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Antico Forno

4.0
4
1878 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Top Ten Italian Restaurants Around the World: 9. Antico Forno Boston, MA
Antico Forno is billed as “The Most Authentic Italian Restaurant,” and we’re hard pressed to argue. This mainstay in Boston’s North End manages a cozy mom-and-pop atmosphere with world-class traditional cuisine. Entrees like Saltimbocca di Pollo and Linguine al Frutti di Mare hearken back to the old country, but Antico Forno is best known for its brick-oven pizzas piled high with house-made Italian sausages and mozzarella.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 723-6733

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Salvatore Gaglio

  • Catering

    They cater both small and large parties.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Antico Forno has a variety of private dining and menu options available to fit both your event and your budget!

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (888) 338-0029

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Cross street

    Cross St.

  • Parking details

    They validate at Parcel 7 garage, $3 for 3 hours

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Takeout, Wine

What 1,878 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2017

    overall2food4service3ambience1
    Waited 45 minutes even with reservation. Way too loud...party of 6 couldn't hear across the table. Limited bar menu (only flavored vodka, weird). Good food for the value, but not outstanding.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious, as always!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great North End restaurant. Comfortable, friendly atmosphere. Wonderful food, friendly and attentive staff, affordable. I've eaten here several times and have never been disappointed.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this restaurant!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience for a girl's night holiday dinner on a Saturday in December. Thank you to Donna for not rushing us and allowing us to catch up and enjoy appetizers, entrees, and splitting a bottle of wine and the delicious Tiramisu. Donna was a great server who provided advice when requested. The arancini alone is worth the return trip. My chicken parmigiana was very good. I've been here several times before over the years, and cannot wait to return again. I selected the restaurant for my group, so I appreciate another great meal, service and atmosphere again!
  6. K

    Kanishah

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2016

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    I thought the restaurant was great And the food was delicious. My waiter, couldn't say nicer things about him he was awesome. My only complaint is I had a 7 p.m. reservation that the hostess couldn't find ( we weren't the only people this happened to) so my best friend and I had to wait in the freezing cold for 20 minutes while a table opened up. Then when we walked back inside I seen my name on the screen in red as a no-show. overall the food was great just wish they were on top of their reservations
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2016

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Great good, average service. Definitely make reservations as this is a hot spot. No where to stand, however when waiting for table as there bar was full and crowded.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I had the Spaghetti with clams and the spaghetti was overcooked and soggy, and there was too much garlic which over powered the clams.
  9. T

    Teri

    New England

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It was early dining and the restaurant was pretty empty. Very nice staff. Enjoyed the meal.
  10. b

    brucem

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was a very quiet night for the North End. Service and food were very good. Great wine list.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    DELICIOUS, went on a triple date here, we were a half hour late for our reset the and they were still able to accommodate us! Service was good and the food was even better, great traditional style Italian pizza, better than Regina's. My girlfriend got lobster ravioli and finished it faster than the whole table and she never finishes her meals, amazing she says.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2016

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We had our reservation for 9pm and were seated at around 9.30pm despite being there since 8.30pm. We were a little annoyed by that but the waiting definitely paid of. Best food I've had in a while.
  13. L

    Lifrannie40

    New England

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    This place is small and has tables packed in really tight. Noise level was crazy!! Couldn't hear the person sitting next to me at our table. Restaurant does not have a full bar so hubby was not happy without his Grey Goose. Food came out quickly! Antipasto was fabulous! Everyone was pleased with their meals.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I absolutely loved this restaurant. Everyone in my party had a wonderful meal, service was quick and friendly. you must try the arancini! AMAZING!!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2016

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    The pasta and the seafood which comes with it was over cooked. The pasta was terribly soft and moreover it was defended by the waitress. She blamed us for not asking "al dente"! Terrible overall.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been coming here for years with friends and family. The food and service is always great. It's always a good idea to call ahead or use the Open Table app to make reservations because this place is very popular.
  17. DW

    DeirdreW

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2016

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had a reservation which they took us to our table almost an hour after. We had a very unfriendly waitress who never checked on us once the food came. The quality and fast of the food was very poor considering the price. Would not go back!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good people and good good
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2016

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Had the pasta and scallops, very average. The Arugula salad was good.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2016

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    My only complaint is that we were not seated for an hour after our reservation time. Other than that the food was delicious and the service was great.
  21. A

    Alfdinetime

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the food and the wait staff and owner make you feel welcomed. A must try when in the NorthEnd
  22. RA

    RuthA

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food as usual. Fresh and authentic. The Sword Fish is still my favorite and teh salad they serve with it is so yummy.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great for kids!
  24. LM

    LoveMeat

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food! Authentic Italian cuisine with amazing pizzas!
  25. J

    Jonesy

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I cannot say enough about how great this place was. I went on a Wednesday evening and walked in around 5:20pm and it was dead. The service was great, I sat at the bar and waited for my friend, it was so peaceful and cozy. The dinner rush happened while we were there but service was never missed and the food was spectacular. The pasta tasted so fresh and the mussels were incredible. I'm craving them while I type this.. I definitely recommend this spot as a North End favorite off the beaten path a bit if you want a break from Hanover.
  26. JT

    JTIII

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2016

    overall2food3service4ambience3
    The restaurant books 60-80% of their tables to groups 12 and larger. The 2, 3 or 4 tops are at a real disadvantage. The staff acknowledges the problem but apparently management is unwilling to do anything about it. I will not be back. There are plenty of great Italian restaurants in Little Italy and beyond. Antico Forno is ruining their business.
  27. BM

    BrianM

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2016

    overall3food4service2ambience1
    We had to wait 25 minutes for our table, wait another 25 for service. Extremely noisy, several very large tables. Won't go there again.
  28. CG

    ChiGrrl

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2016

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Good, solid Italian food. Lots of menu choices. Very attentive and friendly service. Casual, comfortable atmosphere with Italian-American favorites.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2016

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The restaurant was packed and although we had a reservation, they were clearly overbooked on this particular Friday night and our party of 6 was not seated until 1 hour beyond our reservation time, and into a space intended for 4, later expanded to 6 once the tables started to thin out. Best dishes were the wonderful fettuccine Bolognese, vegetable bean soup (a delicious meal in itself), and the pizza. The baked dishes arrive at the table much too hot to eat and have had so much oven heat applied that there are no individual flavors to discern. Stick with pasta and pizza and soup. The antipasto platter is terrific as well. The atmosphere is busy and loud and once we were finally seated, was a great place for a group meal with mood in the room spirited. Our server was overworked but patient and efficient and quick.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Disappointed that there was no place to hang up your coat, and when I asked the hostess she just said "you can put it on the back of your chair" and smiled and walked away. A restaurant in a cold weather city like Boston should have a place for coats and jackets.
  31. D

    Daniel

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Antico Forno for lunch and was very satisfied with my experience. I was surprised with how reasonable the prices were, considering the quality of the food (great). One of the better North End dining experiences I've had thus far.
  32. RV

    RohitV

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food! Anti pasta plate was fabulous and the best Arnacini's! Great staff and service!
  33. CN

    CarolineN

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Family dinner on a Saturday night. Had a reservation and were seated immediately. Service was fine. Room very loud. Brick oven pizza was AMAZING! Good wine list.
  34. S

    Snave

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2016

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    The hostess was terrible. We were seated 30min after our reservation and we didn't get a waiter for another 15min after sitting. There is no point in accepting reservations if you aren't going to honor them - really disappointing.
  35. RA

    RuthA

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. Although pzza's are outstanding my very favoirte is the sword fish. Best that I have ever had. I return for this when I can.
  36. B

    Brittany

    New England

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic authentic north end Italian food.. great prices and great drink options as well. Hidden gem!
  37. PJ

    PaulaJ

    Surrey

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fantastic atmosphere -attentive service and wonderful authentic Italian food .
  38. CM

    ColleenM

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    If you like Italian Food this is your place. My mom is 100% sicilian and she said the Osso Buco was the best she has had in years.
  39. JB

    JoeB

    New England

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2016

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Food was very good, but our waitress was a bit cranky. It was very loud, but we know that's how most restaurants n the North End are. Also, they charged us an extra dollar when we checked our bank statement. Not a big deal, but not sure why.
  40. VB

    VictorB

    New England

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2016

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Dinner with friends on a Thursday evening. Fairly early reservation so no waiting. Service was prompt and we did not feel rushed. Food was good. All in all a nice evening.

FAQs

Antico Forno does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Antico Forno also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 723-6733.

Antico Forno is rated 4 stars by 1878 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Cross St.

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    They validate at Parcel 7 garage, $3 for 3 hours

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Salvatore Gaglio

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 723-6733

  • Catering

    They cater both small and large parties.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Antico Forno has a variety of private dining and menu options available to fit both your event and your budget!

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (888) 338-0029

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