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Taranta
Peruvian Restaurant$$
Today 5:30 – 10:00 pm
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210 Hanover St Boston, MA 02113
210 Hanover StreetUSMassachusettsBoston02113
(617) 720-0052tarantarist.com
$$Peruvian Restaurant, Italian RestaurantToday 5:30 – 10:00 pm
Monday 5:30 – 10:00 pmTuesday 5:30 – 10:00 pmWednesday 5:30 – 10:00 pmThursday 5:30 – 10:00 pmFriday 5:30 – 10:00 pmSaturday 5:30 – 10:00 pmSunday 5:30 – 10:00 pm
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Green-certified restaurant offering creative Peruvian-Southern Italian fusion creations.- Google
"Great place, great food ! Try the lamb gnocchi and the tiramisu."
"The porkchop is a must!"
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Geoffrey Rabault
5 months ago
Great place, great food ! Try the lamb gnocchi and the tiramisu. Be aware, the place is pricy but the food is impeccable.
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Cristina Ruiz
9 months ago
Among the seemingly endless pizza and pasta-promoting Italian eateries in the North End, Taranta offers something delectably different. Combining Italian and Peruvian flavors, this spot is a truly a unique dining experience in a pretty package. Salud! The drinks are definitely South American in nature, as many contain fruity elements of passion fruit as well as the Peruvian liquor of choice, pisco. I opted for the Cholopolitan, a sweet, fruity mix of juices, citrus, and pisco which was delicious and deceptively strong (as our helpful waiter was sure to mention upon bringing them). As for entrees, I opted for the Macadamia-crusted salmon, which was served over a risotto cake along with a berry sauce, fusing the traditional Italian rice staple with tropical elements. The salmon had a unique crunch to it, and the sweet, slightly acidic sauce added an interesting twist to the fish. The standout dish on our table was definitely the lamb gnocchi, however. The gnocchi was prepared with yucca instead of the usual potato, which led to a tender, somewhat chewy consistency. This was ideal for absorbing the absolutely phenomenal sauce and tender pieces of lamb in the ragu. The menu claimed it was a spicy dish, which I disagree with in terms of heat, but it definitely did not disappoint in terms of spices, as it boasted an outstanding flavor complexity. The texture of the entire dish was on point, and I found myself sneaking bites off my friend's plate all night. Let's culminate this cultural culinary combo with something sweet! I wanted something warm so was eyeing the chocolate souffle. However, our waiter steered us toward the Lucumisu (lacuma tiramisu) and the Guavannolis (guava and ricotta-stuffed cannolis with pistachios). These desserts combined traditionally Italian pastries with Peruvian ingredients. Both had outstanding flavor, and I enjoyed that they were fruity but not overpoweringly so. Although neither dessert was warm, a decaf cappuccino with milk poured in right at the table warmed me up and was the ideal accompaniment. Taranta isn't the cheapest option, but considering the location, experience, and flavors, I'd feel much better about shelling out dough here (and not of the pizza variety). Luckily I came with work so didn't need to pay myself, but I would definitely return for a special occasion or to impress someone who thinks they've tried it all. Spread the word... Italruvian/Perulian cuisine should definitely be a thing!
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Tim M
a year ago
Disappointing for the price you pay. Olive oil for dipping bread was way too bitter - cheap bulk olive oil. Papardelle ai funghi porcini with : home-made pasta (good), but was not properly prepared - layers stuck together (bad). Funghi porcini portion was not generous with other types of mushroom mixed-in. I guess one pays for being a tourist.
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Pablo Nusenovich
2 years ago
More Italian than Peruvian, but the food was excellent. Try the Pisco Sour cocktail along with the antipasto and the causas. The porkchop is a must!
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Katie Dunn
9 months ago
I went to Taranta with a friend totally randomly one night. I had never even heard of this place so was a little skeptical to try a place that seemed to not get much talk. I was completely in love the moment I walked in. It was such a cute place and once I ate the food...amazing. I don't consider myself a foodie however, I definitely like to go out and try new places and really enjoy a dish that I couldn't make at home myself. I had the pork chop here and I found myself licking the plate. I can not being to describe how flavorful it was...you just need to eat here!!!
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Sara S
a year ago
Should know better than to go out to eat on Valentine's Day, when restaurants are all about quantity over quality. Even so, this place was a total disappointment for a $70 fixed price menu. I had to spit out the beef because it was just un-chewable. The lobster ravioli was cold, tasteless, and chewy. Too bad.
Jim Roche
3 years ago
Our third time here... and if anything, the food just keeps getting better. An emphasis on fresh, organic ingredients combined with the fusion of Peruvian and Italian cuisines makes this a very special place. They've even manage to pull together a primarily organic list of very interesting wines. Highly recommended. And after the fourth time, all of the above is still accurate.
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Caitlin McGlynn
3 years ago
Hidden Gem amongst the slew of Italian places in the North End. This italian peruvian fusion place is divine. The flavors in every dish are unbelievable, even the fresh salads. The service as well was stellar, we sat in the nice second floor room, arrived early but still were seated right away and the staff was attentive throughout our whole meal. I don't even usually like ravioli or gnoochi but loved both of these dishes here. They serve us some interesting, fresh cocktails and juices. One note, everything seems to contain meat here but the staff was so accommodating, I don't think it would be a problem for vegetarians
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