When restaurant Nebo grew in popularity, so did their need for a new space. Tied to their home neighborhood - Boston's North End - owners Carla and Christine Pallotta struggled with the idea of taking their restaurant away from their roots. But fate intervened and gave these full-blooded Italian sisters the space they had always envisioned, in one the hottest Boston areas.
Walking into the open, airy, industrial space that Nebo occupies along Boston's Greenway, you'll be taken by the beauty of this perfectly designed restaurant. You'll also feel like family from the moment you are warmly greeted by the hostess until you leave at the end of your meal.
Nebo's bar area — Photo courtesy of Nebo
The Neapolitian, family-style dining experience is one that elicits memories of childhood Sunday dinners. With a menu filled with classic dishes often passed around an Italian table, it was built for sharing.
The best way to experience Nebo is to order a sampling of dishes including every section of the menu, so you can create a full meal to be passed around. Then enjoy, discuss and indulge with your party.
The antipasti at Nebo could make a full meal, as these small, heavenly bites are quite filling. Order a few to pass around; fan favorites include the rich, creamy burrata; budino; and the polpettine.
Nebo's handmade pasta selection is out of this world! But for those who might want a taste of why these sisters beat Bobby Flay on Food Network's Throwdown, a forkful of their zucchini lasagna - which marries the fresh flavors of the vegetable with a rich combination of cheeses, and has just the right amount of their true Italian "gravy" - will have you convinced they earned their win.
Mussels in marscapone cream sauce — Photo courtesy of Nebo
Whatever you do, be sure to sample the pizza. The Pallotta sisters have perfected a variety of traditional Neapolitan pies that will transport you to Italy.
One visit is all it takes to figure out why locals love Nebo and return often for their fix of the best home-style Italian you can find outside of your grandmother's kitchen.