Tresca North End Boston

Delicious Italian food and traditional hospitality in Boston’s North End

The staff is friendly, the food is delicious and the atmosphere is warm and inviting.

About Tresca

In Italian, Tresca translates into intrigue and also conveys socializing over delicious and flavorful cuisine. The Tresca team offers a cultural experience with a warm welcome, unconditional hospitality, and a menu with an array of contemporary Italian and Mediterranean selections.

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Years In Business

Richard Ansara


Rich Ansara brings many successful years of culinary experience, including stops at Meadhall, Amrheins, the Palm Restaurant and Appetito. “We offer guests exciting, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine on the most famous restaurant street in Boston”, remarked Rich. Ansara’s accolades run deep and his gift to people is his food. “I live to make people happy with my cooking”, quipped Ansara. Rich has perfected his own approach to the fusion of style and old-world Italian recipes to which his patrons have become accustomed. When you visit us, ask to see Rich. He always wants to meet his guests and please them.

Ray Bourque


Ray Bourque is one of the National Hockey League’s greatest legends. His NHL debut came in 1979 after being drafted 8th overall by the Boston Bruins. Playing 21 seasons with the Bruins franchise, Bourque became its longest-serving captain. In the spring of 2000, Bourque was traded to the Colorado Avalanche, where he finally won the Stanley Cup in 2001. He ended his career as the all-time leader of point scoring by a defenseman in the history of the NHL. To this day, he still holds NHL records for most career goals, assists and points by a defenseman. He also won the Norris Trophy for Best Defenseman a total of 5 times, as well as played in 19 consecutive NHL All Star Games.

Favorite Dishes

Tresca combines the Italian tradition of hospitality with food that comforts and welcomes its guests. Italians are renowned for their hospitality.

Anna Maria’s Famous Stuffed Meatballs

Ground veal and sirloin, cipolini onions, fire roasted peppers, fresh mozzarella, tomato basil sauce, grilled focaccia, whipped ricotta

Ray Bourque Special

Veal Chop Parmesan served with a side of Pasta Bolognese

Black Truffle Ricotta Gnocchi

House made Ricotta Gnocchi, wild mushroom ragu, spinach


Tresca offers a comfortable room, a lovely table setting, a customized menu with wine pairings, and a dedicated staff providing gracious service. Whether your event is an intimate party, business meeting or large reception, we will make it a memorable occasion.

Table 77

Book a private table on our romantic balcony, located in the heart of the North End. Enjoy our menu, full of mouthwatering classics, and a wine list that spans the globe with your special someone. 

To check availability or make a reservation, call 617-742-8240.

Click here to see Table 77 guidelines.

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Experience great Italian food in Boston at Tresca. From traditional dishes to modern twists, Tresca delivers a superb array of Italian flavors and it will all be served up with warm and inviting hospitality.

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Opening  Hours

Mon – Fri: 5:00pm

Sat – Sun:  4:00pm


233 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02113

Take home a taste of the North End

You can now purchase the unique, fresh taste of Tresca’s quality line of sauces sold at all Market Baskets and New England Whole Food stores.. We feature the same sauces used throughout Chef Rich’s famous Italian menu… Pomodoro, Fra Diavolo, Puttanesca, Roasted Garlic and Vodka sauce.

Tresca was rated the #1 Italian Restaurant in Boston by CBS, and now you can bring that flavor home to your very own kitchen.

I rarely go to Italian restaurants because I usually get disappointed. In South Florida and most around the world their "fine dining" is tomato sauce made from tomatoes from a can. A sacrilege for a true Italian and yes you can taste the difference. At Tresca I rediscovered, thanks to Chef Ansara, what “real” Italian cooking can be and the elevated level it can present.Start with the stuffed meatballs. They are divine and you will want to lick that tomato sauce right off the plate. We then let Chef Ansara decide for us what to eat and boy were we in for a treat. Well proportioned dishes with inspiring flavors. A true delight and rediscovery of real Italian food outside of Italy.In true Italian fashion, Chef Richard Ansara, makes the rounds in the dining room several times a night coming by every table to make sure the guests are happy. The extra personal touch that sets this place apart.True Italian food, nice atmosphere and personal attention of the chef. You cannot walk away here not happy!
Martin W.
“I would walk in freezing weather any day to come eat this amazing food. The service was great and one of the owners came out to chat and see how we liked everything. Come for the pasta and stay late for the espresso martinis. Smaller pasta portions were available but we all got the full size. I’d recommend this place for a girls night, fun bumble date, or to bring my second generation Italian family here.”
“Oh my lord! Probably one of the best Italian restaurants I’ve been to and the best Linguine Clams for sure. So much flavor in this dish. The serving portion is quite big too, with plenty of noodles. We started with the Chicken Parmesan Egg Rolls, which was such a great start to our dinner. The chicken parm was good by itself, but with the marinara it was even better! The complimentary bread was fresh and delicious..."
“Food was fantastic, service was attentive. Ordered the calamari and 2 pasta dishes, absolutely delicious. It was our anniversary and our server was kind enough to bring us a complementary dessert. The co-owner was coming around to every table to make sure everyone was enjoying the food and were being taken care of. You’ve gotta visit when you’re in the Boston North end!”
“Food was fantastic, service was attentive. Ordered the calamari and 2 pasta dishes, absolutely delicious. It was our anniversary and our server was kind enough to bring us a complementary dessert. The co-owner was coming around to every table to make sure everyone was enjoying the food and were being taken care of. You’ve gotta visit when you’re in the Boston North end!”We were in Boston for a few days and wanted an outstanding Italian restaurant. All of my searches suggested Tresca as the best choice. They were correct. The location in “Little Italy” was grand. It felt like a Tuscan villa perch. We had a table near the open 2nd story windows of the charming old building. We could soak up the grand weather and appreciate the activity in the area. The entire staff was over the top responsive - reminiscent of old day dining experiences in family owned Italian spots in NYC. The food was just superb. We whole heartedly recommend this spot. You simply cannot go wrong and will leave fulfilled! Thank you, Tresca!

What People Are Saying About Tresca


Experience the best Italian food in Boston! You don’t need to travel to Italy to experience the exquisite flavors of true Italian food. Tresca is ready to serve you the most authentic and delicious Italian cuisine in the Boston area!

Trip Advisor ranks Tresca in the top 1/2% of all 3026 restaurants in Boston!

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