When New Englanders have a craving for Italian food there is usually one specific place that comes to mind, and that’s Boston’s North End. One of the most historic neighborhoods in the city, the North End became populated largely by Italian immigrants in the early 20th century. Now, it is a haven of both classic and modern Italian restaurants, cafes, and shops, all bustling with patrons enjoying this lovely area. The North End is so cozy to me, with such a unique charm. I enjoy strolling its streets, and of course, satisfying what seems to be a never-ending craving for pasta! When this craving hit yesterday, Nick and I decided a visit to Mother Anna’s was in order.
A co-worker of Nick’s had recommended Mother Anna’s to us some time ago, and we had a great first experience at this old-style, family-owned restaurant so we wanted to go back. Mother Anna’s is true, classic Italian to the core – it’s been around since 1932, after all! When walking into the building, customers enter a classic dining room featuring exposed brick walls and walls of mirrors. The dimly lit atmosphere with opera music softly playing in the background sets the mood for a calm, romantic dinner. If the space is available, patrons can choose to sit in either the main dining room, the side room with natural light streaming through, or the patio if it’s a nice day. The patio offers gorgeous views of the city, and I hope to come back on a warmer day to get my outdoor eating fix. Last night was kind of chilly, so we sat in the main dining area near the bar.
The menu is pretty extensive, with any kind of authentic Italian dish you can think of listed. Whether you prefer fettucine, linguine, tortellini, ziti, shrimp, chicken, veal, steak or so much more, you are sure to find it on the Mother Anna’s menu. I chose to go with the same meal that I ordered our first time at the restaurant, Linguine with Meatballs. Nick went with the Fettucine Alfredo. For a drink, I ordered a glass of their homemade Sangria, my go-to at any restaurant that offers it.
I was so satisfied with my Linguine and Meatballs once again. The meatballs were plentiful and the portion was fit for a queen. The sauce and pasta were delicious in that simple, classic way. I ate until I felt like I might burst, but it still seemed like I hadn’t made a dent in the meal! A dinner from Mother Anna’s can certainly feed you for two days.
Nick enjoyed his Fettucine Alfredo as well, and I almost regretted not ordering that after trying a few bites. The alfredo sauce was mouthwatering and the size and texture of the fettucine was perfection. Happy groups of customers sat all around us chatting with each other, but the feeling I get at Mother Anna’s is that we don’t even need to talk the whole time, we can just sit and enjoy the ambiance while relishing our meals.
The dinner cost around $42 before tip, which I would think is the norm for this style of restaurant. You’ll have leftovers for days! I am actually incredibly sad today, because I went to bed excited to eat the rest of my meal for lunch at work and I FORGOT IT in Nick’s fridge! I’m disappointed in myself. That’s what I get for rushing this morning. At least Nick will have an amazing dinner already waiting for him tonight. I’ll surely be back to Mother Anna’s in the near future, because it seems like I crave pasta at least every week. Next time a craving hits for you, get yourself to the North End and check it out – I’m sure Mother Anna would be proud! 🙂
Mother Anna’s Restaurant – 211 Hanover Street, Boston, MA, 617.523.8496