About

Nestled in the Heart of Boston’s Historic North End

TARANTA is still quite young in the eyes of Boston’s famous North End, yet it has managed to make possibly the biggest mark in the oldest part of Boston. After having a previous history with other famous and well respected restaurants in “little Italy”.

TARANTA is the result of a marriage between Southern Italian Cuisine and Peruvian Cuisine, success is due to the quality of  the food and service, and having a strong personality really helps. TARANTA cooks and lives Southern Italian cuisine with a Peruvian twist. Chef-Owner José Duarte who is originally from Peru
and his wife Anna, a Boston’s North End native,  have focused on this massive feat and the critics agree, TARANTA has done it, better than ever. Top rated by Zagat and named the TOP 5 Peruvian Influenced Restaurants in the USA. Taranta is a Green restaurant one of the most Eco Friendly restaurants in the US. Taranta has received the City of Boston Green Business Award in 2008 and is continuing a sustainable, carbon neutral business practice for the next years. In 2011 Taranta received the Massachusetts Recycling Award and now planning a ISO 14001 certification.

Check Out What The Critics Have To Say

  • BOSTON GLOBE
    “North End Italian, South American Spin” By Alison Arnett 2 1/2 stars
  • NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER MAGAZINE
    Best of Boston September, 2004
  • THE IMPROPER BOSTONIAN
    Most Underrated Restaurant,July 2004
  • NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE
    Tip Sheet, Destination Restaurant, June 2004
  • BOSTON GLOBE
    “Ciao, Peru ! Chef Jose Duarte brings Peruvian flair to Italian food at Taranta By Ann Cortissoz, Globe Staff, 5/28/2003
  • USA TODAY
    “The kitchen delights with its heady, robust Mediterranean flavors.”
  • FOOD AND WINE MAGAZINE
    “Best New Restaurant 2001”
  • TRAVEL AND LEISURE MAGAZINE
    “Top destination Restaurant in Boston”
  • TOP RATED ZAGAT
    Survey 2002, 2003
  • BEST OF CITYSEARCH 2002
    Audience Winner “Best Italian Restaurant”
  • THE MAGAZINE OF LA CUCINA ITALIANA
    June 2002, Featured Chef
  • ITALIAN COOKING AND LIVING MAGAZINE
    August 2002, Featured Chef
  • THE BOSTON GLOBE
    “Southern Italy casts it’s spell”, Alison Arnett 2 1/2 Stars
    May 9, 2002, Alison Arnett, “Rediscovering delightful tastes of Italy”
  • THE IMPROPER BOSTONIAN
    J. Charles Mokriski “Taranta is well on its way to putting Italy’s sunny South on Boston’s gastronomic map”
  • THE BOSTON HERALD
    Jan 28, 2001; Mat Schaffer;” Pizzaiola stands test of time”
    Sep 26, 2001; “North End eatery’s `Haystack’ pasta dish piles on the flavor”
    May 2, 2001; Jane Dornbusch; “Top chefs share their favorite cookbooks”
    Feb 4, 2001; Azell Cavaan; “Make this Valentine’s Day memorable with heartfelt gestures”
  • FODORS
    “Soul-warming ristorante whips up unusual and intensely flavored dishes”
  • THE NEW YORK TIMES.COM
    Travel Section, Featured Restaurant

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