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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Nico reviews from OpenTable diners
206 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (124)fit for foodies (93)romantic (86)special occasion (80)notable wine list (51)hot spot (23)good for groups (14)scenic view (13)vibrant bar scene (12)great for lunch (11)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (9)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • Nico was highly recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/27/2009
    Nico was highly recommended by a friend who loves Italian food and disco music. I was intrigued enough to try it and took four of my girlfriends with me. We were so glad that we did! The restaurant is cozy with a great open view of Hanover street and the fire station. The decor and music videos fun, as well as a flat screen at the bar to see the Sox. The food was excellent! The best Caprese salad ever. All of our appetizers were delicious as well as the entrees. We were full after the appetizers and we all ended taking most of our meals home. The cocktails were great and the wine list had a nice selection of reds and whites. The wait staff was attentive, Italian and very cute. I am looking forward to going back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/30/2009
    The food was outstanding. Generous portions and simply wonderful. Our table wasn't ready when we arrived and they bought us a round of drinks and a few appetizers (it was very delayed). We never complained, they just did it! The music was from the 70's and it seemed to bond the entire dining room together. I wish I lived in Boston so I could eat at Nico every week. It was absolutely perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • From the exuberant hostess
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/20/2009
    From the exuberant hostess to the helpful waitress and all those who backed them up all night long we felt cared for and appreciated at Nico on our first visit. We arrived 10 minutes late but called ahead and were treated extremely well on arrival though I am sure they could have given away or reservation easily. Being able to valet at the restaurant helped. Tremendous spot. We will be back. It is a place the man gets to say Ciao bella often to great effect!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nico was disappointing. Same
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/30/2009
    Nico was disappointing. Same owner as Strega which we love, but a world of difference. Gum snapping hostess greeted us yet would not seat us at reserved time. Crowded bar, tables were free but are allocated for those that are VIPs. Reservations really don't matter. Food was expensive and mediocre. Nico is known for their meatballs. Our waiter brought us a big dish as we sat down (we were starving and ready to dive into anything.) Meatballs were okay, we disliked them and the waiter less when we saw them listed later on our check. Seems they are brought to every table and added to each check regardless if you order them or not - which we did not. We were not thrilled. Put aside some extra money for a nice dinner and go to Strega.
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  • We had a blast - disco ball,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/17/2009
    We had a blast - disco ball, sing-a-long, and all....it was a fun night out - VERY relaxed...enjoyed a pre-graduation dinner with teens. The crowd was hip and fun, and the waiters were adorable - and couldn't have been nicer. We actually were a bit late to our reservation - we called, and there was no problem, even at 10:00 p.m. on a SUNDAY night! Very accommodating...we left laughing, happy, and singing...spilling out into the street near midnight...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good! However, we had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/15/2009
    Very good! However, we had an 8:00 reservation and were not seated until almost 8:30 p.m. It was understood, as the restaurant is tiny and the group before us took longer than anticipated. Regardless, the food, drinks and service, we VERY good! The disco music was fun and it was a great place for a social outing! We loved the appetizer meatball and the seafood in all the dishes was very fresh and tasty!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was excellent but restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/15/2009
    Food was excellent but restaurant was very small and very loud. There were a lot of people at the bar so if your table is near there and can be slightly crowded. Disco themed with music and decor. Food was excellent, got the calamari and the mushroom ravioli. Only has a beer/wine/cordials license so the alcohol options are limited. Would definitely go back for the food but if you dont like loud restaurants this isnt your place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Everything was perfect, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/13/2009
    Everything was perfect, the atmosphere, staff, and food. It was a fun and different resaurant but the food was just as good if not better than the other placesin the North End but with so much more character. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit noisy, but food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/9/2009
    A bit noisy, but food was good. Service not stellar, like at Strega.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food and service were
    mmsm1VIP
    Dined on 5/8/2009
    The food and service were terrific!!! The atmosphere was nothing special. Next time, we'd like to try Strega, which is owned by the same people. We liked the looks of the atmosphere there. We would definitely go back to Nico, though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went to Nico with a group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/19/2009
    We went to Nico with a group of 8. They were very attentive and the food was wonderful. Most of the group was running the Boston Marathon the following day and we were all rather particular about what we did and did not want to eat. The chef was very accomodating and basically cooked a dish to order for each of us. Everyone agreed that the food was excellent - fesh ingredients, home-made pastas, very flavorful. The service was also wonderful. The atmosphere is fun - 70's disco but it is very loud. We had a long table and I had a difficult time hearing friends at the other end. However, it was still very enjoyable. We would absolutely return again when in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I went to dinner with 3 other
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/18/2009
    I went to dinner with 3 other woman for a "girls night out" and really couldn't of had a better time. The only minus was we had reservations for 8:30 pm and did not get seated until a little after 9pm. Normally it would have been frustrating but the music and atmosphere was so great that we were not that bothered by it since we were up at the bar drinking wine. The food was delicious. The waitstaff and hostess were amazing and the owner gave us an appetizer on the house because he was aware of us being seated late. I would definately go back in a heartbeat. I am already thinking of having my birthday dinner there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We did not know what to expect,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/18/2009
    We did not know what to expect, but once we arrived it was all up hill from that point. Appetizers, meal & martini's were all excellent. Loved the disco ball & the feeling of energy in the air. We look forward to dining with you again. We have dined before at Strega & we find this place just as nice. Good luck & see you soon. The Alvino's
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, generous portions.
    Jojogo1VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2009
    Great food, generous portions. The waitress was so nice and friendly and helpful. Love the disco ball and music! Wish they went all the way with the theme by decorating it 70's, but they didn't. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nico's is a fantastic dining
    JfadmdVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2009
    Nico's is a fantastic dining experience that I would recommend to everyone, great ambiance, superior food both flavor and presentation, and great service. Truly, a great experience!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was very fun. They took
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/4/2009
    It was very fun. They took care of us well, there was wonderful food and huge portions, so prepare to take food home! A celebrity also was there late night which made it even more cool.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous food, but the staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2009
    Fabulous food, but the staff is what really sold us!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nico's was awesome! Small,
    ColoradoFoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2009
    Nico's was awesome! Small, but quaint. It's like walking back in time with great italian food. There's 70's music playing with 3 disco balls in the corner rotating and the lights are spinning all around the room/restaurant. The staff is very friendly and accomodating. You don't have the same waiter/waitress. Everyone helps all tables throughout the night. Wine selection is good. Great restaurant, we'll be back! Highly recommended for groups or a birthday night out.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Have the meatball appetizer!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/19/2009
    Have the meatball appetizer! And the stuffed pepper appetizer too! Such fantastic food. The owner, Nick, also owns Strega, and this is his new venture. His favorite music. His favorite menu items. The food was some of the best I've had in the North End, and I've eaten EVERYWHERE in the North End. Definitely a place to check out. Some folks might not like the atmosphere too much, lots of seventies music, disco light on the ceiling... but the staff is SUPER friendly, attentive, and, once again, the food was amazing, so come with people you like, face away from the disco ball, and concentrate on how fabulous every morsel tastes. They do take-out too!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great girls night out spot.
    foryouVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2009
    Great girls night out spot. don't go too early though it gets crowded later and adds to the fun.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nico's was amazing! The food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/27/2009
    Nico's was amazing! The food was fantastic. As always, the atmosphere is fun and exciting. The best part of the night was when our waiter offered to get us a cannoli (not served at Nico, unfortunately) from their sister resaurant, Strega. He went above and beyond and the cannoli was phenomenal! Thanks for a fun night!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NICO's was fantastic..food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/20/2009
    NICO's was fantastic..food was unbelievable, portions are large. The service is above a a 10. The owner Nick is so friendly..
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything is great! Love
    Mmmm
    Dined on 2/15/2009
    Everything is great! Love the food, the atmosphere, and excellent service. The music puts you in a good mood.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • salads were great: NICO was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    salads were great: NICO was nicely dressed and the cheese on the Cesear was very good After finishing our salads, my husband and I sat and talked for a while. Then the waitress came over and asked if we wanted dessert...we were still waiting for dinner. Not sure what happened, but the dinners arrived about 10 minutes later(with several apologies). I got the pork special - it was very tasty, but the meat was on the tough side and not hot. I considered sending it back - but it was late and I was very hungry since we waited over 30 minutes from when we finished the salads. The side dish: potatoes, asparagus and red pepper were very cold. My husband's Chicken Parm was good & he liked the "Boogie Fever" martini.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved this place! The atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/13/2009
    Loved this place! The atmosphere was fun and the food was great! The waitstaff is very attentive. We were even serenaded by the waiter (who had an amazing voice!). I would give this restaurant a 10!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything was wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/13/2009
    Everything was wonderful! The friendly personable charming waitstaff - the food was amazing! The fun atmosphere just made for a great dining experience. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We loved it! Everyone had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/7/2009
    We loved it! Everyone had a blast- our server was wonderful. Our host was wonderful. Loved the disco novelty. GREAT for a girls night out!!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was very good. Disco
    SharonVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2009
    Food was very good. Disco ball was fun particularly for our young teens. We were somewhat rushed by the wait staff. The very minute you finished the plate, it was whisked away. The prices for the specials were not on the menu and we were shocked when we learned that the seafood special that two of us ordered in the group, was more than twice the price of the regular entrees. So, the bill was much higher than the quality of the restaurant warranted.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I though the whole theme of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/31/2009
    I though the whole theme of the restaurant was great. Food was awesome, servive was awesome, I would definetly go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had reservations for 4
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/31/2009
    We had reservations for 4 and changed it to 6 without any wait. Service was outstanding, our server was very helpful and friendly. Also Nick the owner was always around with a good word and a smile. I had read mixed reviews about the food, everyone at our table had something different to eat and there was nothing but good reviews. The restaurant was a little small which led to an elevated noise level, but it was not that bad. Yes we would all go to Nico's again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was great. Not fancy,
    Jojogo1VIP
    Dined on 1/29/2009
    The food was great. Not fancy, just great portions, flavorful and delicious. The waitress was really friendly and attentive. Loved the music and the disco ball. The tables and chairs were not as nice as I would have liked, but we will definitely go back!We had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Overall, it was OK. Food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/31/2008
    Overall, it was OK. Food was good but average- the meatballs were excellent and the grilled artichokes fabulous but the proscuitto was left off the salad, the veal saltimbocco was OK, the fish simple - overall nothing spectacular. We were disappointed. However, the wait staff was very attentive. I understand the bar is a great place to spend the evening just not great for a dinner by itself.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I went to NICO for my birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/27/2008
    I went to NICO for my birthday with my husband and two other couples. I loved it? Although expensive the portions were large and the food excellent. You have to try the meatball! soo good. I had the eggplant rolitini app and it was delicious and shared a salad. I can't remember the name but it was greens, goatcheese and rasp vinagrette. They serve you fresh, warm focaccia and bread with olive oil that you could make a meal out of. The service was great and very freindly and the maitre'de was personable and accomadating. I would definately go back Alicia, Braintree, mass
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very fun atmosphere....need
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/22/2008
    Very fun atmosphere....need to be ready to boogy down a bit! Music is great:)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have been to Nico a number
    OnHanover
    Dined on 12/20/2008
    I have been to Nico a number of times and have never been dissappointed. The food is great and the atmosphere is quite lively.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pina (waitress) is awesome!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/17/2008
    Pina (waitress) is awesome!! The meatball was out of this world. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic