Boston >Food & Dining > Joe Tecce's Ristorante & Caffe
61 N Washington St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211442.365220 -71.058363
Sun 12pm-9:45pm; Mon 11am-10pm; Tue 11am-10pm; Wed 11am-10pm; Thu 11am-10pm; Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 12pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: Central, North End
Never again! – Terrible food. Terrible service. A tourist trap. It gives the North End a bad name
Great place for a corporate or family event! – I was at Joe Tecce's for a company holiday party in December 2005. It must have been just before the renovation. While, the party was lovely and the passed Hors D'voures tasty I didnt truly get to experience Joe Tecce's since the menu was already selected for us. I returned this past Friday and to my surprise, the restaurant had outdoor dining, a great roomy bar and a warm inviting italian menu. I was impressed with everyone I met from the valet attendant to the bartender and our waitress. I will most certainly be back to Joe Tecce's sooner rather than later. People should definelty consider this as a pre or post event meal if you have a Celtics or Bruins game or concert at the Garden!
great italian-american food – ok, for all of the people who have been to Italy on a vacation......this is Boston, not Italy. I understand that Italy has different food depending on the region you visit and I love the food in Italy too (I lived there I didn't just go on some bogus touristy vacation) but when you are in America you are eating Italian-American food unless your italian grandmother is cooking :) This restaurant has great italian-american fare and a great atmosphere. I think Tecce's falls below the radar because of it's location and poor advertising and that's a shame. Some things to try.....I love the calamari and antipasti and the pizza is very authentic unlike some of the close by pizzerias....they also have a good red wine selection and the prices are reasonable for the area. Definitely give it a try!!!
Simply Amazing!!! – For the idiot who gave this place a one star who has been to italy once in their god forsaken life. You are quite wrong. I had the chicken marsala and it was the best dinner I have had in years. My family are true Italians and all of them adored the mouth watering food. So if you like your dollar menu chicken marsala when you went to Italy and stayed at the Holiday Inn then you are in for a rude awakening. You obviously have not the slightest idea what a good meal consists of since you probably nibble on your own T urds. So next time you go to the North End save us all the grief of showing your face at Joe Tecce's because no one likes a complainer.
Always enjoy my experiences at Joe Tecce's – I happened to be at Joe Tecce's the other night with a few friends and, 'now', my former girlfriend and had a fantastic meal. I had the Chicken Braciolettini which I like with the marinara sauce, unless of course my mother is making it and then I prefer the marsala. My friends had the Veal Rolletini, even though I pleaded with him not to, and Lobster Fra Diavolo. They really enjoy their meals. The bad part about the meal was my former girlfriend kept telling us how this is nothing like Italy, and how the food is nothing like it is in Itally and so on. She really was embarrassing. Even the waitress was rolling her eyes. I forget what she even ate as I really didn't care, but she started complaining as soon as the specials were read to us. And then she said the waitress didn't even tell them to us. What a strega; which ironically enough is another North End restaurant with good food and atmosphere, but I digress. We had the Calamari as an appetizer which is sauteed in a marinade of garlic and oil, vinegar, and spices. We had a few bottles of the Chianti Classico Riserva which we also enjoyed. The waitress was very understanding and instinctively knew we wanted to get out of there due to how my girlfriend was behaving. She purposely egged her on by standing over my shoulder reviewing the check. My friends and I thought that was very funny. Needless to say, my friends and I enjoyed the food, the service and atmosphere and it gave me an opportunity to see another side of my girlfriend who I convinced shortly there after that I was just not good enough for. I love Joe Tecce's!
Will NEVER return...ever. – My boyfriend and I were in Boston for the weekend to see a show and a friend recommended Joe Tecce's. I can't tell you how strongly we disagree.
Let me start by saying that I have been to Italy and that I really enjoy TRUE Italian food. Actually, I also like the American versions as well, for the most part. Joe Tecce's was neither of these...it was just plain awful.
We had the fried ravioli for the appetizer, which was average. I had Chicken Marsala for dinner and it was horrible. Horrible is too kind of a word for what this was. It was by far the worst Chicken Marsala I have ever had. The sauce was cold and way too sweet, the chicken seemed to have been broiled before it was grilled and it had NO flavor or breading. The mushrooms weren't cooked and the ham was fatty. Their dinners don't have traditional sides except for the "pasta of the day"...which was a very small portion of cold ziti and plain marinara.
The worst part was the service. When we first walked in, we were "greeted" by a woman, who instead of saying "good evening" or "how are you", said "Yeah, can I help you?"...We actually had reservations, which we told her and she brought us to a table without another word. Our waitress was not any better...she never told us about the specials, never asked us if we'd been there before or made any attempt at being polite. We must have been bothering her, at least that's how it seemed. We were also very rushed to order right away. It isn't the type of place where you sit, relax and enjoy the atmosphere- they can't wait to get you out! Then at the end of the meal, when she brought our check...she actually STOOD there while we determined her tip. As soon as we closed the book, she was over within seconds to take the check from us. She proceeded to LOOK AT THE CHECK RIGHT IN FRONT OF US as she walked away. Extremely, extremely rude.
If I can prevent ONE person from going to Joe Tecce's, this review was worth my time.
The sun shines on North Washington St. & Joe Tecce's Again!!! – WOW!!! Has anyone been to Joe Tecce's in The North End lately? First let me begin by telling you about the new development on North Washington St.. The entire area has been completely transformed from a "coketown" to a "metropolis paradise". Wide open park spaces, a front row view of the Zaikin bridge, and easily accessible from all angles. We haven't been there for years due to the horrific traffic jams that have plagued that area for years, but now you can see the downtown skyscrapers, garden center, and charleston in one panoramic view There was convenient valet service we where taken aback at the sight of the huge patio that ran the length of the edifice slated to open the following night. A new towering canopy in majestic burgundy sporting the Joe Tecce emblem, and they've torn down the walls and installed sliding glass doors, breathtaking. We where greeted graciously and immediately sat window side. The flower boxes on the patio where in full bloom. The bread was fresh Italian accompanied by grated Parmesan cheese, butter, balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil. and bread sticks. An excellent bottle of Pinot grigio which we had to literally spell out for the tyro-English speaking Russian server that was on a student exchange. Antipasti was loaded with salmi, ham, marinated artichoke hearts, roasted peppers, tuna, eggs, garlic and oil mushrooms. We shared the Zuppa de Pecces, A seafood medley of mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari, everything under the sea. in a tantalizingly tomato broth over pasta al dente, needless to say we had our server box most of the meal. Dessert called for the cannoli and tirimasu and espresso, delightful. The renovations have not reached the washrooms though, which are located down stairs Joe Tecce's has not lost any of its old-world charm & charisma with all its different eclectic rooms remain in tact. Kudos to Salvadore Tecce for bringing his father and family's legacy into the 21st century and a the New North End.
This dark and cavernous institution is a proud holdover of the traditional North End. – In Short
Awash in the red-sauced legacy of Italian-American Boston politicos, Tecce's is a straightforward and unpretentious spot to sample some B.N.I. (Before Nouveau Italian) fixings--which, incidentally, aren't half bad. The "Fabulous Specials" are all named after local (mostly Italian) luminaries. The heaping plate of "John A. Nucci," for example, was christened such in honor of the clerk magistrate, and is a heaping pile of baked and stuffed calamari over linguini swimming in marinara.
The Best Italian Restaurant in the North End! – I took my wife for the first time to the restaurant. She loved it. Our server was Guy who gave us our own personal tour of the restaurant and clued us in on some of the renovations and expansion of the restaurant. Close the Logan Airport and one of the best restaurants in the North End! Absolutely sensational!
Average – Was not overly impressed with this restaurant - it was simply average.
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