Nico
Nico

Nico

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nicoboston.com/
  • Phone: 6177420404x
  • 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
176 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (107)romantic (75)fit for foodies (72)special occasion (72)notable wine list (35)hot spot (17)good for groups (15)scenic view (11)vibrant bar scene (10)great for lunch (10)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (8)great for brunch (5)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Nico's Restaurant North End Boston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great fin, service was excellent, it was my husbands birthday and unsolicited the hostess sent over a lemon cello to finish over our meal. Food was great and served timely.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    First visit to Boston and to Little Italy. Food at Nico's was wonderful, delicious and the servers were great! Would definitely recommend to friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would not recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Experience was mediocre at best. We were hoping for a seat in the main dining area for an open air experience but instead, were seated in the basement which is dark and claustrophobic. We found the food to be uninspired and ordinary. The "special" was a variety of meats that evoked the sense of something hauled out of a freezer and covered in sauce. Service was adequate. Perhaps it was just a bad night but we will not be returning.
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  • Fantastic find!
    mommco
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    On a recent trip to Italy, a member of our group who used to live in the North End told us that if we wanted to eat at a restaurant having comparable food to what we were eating in Italy, to go to Nico's. She was absolutely correct! Each of our party of six felt that their selection was superb. The buffalo mozzarella on the Caprese salad melted in our mouth, just like in Italy. The service was exceptional. And the restaurant was very accommodating to us for being late due to major unforeseen delays on the T. A great dining experience!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 30 min wait for reserved table
    MassPike
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I like Nico a lot. I've eaten there twice, and have found it reasonable, with a excellent wine selection, nice atmosphere, friendly staff, and - of course - great food. I'd go again. My only criticism relates to my reservation. I made a dinner reservation for 3 using OpenTable. However, upon arriving (about 5 minutes late), we still had to wait over 30 minutes for our table. Fortunately, we weren't in a hurry and it was a nice night, but a 30 minute wait outside for a reserved table - even for a busy Friday evening - is unacceptable. I hope it was a one-off, or Nico does a better job handling reservations in the future.
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  • Rocky
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great place the food is excellent vive la bouffe italienne
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hope to get back again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Usually I like to try someplace different especially when I am travelling. However, Nico's is just so good I can't stay away when I am in Boston. It is in the North End section where it is hard to go wrong, but even at that it stands out. Service and food are always great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not for hat lovers
    BarbyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Didn't start off well after being asked to remove hats, (as per so called dress code). We are a middle aged brother and sister, dressed conventionally. I like to wear stylish hats and this was the first time I was ever asked to remove one. We ate upstairs, not near a window, so the ambience was minimal. Despite these slights, the Chilean Sea Bass was delicious. Both this and the Spaghetti and Meatball dinner my brother ordered were generous portions, but the marinara on his dish was bland, and the dish was, at best, average. The wait staff was polite and appropriately attentive.
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  • Great North End Restaurant
    Brady1
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    food was delicious and our table was perfectly situated by the opened first floor window. Great service!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Party of 3 for a 60th birthday celebration. Had to call 3 times to change the reservation and the hostess, Katie couldn't have been sweeter. Had a wonderful dinner with prompt exceptional service. Couldn't have had a better evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beachfolks
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We will definetly be back... thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant. Great staff and great food.. Beachfolks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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  • Excellent food
    TandC
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great food and good service in a nice North End location. The food portions wer enormous. Would love to see slightly less food and lower expense for the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LovinBoston2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Food was excellent.... Hostess was very attentive and so was the wait staff.... My favorite place to eat in Boston
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We booked a table for 5 last minute not knowing what to expect. It was everything you could ask for as a tourist eating Italian on the North Side. As we finished a five part acapella group sang. It was memorable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian
    Sjbeats
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This was a great find out of a large number of possibilities in Boston's Italian North End. From the evidently home-made bread through the appetizer and the entrees, each course was perfectly cooked and attractively presented. Well rounded wine list and the service was both friendly and respectful. My companions were native Italians in the restaurant business and we were all very impressed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful lunch
    Dvrdiner
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My husband and I had lunch here and it was fantastic. First, they take reservations, so that was good because we do not like to stand in line for a long time, which can happen around here. For the North End, the size of the restaurant was roomy. We had the special appetizer, prosciutto, arugula, grilled artichokes, tomatoes, mozarrella: delicious! It was really a large portion, so for two people I would only order one to share, and then entrees, which were also a hearty portion. I had the spaghetti and calamari, and he had the special frutti di mare with pasta. Service and food excellent. I would definitely try to to back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mbn5
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a group of 5 and everyone loved their meals! The food was fantastic and the service was outstanding! Such a great experience, I would highly recommend Nico!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Italian dinner
    Goodfoodies88
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Wonderful food! We had a a salad special with delicious fresh tomatoes, a shrimp special with zucchini, the carbonara, and the spaghetti with bolognese sauce. We took the wine recommendation and were not disappointed. The service was attentive but not intrusive. They knew we were from out-of-town and thus would not be regulars, but they went out of their way to give us a great dinner. We'll go back whenever we are in Boston. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I can't wait to go back
    Portland
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    One of the most memorable meals I've had in the North End. The pasta was wonderful. The burratta was delicious and the meatballs were probably the best I've ever had. Service was very friendly and they treated my 7 year old daughter so kindly. With so many wonderful choices in the North End it stands out. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • friendbday
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food and service were excellent. I sat at the bar and enjoyed the activity outdoors at the fire house across the street and the feast preparations beginning that night. Cannot wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and wine!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The staff at Nico made us feel great on our 3-year wedding anniversary. Kendra and Tyler were excellent, amicable, and professional. The food was great: try the linguine+clams, it was delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buttons209VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The best linguine with clams I ever had. It was great atmosphere and wait staff was nice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food, Great service
    BeijosDot
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I have enjoyed meals at Strega (same owner)on several occasions so thought I was curious to try this smaller, more intimate eatery. Excellent menu -- homemade burrata, pasta, etc. and delightful wine list. The service was thoughtful, well informed and attentive. Easy to have a conversation even though the restaurant was full. Windows opened to the street which was great on a summer evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Dinner !!!
    BigDukeSix
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I went to Nico's for a nice romantic dinner with my girlfriend to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. The staff reserved a lovely table for us at the front of the restaurant overlooking the street. While waiting for our table, we sat at the bar and enjoyed a couple of cocktails while we discussed the menu with the bartender who was fantastic with her demeanor and recommendations. For dinner we split a fantastic caprese style salad but was a special for the day and then we also split a surf and turf which was a 10 ounce filet and a lobster tail stuffed with all kinds of seafood and had the lobster meat also.. I can't say enough about the staff, the food, and the experience at Nico's. When I'm back in Boston, I'll be back at Nico's... !
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish!
    kbeansVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I was in Boston for the evening, walked up to this cute restaurant and had an amazing dinner. Our server, Bruno, was polite and he had extensive knowledge of both the menu and wine list. He was especially sweet to my 10 year old daughter. I ordered chicken parmesan and it was one of the best I've ever had. Hand made pasta, delicate sauce, generous portion. If I'm ever back in Boston, I'll be at Nico! Enjoy!!!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • North End Find
    AshvEdVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Took our granddaughter here while on vacation in Boston. Food was quite good and generous portions.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RokoVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We went here to celebrate my friends birthday. We had a great table, excellent service and awesome food. I really don't like veal very much but the waiter suggested the special and it was the best veal I ever ate!!! The sangria was amazing also!! We loved this restaurant and will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Great Find
    BrooklynFoodie
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner. Good food. Great fried calamari served with a spicy sauce rather than the standard red sauce. Very good job with the standard southern Italian dishes. The waiter was wonderful. Recommended a nice glass of wine and went out of his way to find something my 16 year-old son would enjoy for dessert even though it wasn't on the menu. We were treated like old friends even though it was our first time at Nico. We look forward to our next visit.
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    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Perfect
    Irishblue
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My husband and I went to Nico's to celebrate our anniversary. We had never been there before, but we will definitely be back. The hostess was friendly and sweet and we got a seat right at the window, she took our picture with my phone and was so pleasant. Our waiter was also welcoming, knowledgable and friendly. My husband and I both ordered the chicken parmigiana and it was delicious. The atmosphere, food and staff made our night extra special.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time had by all
    AlMichele84VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We went to Nico after several hours of researching North End restaurants - and it paid off big time. The staff was inviting, attentive and friendly. The food was fantastic, our group of six could have not been more pleased. We will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DebbieVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great food, wine and our table was right at the window. Hostess and server could have been friendlier. Made dining a bit uncomfortable.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JDB35VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    As usual, a wonderful dinner with attentive service. The Caprese appetizer special was extraordinary, as was the Vitello Saltimbuca.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly Enjoyable
    MayorKaz
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My wife and I have enjoyed Nico several times and our recent experience was outstanding! Every visit to Boston will include a dinner at what has become our favorite restaurant in Boston!
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous find
    KWatsVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Out of town customer. I had the lobster crapes. They were unbelievable. Fabulous service. Excellent open table suggestion
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night!
    LoveBoston
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I had planned a nice evening in the North End. I had never been to Nico before but I read its reviews and thought I'd give it a try. It's a small, quaint place with a great atmosphere. It has 2 floors of dining space but I would request seating upstairs. We had the best table in the house! We were at a small table in the corner by the open window overlooking Hanover Street. It was very romantic and although the place was packed, we really felt like we were the only ones there. The food was great; our drinks were fantastic; our server was attentive, yet gave us some privacy--it was a very nice balance. I will definitely be going back to Nico in the near future!
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    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnifico!
    Jaman87
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Chosen at random, this was our first trip to Nico. A quick view of the reviews looked ok so my wife a business colleague and I made an 8pm reservation. We were seated near the kitchen entrance. The restaurant was small but comfortable ant there was no issue with traffic from the kitchen. We had the Caprese and a sausage stuffed pepper for an appetizer. Both were excellent. My wife had a Rigatoni and seafood based dish. The meal had some impressively large scallops and it was delicious. I had a Rigatoni dish but with sausage and artichoke hearts. The pasta was clearly homemade and perfect. The portions were generous. The wine list was good with some mid-priced selections. Wait staff was attentive but not in your face. Highly recommended.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than Nicks other restaurants
    Marc8802VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We recently went to Nico. We have been there roughly four times over the past three years. The food is always excellent. The service was very good as well. We have been to Strega on a couple occasions and Strega waterfront once. Nico has the best food out of the three restaurants by far. I was actually really disappointed with the food at Strega waterfront. The menu seemed like it was created by a confused chef who could not or would not cook anything that was even half way recognizable as a traditional Italian dish. It was also incredibly seafood heavy, (and if you are looking for seafood maybe that is the place). In sum, Nico is excellent, skip Strega and go to the original restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deliscious!
    Cyn78thia
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a wonderful evening at Nico. The service was great and the food was outstanding! I had the risotto with truffle oil and I don't think I have had a better meal. My husband had the lobster ravioli and loved it. It was a great spot for a special evening out.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    thankful
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This past weekend I had a small surprise birthday dinner for my mother in law. The food was perfect, the service was fantastic. .honestly I was nervous having a dinner somewhere I have never been..but I really lucked out..can't wait to go back. Also the valet parking made it easy for out of towners to not have to worry about parking!
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun night out.. Nico's fit the bill
    DebBoston
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Service was great - it's your typical small restaurant in the North End. Good food, wine and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic