Boston’s most authentic Italian restaurant

—The Boston Sunday Globe, the Restaurant Issue



One of the most memorable features of Mamma Maria is the wonderful striking view of downtown Boston. Our restaurant sits on a small hill overlooking the city. Floor-to-ceiling windows reveal a dramatic panorama contrasting the Boston skyline with cobblestones of North Square—the oldest public square in America—and home to many pivotal figures in American history: Cotton Mather in the 17th century, Paul Revere in the 18th century, Charles Dickens and Honey Fitz in the 19th century and Rose Kennedy in the 20th century.

Editor’s Pick: Mamma Maria

—By Boston Magazine—50 Best Restaurants, November 4, 2010

“With dimly lit dining rooms with five private dining rooms, Mamma Maria transports you to la Patria with an old-world intimacy, attention to detail and a warm welcome.”

Chronicles of North Square and Environs

North Boston settled by Sir Richard Hawkins. A market is established at North Square (also known at various times in the past as Frizel’s, Clark’s and Market Square).

The streets around North Square are the first in Boston to be formally laid out—they become today’s Fleet, Richmond, Cross, and Union Streets.

Second Church (Old North Meeting House) organized, North Square developed.

Church completed. First sermon preached there in June.

Red Lyon tavern established at the corner of Fish Street and Wood Lane (present day North and Richmond Streets). Nicholas Upshall, keeper.

Moon Street resident Captain Thomas Kemble condemned to stand in the stocks for two hours for lewd and unseemly conduct. After a three-year absence, he had “saluted” (kissed) his wife on their doorstep on the Sabbath day.

Great Fire destroys the Old North Meeting House, several warehouses, and forty-five dwellings, including Increase Mather’s parsonage. “Large flakes of fire” are carried as far as Charlestown.

Old Meeting House rebuilt.

A fine new house constructed on the site of Mather’s parsonage. In 1681 this home was sold to Robert Howard, merchant. Ninety years later, Paul Revere purchases this dwelling. Today it still stands in North Square and is Boston’s oldest residence.

First colonial Custom House established at the northeast corner of Fish Street and Wood Lane (today’s North and Richmond Streets).


3 North Square
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 523-0077


Sunday – Thursday
5pm – 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday
5pm – 10pm