Delicious Italian-Mediterranean cusisine with my favorite hommade pasta lobster fra diavlo. Italian and Argentinian wines are available by the glass. You may have to dress with care to blend with the semi formal atmosphere. Prices are a bit high but the food is worth it.
With so many fine dining choices in the North End of Boston, Prezza is my favorite. The menu features creative Italian and Mediterranean dishes and has an extensive wine list. The atmosphere is classy and hip, and the waitstaff is very professional and well knowledged on the menu.
Dear jvecc ??
Please accept my personal apology for the negative experience you describe below. I assure you that we take the safety and well being of our guests very seriously at Prezza, especially those with food allergies.
After reading your post, I readdressed our food allergy policy with my staff and will make sure that the experience you have described does not happen in the future.
Please let me know what I can do to make it up to you. Please call Prezza and ask for Anthony - (617) 227-1577.
How is it that in this day and age of increased awareness regarding food allergies that some restaurants just still don??t get it?? Most restaurants now realize the liability which exists today, and understand the risks at stake for both the establishment and customer alike. As such, most restaurants do indeed take the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of their patrons. For whatever reason however, there are still those restaurants that fail to meet even the most basic expectations in this department. A recent experience I had at Prezza in the North End convinced me that there are still establishments out there that either don??t care, or just plain don??t get it.
As someone who has a severe allergy to tree nuts, I take every precaution possible to make sure I have a safe experience when dining out. However sometimes there is only so much one can do; there comes a point when you must rely on your server and the chefs preparing your food. Unfortunately neither chef nor server could get it right at Prezza, and my dining experience was marred by what was an all too close call with tragedy.
Simply put, I had informed the waitress upon ordering that I have a severe nut allergy. The fact that she assured me both that the dish I had selected was safe AND that the kitchen would be notified of my allergy nonetheless did not seem to ultimately matter. I ended up being served food that was deemed safe, and unfortunately discovered AFTER it was served and AFTER I started eating it that it did in fact contain nuts. Midway through eating the entre I realized something was not right and called the server over to confirm once again that there were no nuts in the food. She disappeared into the kitchen for a second time only to come back a few minutes later to nonchalantly inform me that yes, there were indeed nuts hidden in the sauce of my entre. Fortunately I stopped eating prior to getting a full blown allergic reaction, and promptly took my medication to prevent any serious medical condition from developing. In retrospect, the waitress??s ineptitude was apparent even prior to this incident, when upon her being asked for a wine recommendation, she responded that the hundreds of wines on the menu were ??pretty much all the same.? That is scary in-and-of itself, especially for a restaurant which supposedly prides itself on its extensive array and knowledge of high end wines.
My issue with the restaurant is threefold: 1) the menu inexcusably failed to disclose that there was a major common allergen contained in the dish 2) the waitress, either by virtue of ignorance or ineptitude, failed to disclose the nut ingredient to me even AFTER I notified her of my allergy at the time of ordering and 3) an obvious lack of communication occurred between the waitress and the kitchen which could have resulted in a potentially fatal error. I blame both the waitress and the chef equally for this inexcusable gaffe. The waitress is clearly unqualified and unfit to be a professional server, and the chef/kitchen staff have no attention to detail in both the wording of their menu or the preparation of each individual order.
I was lucky in this case that I did not have a full blown life-threatening allergic reaction, and the same can be said for Prezza - they were likewise VERY lucky. However that does not exonerate them from having incompetent chefs and servers which risk the safety and health of their patrons. Any restaurant can learn from this story, and how it is essential to properly train both their servers and chefs in the field of food allergies. By doing so, a restaurant may avoid the unnecessary exposure to the type of liability which could essentially destroy it in an instant.
Cons: INEPT & INCOMPETENT SERVERS/CHEFS
My guy lives in Boston, I'm here a lot and we've had dinner countless times. We popped in Prezza on a whim and were blown away. Every bite of every plate was delectable, and the wine list was impressive. We have pretty high dining standards, but were blown away by the offerings here. Will definitely be coming back.
Pros: Incredible Food, Fantastic Wine List
Cons: Parking (Like Any NorthEnd Spot)
I travel alot and end up checking out places by myself. I ate at one place in the North End and walked over to this place after getting a recommendation from a guy on Hanover. This place is beautiful. Great wine list and the menu looked good. I was full from my other stop, but I had a Valpoli-somethin'. This place is down one of the side streets and a little hard to find. Thought it was great. Love the North end.
Pros: Beautiful interior, service
Cons: Hard to find
This is the first review I have ever written and I am compelled to write it because it was SUCH AN AWFUL experience. Let me preface this by saying that my husband and I go out for dinner a lot and have eaten at many fine restaurants, so after reading the reviews for Prezza, I was excited to give it a try. I was sorely disappointed. When we asked our waitress for meal recommendations, she shrugged and said that "everything is good". When asked about the Bolognese and if it contained veal, she responded that she "didn't think so"...after ordering it, she came back and told us that "oops..it does have veal in it." I then ordered the halibut, which was raw in the middle...which I had to send back. (that was the first time I have ever sent back a meal) She came back to me with the original fish that I sent back, and it clearly had been MICROWAVED!!! We spent over $200 for this meal!!! Overall the food was average, but the service was some of the worst I have ever experienced...Skip this place and go to Mama Maria's instead.
Cons: Service and Food
Let me start with the negatives... it's loud especially during peak times. Parking is next to impossible, however, that is almost to be expected in the North End (but they do offer valet parking). It's tough to find (the signage is understated on a side street off of Hanover).
That being said, I found the food to be excellent. Keep in mind, you're in an Italian restaurant, so plan ahead and loosen the belt a little (and more importantly...don't be that person who orders wrong. Just because the restaurant offers a steak...doesn't mean you should order the steak).
The pastas are excellent. Their sausages are simply awesome. The eggplant parm topnotch. My favorite was the gnocchi. Little potato pillows! The caprese salad was very good. The zucchini flowers were good (but they were a little soggy).
Unfortunately, my wife and I were too stuffed to have desert. We had to walk it off before we stopped by Cafe' Vittoria.
As for the staff, they were fine. Polite and friendly...but they seemed that they were a little frantic. Although when we made requests, they would handle it quickly (but at times they would disappear).
Also on cool sidenote: the owner of the Red Sox sat one table over.
I highly recommend Prezza. We will definitely go back!
Pros: Food - Pastas / Gnocchi, After Dinner Walk, Valet Service
Cons: Loud, Hard to Find, Parking, Peak Times (Very Hectic)
Don't bother. Food was spotty - appetizers good; preparation was nice but swordfish VERY rubbery; pasta good. Waiter cursory. LOUD, LOUD, LOUD!!! Atmosphere weird, almost like like a Sat. Night Live Skit. Waited despite reservation. Lots of air kisses, and kisses between those in the 'In Crowd' and Maitre D', waiter, etc. Waiter alternated between okay and surly. Large, super loud party who seemed to 'own the place' - maybe they did. They were all that mattered while they were there. Lots of drunk people, screaming to be heard over each other. Two men in tank tops - tank tops???? Ick. Customer complained, then a small scene at the door re. his waiter (who he said 'sucked'), then went back in for 'justice' - and to 'get his money back' - we did not stay to see the result... Argument outside between one of the hostesses and manager - guess they did not think that we could see through the window. Large, drunk boisterous crowd in the parking lot. Goofy customers - almost charactures... Lots of yelling... No one/staff acted like they could care less that we were there or whether we came back - 'NEXT'. No one ever asked if anything was okay, not attentive.
Al hype, nothing felt real, nothing exceptional or even very good.; the sum of the parts was all around lousy... We are very frequent diners in Boston and beyond. Don't get Prezza at all....
Visiting from New York City for the weekend I celebrated by birthday at Prezza on a Saturday night. Overall the meal was excellent and we both enjoyed the experience. The clam chowder was excellent with whole clams and fried clams on top. For an entree I tried the swordfish which was grilled and served with a chorizo and shrimp sauce. The dish was excellent and definitely met my expectation. I would definitely return to Prezza during my next trip to Boston.
Worst food and service I ever had. I swear the staff at Wendy's burger joint is more courteous. The food is no better than a Papa Gino's. Actually I take that back, Papa Gino's is better than this dump. Do not waste you money, and I mean lots of money, on this want to be Italian restaurant.
Cons: Price, Food, Atmosphere....everything!
I loved this restaurant, best place for great rustic Italian food. It is off the beaten path and great place to take our the spouse!! The dessert menu was amazing, the chocolate cake was probably the best flourless I have ever had. We had the corn ravioli and it was perfect, my boyfriend had a steak that was cooked perfectly. Our server was very knowledgable about the menu and was willing to substitue anything as long as they had it in house. Great place to eat!!!
Pros: food and service
My family took my mother to celebrate her 60th birthday, as it WAS her favorite restaurant. I cannot imagine worse service. From the very beginning it was obvious they wanted us to eat and get out. We were going to grab a quick drink before sitting down but the Host insisted we sit right away. The waiter asked us three times in the first 5-10 minutes if we were ready to order and the rest of the night didn't get any better. Taking away plates (or trying to anyway) when there was still food on the table and not asking if people were done. I can't make it any clearer, the service here is abysmal and I am very glad to see a number of other posts saying the same thing.
When you go to a restaraunt as nice as this, and spend the kind of money we did, you should not feel as though you need to rush through dinner.....they completely ruined our night.
There are so many other options for good food, where they appreciate your business....Prezza is NOT one of them.
Cons: Horrible Service with an Attitude
The decor ,bar and food are all great at Prezza. However, the young staff has attitude and gave poor service. The hostess was rude and the waiter purposely added items to our bill that were not ordered.
When you open the door of Prezza, you are immediately welcomed as if you were an old friend. The atmosphere is jovial, warm and inviting. Prezza is as appropriate for a romantic dinner as an important business meeting. Everything except the standards are relaxed. The bartenders are knowledgeable, the servers are professional and attentive but (as it should be) the food steals the show. Ordering the pasta in appetizer portions will allow you to sample more of the selections on the exciting menu. I love the steak tartare because I can be sure that the ingredients are of the highest quality. Speaking of sampling all Prezza has to offer...be sure to bring a friend for the dessert sampler. Prices are not cheap but you are getting what you pay for.
Pros: creative menu, flexible
A bit pricey, but worth it thanks to great food, service and atmosphere. My girlfriend and I have been here several times and we are never disappointed. Excellent wine selection and each entree is better than the next.
Pros: romantic, excellent food!, friendly staff
We walked in without a reservation on a rainy Saturday at 5 and were met with an incredulous stare (and a "we HIGHLY RECOMMEND RESERVATIONS" when we had the audacity to ask for a table unannounced. Finally situated way in the back, we had an above average meal with great mushroom soup, good pumpkin ravioli w/ lobster, average taglietelle bolognese, and an interesting grilled squid and octopus. 90 minutes later the place was only 1/2 full and had no line despite our having not made a reservation. They certainly do have a good opinion of themselves. P.S. This is nothing special for the North End.
Pros: Rich flavors, Soothing atmosphere, Attentive service
Cons: Pricey, Hard to find
We've been going to Prezza since it opened 5 years ago - the food is excellent and the service has always been friendly and professional. We take many out-of-town guests here and everyone has loved it. Have to disagree with the strange comments by the poster below regarding entrees. Completely wrong. The menu is huge - - the current one has 9 entrees (a favorite is the veal chop with saffron risotto and broccoli rabe) and 4 pastas which can be ordered as apps or entrees (try the chestnut ravioli with duck). Lots of appetizers too - I love the baked oysters with mascarpone and, in the summer, the clam "chowder" (fried and steamed clams on top of a pile of bacon mashed potatoes in a clam broth) and the gorgonzola-stuffed figs. Now I'm hungry.
Pros: Great food and staff, Great wine list , Valet Parking
A very hyped place but not worth it. Staff members were inattentive, had no personalities and were simply rude on several occasions. Entre menu was limited - only 4 pasta dishes and 3 were raviolis. Waitress watched a member of my party spill on her blouse and then walked away without offering any assistance. When she came back 15 minutes later, she was put out that we requested soda-water. This place is too pricey to offer this sub-par service. I wouldn't go back again - regardless of who was paying.
Pros: Nice decor, Appetizers
Cons: , Rude staff
We were seated in the back. Not only did the waiter take forever to come to our table. After our drinks were brought to the table, we again never saw him again for 15 minutes. The food was TASTELESS... I would love to pay anything for good food... This was not good food... I tried a total of 4 appetizers, and one entree. Not even the bread with the olives in olive oil was good. Even the ice in my drink tasted wrong. PREZZA is a huge embarrassment for not only Italian food ... but just food in general!!!!
Just a very average restaurant. Went there on our anniversary and was just so-so.Waited a very long time for our appetizers as well as our dinners. The rock shrimp appetizer was very plain and dry.The boned veal was under cooked even though asked for medium-well and it was greasy. The dessert was very good.. lemmon pie...whew. Also had our car valeted and after dinner, I was told to give the tag to the people at the lot... waited about 10min for them to get my car and was thankful to leave Prezza...never again for that price.
Pros: good dessert
Cons: , valet service, dinner
I went to Prezza after hearing great reviews, but was disappointed. I ordered the steak entree, which was highly recommended by the waiter. (Perhaps I should have known better than to order a steak at an Italian restaurant.) But it was over-cooked, tough and rather flavorless. The cost of the meal seeemed rather steep as well, for the quality of the food. Wouldn't return, unless on an expense account.
Pros: Wine List
The food was good. . . well my two bites were. The waiter took ther food away from me after two bites and ignored me when I tried to tell him that I was not finished. Not only that, he also took our drinks away before we finished them. I don't know if it was a ploy to pad the bill, believe me - it was high enough without his help! It is a small, cramped restaurant that rushes you through your meal. I would NOT go there - there are so many better choices in the North End.
Cons: rushed service, cramped dining room, over priced
Prezza is fantastic. Their handmade pastas are my favorite but I also like the wood grilled meats. Billy, the bartender, will know you after one or two visits. Service has always been perfect, the wine list is so diverse and the atmosphere is chic and urban--definitely not your normal North End spot. Plus--hooray for the Valet Parking!
I went there for a friend's birthday and was delighted to find such an elegant restaurant hidden in the North End. The food was extremely delicious and the wait staff was very helpful. I have to admit it's quite pricey (came down to about $60/person) but the food and wine are definitely worth it! If there's anything to complain was that we had a 9:30pm reservation but wasn't seated til 10pm..
Pros: delicious food, good ambience, valet parking
The service was great. Although, it took a while for a waiter to first come visit, after that it was great.
Food was delicious. Would definitely recommend for a special occasion.
This is my favorite resturant in Boston by far. It is always a pleasure to eat and there and the wait staff treats you like royalty. The food is the best in Boston! Prezza is a great vaule for a resturant in Boston you get alot of food for your buck! and their wine menu is outstanding you have to try this place. You will never leave hungry!
And they have their own Valet very rare in the North End!
Pros: Good parking, Awsome food, Great wine
Prezza is a restaurant of many words and tastes. The service is welcoming and impeccable. I have brought several people to Prezza and have always received the highest compliments for choice.
It's been nearly a year since I visited. At first I thought 'kind of expensive for Italian' even though I enjoyed every minute of the fusion of classic italian with the modern twist (the polenta appetizer is amazingly simple yet sophisticated). Not to mention the excellent waitress. She was there when you wanted her and made herself scarce when necessary. As a former waitress myself I really appreciated this. Therefore, upon further thought it's worth the extra money to get that little extra class that's often hard to find among the checkered tableclothes of almost every italian restaurant.
Pros: modern italian
Cons: a bit expensive
Best dining experience I've had in recent months. The saffron-lobster risotto served with the veal was absolutely heavenly. In an age where it seems that more restaurants are pushing $100+ bottles of wine, its nice to have a restaurant that has some very strong bottles in the $40-range as well.
Pros: Food, Wine List
Prezza was fantastic, no doubt about it. HOWEVER it is really overpriced!
The hostest even went out of here way to change our reservations at the last moment because we had a snafu in plans.
We had an amazing dinner with wonderful service but the bill was outrageous. I wouldn't spend the money here again which is a shame as the meal was enjoyable.