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Inside of Terramia Ristorante

“The place to go in the North End for an upscale Italian meal”, this “amazing” “special-event” spot (and Antico Forno sibling) creates “interesting preparations of traditional dishes” using seasonal ingredients; it’s “a bit on the small side”, but that just lends the “quiet” setting an “intimate”, “romantic” air.  by Zagat

Terramia - North End - Boston - Best Italian RestaurantThe Scene
With only about a dozen tables, this popular Salem Street restaurant guarantees an intimate atmosphere, especially on weekends, when the place is packed and harried waiters struggle to recite the nightly specials over the noisy crowd. Still, gourmands and well-informed tourists put up with the prohibitive noise levels and cramped seating arrangements in order to enjoy some of the North End’s most adventurous dining. With its soft lighting, stucco walls and beamed ceilings, the dining room sports a slightly rustic vibe.


The Food
Chicken parm wishes and lasagna dreams are thwarted by Terramia’s far-reaching, modern Italian menu–nowhere else in the neighborhood can diners enjoy an order of sweet lobster fritters with a tangy balsamic-honey glaze. The ever-changing menu incorporates seasonal vegetables and the catch of the day. Homemade pasta dishes feature unconventional preparation styles–ravioli is served open-faced, with scallops, shrimp and zucchini, in a lobster mascarpone sauce.

Terramia - North End - Boston - Best Italian Restaurant

A true gem among all those rhinestones in the North End, this rustic but cozy trattoria with stucco walls and beamed ceilings specializes in creative interpretations of Italian classics.

Behind Terramia’s pane-windowed storefront on Salem Street is a busy 39-seat trattoria decked out in linens, candlelight and paintings of the Italian countryside. Like the cuisine here, the atmosphere is elegant yet understated.

Since opening in 1993, Terramia has aimed to convince North End diners that there was always more to Italian food than red sauce. Over the Years, the inventive and beloved restaurant has done a great deal of convincing.

You’ll find creative interpretations of seasonally-based classics here. But come early because you won’t be alone.

( The Improper Bostonian)

Tucked away on a quiet street in the North End, the maroon awning and open windows of this restaurant beckon to those with a taste for modern Italian fare.

The specialties here include Maine lobster with raddichio fritters and wild boar sausage over polenta. The homemade Abruzzi-style spaghetti and the risotto should not be missed. Try the yellow fin tuna, pan-roasted filet mignon or fresh-cut veal chops.

The restaurant serves beer and wine.

(Schmap Boston 2007 Review)

You can wander into just about any mom-and-pop restaurant in the North End and get a good meal.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try Terramia Ristorante, a small trattoria that servers Italian classics with a modern twist.

For a taste of both Boston and Italy, order the raviolini aperto – handmade ravioli served with shrimp, zucchini, and sea scallops in a lobster mascarpone cream.

(NWA WorldTraveler review )

Terramia - North End - Boston - Best Italian RestaurantWith its stucco walls and beamed ceilings, Terramia manages to evoke the atmosphere of a rustic hideaway in the overwrought North End.

The tables are packed close (and always packed) in this boxy, 39-seat trattoria, but Terramia is worth both the wait and the tight squeeze.

While its interior design is pleasant enough, it’s clear that the draw here is the merger of traditional and ‘nuovo’ Italian cuisine, which is thoughtful and complex without lapsing into unnecessary excesses.

The seasonally changing menu is always rife with inventive, calling-all-taste-buds medleys like grilled marinated octopus (with fresh ceci and fennel salad) or chestnut ravioli (with date mascarpone puree, pork medallions and caramelized onions).

( Ruth Tobias from AOL City Guide)

Terramia Ristorante Review

Nearly everything this little autumnal-color restaurant kicks out tastes home-cooked and authentic.

The simple, regional Italian cuisine includes rich, freshly homemade pastas tossed with equally fresh ingredients and risottos that come perfectly cooked and powerfully flavored.

A newer favorite is frittelle di aragosta: fresh Maine lobster fritters and crispy vegetables in a balsamic honey glaze.

The dessert list, once nonexistent, stops after tiramisu and bread pudding, but who needs more choices than those? Lines can get long on weekends



Best of Citysearch: Winner – Italian Food –Terramia Best of Citysearch

With its exciting, modern Italian menu, one of the North End’s smallest restaurants delivers large culinary rewards.

Citysearch 2010: Best Boston Fine Dining


AOL cityguide

Terramia voted #1 Best Italian 2005/2006/2007/2009/2010


Terramia zagat ratedZagat

Named Terramia Ristorante The Best Italian Restaurant in Boston with a rating of overall 28.

“One of this country’s best for Northern & Southern Italian cuisine.”

Italian food lovers rave about the “creative and substantial” cooking at this North End “keeper” that’s a “new star”, providing “classy modern Italian Food”.


Bon Appetit

“Terramia has become a hit with Boston insiders. The 39 seats are filled with savvy diners (including the owners of other restaurants paying the ultimate compliment).”

“Traditional and more nouveau cuisine combines here. in addition to seasonal changes, the menu features recipes brought back from annual trips to Italy”

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2012 Award Winner: BEST Italian – Traditional

2011 Boston.com’s A-List

+Italian-Traditional (2nd place)

+Italian-Nouveau (15th place)

+Wine List (15th place)

2010 Boston A-List Seafood Pasta Dish (2nd place)


Eat Dinner Where the Edwards Family Home Once Stood
Today, one of Boston’s best restaurants stands on the site where the Edwards family lived in One April in Boston.

Terramia is located at 98 Salem Street (at Bartlett Place).

Owner Carla Gomes  has won the hearts of even the most sophisticated diners and critics. They prepare authentic Italian cuisine.

The Edwards family never ate like this! The best seat in the house is the front double window table that faces Salem Street and Bartlett Place.

It overlooks the site where Captain Benjamin Edwards’ home once stood.

The passageway between the two homes led to Alexander Edwards’ cabinetmaking shop. Dinner is served seven days a week.