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“Good but not great”
Review of Davide - CLOSED

Davide
Price range: USD 31 - USD 50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighbourhood: North End
Cross street: Hanover Street
Transit: Within walking distance of the following T stations blue line: Aquarium, orange/green lines: Haymarket and North Station(commuter rail)
Description: Welcome to Davide, Boston's premier authentic Italian restaurant. Located in the Historic North End, Davide has continued to serve outstanding regional Italian cuisine for more than two decades. Davide is proud to have been an integral part of the North End’s incredible dining scene for over 20 years. Our doors first opened in 1982 and ever since then we have provided Boston with the highest quality culinary creations. Our talented chefs pool their collective years of experience to create dishes that reflect the rich traditions of Northern Italy and at the same time amaze diners with their originality. Their work has earned Davide numerous accolades — "Best Italian" - Pat Whitley Show and Phantom Gourmet - "Greatness" — over the years, including a Five-Diamond award from AAA, a rating of Excellent from Zagat Survey, and recognition as one of the nation’s top 50 Italian restaurants.
Reviewed 30 December 2012

We had a Groupon, so we decided to try a new restaurant in the Norht End, although off the beaten path from busy Hanover St. Definitely not a cute cozy North End style restaurant. It is downstairs in a basement, but quiet and updated. Almost empty on a Friday night, so it was strange that the wait time for the food, both appetizers and main courses, was so long. My water was filled 10 times, but the waiter was very friendly and appologetic for the very long wait time.
Appetizer of mushrooms and palenta was excellent. The veal scallopine was very good, and the ribeye steak was just ok. Steak should have been tastier for a $34 meal. Extremely limited menu.
I believe they might have been updating the menu, but that is no excuse. Not impressed.

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1  Thank magaler
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Reviewed 11 December 2012

They're in the process of updating their menu for winter so I couldn't get the name of the dish but my husband and I shared a shrimp appetizer that was so good, we nearly liked the plate clean! Very cozy seating, nice scenery on the way (we walked from the financial district along the bay), a little warm at first but they turned on the AC as soon as they saw me fanning myself. We tried Davide because we had a coupon and we were very glad we did!

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Thank thecheriwest
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Reviewed 21 November 2012

Our dining experience was affected by the fact that the server did not explain the menu adequately and we, unexpectedly, ordered food that was too spicy, too similar and too heavy. The Tuscan bean soup was tomato based and very spicy. We could not eat it. The pasta dishes were heavy with butter and oil and, simply, not healthy. We were not about to try the desserts and the server didn't even ask us if we wanted anything else. The owner met with us and told us that diners had really liked the soup and really like the pasta prepared in this manner. That may be true, but we weren't given the information we needed to make the right choice...if there was one.

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Thank Judith E
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Reviewed 21 November 2012

Whenever we visit Boston, we try a few new restaurants, but always return to Davide, and still find it the best for Italian. If you're looking for pretentiousness, you won't find it here. It's just a very comfortable restaurant with fabulous food and wine. If you want to modify a menu item, no problem. Definitely worth the short taxi ride!

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Thank Barolo2012
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Reviewed 14 November 2012

We met some friends from out of town for an early dinner for the holidays. The restaurant started the meal with a taste of soup from the chef. The server did not know what it was. We ordered wine by the glass with dinner and when we reordered more of the same they poured a totally different wine into the glass. Considering the restaurant was practically empty, it isn't as though there were so many different patrons ordering wine that the server could have been confused.
The meal was mediocre and the price per entree averaged $25-30. The high light of the meal was the Caesar Salad.
We used to come here years ago. We even had dinner here on our wedding night more than 20 years ago but I definitely cannot recommend it now.

Thank CKM1991
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