Antico Forno
Antico Forno

Antico Forno

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.anticofornoboston.com/
  • Phone: (617) 723-6733
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Salvatore Gaglio
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: They cater both small and large parties.
  • Special Events: Restaurant Week Summer 2006
    August 13-25, 2006
    Menu On Line: http://www.anticofornoboston.com/restweek.htm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cross St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: They validate at Parcel 7 garage, $3 for 3 hours
A word from Antico Forno
Stop by Antico Forno for a great meal in an atmosphere that is casual and relaxed with delicious food, of course, but also prices that are reasonable.
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Antico Forno reviews from OpenTable diners
184 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (101)fit for foodies (61)good for groups (56)kid-friendly (43)hot spot (35)special occasion (32)great for lunch (26)romantic (22)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (10)notable wine list (9)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • The staff was outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 8/23/2008
    The staff was outstanding and the food was wonderful but it was too noisy. We were there at dinner time so not sure if the noise level would be too high for lunch. We would not return to this restaurant because of the noise level being to high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had the best dinner on our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/23/2008
    Had the best dinner on our visit to Boston at Antico Forno. Definitely deserves a return trip.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • While searching online for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/23/2008
    While searching online for a place to dine at the North End in Boston, I browse at several restaurant options and eventually decided to give Antico Forno a try based on their menu offering, food pricing and parking availability. My husband ordered the special of the day which was Risotto with mushrooms and sausages, I got the Linguini Al Frutti di Mare, daughters Karrol had the potato gnocchi while Dominique opted for the Margherita pizza. Needless to say everything we ordered was superb. It was also a treat that they gave us free tiramisu dessert with a lighted candle on it to celebrate our anniversary. We are glad we chose Antico Forno as our very first dining experience in the North End. This place is definitely worth a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I understand that it was Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/22/2008
    I understand that it was Restaurant Week and they had to turn tables over quickly, however, that does not mean that customers should suffer as a result. After each course, the server/hostess or whatever her role was came and scooped up our plates without asking us if we were done. One of my friends was only about half-way through her main course when her plate was scooped up. We were served our desert, but never asked if we wanted coffee. Once we were done we were literally asked to leave. I will not be returning ever to this restaurant during Restaurant Week or any other time during the year.
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  • Great spot, quality friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/22/2008
    Great spot, quality friendly attentive staff, food is outstanding tremendous red sauce, get there early or you will have to wait for a great north end dining experience
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed the personal service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/22/2008
    Enjoyed the personal service and the personal contact( phone call day of confirming...) I am sure with the pricing and this type of service, your restaurant will continue to fill beyond capacity !
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  • The food was fantastic. We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/22/2008
    The food was fantastic. We will all being going there again for lunch vey soon. Plenty of food and very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love this restaurant. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/21/2008
    love this restaurant. The wood-oven is amazing. Their chicken parmigiana is the best on the planet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went there for lunch, which
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/21/2008
    We went there for lunch, which was absolutely delicious, during restaurant week. The calamari appetizer, pasta dish with mushrooms and truffe oil topped off by a scrumptious tiramisu, so flavorful with espresso based sauce drizzled on top and no alcohol was in it which made it even more delicious on its own. The service was fabulous too. My girlfriend and I spent a long leisurely lunch catching up and the staff never once hurried us. They were so friendly. The food is all made to order and the portions were perfect. I highly recommend this restaurant and will be going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • It is a small and cozy place
    Maria
    Dined on 8/20/2008
    It is a small and cozy place with great food! The service was great..I enjoyed the wine too!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We arrived early and were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/20/2008
    We arrived early and were taken immediately. (There were tables available @ 2:45PM.) The service was prompt and the selections were what we preferred. (We looked on line before reserving). The food was excellent.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • The food was outstanding.
    Fundining
    Dined on 8/19/2008
    The food was outstanding. Each course was perfect. Every itdm on each plate looked and smelled so good, we all had to sample each other's! No disappointments.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The absolute best food of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/19/2008
    The absolute best food of the 5 restaurants I enjoyed during restaurant week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was 3 girls afternoon out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/17/2008
    It was 3 girls afternoon out for lunch and it was wonderful. The waiter was very attentive and the food was fabulous. We would all recommend the restaurant. This was our first Restaurant Week and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We all went home and took a nap!!!! We like to try new restaurants when we go to the North End (our absolute favorite place)and this restaurant ranked as one of the special winners. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I went with my female friend,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2008
    I went with my female friend, so it wasn't a romantic dinner, but it would be a great place to take a date. One dining room only and it got a little loud when it got busy, but it's part of the atmosphere. Ask for a table at the window...more private. The food was absolutely excellent. And the organic wine we ordered was great too. I would definitely go back. We had to wait about 10-15 minutes even though we had a reservation. And instead of telling my friend they ran out of the dessert she ordered, the...slightly rude but not ours...waitress brought a different dessert to the table and seemed annoyed when we asked her why she was bringing that dessert to us. Our waitress was nice though. All in all, I would go back...the food was that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The reception we received
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/15/2008
    The reception we received was nonexisistant - don't know if that was because we arrived with a baby-told server that we were early for our reservation and were just pointed to a table. We ordered: CALAMARI FRITTI-EXCELLENT,INVOLTINI DI MELANZANE-EXCELLENT,FETTUCCINI POSITANO-kinda disappointing...POLLO ALLA PARMIGIANA - EXCELLENT-even thought all of that was EXCELLENT-TIRAMISU-was OUTSTANDING-the best weEVER had. The female waitstaff was very pleasant and would stop to chat with baby - the male server did not make us feel welcomed at all - also was not pleased that opentable then let me know I was listed as a no show and had to email to correct. Will try again without baby to see if we receive a warmer reception if not get the tiramisu to
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    fit for foodies
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  • Food is great and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/14/2008
    Food is great and service is great! Highly recommend calling ahead for a reservation because it was packed when we went. Really cute place. Food comes out quickly and they don't rush you out even though there's 15 people waiting outside and every table is full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was very good. The restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/14/2008
    Food was very good. The restaurant was crowded, but with a reservation, there was no wait. Without OpenTable, this is a restaurant, I may have never chosen Antico Forno. There are just so many restaurant in the NorthEnd. Thanks for the heads up. This was a new find and we enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointed with the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2008
    Very disappointed with the Rigatoni Salsiccia E Ricotta; it was tasteless, but our party also had a dish with homemade fettuccini pasta with chicken and white sauce that was excellent.
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  • Great food, but very small
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/12/2008
    Great food, but very small restaurant (only 10-12 tables). We had to wait 15-20min, even though we had a reservation. The food is amazing. Our waitress was okay, but not very friendly. The tables are very close together and it is hard to have a conversation because noise level is very high. I would go back again, but knowing that a conversation is nearly impossible when eating. The food was worth the wait.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I chose this place based on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/11/2008
    I chose this place based on advertisement and a few on-line reviews. Took the family there on work/vacation trip. The prices were OK, the food was OK, and the service was OK. We didn't have a bad experience, but we didn't have a memorable one either. I've had better meals in the North End and will try other places before going there again. It was a Monday, so it could have been an off night for them.
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  • Well .. this meal was like
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/9/2008
    Well .. this meal was like a roller coaster .. up and down up and down... Arrived early for our reservation .. let the hostess know we were there said we could back a little closer to our reservation ... Well our reservation time came and went and we were seated late. The waiter was poor at best. Not only did he not bring out the food properly but he never once checked in on our table. We ordered a nice salad and a order of muscles to start and the both came out together .. knowing we were going to share they brought no additional settings. Pizza was just ok ... 1 - 10 scale I give it a 4.5 . The Chicken Parm was great the rest of the meal was down hill again . We left some what deflated after reading the good reviews.
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  • This restaurant is overrated.
    Stacy
    Dined on 8/8/2008
    This restaurant is overrated. I ate there based on the reviews I read and afterward, felt cheated. I've had better Caesar salad at a Denny's. The bread tasted store bought and the dipping sauce they served with it reminded me of baby food. We had to ask for olive oil. My penne dish was decent but my husband's rigatoni was mediocre at best. Why do people wait in line to eat here when there are so many other places near by? Don't be fooled by the lines, it's not worth it.
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  • We had to wait outside for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/4/2008
    We had to wait outside for about 15 minutes despite having a reservation. It was a nice night so it wasn't a big deal. Food was excellent. Kids had pizza. Parents had pasta dishes. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Set up a reservation online
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2008
    Set up a reservation online and showed up 45 minutes early. They worked hard to accomadate us and got us a tabe early. The pizza was one of the best we have ever had.
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  • Great Service Excellent Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/31/2008
    Great Service Excellent Italian Food Very reasonably priced Had reservations and were seated promtply Our party of five had hard time hearing each other - very loud on a Thursday night Our meals were excellent and we will return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic North End eatery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/30/2008
    Fantastic North End eatery - even better than hoped for. We were tourists yet we could not have felt more welcome and part of the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I absolutely love the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2008
    I absolutely love the food at Antico Forno, but find it very frustrating that they tend to overbook at certain times so that even if you have a confirmed reservation you often have to wait 30-60 minutes to be seated. That being said, service is efficient once you are seated and the food is certainly worth the wait.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had the linguine with clams
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/24/2008
    I had the linguine with clams and it was wonderful, much better than I had expected. I would say one of the better places in the North End without the ridiculous price tags.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We'll definitely return. They
    jillVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2008
    We'll definitely return. They were quite accomodating to us when some of our out of town friends were running late. The food was exactly what we were hoping for - quintessential North End dining.
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  • I went with my husband & daughter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/13/2008
    I went with my husband & daughter for my birthday and it far exceeded my expectations. The bread and olive oil was outstanding....could have eaten that all day. We ordered the mozzarella/tomato salad which was again outstanding. My husband got the pork chop, my daughter the margerita pizza and I had the swordfish - all was so great we agreed we would come here again (instead of waiting for another birthday). My favorite part was the homemade tarimisu - which was out of this world delicious!! The gift cert. was purchased at the Hot Dog Safari from Dave Andelman (Phantom Gourmet) who raved about the place. We even got a parking spot up a ways on Salem St (free!)I would give this place 4 stars!! Great job Antico Forno!! Kathy Scarpone
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • http://bostondish.blogspot.com/2008
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/12/2008
    http://bostondish.blogspot.com/2008/07/girls-night-in-north-end.html
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was our first time at the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/12/2008
    It was our first time at the restaurant, and we had a wonderful meal. It came highly recommended and lived up to it's reputation! It was also moderatly priced which was nice to find.
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a memorable experience
    boca234VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2008
    We had a memorable experience at this restaurant. It is not "trying to be italian"; it is the real thing! The brick oven use made all the dishes taste exceptional! My two children were very happy with the pasta and the pizza that they received despite not having a dedicated children's menu. The staff was very accommodating to our group of 5 and were very attentive and willing to assist us make food choices. We will definitely recommend it highly and will return in the future.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Even though I made reservations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/5/2008
    Even though I made reservations a few weeks in advance for my 8:30 p.m. time slot, our party of 6 still had to wait outside the restaurant for a HALF-HOUR to be seated! Unacceptable.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had great pizzas here before.
    giorVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2008
    I had great pizzas here before. This last experience was not good: no prosciutto left (not in the middle of the night, but at 8:00 pm), so they put pepperoni on my pizza, which was fair, but not great. The place was so loud that I was not able to hear my friend sitting at the other end of the (small) table.
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  • Traditional southern-style
    WhereRMyGlasses
    Dined on 6/30/2008
    Traditional southern-style Italian food with no pretense. Informal, friendly, fun, reasonable prices. Try the dishes with homemade pasta.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have eaten there before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/23/2008
    We have eaten there before for both lunch and dinner on several occasions. The food is always great but the service was disappointing this time. Our waiter was just plain rude. Everyone else that served us that evening was very helpful and friendly. It's unfortunate that one person can ruin a perfectly good meal with a bad attitude.
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  • Nice little North End Italian.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2008
    Nice little North End Italian. Eggplant appetizer brilliant in its simplicity. Reasonably-priced wine list. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Antico Forno is consistently
    KFaB
    Dined on 6/21/2008
    Antico Forno is consistently solid in food, price and service. Stay away from Hanover St. and head up to Salem St. for this great find. Once they get the bar built it will be even better!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate