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Best of Boston: Top 10 Italian Restaurants
It’s no secret that Boston has some of the best Italian food on the East Coast. You can find restaurants serving traditional slow-cooked marinara sauce, like your Italian Grandma’s. What’s more is that Boston has some restaurants that offer a twist on tradition when it comes to Italian cuisine. In this list, we’ve included both classic-style Italian restaurants and more contemporary restaurants to give you a complete view into just how diverse the food scene is in Boston.
With an old-world vibe, Antico Forno provides an authentic Neapolitian experience. With a wood-burning brick oven, this North End restaurant serves up pizzas with fresh roasted garlic, a variety of cheeses and san marzano tomato sauce. You can also try dishes like Linguine Con Vongole with garlic white wine sauce, clams, cherry tomatoes, baked in parchment paper. You’’ love the old-world charm of this restaurant, and the authentic Neaplolitian recipes.
93 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113 / (617) 723-6733
A cozy corner enoteca in the South End, Coppa is known for its creative small plates and their contemporary take on Italian cuisine. Their seasonal menu reflects local and regional flavors. Try the Nostrano Pizza with tomato, salami, Calabrian chili and wildflower honey, or the Cavatelli Con Pollo with semolina pasta, slow-cooked broccoli and chicken sausage topped with parmesan.
253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118 / (617) 391-0902
Carlo’s Cucina Italiana
Traditional Italian Cuisine in the unexpected town of Allston, Carlo’s Cucina Italiana serves dishes like homemade fusilli with sausage and broccoli rabe sauteed in a garlic and oil sauce. The Chicken Saltimbocca is also a favorite, topped with prosciutto and fontina cheese in a sage cream sauce. The atmosphere is cozy, friendly and no-frills, making this a perfect casual Italian dinner.
131 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134 / (617) 254-9759
A beloved North End spot with Italian staples, with hearty portions. Your Italian Grandma would definitely approve of your choice to dine at Carmelina’s. Recognized as Yelp’s top 100 places to eat, you know that the foodies also love this place. The Bronx Tale is a great choice, with Mimmo’s meatballs and Sulmona sausage, slow cooked tomato sauce, tossed with rigatoni. You can also try dishes like the Colorado Lamb Shank, with slow braised fall off the bone lamb shank with white wine jus and gnocchi.
307 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113 / (617) 742-0020
Fox & the Knife
Italian food with an inventive spin, come to Fox & the Knife for the inventive cocktails, handmade pastas, and antipasti dishes. Start with the Fett’unta, grilled bread with olive oil and the Insalata Cicoria with fried almonds, sunchokes and pecorino. Then, try the Tagliatelle Bolognese with wild boar, thyme and parmigiano. For a more classic dish, try the Pepe E Cacio with bucatini, goat butter, and pink peppercorns. Classic cocktails like negronis grace the menu, along with creative cocktails like the Slow Ryder with rye, spiced pear, cranberry, and black walnut bitters.
28 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127 / (617) 766-8630
Authentic Italian fare in the North end, Giacomo’s serves the classics in a cozy, dimly-lit space. With house-made pastas at competitive prices, you can try Lobster Ravioli or Fettuccine with Swordfish and Tuna in a pesto cream sauce. With a seafood-forward menu, you’ll love the dishes served with fresh herbs, and slow-cooked in garlic-butter sauces.
355 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113 / (617) 523-9026
A contemporary, open space in Cambridge, Giulia is the perfect spot for a special occasion. The restaurant serves up pappardelle with wild boar, taglioni with sea urchins, and new york venison with celery root bravado. For dessert, try the olive oil cake with pear sorbetto and watermelon granita, or the chocolate terrine with hazelnut gelato and vincotto.
1682 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138 / (617) 441-2800
Authentic Italian Cuisine in a converted-Boston townhouse, this restaurant is a North End staple. Mamma Maria has a seasonal menu with regional New England influences like Lobster Agnolotti Pasta with Maine lobster, and finished with wild mushrooms. For something decadent, you can also order the Suckling Pig with fig jam, gorgonzola dolce, toasted farro and tri color local beets.
3 N Square, Boston, MA 02113 / (617) 523-0077
An industrial rustic-chic interior with an open-floor plan, Pammy’s describes themselves as a “New American restaurant inspired by the feel of an Italian neighborhood trattoria”. The restaurant is owned by a husband and wife team, with a commitment to bridging old world charm with inventive flavors. Here, you can try the Lumache with bolognese sauce and gochujang or the Tortellini with bone marrow brodo, celery root and young ginger.
928 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 / (617) 945-1761
Sorellina serves elevated, regional Italian cuisine in an elegant space. Located in Copley Square, the restaurant boasts exceptional service in a white-tablecloth, dimly-lit space. With extensive wine lists, and a menu offering fresh pastas, seafood dishes and desserts, you’ll love dining here. Try the Mozzarella Di Bufala with tiger figs, La Quercia prosciutto, aged balsamic and grissini to start, and then the ravioli with tuscan kale, sheep’s milk ricotta, rosemary brown butter, hazelnuts, and pecorino.
1 Huntington Ave, Boston MA 02116 / (617) 412-4600