Tresca

★★★★☆
  • 233 Hanover St

    Boston, MA 02113

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  • 617-742-8240

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Tresca is must when dining in the North End!

The last time I was there we truly had the best and most knowledgeable Server named Phil Hunter (he is there Friday nights!)

Phil knows everything Italian...so without hesitation we left it

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★★★★★

Tresca is must when dining in the North End!

The last time I was there we truly had the best and most knowledgeable Server named Phil Hunter (he is there Friday nights!)

Phil knows everything Italian...so without hesitation we left it

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The balcony table for 2 is the most romantic table in the North End. I love eating al fresco and people watching is like no other. The service was so professional from the initial greeting from the lovely hostess, the server and the busser. We did the Tresca Tasting. 4 amazing courses from different regions in Italy. All where explained as they were brought to the table. We were at the hands of the Chef. Fun and exciting experience. Unforgettable evening.

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★★★★☆

The balcony table for 2 is the most romantic table in the North End. I love eating al fresco and people watching is like no other. The service was so professional from the initial greeting from the lovely hostess, the server and the busser. We did the Tresca Tasting. 4 amazing courses from different regions in Italy. All where explained as they were brought to the table. We were at the hands of the Chef. Fun and exciting experience. Unforgettable evening.

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One of the three best restaurants on Hanover Street!

Most restaurants on Hanover Street either offer you heaping helpings of mediocre red sauce or overpriced and over thought "modernized" Italian. Tresca manages to give you a delicious, modern Italian meal that would satisfy the most die-hard of foodies, but would not upset your nonni either.

The pork chop is one of the best items on the menu, hands down. Its size would make it feel at home in any downtown steakhouse and its cooked to perfection and covered in pan sauteed pancetta cubes. And the sweet and sour peppers...minkya!

On the more traditional end, the bolognese knocks it out of the park with its rich and meaty sauce (veal, pork and pancetta). The Veal Osso Bucco is another traditional favorite of mine. Its even better than my moms (she doesnt know how to use a computer, I can say that).

What I found on my most recent trip was the Bar Menu is every bit as good as the dinner menu. Smaller plates lets you try a variety of items. I'd recommend the scallops and the steak, both outrageously good!

If you want to graduate from the chicken parm factories of Hanover Street and try some cuisine that would be served in one of the better restaurants of Italy, then take a chance on Tresca.

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★★★★★

One of the three best restaurants on Hanover Street!

Most restaurants on Hanover Street either offer you heaping helpings of mediocre red sauce or overpriced and over thought "modernized" Italian. Tresca manages to give you a delicious, modern Italian meal that would satisfy the most die-hard of foodies, but would not upset your nonni either.

The pork chop is one of the best items on the menu, hands down. Its size would make it feel at home in any downtown steakhouse and its cooked to perfection and covered in pan sauteed pancetta cubes. And the sweet and sour peppers...minkya!

On the more traditional end, the bolognese knocks it out of the park with its rich and meaty sauce (veal, pork and pancetta). The Veal Osso Bucco is another traditional favorite of mine. Its even better than my moms (she doesnt know how to use a computer, I can say that).

What I found on my most recent trip was the Bar Menu is every bit as good as the dinner menu. Smaller plates lets you try a variety of items. I'd recommend the scallops and the steak, both outrageously good!

If you want to graduate from the chicken parm factories of Hanover Street and try some cuisine that would be served in one of the better restaurants of Italy, then take a chance on Tresca.

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I work in the area and have been to alot of North End restaurants for dinner or just a few after work drinks. Tresca is definitely my favorite because it's a great place to do either. The food is among the best in the neighborhood, the atmosphere is relaxed yet classy, and the staff is young and fun. If you are thinking about heading to the North End for dinner or a drink or both, check out Tresca, you'll be back.

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★★★★★

I work in the area and have been to alot of North End restaurants for dinner or just a few after work drinks. Tresca is definitely my favorite because it's a great place to do either. The food is among the best in the neighborhood, the atmosphere is relaxed yet classy, and the staff is young and fun. If you are thinking about heading to the North End for dinner or a drink or both, check out Tresca, you'll be back.

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This place is awesome! I went with my girl the other night. Service was prompt and friendly. The food was excellent. Pasta was great and the veal was fantastic! Great atmosphere also. I highly recommend Tresca!

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★★★★★

This place is awesome! I went with my girl the other night. Service was prompt and friendly. The food was excellent. Pasta was great and the veal was fantastic! Great atmosphere also. I highly recommend Tresca!

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Fresh seafood and homemade pasta. You can't go wrong. It is a bit pricey but you get what you pay for and you get your moneys worth here!

4
★★★★☆

Fresh seafood and homemade pasta. You can't go wrong. It is a bit pricey but you get what you pay for and you get your moneys worth here!

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I have never had better food or service at a restaurant and I love to eat out!
Everything is to die for! The lobster salad is a delicisou appetizer. The specials are also fantastic! Halibut and swordfish entrees were top notch. Pasta is freshly made and very authentic. Desserts: Trio Sorbet and chocolate cake. The staff goes out of their way to accommodate your needs...very friendly and helpful.
Yes, it's pricey, but worth every penny. I'd go out less often to afford a special meal at Tresca's. It's definitely worth every penny! After our first meal there, my daughter declared that it was the best meal she had every had in her life. That's a compliment:)!

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★★★★★

I have never had better food or service at a restaurant and I love to eat out!
Everything is to die for! The lobster salad is a delicisou appetizer. The specials are also fantastic! Halibut and swordfish entrees were top notch. Pasta is freshly made and very authentic. Desserts: Trio Sorbet and chocolate cake. The staff goes out of their way to accommodate your needs...very friendly and helpful.
Yes, it's pricey, but worth every penny. I'd go out less often to afford a special meal at Tresca's. It's definitely worth every penny! After our first meal there, my daughter declared that it was the best meal she had every had in her life. That's a compliment:)!

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This is usally not the type of place I would eat because it's more of a romantic and fancy place where I tend to like more casual. However, this place has good food but it is rather on the expensive side. This is definitely not a place that I would eat regularly.

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★★★★☆

This is usally not the type of place I would eat because it's more of a romantic and fancy place where I tend to like more casual. However, this place has good food but it is rather on the expensive side. This is definitely not a place that I would eat regularly.

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Usually I'm not the biggest fan of Restaraunt Week, but Tresca was easily the best spot I've gone to in years of trying new places during RW. Typically the options aren't that good at most places, but not only did Tresca feature the best options (the 5oz. bone-in-filet was outstanding), but the 3rd serving was a meal in and of itself. I would highly recommend this for any meal as I look forward to going back.

The owner was also exceptionally professional in greeting guests, checking in during the meal but not overwhelming.

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★★★★★

Usually I'm not the biggest fan of Restaraunt Week, but Tresca was easily the best spot I've gone to in years of trying new places during RW. Typically the options aren't that good at most places, but not only did Tresca feature the best options (the 5oz. bone-in-filet was outstanding), but the 3rd serving was a meal in and of itself. I would highly recommend this for any meal as I look forward to going back.

The owner was also exceptionally professional in greeting guests, checking in during the meal but not overwhelming.

Pros: Location, Food, Service, Menu, Wine List

Cons: Somewhat Pricey

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Best meal we've had in Boston! Tasting menu was particularly excellent - great food, perfect service, and terrific atmosphere. We will definitely go back to this restaurant!

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★★★★★

Best meal we've had in Boston! Tasting menu was particularly excellent - great food, perfect service, and terrific atmosphere. We will definitely go back to this restaurant!

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People in Rhode Island don't like to travel more than 15 mins. especially for Italian food. So for this person to travel to Boston's North End there must be something special. Tresca is special. It reminds me of Tuscany. Massimo, the gen. mgr. and wine sommelier makes you feel like you are somebody. He has a fabulous understanding of wine and knows how to please. Monday night I was there and the place was jammed. Can you imagine that in this economy and on a Monday night ! I come here as often as I can and the food is consistently great! Consistency is the toughest thing in the restaurant industry. The service has been and was great.Mon. night. Great portions and fairly priced. I was surprised to read some reviews that were negative. If you want bland, rude and overpriced travel to Providence and visit Al Forno.

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★★★★★

People in Rhode Island don't like to travel more than 15 mins. especially for Italian food. So for this person to travel to Boston's North End there must be something special. Tresca is special. It reminds me of Tuscany. Massimo, the gen. mgr. and wine sommelier makes you feel like you are somebody. He has a fabulous understanding of wine and knows how to please. Monday night I was there and the place was jammed. Can you imagine that in this economy and on a Monday night ! I come here as often as I can and the food is consistently great! Consistency is the toughest thing in the restaurant industry. The service has been and was great.Mon. night. Great portions and fairly priced. I was surprised to read some reviews that were negative. If you want bland, rude and overpriced travel to Providence and visit Al Forno.

Pros: Ambience, Food, Wine and Valet Parking

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I recently dined at tresca and had the time of my life. The male bartender was very friendly and knowledgeable. The food was out of this world, I highly recomend this restaurant over any other in the north end

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★★★★★

I recently dined at tresca and had the time of my life. The male bartender was very friendly and knowledgeable. The food was out of this world, I highly recomend this restaurant over any other in the north end

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I had dinner at Tresca on a Saturday night with my wife and 3 kids. Not really a place for kids, but I knew that going in, so that is no issue. The kids mostly enjoyed the food and the wait staff was accomodating.
We were never told about the specials so I did not know there was a ribeye, which I would have ordered.
I ordered the Osso Bucco, which was plentiful but rather tough...which is strange for this dish. Either a bad cut of meat or not prepared well. It was served over a bland corn polenta.
My wife had the rissoto with beef, which she enjoyed. I tasted it and thought the rossotto was rather bland.
My kids ordered plain pasta with marinara sauce, which was fine.
We had 1 bottle of wine ($35) and 1 martini and no desert. The cost of the meal was $200. Very overpriced...better choices in the North End.

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★★☆☆☆

I had dinner at Tresca on a Saturday night with my wife and 3 kids. Not really a place for kids, but I knew that going in, so that is no issue. The kids mostly enjoyed the food and the wait staff was accomodating.
We were never told about the specials so I did not know there was a ribeye, which I would have ordered.
I ordered the Osso Bucco, which was plentiful but rather tough...which is strange for this dish. Either a bad cut of meat or not prepared well. It was served over a bland corn polenta.
My wife had the rissoto with beef, which she enjoyed. I tasted it and thought the rossotto was rather bland.
My kids ordered plain pasta with marinara sauce, which was fine.
We had 1 bottle of wine ($35) and 1 martini and no desert. The cost of the meal was $200. Very overpriced...better choices in the North End.

Pros: Nice decor and good location.

Cons: Over priced.

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A Tresca regular, I can't say enough about the food and the service. On my last visit I tried the chef tasting. The server asked us if we had any allergies and/or dislikes and then the chef went ahead and designed a three course meal that catered to our preferences. It was fantastic and really gave us a chance to try some true italian flavors that we may not have otherwise chosen. I highly recommend it. After dinner, we finished with a night cap at the bar. The male and female bartenders were very attentive and friendly making it a perfect ending to an already perfect night.

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★★★★★

A Tresca regular, I can't say enough about the food and the service. On my last visit I tried the chef tasting. The server asked us if we had any allergies and/or dislikes and then the chef went ahead and designed a three course meal that catered to our preferences. It was fantastic and really gave us a chance to try some true italian flavors that we may not have otherwise chosen. I highly recommend it. After dinner, we finished with a night cap at the bar. The male and female bartenders were very attentive and friendly making it a perfect ending to an already perfect night.

Pros: service, food, bar

Cons: none

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I recently went into Tresca with a couple of friends for dinner. I had never been there before and had an great experience. We decided to have dinner at the bar and the male bartender was attentive, polite, friendly, and knowledgeable about drinks and the menu. We did not wait more than 2 minutes to be acknowledged and our food was great along with the drinks. A definite place to visit again!

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★★★★★

I recently went into Tresca with a couple of friends for dinner. I had never been there before and had an great experience. We decided to have dinner at the bar and the male bartender was attentive, polite, friendly, and knowledgeable about drinks and the menu. We did not wait more than 2 minutes to be acknowledged and our food was great along with the drinks. A definite place to visit again!

Pros: Great service, attentive staff, enjoyable atmosphere

Cons: Closes too early!

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As a frequent visitor to Tresca's bar i cant say enough about the atmosphere in there. While i have never eaten in the dining room I can speak highly of the overall quality of the Bar. Bartenders are down to earth and attentive, food is just perfect all the time, (I recommend the pollo romano on the lighter fare menu),and once the dinner crowd shuffles out it becomes a trendy spot for attractive young adults. Great spot for a night out especially on the weekends!!!!!

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★★★★★

As a frequent visitor to Tresca's bar i cant say enough about the atmosphere in there. While i have never eaten in the dining room I can speak highly of the overall quality of the Bar. Bartenders are down to earth and attentive, food is just perfect all the time, (I recommend the pollo romano on the lighter fare menu),and once the dinner crowd shuffles out it becomes a trendy spot for attractive young adults. Great spot for a night out especially on the weekends!!!!!

Pros: Great food and great spot for a night of fun!!

Cons: closes at 12. i wish it stayed open till 2am.

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Outstanding! Food, serveice and ambiance can't be beat! We have NEVER been disappointed! Massimo and the staff take care of every detail to enure a wonderful evening and dining experience! We look forward to returning for another wonderful evening!

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★★★★★

Outstanding! Food, serveice and ambiance can't be beat! We have NEVER been disappointed! Massimo and the staff take care of every detail to enure a wonderful evening and dining experience! We look forward to returning for another wonderful evening!

Pros: exceptional food and service

Cons: can't think of anything!

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As a 'use to be regular of Tresca' I can not begin to explain how disappointing this restaurant has been escalating too. To start with food quality, outrageous prices, service, whether we sit in the dining room with the unattentive waitstaff or to the bartender who soley works to watch which game is on, Tresca has been a huge disappointment. The menu options read as they would be delicious, but as my friend put it, the options are just "stale" and completely over priced. I ordered the ravioli dish, which is a fairly new option, was barely edible and also recommended by our server. During summer restaurant week, my friends and I had an outstanding meal (which is not always expected by restaurants during this week). The orchiette with sausage and rabi was a memorable dish. I will not outweigh the option that I will be back for cocktails, but that will be depending on the service staff and as far as having dinner I will go down the street.

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★★☆☆☆

As a 'use to be regular of Tresca' I can not begin to explain how disappointing this restaurant has been escalating too. To start with food quality, outrageous prices, service, whether we sit in the dining room with the unattentive waitstaff or to the bartender who soley works to watch which game is on, Tresca has been a huge disappointment. The menu options read as they would be delicious, but as my friend put it, the options are just "stale" and completely over priced. I ordered the ravioli dish, which is a fairly new option, was barely edible and also recommended by our server. During summer restaurant week, my friends and I had an outstanding meal (which is not always expected by restaurants during this week). The orchiette with sausage and rabi was a memorable dish. I will not outweigh the option that I will be back for cocktails, but that will be depending on the service staff and as far as having dinner I will go down the street.

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We made a reservation at Tresca for a Friday night after friends were raving about it. The night could not have been better. We had dinner in the upstairs dining room overlooking Hanover St. The room is very cozy and the great food and friendly and prompt service made for a great dinner. We participated in the chefs tasting which allows you to relax while the chef chooses appetizers, pasta and and entrees for each guest. The Bolognese pasta and veal chop were fabulous. After dinner we ventured to the bar which was very lively. The tv is huge and the Celtics game was on. The bartenders entertained all our questions and curiosities as we don't make it to the north end often. Very Friendly. The crowd was a mix of locals and out of towners which gave it just the right feel. I definitely recommend Tresca for a special dinner or drinks at the Bar.

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★★★★★

We made a reservation at Tresca for a Friday night after friends were raving about it. The night could not have been better. We had dinner in the upstairs dining room overlooking Hanover St. The room is very cozy and the great food and friendly and prompt service made for a great dinner. We participated in the chefs tasting which allows you to relax while the chef chooses appetizers, pasta and and entrees for each guest. The Bolognese pasta and veal chop were fabulous. After dinner we ventured to the bar which was very lively. The tv is huge and the Celtics game was on. The bartenders entertained all our questions and curiosities as we don't make it to the north end often. Very Friendly. The crowd was a mix of locals and out of towners which gave it just the right feel. I definitely recommend Tresca for a special dinner or drinks at the Bar.

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A friend of mine recomended that I check this place out. He recommended sitting at the bar and told me what a great place it was to watch the game. I decided to bring my girlfriend along and much to our surprise there were two spots at the bar. The decor was very nice and the atmosphere was welcoming. Unfortunatly the bartender was not. We sat at the bar for about 5 mins befor he even noticed us. We ordered two drinks and asked to see a menu we were never told what the specials were nor did he recomend anything off the menu. When we were ready to order we closed our menus and waited for him to come back over to us. It took him about 15 mins to finnally stop watching the game and come take our order. He seemed frustrated with us and was very breif. We recieved bread but nothing to go along with it. We ordered the papardelle which we shared but wasnt split for us. and two filet. The food was good but not great. The service was awful. We had to ask for water and another round of drinks he never bothered to ask us if we enjoyed the food or anything. He had some friends at his end of the bar in which he engaged in conversation I could hear him swearing from the other side of the bar. So much for fine dinning. I wouldnt recomend eating here or coming here for drinks.

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★☆☆☆☆

A friend of mine recomended that I check this place out. He recommended sitting at the bar and told me what a great place it was to watch the game. I decided to bring my girlfriend along and much to our surprise there were two spots at the bar. The decor was very nice and the atmosphere was welcoming. Unfortunatly the bartender was not. We sat at the bar for about 5 mins befor he even noticed us. We ordered two drinks and asked to see a menu we were never told what the specials were nor did he recomend anything off the menu. When we were ready to order we closed our menus and waited for him to come back over to us. It took him about 15 mins to finnally stop watching the game and come take our order. He seemed frustrated with us and was very breif. We recieved bread but nothing to go along with it. We ordered the papardelle which we shared but wasnt split for us. and two filet. The food was good but not great. The service was awful. We had to ask for water and another round of drinks he never bothered to ask us if we enjoyed the food or anything. He had some friends at his end of the bar in which he engaged in conversation I could hear him swearing from the other side of the bar. So much for fine dinning. I wouldnt recomend eating here or coming here for drinks.

Pros: decor

Cons: service

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I loved this place but it is very expensive - we started off with a cheese and fruit plate- then we tried the crepes made with fresh ricotta cheese and wild mushrooms--YUM! We then had the Delmonico steak which was prepared to perfection- It was served with mashed potato's and asparagus-truly delicious! Plan to spend twenty to thirty five dollars per entree. The atmosphere is romantic and high class. You will love it!

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★★★★★

I loved this place but it is very expensive - we started off with a cheese and fruit plate- then we tried the crepes made with fresh ricotta cheese and wild mushrooms--YUM! We then had the Delmonico steak which was prepared to perfection- It was served with mashed potato's and asparagus-truly delicious! Plan to spend twenty to thirty five dollars per entree. The atmosphere is romantic and high class. You will love it!

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I chose this restaurant for our anniversary based on citysearch reviews, and I was not disappointed. We made a reservation for 9pm on a Saturday night, and were seated promptly. The bread was great, and the servers were knowledgeable about their extensive wine menu. Although it started off with a full house, by the time we were done with appetizers, dinner, and dessert, the dinner area was quiet and the bar was starting to pick up. The service was great, and we had no issues with delayed service or attitude. It was very professional, courteous, and really nice. The ambience was also really nice, dimly lit, and romantic. Overall a great romantic experience!

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★★★★☆

I chose this restaurant for our anniversary based on citysearch reviews, and I was not disappointed. We made a reservation for 9pm on a Saturday night, and were seated promptly. The bread was great, and the servers were knowledgeable about their extensive wine menu. Although it started off with a full house, by the time we were done with appetizers, dinner, and dessert, the dinner area was quiet and the bar was starting to pick up. The service was great, and we had no issues with delayed service or attitude. It was very professional, courteous, and really nice. The ambience was also really nice, dimly lit, and romantic. Overall a great romantic experience!

Pros: Ambience, Food, Service

Cons: None

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I thought the food was AWESOME! I really enjoyed all the different tastes they had on the menu as well as the variety of choices. The only down fall was the service was a little slow. It took a long time for the waitress to get our drink order and between our first course and entree there was a lull. The wait was not excessive but it was apparent enough for us to notice. The waitress made up for her (or the kitchen's) slowness though with her pleasant personality. Overall a great experience.

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★★★★☆

I thought the food was AWESOME! I really enjoyed all the different tastes they had on the menu as well as the variety of choices. The only down fall was the service was a little slow. It took a long time for the waitress to get our drink order and between our first course and entree there was a lull. The wait was not excessive but it was apparent enough for us to notice. The waitress made up for her (or the kitchen's) slowness though with her pleasant personality. Overall a great experience.

Pros: Good food, nice atmoshpere, good location

Cons: lighting was a little dark, expensive

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I walked by Tresca countless times before venturing in-- glad I did! I've been to the bar a few times, and once to the dining room where I tried the tasting menu with matching flight. Not bad! The kitchen was accomodating to my tastes (I'm not a fan of truffle, an ingredient used in much of the menu) and the meal was paced nicely (excellent risotto). The pairings were good, although one wine was on its way to being corked. Our server was very accomodating and brought over a new wine right away. I reccomend going during the week, when service is relaxed so you can enjoy the warm atmosphere.

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★★★★☆

I walked by Tresca countless times before venturing in-- glad I did! I've been to the bar a few times, and once to the dining room where I tried the tasting menu with matching flight. Not bad! The kitchen was accomodating to my tastes (I'm not a fan of truffle, an ingredient used in much of the menu) and the meal was paced nicely (excellent risotto). The pairings were good, although one wine was on its way to being corked. Our server was very accomodating and brought over a new wine right away. I reccomend going during the week, when service is relaxed so you can enjoy the warm atmosphere.

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Some friends and I went here on a Friday night. It was busy and noisy but we got a table within 20 minutes with no reservation. We had a couple different waiters, since the frist one was sent home during our meal (we were never told why) - both were nice, efficient and helpful. The bread basket is really good. Salads wonderful and pasta dishes pretty good. We also had a dessert pizza that was delicious. We got a decent bottle of wine ($45) but it was still served in what seemed like undersized white wine glasses. Prices are a little over the top, but portions are definitely on the generous side. Overall it was pretty good, but I felt like it was not quite worth the $85 per person.

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★★★☆☆

Some friends and I went here on a Friday night. It was busy and noisy but we got a table within 20 minutes with no reservation. We had a couple different waiters, since the frist one was sent home during our meal (we were never told why) - both were nice, efficient and helpful. The bread basket is really good. Salads wonderful and pasta dishes pretty good. We also had a dessert pizza that was delicious. We got a decent bottle of wine ($45) but it was still served in what seemed like undersized white wine glasses. Prices are a little over the top, but portions are definitely on the generous side. Overall it was pretty good, but I felt like it was not quite worth the $85 per person.

Pros: Nice rooms, good service

Cons: Not great value, a little noisy

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Not the best restaurant in the North End, but still an excellent experience. Very warm, inviting dining room upstairs. Excellent food and attentive service, but prepare yourself to stay awhile to enjoy your meal, as there's no rush to get diners in and out of there. Also be prepared to spend lots of $$$ - menu is a bit overpriced. Chances are you won't see co-owner Ray Bourque present - but the other co-owner(s) and manager are constantly visible, checking in with diners on their overall experience and greeting everyone on their way in/out.

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★★★★☆

Not the best restaurant in the North End, but still an excellent experience. Very warm, inviting dining room upstairs. Excellent food and attentive service, but prepare yourself to stay awhile to enjoy your meal, as there's no rush to get diners in and out of there. Also be prepared to spend lots of $$$ - menu is a bit overpriced. Chances are you won't see co-owner Ray Bourque present - but the other co-owner(s) and manager are constantly visible, checking in with diners on their overall experience and greeting everyone on their way in/out.

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The service was o.k. Got bread plate after bread was finished.
The main course was bland and expensive. We had pasta and pork dish which was served with french fries-not very italian for $30!
The beet salad is superb, as well as, the tomato soup!

They had nice music, it was quite noisy.

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★★★☆☆

The service was o.k. Got bread plate after bread was finished.
The main course was bland and expensive. We had pasta and pork dish which was served with french fries-not very italian for $30!
The beet salad is superb, as well as, the tomato soup!

They had nice music, it was quite noisy.

Pros: Salads

Cons: high quality ingredients cooked by unskilled shefs

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My husband and I went to celebrate our 1st anniversary. The food was exceptional, especially the chicken with homemade fennel sausage. The wait staff was friendly and great at paring wine with our food choices. We would definitely go back next time we are in Boston.

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★★★★★

My husband and I went to celebrate our 1st anniversary. The food was exceptional, especially the chicken with homemade fennel sausage. The wait staff was friendly and great at paring wine with our food choices. We would definitely go back next time we are in Boston.

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What a culinary experience. My wife and I dined here recently and were treated wonderfully as we put our faith in the chef's tasting. From the appetizers to the main course was truly a delight. Their wine list is exceptional and reccomendations were superb. If you have the opportunity, there is a two seat table on the balcony overlooking Hanover Street. Try to make a reservation for that if available.

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★★★★☆

What a culinary experience. My wife and I dined here recently and were treated wonderfully as we put our faith in the chef's tasting. From the appetizers to the main course was truly a delight. Their wine list is exceptional and reccomendations were superb. If you have the opportunity, there is a two seat table on the balcony overlooking Hanover Street. Try to make a reservation for that if available.

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It was busy and noisy, but service was prompt. The food was surprisingly bland. Entrees were all over $30, and while the quality of the food was good, it was fairly tasteless--the fish as well as the beef. The pastas were OK, but again without a lot of flavor. There were tastes of roux and some salt. The "wild mushroom " sauce tasted viscous and almost syrupy (much like airline sauces, held for hours or days), and the mushrooms themselves were tough to cut and to chew. Overall, we were quite disappointed, and felt that it was certainly not worth the price.

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★☆☆☆☆

It was busy and noisy, but service was prompt. The food was surprisingly bland. Entrees were all over $30, and while the quality of the food was good, it was fairly tasteless--the fish as well as the beef. The pastas were OK, but again without a lot of flavor. There were tastes of roux and some salt. The "wild mushroom " sauce tasted viscous and almost syrupy (much like airline sauces, held for hours or days), and the mushrooms themselves were tough to cut and to chew. Overall, we were quite disappointed, and felt that it was certainly not worth the price.

Pros: Prompt Service

Cons: Tasteless Food, Noisy, Bad parking

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A cross-country trek to visit old friends in Boston... Started well with settling into couches, excellent wine selections, and attentive service... until the waiter who continued to serve our small group new bottles of wine, emphasizing to 'take your time' was followed by a grossly smug and surly bouncer with an aggrevated agenda began interrupting. This joyless man decided it was within the bar's right to serve an entire bottle of wine to three patrons at the exact minute the bar's license expired, only to pressure them to finish within ten minutes and leave the bar within fifteen minutes. Can we say if you make a mistake, learn to comp? If you would rather the patrons supporting your business chug drinks and do shooters of red wine, move your business next to the closest state college and keep plenty of Jager and Red Bull on-hand!

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★☆☆☆☆

A cross-country trek to visit old friends in Boston... Started well with settling into couches, excellent wine selections, and attentive service... until the waiter who continued to serve our small group new bottles of wine, emphasizing to 'take your time' was followed by a grossly smug and surly bouncer with an aggrevated agenda began interrupting. This joyless man decided it was within the bar's right to serve an entire bottle of wine to three patrons at the exact minute the bar's license expired, only to pressure them to finish within ten minutes and leave the bar within fifteen minutes. Can we say if you make a mistake, learn to comp? If you would rather the patrons supporting your business chug drinks and do shooters of red wine, move your business next to the closest state college and keep plenty of Jager and Red Bull on-hand!

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I was seriously looking forward to going to this restaurant. I knew that the owner of Via Valverde was the same gentlemen who also owned The Wine Bottega (a fine wine shop/cellar in the North End that I adore). I also knew that the restaurant was a little on the 'pricey' side but that was okay because I expected that everthing about the restaurant was going to be superb - if you know The Wine Bottega - you would expect the same thing. However, I was sorely mistaken. The staff was rude and very disorganized(we were forgotten about numerous times). As for the food, the pasta dish that I got was bland.

Even though the ambience was very nice (dimmed lighting with an authentic Italian decor), it was not good enough for me to ever think about going back there again or recommend it to strangers (let alone friends).

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★☆☆☆☆

I was seriously looking forward to going to this restaurant. I knew that the owner of Via Valverde was the same gentlemen who also owned The Wine Bottega (a fine wine shop/cellar in the North End that I adore). I also knew that the restaurant was a little on the 'pricey' side but that was okay because I expected that everthing about the restaurant was going to be superb - if you know The Wine Bottega - you would expect the same thing. However, I was sorely mistaken. The staff was rude and very disorganized(we were forgotten about numerous times). As for the food, the pasta dish that I got was bland.

Even though the ambience was very nice (dimmed lighting with an authentic Italian decor), it was not good enough for me to ever think about going back there again or recommend it to strangers (let alone friends).

Pros: Ambience

Cons: expensive, disoragnized, bland food

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Evolving from one of the North End's fine-dining pioneers, Trattoria a Scalinatella, Tresca maintains some of its ancestor's characteristics---above all an emphasis on tasting menus improvised (at least theoretically) to reflect your wine…

 

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