Boston >Food & Dining > Ii Villaggio
230 Hanover St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211342.363246 -71.055234
Mon. - Fri. 4pm - 10pm;Sat. - Sun. 4pm - 11pm
Neighborhoods: Central, North End
Service was bad! – waiter just not interested in customers. Food was good, but everybody in my party who ate Calamari was sick in under an hour. Could not get water, was not told credit cards not accepted (wasn't posted either), and had to request check 3 times. Wish we had had similar experience as others who wrote a review.
Excellent homy restaurant – I went to the North End for the St Anthony Feast. After walking around, I decided to try this little cute restaurant. The food and the service was excellent. I did have the Ravioli with mushrooms and chicken in a white sauce.....Delicious!!..
My cousin's food was also excellent.
Great experience dining with family – We had family in town and were in the North End, so we headed over to Il Villaggio. It was a great experience. They immediately put a table together for us and began helping us with our questions. The food was excellent and the wine recommendations were right on (and very reasonable). The decor was very nice the place is spotless. The husband and wife owners seem to take a lot of pride in this restaurant.
Excellent Food! – This place is great! The food is not only delicious, but is also veryyy well priced. I think that they recently remodeled and it looks great.
I ordered bruchetta and the ziti and they were very accomodating and added the sauce that I asked for... Everything tastes fresh and there you don't wait forever for your food! Everything comes out perfect!
I recommend all my friends to this restaurant. It's my favorite place in the city!
ITALIAN RESTAURANT W. NO BREAD...POOR SERVICE AND LACK OF CARE – NO BREAD AT AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT IN NORTH END AT IT'S PEAK TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!PURE LAZINESS!
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We wanted to celebrate a friends birthday Lucca which we love was quite busy, we were starving so went to Ill Villagio....Small, cozy, restaurant with dim lights. The menu appeared interesting and not too expensive.
We sat down with no silver ware no menus for about 20 minutes. The music in the back ground was the theme songs to 80's Olympic as when running to the finish line...but that was the least our issues. There were about 4 occupied tables so it wasn't hectic at 7:45 pm on a Tuesday evening.
We were finally greeted by our waiter who appeared more preoccupied w. sitting down with his friends and drinking his wine....
We ordered drinks and an appetizer of calamari. Our waiter informed us that there was no bread....OK, no bread. It's not even 8:00 pm in the NORTH END. Little Italy. We got our calamari in a lovely plum garlic, plum tomato sauce but NO BREAD TO DIP it...We talked to the waiter, as previous servers, and bartenders we mentioned why not get bread from friendly neighbors at Lucca or Bricco or just go to go BOBA's bakery which is open to late at night.....No it's too far of a walk he said. and "we are short staffed"....ALL the staff was standing around because it was dead...Many customers were informed about "86" bread, (NO BREAD) and decided to go elsewhere and so...after pretending that our appetizer was a soup since we could not soak a yummy piece of bread in it, we finished our wine...parted ways with ILL VILLAGGIO and promised never to return! We dined at Monica's which was fabulous! But lesson learned.....These was clearly, lack of commitment to customer satisfaction, little care to the pride of a restaurant...The waiter appeared to have little concern but where is the owner? Manager....BAD EXPERIENCE!
Sunny, cheerful place; casual dining, nice place to grab a bite alone – I was walking around the North End looking for a place to eat dinner alone - this is hard to find since most restaraunts there are dark and romantic, populated with families and couples. Also, I'm also not usually a fan of Hanover street establishments - I generally prefer some of the smaller "off the beaten path" cafes and restaurants. Not in the mood for someplace divey like Dino's I scoured the North End streets and finally found this sunny, cheerful spot. The food here is very fresh - I ordered a salad and a simple ziti with a fresh Roma tomato sauce. The service was good - although I was alone & the restaurant was pretty full, my glass of water was regularly filled and the waitress always smiled at me indulgently when taking my order or serving me. I enjoyed my food and my experience here - I recommend this place for a casual date or for grabbing an elegant bite alone.
Perfect Saturday Night Dinner – My husband and I love to travel and we recently visited Boston for the 1st time, by luck, we happened upon Il Villaggio. It was a late Saturday night dinner; the place was half full- which isn't a lot. This quaint wonderful restaurant has roughly a dozen tables. We were greeted, sat where we wanted, served warm bread with fresh herb dusted olive oil. Then we enjoyed delicious calamari and fine Italian red wine. My lobster ravioli was beyond amazing and my husband's salmon was moist and flavorful. The atmosphere was romantic and cozy. We will dine there again, when we revisit Boston.
What happened to the serivce? – If you asked us one month ago, we would have declared ourselves avid fans of this place, but we went back two weeks ago and were quite disappointed. The food was almost as good as always (the potatoes that came with a chicken dish were a bit raw), but the service, terrible. We have eaten here about 5 times over the past year and we had always been waited upon by sweet, attentive servers who gave us the time and space to eat in peace and socialize. This past time, we were served by a man (the owner?) who rushed to pull plates off the table even as we were nibbling and grabbed for the check (twice) while we were still putting in the money. Also, they no longer accept credit cards! Additionally, we were a bit surprised that we had been charged the same price for pasta with olive oil (a special request due to a health restriction, clearly indicated to the server) as for a fettucine alfredo. The only positive was the still pretty good food and the nice busboy.
Perhaps if there had been a long line outside we would have understood the rushed service, but as it was, there was no excuse, since there were only a few other tables besides ours and it was several hours before closing. Sadly, we will have to find a new favorite in the North End
Best Italian in the North End, Boston – It's so small you could miss it when you walk by it, they don't take reservations, and they don't have a dessert menu. But Il Villagio is the best Italian I have had in Boston. People will wait outside in a line, just to get in, even in the midst of winter. The food is absolutely spectacular. I have been there with my wife many times, with clients, friends, co-workers... everyone has raved about this place and I highly recommend it to anyone. Parking is non-existent, but parking is scarce for the entire North End of Boston anyway so it's hardly a 'con.
it is the best food in town, yea the size is little but the food is great. dont let the size fool you :) i was there two nights ago, the employee are so nice and very helpful. the food, the atmospher, and everythig is great.
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