CallieBanana
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  • Review Count
    2
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  • First Review
    December 30, 2014
  • Last Review
    March 7, 2015
  • Featured Reviews
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  • Average Rating
    3.5
 
 
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Located in the heart of the North End, VINOTECA di MONICA is Chef Jorge Mendoza-Iturralde latest culinary venture with an emphasis on Rustic Regional Italian cuisine and Wine Spectator’s Grand Award for one of the largest Selections of Italian wines in the city. You no longer need to travel to Italy to experience the marriage between regional Italian food and wine. The menu focuses on the preservation of traditional regional dishes, with an unpretentious dedication to the true flavors that make regional Italian cuisine so popular. The art of pasta and bread making are carried out daily, for your sampling, where the freshest ingredients is an everyday affair. VINOTECA di MONICA is the result of Monica’s Restaurant evolution and its chef‘s passion for the Italian culture and the big role food and wine plays in its preservation. Reservations Recommended.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Very good service
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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/01/2015
 2013
Dined on 3/01/2015
 2013
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We had lunch at the Vinoteca di Monica. My husband had a nice seafood dish which I should have ordered as well. Instead, I ordered the pasta with sauteed pancetta and peas which I ate but was not impressed with. It tasted like overcooked pasta with overdone peas. The Caprese salad was very good, especially this time of year when ripe tomatoes care challenging to find. Ths seafood soup which was advertised on their board outside was unavailable. The chianti was ok but not wonderful for the price we paid for it. Atmosphere was nice. The bar area was very nice. Overall we believe that we will return , but with so many other choices, it sadly would not be our first choice."
Dined on 3/01/2015
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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Whaddayaget when you cross the koolest new nightspot in Boston with the biggest, best, most delicious meatballs in the Northend? Answer: Nico Ristorante. This two-floor restaurant is the brain child of noted Boston Restaurateur Nick Varano, owner of the highly-esteemed Strega Ristorante on Hanover Street. The boldly colored interior is a perfect backdrop for the exciting, superlative, classic Italian fare and innovative creations. The kitchen is under the direction and wizardry of Nico's celebrated chef Salvatore Firicano.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Great Hanover Street restaurant
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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/28/2014
 2013
Dined on 12/28/2014
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"This was my first time at Nico's. We had made early dinner reservations and we were immediately seated. The only one negative thing I noticed was that the wait staff spent quite a while at the bar area on their cell phones, texting or checking email which I find unprofessional. After a few minutes someone came to our table, Our server was polite and friendly and helped us select with a bottle of wine after asking us about our wine preferences. The bread was fresh, warm, and delicious. We ordered the calamari appetizer which was fresh and tender and had a nice spicy sauce. The lobster ravioli was delicious! We shared a veal saltimbocca dish for our main course. The veal was very tender and the sauce was delicious as well. The asparagus was nicely cooked, not overdone, and the mashed potato was great as well. We would recommend Nico and plan to go back again."
Dined on 12/28/2014
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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