Boston >Food & Dining > Gennaro's 5 North Square Restaurant
5 North Sq, Boston, MA | Directions 0211342.365423 -71.054977
Sunday - Thursday | 11:30AM - 10:00PM
Fridays & Saturdays | 11:30AM - 10:30PM
(Bar open til 1am)
Marisa Iocco, Boston's only Italian-born female chef, salutes Italian-American food at Gennaro's 5 North Square Restaurant in the North End with a menu she calls MangiAmerica ( "Eat, America" ).
MangiAmerica celebrates the dishes that are the mainstays of the Italian-American table. Marisa pays homage to the soulful hominess and evocative flavors of italian-American cooking.
Because this is food that so often conjures up memories of personalities and places now departed, she has recreated these dishes as scrupulously- and reverentially- as possible. Sunday gravy is simmered for hours and ladled over house-made fresh macaroni. The mozzarella is produced locally. The fish is hand selected daily from the fishmonger. Some dishes are only available family-style-deliberately intended to be shared with and enjoyed by loved ones. (857) 250-0756
Just love this place! – I have been dining here for years. Located in the heart of the North end, and great people watching windows. I have had many personal, and professional gatherings. This place is excellent. The food is always well prepared, and delicous. A great variety. The restaurant is extremely clean. The service is fantastic.
OK food...Horrible wait staff – We have eaten here a couple of times, usually because other North End restaurants were full, and have had OK food. For the price, you can definitely find a better meal. On our visit tonight, which will be our last, the server was dismissive and rude. We left a 10% tip on a $100 bill. Apparently, that was not enough for him. He came out of the back holding up our check and cash and announced very loudly that 15-20% was customary. We generally tip a miminum of 20%, but felt that 10% was generous due to his forgetfulness and attitude. Needless to say we will be eating, and tipping, elsewhere in the future!
Timeless Italian favorites and a quaintly dated setting keep this nostalgic North End eatery firmly anchored in the past. – The Scene
Just a stone's throw from Paul Revere's House, this prototypical North End eatery has remained successful for decades by following a simple formula: serve basic Italian fare at reasonable prices in a plainspoken, moderately romantic setting. The restaurant's musty interior (faded pictures, weathered menus) hasn't changed much over the years, but quiet, courteous waiters and attractive views of the nation's oldest public square make up for the muted atmosphere.
The gang's all here: shrimp scampi, veal piccata and chicken marsala are just a few of the many familiar Italian dishes served in the large portions and home-cooking tastes one associates with the North End. Most notable is the kitchen's lengthy selection of fresh seafood items--try the spicy shrimp fra diavolo or the house specialty Cioppino (a nourishing, endless bowl of fisherman's stew that includes clams, scallops, calamari, and crab). Leave room for homemade desserts like moist dark chocolate cake.
All Around Great Experience – Great restaurant. Friendly owner. I really enjoyed the Verdicchio. The waiter suggested a perfect wine to accompany the meal. We were seated at the window. The view would have been great if the businesses in the area took turns cleaning the refuse from the square. Otherwise the view was good. I would return many times.
Great romantic dinner – My fiancee and I had an enjoyable evening here. It was his birthday, so I reserved table 30 on the websites recommendation. Definitely worth it: cozy and private with a great view. We were seated promptly and the service was nicethere when needed, not obtrusive or pushy. Our food was excellent: flavourful with nice seasoning and good portion sizes. Large menu with something for everyone. I let the restaurant know that it was a birthday dinner when I made the reservation, and they brought us a complimentary piece of cake. The only downside is the decor; its a little dated. But, if you go out to eat for the food instead of the scene... There are plenty of restaurants in the North End with great decor and average food at expensive prices. We had great food at a reasonable price at a great table, and I would recommend it!
User review by theduke37 – Five North Square is one of those places you'd think was great if it was your first time to the North End, but it's only average in comparison to it's area peers. We tried the Cioppino, a few appetizers and a couple pasta dishes and thought they were all solid. You won't be disappointed per se, but the opportunity cost of missing out on one of the spectacular North End restaurants is significant.
As North End resturants go, it's also not especially romantic.
Great!!! – I was searching for good restaurant for this valentines day, when I realized I came here with my girlfriend before and had to write something. The food was delicious and prices are definatly reasonable. The atmosphere (I sat upstairs) was romantic/smaller then the other sidewalk restaurants, as this was just outside the busy street. I just may go back again!!! P.S. I am a college student so I really have to spend money well and this place is worth it.
Great! – I came here with my boyfriend awhile back and had the best time! We had a great experience there and had a very romantic table. I highly recommend this restaurant for ambiance, service, and most importantly the food!
Disappointed – As a native of Boston, I have been to several Italian restaurants in the North End. I was quite disappointed with Five North Square. It started at the front door where the hostess seemed bothered that she had to seat a party of two. There is no ambiance. The decor reminded me of a low-overhead Chinese resaurant. We received bread and butter as we sat, but waited a good ten minutes to be acknowledged by our waiter. He also seemed bothered that we had questions about the menu. Our food was just okay. There are much better places to choose from in the North End.
great for lunch! – My girlfriend and I went on valentine's day afternoon for lunch. The lunch specials are totally awesome for such high caliber food. Although the lunch menu is somewhat limited compared to the dinner menu, it still offers a wide variety of great Italian dishes.
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