Cantina Italiana in Boston, MA

Cantina Italiana
346 Hanover St.
Boston, MA

I made the mistake of venturing into the North End without a reservation on a Saturday night. We tried to go to 3 different restaurants and got turned away at the door because we didn’t have a reservation. The other few places on my list had super long lines out the door and since it’s freezing in Boston in the winter time, waiting outside was not an option. My parents have fond memories of eating at Cantina Italiana and so we walked over and found that there were plenty of empty tables. Not sure if there were seats because it’s not a popular place to eat or because this place is larger than other restaurants and had more tables. But we were freezing and starving and decided to sit down at the first place that had a table and so here we were!


The mozzarella caprese appetizer had imported fresh mozzarella cheese, plum ripe tomatoes and roasted red pepper drizzled with olive oil with fresh basil on top. This was a very refreshing appetizer and set the landscape for the meal.

lobster ravioli

Even though this wasn’t on the menu, I saw the lobster ravioli as an accompaniment to one of the meat dishes and so I asked the waiter to ask the chef if he could make me an main entree of just the lobster ravioli. Luckily, the chef was willing to accomodate my picky eating habits. The ravioli dish was alright. It wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t spectacular. The pasta didn’t taste home-made.

seafood pasta

The bombolotti con aragosta is a home-made pasta tossed with shrimp and lobster meat in a plum tomato sauce with garlic and olive oil. This was Joe’s dish. The bombolotti is a large tubular pasta, it was a little awkward to eat. There was a lot of shrimp and lobster meat which is always awesome. Overall, the meal was good for people looking to get out of the cold but it wasn’t the best pasta of my life.

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