Nico
Nico

Nico

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nicoboston.com/
  • Phone: (617) 742-0404
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Saturday & Sunday, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday, 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Dinner: Friday & Saturday, 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Salvatore Firicano.
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Entertainment: Join us on Tuesday nights for Street Magic!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Harris St. and Hanover Ave.
  • Public Transit: MBTA Blue Line

    Aquarium, Government Center

    MBTA Orange Line

    Haymarket Station
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Nico
Whaddayaget when you cross the koolest new nightspot in Boston with the biggest, best, most delicious meatballs in the Northend? Answer: Nico Ristorante. This two-floor restaurant is the brain child of noted Boston Restaurateur Nick Varano, owner of the highly-esteemed Strega Ristorante on Hanover Street. The boldly colored interior is a perfect backdrop for the exciting, superlative, classic Italian fare and innovative creations. The kitchen is under the direction and wizardry of Nico's celebrated chef Salvatore Firicano.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Nico reviews from OpenTable diners
248 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (140)fit for foodies (122)romantic (95)special occasion (81)notable wine list (73)hot spot (21)good for groups (19)vibrant bar scene (16)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (9)scenic view (7)great for lunch (6)great for outdoor dining (5)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • Excellent!
    KRIS
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food and service was outstanding. Our waiter (didn't catch his name) was very helpful recommending dishes and went above and beyond to make sure we were satisfied with our meals. I had the chicken parmigiana which was delicious! Would definitely recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    Greg
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Took my wife out for her birthday. Apps, wine and entrees aall were excellent. Definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nico experience
    Clubweb
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Always great food that is served steamy hot and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent italian food, not the best in North end.
    Kimleblanc
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    The ratings at open table were great, that's why we chose this restaurant. As a starter we shared the antipasti. Average ham, average salami, tasteless mozzarella, average cheeses and even with two, the portion was too large. Not at all an antipasti you get in Italy. As a main Į had a lobster ravioli, this was actually good, the taste was nice, it needed a little salt but rather that than too salty. My partner had a nice spaghetti with meatballs and tomatosauce, he liked it very much. We combined everything with a nice Chianti. Server was great. Overall: it's a nice place with decent pasta, not the best in North End though.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Retirement
    Retired
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Spent an early evening at Nico celebrating a retirement. The food and service was excellent. Our server suggested a few items that sound great however we decided not to try since we had our hearts bound for specific items. Maybe next time. Thank you Nico's
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nico was a good!
    Marie
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Stuffed mozzarella appetizer was delicious. Just wish the waiter would have told us not to order salads since the app had plenty of greens served with it. Dinners were also good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Food was good but service was so bad that I will not be going back.
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  • Truly Enjoyable
    MayorKaz
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    My wife and I visit Boston regularly and each time we have dinner at Nico's. The service, hospitality, and dinner are outstanding. We highly recommend dinner at Nico's as it will never disappoint!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    4thcliff
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We had a large group and a tight timeline. The food was, as always, amazing. We had the meatball appetizer which is incredible. Our waiter had a slight 'tude that was a little offputting but you can't beat the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Our meal was just ok. I was hoping for a real experience in the North End. I'll therefore seek another option next time.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We visited Sunday at 6 PM and by 6:30 the place was full. The waiter was friendly and helpful and I had veal saltimbocca with a glass of Morellino di Scansano. The selection of wines by the glass was very good for such a small restaurant. The only downer was the loud, obnoxious football fans (three of them) yelling while watching the game at the bar which was right next to our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One good one bad
    greatdine
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    we were late due to traffic for our reservation and the hostess was excellent in getting us a seat. The sever was very attentive. I had a dish that was Pasta with Scallops and Shrimp in a cream sauce and it was excellent. My girlfriend had the lobster ravioli and it was terrible. No lobster, a very ordinary sauce and no taste at all. Would not recommend.
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  • GREAT SERVICE
    SD760
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I go to school in Boston and when my parents visit we come here every time, we all enjoy it so much but I cannot afford it without them! haha. We love the food, it is excellent but the service is beyond excellent... I can honestly say it is the best service I have ever experienced at a restaurant. Everytime we have come here Hakim Jabrani makes our experience unforgettable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the best on Hanover
    Foodhunter
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    A great meeting place for our group, and not too noisy. The dining experience was excellent food and service. This was our first time dining at Nico, and it was more than we expected. very creative, and beautiful presentation. Love it, and will visiting again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Jb4pVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Excellent food and fantastic service- portions very generous. Will absolutely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would definitely go back
    Cbo79
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    It was a nice place,the staff was very attentive. Small but romantic setting and the food was great would definitely go back
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Localboy2
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Just a disappointing night all around and much less than expected. We were seated at a small table squeezed in between the window and the bar. The small table was fine and the street view helped but people standing at the bar were backing up almost into our table. The staff was fine, attentive. The meal was the issue. How is it possible to get warm veal and ice cold potatoes on the same plate? We complained to the waiter who was apologetic and brought out another plate of potatoes which turned out to be equally cold. The warm food was average at best, just not what I expected from a Varano establishment. Dozens of better spots in the north end, no reason to go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Nite..
    GordyVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food was even better than we thought it would be! The Meatballs are to die for! The seard scalops were delicious and a large protion! We shared dinner ... Vitello Scallopini with the best brown marsala sause we have ever had... Just question having potatoes in an Italian restauant?? Linguini would have been better... but we should have noticed... now you will!! Very attentive prompt service thruout and the valet service was excellent as well!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing for the cost
    2kidzonthegoVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We are huge fans of Italian food - and overall, dinner was disappointing. We ordered the calamari which was the best thing we had and the parmigiana and proscuitto which was fine, nothing special. My son had the veal parm which was overcooked and nothing special. I had the duck ravioli and while the pasta was good as was the prosecco sauce, the duck was dry and ruined the whole meal. My husband and daughter shared the shrimp & scallop stuffed 2-lb lobster...the lobster was good, but the stuffing was really stuffing and nothing great at all. Finally, we had desserts (celebrating my birthday) and they were all good - but again, nothing fabulous. I don't think we will be back.
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  • fantastic food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    It is a little on the pricier side but most north end restaurants arent cheap. The lobster ravioli is too die for! The spaghetti and meatballs was also great. Not being a big meatball fan, I was really impressed.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    HealthspeakerVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    While we live close by, this was our first trip to Nico. The service was the standout here with very good, carefully prepared food. Typical of the North End, our table for 4 was on the small size but goes along with the experience. Special dietary issues with one guest were addressed with grace and courtesy, something not seen often enough. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Amazing food and great service. Definitely coming back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jimmy
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great food! - service was not so great (staff was not very attentive - I needed to ask for a side dish of pasta I ordered with my meal and we waited an extended period of time to get our bill after we were done).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and superb service
    ForTheLoveofFood
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was delicious and the specials they had to offer were amazing. Especially the pumpkin ravioli. Great place for date if you ask me. I'm a younger guy and it was not overly expensive, had a romantic look to it, and was energetic so that you weren't sitting in awkward silence but werent yelling over everyone either. Really great restaraunt and food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A North End Favorite
    LovetodineVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I think I have tried most of them and although many North End resturants are similar, we like Nico the best. Great food and service. Never had a problem. We dine out often and visit many different cities and we are in Boston, Nico is must. You will not be disappointed.
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  • Great experience
    Travelinder
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Nico's food is delicious and portions are good. Nice menu variety. Try the burrata appetizer. Service was excellent and they honored my reservation request for a certain table. Very pleased and will return.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great authentic Italian food
    Sjiyer
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Great food and lovely atmosphere. It was a great done while in a Boston on a business trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Bar experience
    Clubweb
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Service was super from I believe her name was Giana. We alternate between Strega and Nico'm because we enjoy the food and the people that work there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meatball ever
    tevea100
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Had the Braciole which included one of there huge meatballs. It was the best meatball I've ever had. Everything else was good also including sauces. Place is noisy though so hard to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • June
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great night out! The service was excellent and the food was delicious! The ambience and the bar was great, friendly staff! We all enjoyed our meal and would go back in a heart beat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nico's Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great Italian food in the North End. We had a party of 6 (a tough bunch to please) and each person had a different entree - everyone was highly satisfied with their food. It was delicious - we will definitely be back. Waitstaff was excellent and very friendly as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, as usual!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    One of my FAVORITE North End Restaurants- never disappoints! The food is consistently delicious and the service is attentive. My favorites are the burrata with artichoke heart appetizer and the mushroom ravioli with truffle creme sauce!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good, not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I thought the food and service were fine - nothing incredible. Among a sea of other restaurants in the North End, there is nothing defining (in either a good or bad way) about Nico.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wanderlust
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    DInner at Nico's was one of the best meals we've had quite a while.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Typical north end
    Petey
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Service non existent. They must look at all patrons as tourists or one time visitors because no one would return given the rush job and lack of attention. Food was ok - not great Asked a day in advance for table by window. Sat at the door to the kitchen.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DLS1017
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The food was outstanding and perfectly done. The drinks from the bar were delicious. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    Darkstar
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Food was excellent. Helpful staff. My daughter and I had a fine meal. Whatever you do, don't stand in line at those over hyped restaurants if you can get a reservation here instead!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine, nothing special
    CC6347
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    It was nice that I could make a reservation since I'm from out of town and didn't want to spend my night in Boston waiting in a line at some of the other hot spots. We were seated promptly and although I had read mixed reviews of the service, ours was fine. The busboy kept the water glasses filled all night, and was quick to remove our plates. It was a little strange having a bar with televisions in an otherwise romantic establishment. Maybe I'm a snob because my grandmother and mother cook amazing Italian food but I thought this place was only okay. Our favorite was the polpetta (meatball) appetizer, very flavorful. Carbonara was okay, could've used some salt. The chicken dish we had was frankly below par.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Price please!
    Priccplease1
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We listened to specials and ordered one entree from menu and one from special list. When bill arrived the special was $36!!!!!! I asked the waiter why he did not advise of the price and he said some are offended! Well, all places I frequent provide the price as a matter of course when reciting specials. Food was good. Service was ok, once we were seated about 20-25 minutes late, but we were not prepared for the bill showing the special cost twice as much as what was ordered off the menu.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The service and the food were wonderful. Would definitely return and recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.