I lived in the North End for three and a half years, and never gave this place a first thought, never mind a second thought. I always figured it was just another old-school red-sauce place with marginal food.
After seeing a couple references to it on this board, I checked it out last week. I was right about the old-school red-sauce part. But for the money, the food was some of the best Italian I've had.
Two of us dined. We started out with an antipasto for 2, which was more than we could finish and included generous hunks of provolone, salami, artichokes, peppers and (randomly) green beans, along with a few other items. Very delicious and fresh. For entrees, we had the veal scalloppini marsala (the best I've ever had, actually) and the chicken parm, which was also solid. We had a bottle of Australian shiraz (the menu doesn't list the vintage; it was a 2002), and one dessert and a coffee with sambuca. Total billwas $86. A great deal overall. Service was a little slow, but nothing awful.
Add it to your list if you need a solid and inexpensive red sauce recommendation in the North End. (Antico Forno, another place recommended frequently on this board, had a line on Saturday night while Mother Anna's did not).