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Sportello

Sportello Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.Sportelloboston.com
  • Phone: (617) 737-1234
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Disappointing food. The gluten free pasta was underdone. Service was good but not great."
    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!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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!!!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I went for lunch. Very noisy, food was good but a bit overpriced."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Barbara Lynch has a gem and her infamous bolognese is beyond rich and wonderful. Pack an appetite or get a doggie bag!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Delicious Food. Must try the Bolognase. Our server was great and had great recommendations for our questions. I will definitely go back here again."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "If you want the best of Lynch's restaurants try 9 Park; the food is better there and the service more gracious, the space quieter and seating more comfortable; however, the menu at 9 Park is prix fixe and the cost of dinner is likely to be somewhat higher."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Not only do the talented chefs and staff serve my definition of comfort food, it remains pretty affordable; a filling pasta meal never goes above $35 total. Though the counter seating was peculiar at first, it still feels intimate. I always love seeing my favorite choices such as the Tagliatelle Bolognese, but occasionally seasonal choices pop up. The first few times I came, the desserts were good but not incredible, but the last two visits, I have had an incredible coconut cake, so all parts of the menu constantly evolve and stay fresh. Service is jovial and prompt, even when the restaurant is busy. Exploring restaurants in Boston has become a (costly) hobby for me, but whenever I want to take someone out, I always recommend Sportello."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Best italian food in Boston; best service in Boston"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Started evening in the "basement" bar where we had to join the lineup of enthusiastic young people to get in. The bar was hopping from one end to the other but the service was prompt and friendly. The bartender concocted a special drink according to my request. Definitely recommend this experience prior to dining upstairs. We lucked out and had Ethan as our server. He was very friendly and had a great sense of humor. He also had wonderful recommendations for us and our dining experience was very positive. We will return on our next Boston visit."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Third time here. I think it was even better this time. My guests loved it."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We dined at Sportello this week and our food was terrific, but the whole experience was made better by our waitress Haley. She was so knowledgeable, personable and friendly it made the experience even better. My vegetarian daughter couldn't decide what eat, so she asked Haley to 'surprise her' and she brought her two appetizer-portion sizes that were amazing. I had the bolognese which I loved, but my husband had the braised rabbit which was even better, so I'll be sure to try that next time. We finished dinner with their classic coconut cake for dessert. All staff was attentive and made you feel like you were in their home. We will go often and so happy to have had the experience."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Great place for an afterwork dinner w a friend. Wonderful menu and attentive service. Pleasant atmosphere and venue!!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The food here was great - I loved that the menu was small and manageable. There was something for everyone. I was disappointed in the daily specials of the day. But moreso, I was disappointed with the very very small wine list and practically non-existent cocktail menu. Go here for the delicious food - but make sure to stop elsewhere for some drinks along the way since you will only be able to have a select wine or two for dinner with your meal."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Read-ups sounded good, so decided to try this place. I liked that the pasta was freshly made at the restaurant, and the main course was relatively good - the Bolognese. Appetizers were extremely small and disappointing. I also did not like the setting however - it was like being in a diner. The stools were very uncomfortable, and the lighting was bright, and the space was stark. The wait-staff and chef's were standing around looking at the customers which was a little awkward. I guess the ambiance and experience was a letdown. Too bad really, because the location and the menu had some good aspects. Just wasn't pulled together entirely."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Great food. The atmosphere is pretty funky, but you can't eat atmosphere. It is definately not No. 9 Park or Menton, although the prices are not much less. We did not get to Drink downstairs, but we had plenty of wine with our meals. The wine list does not have Chardonnay, so we were not pleased, since most of us had fish. The waiter did recommend a decent close second, but not to have Chardonnay is like saying: Drink what we want you to drink, not what you want. We recommend they add at least one good Chardonnay to the List. For the price, I doubt we would go back. (We come to Boston at least once a year, as all of my relatives live there.) For a B. Lynch restaurant, we will go to No. 9 Park or Menton again in the future."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Food, atmosphere, great team from server's to manager and chef's"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Split the Gnocchi and Caramelle, both were amazing. Portion sizes are good too, had just a little bit leftover to enjoy later. The diner style seating is great for service and it's nice to watch the chefs at work behind the counter. I'd definitely recommend Sportello to anyone looking for Italian food in Boston."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Went to Sportello to celebrate my birthday with friends. We asked to be seated at a table so we converse better and the request honored. The waiter was attentive and paced the meal well. The food was in season and delicious. I highly recommend Sportello."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I had the farfalle with lobster, zucchini, and summer squash! Loads of flavor, but a light summer dish!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Consistently good in our experience. Great service. Lively and fun. Can get a bit loud."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Excellent pasta dishes and strong appetizers. Rabbit pasta especially good. Burrata a delicious appetizer. Excellent summer drinks. Side by side stool seating not as pleasant as table seating but, given size limits placed upon restaurant by space, it is probably the right call"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Potato Gnocchi dish was excellent. Sea scallop appetizer was very good although neither of us were crazy about the rhubarb polenta. Farfalle dish was not bad, but not very exciting either."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food is really spectacular - you owe it to yourself to get a glass of wine and a pasta dish (the gnocchi) from Sportello. There's a casual chic nature due to the format of the restaurant and the manners of the servers! Simple and sophisticated."
    Dined on 6/11/2014