Boston >Food & Dining > Trattoria Toscana
130 Jersey St, Boston, MA | Directions 0221542.342701 -71.096801
Mon-Sat 5 p.m. - 10 p.m
Neighborhoods: West Fens, Fenway/Kenmore
Great Find! – After hearing so many good things about Trattoria Toscana my husband and I decided to take a visit and try it out. I absolutely loved the food and the ambience. The restaurant has a real family feel to it. I left the restaurant feeling like I knew the chef and the wait staff. The trip to Fenway is well worth it!
Authentic Italian Restaurant – What a fabulous restaurant!! I spent some time in Italy and have had a difficult time finding an authentic Italian restaurant in the Boston area, however, I have found true Italian authenticity in Trattoria Toscana. Not only was the food amazing but the service was equally outstanding. When you go ask for Santiago. He made us feel so comfortable and made our dining experience all the more better.
true to its name – This place is as close as you can get to tuscany region of italy. I go to Florence twice a year for business and I'm happy to have this little 'jewel' here in Boston. Loved everything I have had so far. Don't forget to ask for their tiramisu and a cup of espresso which are incredibly good, just as they should be.
best italian food in boston – Eating at Trattoria Toscana is always wonderful. There is nothing on the menu that myself or anyone that I've taken with me hasn't liked. Having grown up partly in Italy, and Florence of all places, I find that Trattoria Toscana is honestly the only place in Boston that makes pasta, ribollita, and bruschetta the way it's supposed to be. Some of the pastas are just to die for such as the buongustaio pasta or the gorgonzola gnochi as well as the excellent meat dishes. The atmosphere and decor inside is very cozy as well as romantic. The waitstaff is extremely friendly and seems to have a deep knowledge of wines and the food itself. Many times while dining here have I seen the chef come out and personally ask customers how their meal is. If you want real Italian food, take the trip to the Fenway, you won't regret it!
Diminutive Fenway hideaway provides budget-minded students and couples with a cozy spot for an Italian meal. – In Short
With about 20 seats, a simple, rustic interior and affordable menu of authentic Italian favorites, Toscana serves as one of the Fenway's top date spots. The surprisingly lengthy menu includes plenty of hearty Tuscan items that are perfect for sharing, and the all-Italian wine list echoes the menu's low prices. Imported prosciutto and thick white bean soup are among the starters available, and entrees include mushroom risotto and oven-baked eggplant with mozzarella and tomatoes.
I won't eat anyplace else! – Finally, an Italian restaurant in Boston that offers quality, wholesome, and authentic Tuscan fare for reasonable prices. But don't let its casual atmosphere fool you into thinking the food lacks complexity. This is an everyday classic with simply the best Italian food in the city. Period. I've eaten it all growing up Italian in Boston, and perhaps more importantly travel to Florence and Rome annually to see friends and family. The food at Trattoria Toscana captures the simple elegance of an authentic Florentine trattoria without the absurd prices or self importance of the North End. In fact, I find it a challenge to cook at home for less.
It is small, parking can be nearly impossible during Red Sox home games (yet still so much better than the North End any night), difficult to cool on the hottest summer nights due to the open kitchen, and you can be reasonably assured of a wait on a Saturday night as it grows in popularity. The food and charm, however, is worth every ounce of effort you make. There is no place I would rather eat in Boston.
better than north end northern italian food – This place is fabulous, and as I indicated, the food is better than anywhere in the North End. The chef changes the menu every month or so to include some creative cuisine. The pasta dishes are all wonderful, and the bruschetta is excellent. The prices are reasonable, and you can get a decent carafe of wine for a reasonable price. It is not in one of Boston's touristy neighborhoods, but it is well worth the trip. Not hard to find - just off Boylston near Fenway.
Cafe Moo has added non-meat! – My wife has loved this place for a long time. For me there was virtually nothing on the menu that appealed to me. EVERYTHING used to have beef/sausage in it (thus my nickname for the place!) My wife loves all the meat, but it annoys me.
However, the last time we went they had broadened the menu to add some non-meat pasta dishes and apps. Finally I like this place too! The carafe wine is tasty and inexpensive (for Boston). The service as always is very attentive. Go early (around 5) to avoid crowds and to give yourself a fighting chance to find parking.
Hidden gem in Fenway – FEB 2006: I used to live around the corner from here and went every week. The food is surprising fantastic and inexpensive, while the staff very friendly and capable. I've had just about everything on the menu and have rarely been disappointed, and, as a "foodie" that's saying something. There is a small but acceptable wine list. The owners are still trying to figure out how to establish the ambience, but they've finally begun turning the lights down and the music up just a little so that you don't hear all the conversations around you. This is a small, family owned and operated place that gives you great food with great service at a great price -- you MUST check it out. ********* UPDATE - DEC 2006: Went back after being away for several months and the place is still fantastic. A couple more tables had been added and the place was doing brisk business but we were seated within a few minutes. The menu had changed slightly (the chef likes to change some items every month or so) and the variety and quality remained the same: great. The food was even better than what we'd had during a recent trip to Tuscany!!! All of the kinks mentioned in my earlier review have also been ironed out. The lighting and the music are perfect and the service is consistently good (not perfect, but very respectable).
Delicious Italian food at a very reasonable rate – We went on a week night and we were seated right away. The waiter is from Italy and made great suggestions. The sweet Italian sausage pasta and the spaghetti carbonara were absolutely delicious. The ambience was friendly and warm too. A must for those who love northern italian food. Don't expect Italian American cusine.
ps: This is a great change from the North End type of cuisine.
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