welcome, and I said ' I'll sign when I'm ready to, is that ok?' He then began to argue with me and walked off! I was so fed up by all of the rude behavior that I chose to leave a zero tip, which I rarely do, and my friend, very generously, left $5. The next morning, we were still talking about how uncouth the experience was and I decided to hop online and check my cc statement - they had charged a 20% tip for each of us, though we left only 5%. WATCH OUT for these people! THEY ARE THIEFS!
the food was awesome! – omg this food was so freekin good, i got the chicken marsala uhh heaven on a dish.. like did u just do away with the chicken in the kitchen, freshest piece of chicken i ever had and those mushrooms bada bing. listen my buddy anthony was the waiter he didnt drop no sauce on my table and he gut a tight bum in those black pants. go to locontes if u want a big sausage full of sauce on ur plate
Best Veal Anywhere – My wife and I have been in over 20 times and it gets better each day. It is so good that I avoid eating as mush as I can during the day when we know we are going that evening, so I can eat as much as possible when I get there. You have never had a veal parm until you have tried theirs'. It is so tender, you do not need a knife to cut it. Every dish there is a heavenly experience. Chris the host is the best and this is a place that any person visting the North End must experience, as once you do you will never dine anywhere else.
Better Values in North End – We went there on a Saturday night based on the reviews here at CitySearch. The atmosphere was fine, similar to most other North End restaurants where they squeeze as many tables into a small space as possible. We ended up at the table next to the waiter station where we were in easy earshot of all the drama taking place. We started with the calamari that was listed as an appetizer but was large enough to fill two people - it came mixed with hot pepper and a side of marinara sauce. It was an ok start but the watered down marinara sauce was doused with crushed red pepper in a futile attempt to add some zing. For the main course, I had the veal parmaginia and my companion at the tortellini in pesto. This was one of the worst pieces of veal I have ever had a restaurant - it definitely went from the freezer to the fryer to my plate. It was smothered in mozzarella and accompanied by a side of spaghetti with a little of the same bland, watered down marinara sauce on top. I tried the tortellini and in a similar fashion it was easy to taste that it came from a package with another under-seasoned sauce.
Having been to several other restaurants on Salem Street, it is easy for me to say that you should quickly pass the front door of Lo Conte's and visit one of the other restaurants where you are likely to find superior food in this price range.
FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!! – I went to this restaurant on a Saturday and was seated promptly. The food was wonderful! The chicken parm was out of this world. The service was good and the atmosphere was very quaint. There was a large menu and all items were reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend and will return again!
I LOVE this restaurant, Pesto Tortellini is amazing! – We wound up here one Saturday night in January, because it had a shorter wait than Al Dente. I'm so glad I found this place and I've been back 5-6 times since then, the food is just so good! Sure its cramped and occasionally there's a short wait even when you have a reservation and perhaps some of the waiters aren't the best english speakers, but the prices, portions and taste can't be beat! The pesto tortellini is amazing! I've also had the fried artichoke appetizer which was great. They also have a good list of wines at reasonable prices. I've come here with groups of 4-8 people and they've done a great job of serving all of us and everyone not only loved their meals, but went home with left overs. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed!
The best Italian food in the North End – My family and I travel down to Boston from NH just to dine at Lo Conte's. Having dined there at least 20 times, I can say the food is consisently excellent and the service is attentive without being obtrusive. My wife loved the farfalle with eggplant, and my daughter the chicken parm. I'm the wild card...having eaten virtually every menu item and a few off menu(yes they have meatballs off menu) I have never had a bad meal. In addition to the food, LoConte's has an excellent wine list by the glass. Don't plan on lingering over dessert and coffee...the place needs to turn the tables...besides there are great places in the neighborhood for pastry and capacinno.
The food, service, atmosphere and value make this "the place" in the No End
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