Sportello
Sportello

Sportello

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sportelloboston.com/
  • Phone: 6177371234x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Colin Lynch
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Barbara Lynch Gruppo catering company 9 At Home offers unique and exclusive catering from No. 9 Park, B&G Oysters, The Butcher Shop and Sportello. Please contact 617-423-4200 or info@9athome.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: A Street
  • Public Transit: For those taking public transportation, we are a short walk from South Station.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: In addition to evening valet ($18) and on-street parking, there are several open air lots and garages within two blocks of Sportello. There is a large garage in Stillings Street, a small lot on Farnsworth and several large lots on Boston Wharf Road & Congress Street.
A word from Sportello
With two "U"-shaped counters situated around an open kitchen, Sportello (Italian for counter service) offers a menu of Chef Barbara Lynch's trattoria-inspired Italian dishes for both lunch and dinner. A modern interpretation of a diner located in Boston's Fort Point neighborhood, Sportello features an approachable, artisan wine list curated by James Beard Award Winner Cat Silirie. Snag a stool at the counter and enjoy a bowl of handmade pasta!

Please note: Sportello is primarily counter seating, but does have several tables for more conventional seating. Tables are available for parties of five or more or by request. Requests are honored based on availability.
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Sportello reviews from OpenTable diners
223 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (163)neighborhood gem (93)hot spot (70)special occasion (45)great for lunch (38)notable wine list (38)romantic (21)good for groups (20)vibrant bar scene (11)kid-friendly (10)great for brunch (8)late-night find (7)scenic view (4)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Bland
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The set up is cool and the service was great. Food was not bad, but also not anything special; a boring cheese plate with plain nuts (could've spiced the nuts or something). Gnocchi was pretty good, nothing crazy, pretty standard. The pork dish sounded awesome in its description, but didn't live up to it. I think this place has great potential, their menu sounds real good in theory, but then the dishes don't pack any punch. I would rather try something that I didn't like but was at least interesting tasting, versus this experience where the food was kind of blah. Keep working the menu and it could be great.
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  • You have got to hit this place up!
    chillin2hard
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    If you haven't been to Sportello and just Drink...add in a dining experience at Sportello--upstairs. It is literally heaen in mouth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Very Underwhelming
    FoodBOS
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Went to Spotello because it was on Boston Eater list list of essential restaurants and was very underwhelmed. Maybe it was an off night for the "A team" in the kitchen, but my arugula salad had so much dressing on it I could barely eat it, and my bolognese was bland. Needless to say, I'm not chomping at the bit to go back.
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  • High energy and great food
    misheybosVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This is a great restaurant if you are looking for delicious pasta dishes in a more casual "diner type" set-up restaurant. We were a group of three, so they sat us at a corner of bar so we could all talk. We enjoyed the food, and the service was very good. Just be aware that you are unlikely to be seated at a table unless you are a group of 5+.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Where's the Burrata???
    Gigi
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The portions were embarrassingly small. I travel to Puglia, Italy every summer and considering this dish is indigenous to that part of Italy I know a thing or two about how it is served. Sportello literally put a few spoonfuls of the creamy whey on a plate. Shameful for $16. The tagliatelle were cooked perfectly but far too much bolognese ragu for the amount of pasta. The carpaccio was sliced so thin We could barely lift it from the serving dish on to our plates without it breaking apart. Not as authentic as I thought it would be.
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  • Great Meal, Interesting Atmosphere
    DineBOS
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food and service were excellent - no complaints there. The counter seating is unique, although the chairs were very uncomfortable. The food came out very quick, so maybe the goal is to keep patrons from lingering too long? In the end, we went downstairs to Drink for after dinner cocktails, so I'd call that a win-win for both us and the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Phenomenal
    LocalGirl
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The food here is fantastic, why we waited to go for so long I'll never know. Ethan was our server and he was superb. Every bite of every dish was delicious. We had cheeses, polenta, salad, gnocchi, fish, pork, and the sublime coconut cake. Can't wait to go back. Kudos the Barbara Lynch team, this was really a wonderful experience from start to finish and affordable, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • A nice, clean place with good food
    Madisonfoodie
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This place did an okay job but I counted that we had 3 different wait staff helping us which made dining slightly confusing. There are a few too many people just standing around watching us eat- which at times felt awkward. The food was good and appropriately priced.
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    kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good Italian food ...
    BillVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This is a very casual restaurant setting, but they serve delicious food. My wife had the home made gnocchi and I had the pork loin. Both are highly recommended. The best of all may be their signature coconut cake, which is the best coconut cake anywhere.
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  • Pasta in Boston
    Slim
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It was our first time at this restaurant. The food really lived up to the hype. Incredible pastas!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing - per usual
    ejgray
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Incredibly accommodating and wonderful per usual. The service is superior and the chef always caters to my need for a special dietary request - and it's delicious! Thanks sportello!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    RYang
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I ordered the Strozzapreti and my boyfriend ordered the Tagliatelle, and we shared the burrata for an appetizer. The braised rabbit on the Strozzapreti was extremely tender and tasty, and the pasta was perfectly cooked. The tagliatelle was also delicious; the bolognese was the favorite of the night with a great balance of flavors. The burrata was light and refreshing. Neither of us loved our cocktails, but they weren't bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but way overpriced
    BwR222
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Hostess told us she would line up a bar spot at Drink after dinner. She forgot so we had to wait 15 min at the restaurant after dinner and then only to get bad standing only spots that they obviously improvised to get us in. What's the point? Had I known I would have just gone to lucky's.
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  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Overpriced food and drink in a pretentious atmosphere. I will not be going back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Casual, Creative, Fine Dining
    ProeverVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We've been to Sportello several times and this time did not disappoint. Excellent, straightforward, fresh preparations with an emphasis on full flavors and surprising accents like loin of port with pistachio, jalapeno and peach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the best visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food was excellent. There were not enough servers staffed, which meant that it took a long time to order (and to add on to the order, to get more drinks, etc). We also were troubled throughout the meal by numerous and pesky fruit flies. I've been to this restaurant quite a bit and have never had either issue, so I am hoping it was a one-time disappointment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cookingonthesquare
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Pasta and salmon were delicious. By 8pm 3 of choice snacks on menu were already gone, darn. Desserts could be better, panna cotta bland and the coconut cake served cold instead of room temp. Our server was not particularly friendly but the busboy and sommelier were lovely.
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  • YUMTASTIC
    macattack711VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Wow, Sportello never disappoints. This time we went for 3 courses, and everything was great! Yummy take on Caprese - it had a little kick, which I loved. The tomatoes and mozzarella were high quality. For the main dish, the tagliatelle bolognese was out of this world good. Two days later, I was still thinking of it.The gnocchi was fabulous but rich - we didn't finish a half portion between the two of us because of the truffle oil, but that didn't mean we didn't like it! My boyfriend had the farfale with lobster and liked it! It was a different take on a lobster pasta than the normal creamy sauce ones. Their tiramisu was awesome! I didn't love the drizzle, but I never do, so I just should have stopped them. I want to go back now!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    They just do excellent, high quality food. I NEVER order gnocchi in Italian restaurants here in the states, because they tend to be either gummy or like little rocks that sit in your stomach for hours, but when our server said they had been on the menu from the beginning, I gave them a try, and was NOT disappointed - light, fluffy potato pillows, as they should be! (Only place I'd ever had better gnocchi was Turin!!) Bolognese was delicious, polenta, delicious. It's Italian food that is based on the correct principles, high quality ingredients prepared simply and carefully to evoke maximum flavor without a lot of added STUFF. And our lovely server put up with my crazy parents and their bizarre ordering. Kudos to her! will be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mellenVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Always enjoyable. The pastas are the best in Boston. It's nice to have "fine dining" quality food in a really casual atmosphere. Sitting at the counter is more fun than being at a table because you can watch all the action.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Culinary Treat
    MangiaVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Only the artichoke starter was a misstep...everything else about the meal was exceptional! Our extraordinary waiter impressed with his knowledge of the wine list and the red we settled on was served at the perfect temperature (both bottles!). The use of seasonal vegetables sets this restaurant apart from many others. Spicy tomato soup, heirloom tomatoes with mozzarella and all the accompaniments that made the fresh pastas delectably mouth-watering. Loved the sea bass with peas and pancetta (great recommendation!) and the desserts did not disappoint. Pricey meal, but worth every penny...a fine dining experience in a trendy setting.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Amazingly fresh and inventive, but simple pastas and other dishes. Killer flavor combos. One of the best meals I've had in a long time.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    hungryprof
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We stopped by for a late dinner after a concert at the ICA, and had salads and polenta with lamb ragu - both fabulous. Sitting at the counter makes it easy to talk despite the energetic noise level - I like the lack of fussiness, and the setup also means good contact with the serving staff. i might have upped the ante on seasoning the ragu in my own kitchen, but my companion thought it was perfect; I appreciated the good judgment on portion size, right on target to be satisfying but not so much you wish you hadn't finished it. Really nice experience.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So good we went twice!
    SamsterVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This came recommended by a Boston restaurant owner. We were in town and trying to find local gems. This hit the mark! Pasta is pretty high priced but so worth it. Fresh made pasta and sauces! We had the tagliatelle with bolognese and it was the best I've ever had. The pork belly crostinis were wonderful too! Great, laid back service and loved the bar seating. We loved it so much we went back the next night for a late night dinner. We will definitely be back!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    CMW76
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Took my foodie niece to celebrate her 21st and the food was amazing! We each got 2 half portions so we could try different things. The rabbit was sensational! The "sportello" wine was fantastic as well. Highly recommend this to everyone!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard to carry on a conversation
    Yummy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I am on the fence with this restaurant. Food was good but overpriced for pasta. I have had better for less money. Sitting is strange if in a group of more than four. I just don't know if I would go back. I don't know why my review is nicknamed "Yummy" not my choice.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spot on
    John
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Second time eatting there, food remains consistent and high quality. Our waiter was great with the granddaughter! Wines seem to be better priced here than at her other more casual restaurants.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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  • Never disappointed
    Lily
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have dined at Sportello many times in the last few years - every time my high expectations are surpassed, I experience new robust flavor combinations, and leave feeling 100% satisfied. I would recommend Sportello to anyone who values unique, savory food and great wines.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • buckley
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We enjoyed our dining at Sportello, from a knowledgable and friendly server, watching the kitchen work and the garganelli pasta. My roast pork however was dry and cold, I would not order this dish again. we will be back.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Disappointing food. The gluten free pasta was underdone. Service was good but not great.
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  • Delicious, Kind and Accommodating
    ejgray
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    As a vegan diner my options dining out are often well...boring. Especially when I dine mostly with non vegan eaters. The six or so times I've dined at Sportello they've not only been accommodating but they've been incredibly kind and inventive in their menu options for me going beyond my typical vegetable plate. Each meal has been completely delicious and a wonderful dining experiene and I really can't applaud them enough! Thanks Sportello!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Great dinner!
    Mallory
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was our first visit to one of BL's restaurant and we were not disappointed. We loved all our food (crostini, soup, pastas and dessert) and really enjoyed the more casual and energetic setting. Service was relaxed and fun from beginning to end! This restaurant has excellent food and the prices are reasonable for the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique place with spectacular food
    Chowhound
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The menu is small, the ambiance is "spare"...and the food is out of this world. Yeah, it's somewhat expensive but each of our four entrees brought discussion to a stop while we savored the flavors. Sportello definitely lived up to its reputation for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Delicious but Odd
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    To start with, the food was excellent. We started out with the Pork Belly Crostini and Buratta with Strawberries. Both delicious, although my recommendation is to order snacks instead of the appetizers/first course options since you get more bang for your buck. The buratta was delicious but could have used more crostini (and cheese-- yum!). For entrees we both got pasta and this was a pretty great deal! Our server was great about making recommendations. The ding on service is because the server spoke so quietly and the restaurant is quite loud, plus we weren't sure if the recommendations were heartfelt or what he's supposed to tell you. It just seemed a little odd. The ambiance is a little strange with the counter service.
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food fun wine
    Jcezzz
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great food and great service. The waiter really helped us with wine and food choices and he was spot on. Fabulous place with a great bar below. Our waiter got us a spot at Drinks after dinner. A great place fora fun evening with great food. Thank you Sportello!!!
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    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • 2nd time there, first time skeeved
    JamacaVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Although I did not make a big deal about it, being on a business lunch, I was skeeved by not one, but TWO instances of a long black hair: one on a bread plate; and one delivered to the table on the bottom of an iced tea glass. Plus what was up with that server's attitude? There's a fine line between tattooed hipstress and standoffish. You were the latter. Too many choices in Fort Point to put up with that.
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  • Overrated
    Benoit
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I went for lunch. Very noisy, food was good but a bit overpriced.
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  • People do make the difference
    JayjayVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My first time to Sportello, and I'm already looking forward to the second. The food was excellent, as I've come to expect from all of Barbara Lynch's restaurants. But the service staff make her establishments a dinning occasion. I had a chance to chat with the chefs in this open kitchen concept resto, and they were so welcoming and excited to talk about their craft. Similarly the waitstaff had an amazing knowledge of not only the menu, but ideas on the best wine pairings from a very well curated wine list. If you get a chance, sit at the bar around the counter and talk to team. Follow up with a stop at "Drink" below for a hand crafted cocktail that will blow your mind.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally
    Karisma
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I've been dying to come here. I had the dish w the rabbit meat and it was awesome. The pasta was one inch noodles that looked like someone hand rolled them. I've never had rabbit and I have to say I like it. The dessert was fabulous. The chocolate silk tart went well w the pine nuts and caramel and cocoa krispies! I thoroughly enjoyed myself and Caitlyn was great, she was attentive and seemed like she really wanted my experience to be fabulous.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bolognese Wonderful
    sudiegalVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Barbara Lynch has a gem and her infamous bolognese is beyond rich and wonderful. Pack an appetite or get a doggie bag!
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    fit for foodies
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