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Nico

Nico Details

  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "As usual, a wonderful dinner with attentive service. The Caprese appetizer special was extraordinary, as was the Vitello Saltimbuca."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Out of town customer. I had the lobster crapes. They were unbelievable. Fabulous service. Excellent open table suggestion"
    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!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Service was great - it's your typical small restaurant in the North End. Good food, wine and ambiance."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We came here for the second time with friends. It was a Tuesday evening, and the place was hopping. A full bar, gracious staff and a 5 man group singing 'In the Jungle' with a great falsetto set the festive mood. The food was as wonderful as our last visit, and the service was good even with every table full. We shared an amazing appetizer special of burrata, tomatoes and prosciutto de Parma, then we each had a pasta entrée. Every plate was cleaned! This an exceptional North End restaurant on the quiet end of Hanover Street."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We had a reservation for 5 and asked to increase to 10 with less than 24 hours notice., Very accommodating. Unfortunately we were seated downstairs. Very low ceiling and felt a bit closed in. Service was very good. Would recommend to a friend but try and be seated upstairs."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I went for a 30th birthday dinner and had an excellent time. The food was delicious (Burrata appetizer- special of the day, Chicken Saltimbocca, & Fettuccini Carbonara) The wait staff was friendly, professional, and thoughtful. Couldn't have asked for a better dining experience. I will be dining here again in the future."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The food was good but the tables were very crowded. The bus boy accidentally elbowed me in the head while clearing the table next to us."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food and the service. Very good bread and a great bar. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The service was impeccable and special requests were encouraged. Great food, service, ambiance and sangria!! Fun to walk through the north end before and after dinner as well!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "This was a last minute reservation and it was a great choice. The service was very good and the food was excellent. The burrata special was superb! A very comfortable restaurant with a nice vibe. We sat upstairs and even on a Sunday night it was quite busy. There is a dining room downstairs as well, both are relatively small, which is fairly typical for many of the restaurants in the North End. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This was our first time at Nico and we recommended it to good friends the next day. While a small very busy restaurant, we were very appreciative of receiving a table right by an open window over looking the sidewalk. Very pleasant setting on a very pleasant evening. Our reservation was accommodated right on time and all the help was extremely courteous and professional. We were thanked for selecting the restaurant more then once. The food was excellent, a very good wine list and overall an excellent experience."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I read a recommendation to request a seat upstairs - based on the size of the restaurant (very small), I would consider this a great recommendation. The food was good - meatballs and arancini were great. I had the "world's best" lobster ravioli. I wouldn't recommend it - it had a very fishy taste, as opposed to the sweet deliciousness of lobster that I was expecting. The other entrees were much better. Overall, I thought their pastas were really good. The waiter was very nice as well."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "When we arrived one of our party of four had not yet arrived and we were instructed to sit at the bar, not allowed at table until fourth person arrived. One of the men wore a fedora and was told immediately that he had to remove it, he would have removed it anyway, but not given a chance. Once the fourth party arrived we were instructed to immediately sit at the table. Not welcoming too many rules - however the food and service were outstanding."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Pretty little setting past all the hubbub of Hanover Street. Staff and hostess were wonderful, polite, enthusiastic and helpful. Food priced reasonably though appetizers a bit on the high side. Special risotto with Scallops fell far short on flavor and was crying out for something more than just salt. Other entrees and appetizers (Calamari, Marsala, Parmagiana, Salads) were good but again not memorable. In general, for us at least, fell short of high expectations and great reputation. Perhaps an off night in the kitchen. I would try again and trust its word of mouth as the masses should not be wrong here....."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "seems like a nice restaurant- food and service was excellent, but we were placed downstairs which is small, cramped and not attractive at all with low ceiling and no windows. Upstairs seems nice especially by the front where you can look onto Hanover St- highly recommend that if you want to try this restaurant you clarify where you will be placed- do NOT go if they don't guarantee upstairs table"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Wonderful night at Nico. Food was outstanding, fun and friendly atmosphere, wonderful service. Good location."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Sometimes the north end is hit or miss. For us Nico's was a hit. Exceptional service, charming atmosphere and excellent food."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "North End restaurants run the gamut of hole-in-the-wall to touristy to elegant to good meals well-done. Nico provided a variety of items on the menus and excellent choices (and a number of them) for specials of the night. We had a party of five and chose broadly. Every item appetizer or main course was presented well and tasted even better. We would definitely go back and the wait staff was eager to please."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "They we willing to make a lamb dinner that was not on the menu. Our server was excellent Thank you again Kathleen Dentinger"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Nico once again exceeded all expectations. Superb food, service and authenticity. Who knew spaghetti and meatball could be so special. The lobster ravioli was also terrific. Special appetizer salad with fresh mozzarella stuffed with ricotta? Who thinks of these things? Wow. Thanks."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We live in the North End and go to Nico all the time. Great appetizers and friendly staff. We love it"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Nico is a small Italian restaurant located near the far end of Hanover Street, kind of away from the hustle and bustle. It is a small place, but so are most of the places in the North End. We had a 6:30 reservation, and we were seated right away upon our arrival at 6:15. We had a nice open window seat, which was great because the weather was perfect. The service, food, and noise level was perfect. Our party left there with smiles, and the feeling that we would be back again someday."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Hubby and I dined at Nico's Saturday night and had a wonderful experience. We had reservations and were seated immediately (pretty good for a Saturday night). We ate downstairs which was cozy. Like to try upstairs next time. Our waiter Bruno was excellent and helped in answering all of our food/beverage questions. I had the Sangria (which I sampled first) which was wonderful, not that sweet stuff you get in so many places. We had arancini for our appetizer which were more than enough for the two of us. I had the scallops and shrimp over rigatoni with truffle oil which I was hesitant might be too heavy. Bruno suggested I ask for light cream sauce and it was perfect. My husband had spaghetti and meatballs, which he loved. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "and a waiter pretending to be italian. This is not the 80's. Get a grip, people are smarter than this."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We had a special birthday dinner. The wait staff was fun, very attentive and the food was great. A great time was had by all!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I've been to a lot of Italian restaurants in the North End and Nico really stood out from the rest. The food was delicious and you could tell the waiter had a lot of well-deserved pride in the restaurant. Lobster ravioli is always my go-to meal and it did not disappoint as it was stuffed full of lobster meat and had a great pink sauce. Usually ravioli doesn't fill me up but I couldn't even finish this one. I highly recommend giving this restaurant a shot for your next meal in the north end :)"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "My husband and I are new to the Boston area and have dined at several Italian restaurants in North End over the past few months but Nico's is our favorite. Excellent service and food! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This was a fun place to go!. It's tight in there, you are back to back with other tables BUT everyone was great, friendly, enthusiastic. Wait staff were friendly and all seems to roll with the punches and actually enjoy the banter. Food was fantastic! I had the Prosciutto and cheese as my first plate...wonderful cut, texture and taste, excellent portion. Had the linguine and clams (Fra diablo)...spiced just right. 2 bottles of Chianti were a perfect match to everyone's meals at a reasonable cost. We ordered one dessert for all four of us to share and out waiter gave us a second on the house!....We didn't want to leave but so many people were waiting we eventually left. Highly recommend for a great meal and fun time with friends."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Overcooked and really tough chicken parm. Big letdown. My companion's pasta dish was excellent. Meatball appetizer was good. Very compact place, so the noise level is high. I might try again. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Probably the best Italian food we've had in the North End!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "I had been to the North End for dinner many times and wanted to go somewhere I had not previously been to. Nico did not disappoint. We got, in my mind, the beat seat in the house, thanks to our reservation. Front window seat, perfect for a romantic dinner. I got veal, my date got the lobster crepe and both were delicious and a generous portion as well. Her crepe had huge chunks of fresh lobster. She actually took half of hers home and it held up for lunch the next day. We also shared probably one of the best calamari's either of us has ever had, a tiramisu and a nice bottle of wine. Our waiter was great. I wish I could remember his name. He deserves the shout out. Overall a wonderful night best summed up with great food, great service."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Food was delicious but the service was even better. Our water glasses were constantly filled and we were consistently asked if everything was ok. It's very small, tight space but that's common for the north end. Overall good find!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We were in Boston for a long weekend and friends had told us that we just HAD to go to Giacamo's for dinner. After reading reviews online and reading it was a nightmare, we spoke to some locals and were told it was ridiculous to wait in line only to be rushed through a mediocre dinner. We, of course, turned to open table to find somewhere better to eat and NICO's popped up. WHAT AN AWESOME FIND! There were five of us, so we ordered practically every appetizer and each had separate main courses...everything was SUPERB! Our server Sabatino was great! A few of us spoke Italian at the table and he immediately jumped right in with us. He was attentive, friendly and timed everything perfectly! We weren't rushed or disappointed in any way! "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Came to Nico on a whim with some girlfriends who were visiting town. Picked it based on previous reviews I had read. Table was ready for us when we got there. Service was great - we had good spacing between our appetizers and main meal, and wait staff was very friendly and always had our water filled. Food was very good - we all had something different (fettucini, mushroom ravioli with truffle sauce, lobster ravioli with pink sauce). All delicious! The restaurant overall is smaller so it was good our party was only for 3 because I don't think a larger group would do as well here. We would come back!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014