Boston's Best Italian Restaurants: Enjoy Authentic Pasta in the City

Italian food is a Boston staple. With a large population of residents of Italian descent, you can be sure you'll find plenty of choices, but only few that will transport you to Italy. Ranging in style, cost and atmosphere, you'll find a selection of Italian restaurants to suit your tastes.

The mecca of Italian restaurants is the former home of many Italian immigrants: the North End. Here the streets are lined with Italian options that are sure to make you smile. You'll find diners waiting outside, in line, for hours, just to sample Giacomo's perfectly prepared classic Italian dishes. And others lounging window-side at Quattro to enjoy the al fresco feel and the perfect view for people-watching on the forever bustling North End streets. An elegant meal in North Square is easy to achieve when dining at Mamma Maria, the high-end spot that oozes romance providing diners with an intimate experience and superb service.

But the North End does not have a monopoly on excellent Italian eateries, as many dot Boston's landscape where you'll find locals lingering at favorites like Da Vinci, Sportello and Via Matta. And Cambridge's Rialto, an upscale hotel hot spot helmed by James Beard award winner, Jody Adams, makes for the perfect ending to a day in Harvard Square.

Sportello is a small diner-esque establishment in the up and coming Fort Point Channel. Sportello brings their trattoria style Italian dishes to life. Seating is offered two ways; you can be served counter side on backless stools, or at one of...  Read More

Da Vinci Ristorante is a go-to for locals who claim Da Vinci to be their favorite Italian in the city. A white table cloth spot, you'll enjoy an elegant evening under the dimly lit simple chandeliers that dangle from the ceilings of Da Vinci....  Read More

The small scale setting has seen many famous faces for a reason- they serve good food in a spot that gets attention, but not too much. Enjoy a romantic evening with someone special sipping one of their craft cocktails or a nice glass of wine...  Read More

Strega waterfront has everything Bostonians love about the North End Italian eatery but with waterfront seating. Here you'll find large plates of Italian specialties sure to fill the super sized appetites that are often found when one exercises...  Read More

Quattro, opened in 2013, serves Italian dishes that will knock your socks off! Casual, and comfortable, you'll feel welcome in this restaurant that presents a menu filled with Frank DePasquale's best dishes, expertly melding together these items...  Read More

Giacomo's is one of the most popular Italian restaurants in the city, but that is not why it generates long lines of tourists and locals waiting outside in any weather to get through its doors. The food really is stand in the rain, get rushed...  Read More

North End mainstay, Mamma Maria is known to be a romantic go to among Boston locals. Starting with the walk along the cobblestone streets, your entry into Mamma Maria has you longing for love. The interior is decorated with crisp linens and the...  Read More

Nebo Restaurant and Bar
Photo courtesy of Nebo

For gravy like grandma made head over to Boston's Greenway where NEBO has made its home. This Italian eatery serves homestyle Italian favorites inspired by their mother's recipes and plates them with pride. A modern industrial space has a cozy...  Read More


Meet Jessica Polizzotti

Born and raised in Boston, Jessica knows her city like the back of her hand.  Always looking to uncover something new, Jessica keeps up on the latest and greatest Boston offerings. 

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