Panza, North End, Boston

For sometime, I lived in the North End and never tried Panza on Hanover Street. Panza is located across from Giacomo’s and next to the St. Leonard’s Church.

Perhaps I neglected the restaurant because it is on Hanover Street, notorious for restaurants being over priced. My friend raved about the restaurant recently and invited me to meet her there and I was thrilled and grateful for her suggestion.

At 6pm the restaurant was open and spacious and by 7pm every seat in the house was filled and a few couples were waiting for a seat at the door.

I had the grilled Italian greens which consisted of escarole, radicchio, baby arugula, crispy polenta, gorgonzola sauce and a reduced balsamic sauce.   This is a must have at the restaurant and I will be back again just for this starter.

The warm greens taste luscious with the cheese sauce.  The polenta was perfectly made, soft on the inside and crispy on the outside and flavor was enhanced by the sweetness of the balsamic.

We will be back for many more quality meals. I want to try the butternut squash and spinach and ricotta ravioli. Panza is fantastic and is  not as overpriced as most of Hanover.

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