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Antico Forno

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2140 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria
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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
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Phone number
(617) 723-6733
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Salvatore Gaglio
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Catering
They cater both small and large parties.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cross St.
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Parking details
They validate at Parcel 7 garage, $3 for 3 hours
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
4.1
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3.8
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3.6
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4.1
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4.0Dined on September 14, 2016

Food was great as usual. The waiter seemed a bit overworked- had too many tables to attend to. It was a bit loud too. Overall a great place with authentic and delicious Italian food. The wood fired pizza is fantastic.

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1.0Dined on September 14, 2016

We were very much looking forward to this dining experience based on other reviews, and their inclusion in the top 10 Italian restaurants in the US. However, our Old Fashioneds were salty (?!), the arancini was mushy, and my gnocchi was an overly cheesy, gummy, inedible mess. It reminded me more of Chef Boyardee than an Italian restaurant's offering. Bussers came and took our (mostly uneaten) entrees, and no one asked if we enjoyed it, or if there was a reason they plates were still full. I would never return, nor recommend this restaurant to friends.

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2016

Food was great. Definitely better than most places in the North End. Our waitress was excellent. Would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2016

Antico Forno is one of the best restaurants in the North End of Boston. We have visited on several occassions and have never had a bad meal. The restaurant is always crowded and tables are close. Not great for having a conversation, but if you want a consistently delicious meal this is where to go.

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4.0Dined on September 10, 2016

We came back...that says it all! Great pizza!!!

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1.0Dined on September 4, 2016

We have been coming here for years. Food is always delicious, but this visit was very poor. Service was terrible. Our waiter was so busy with a huge party of 20 seated behind us, that we had to wait 20 for drinks. We had to hail down a different server to ask where our drinks were. Dinner was almost an hour after we arrived. Watching other tables that were seated well after us eating their dinner while we waited for ours was annoying. We will be taking a break to try other places. This evening left us feeling that Antico Forno has lost its touch.

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2016

Maybe the best classic, rustic Italian in the city. The wait staff is efficient and fast and the atmosphere casual and energetic (noisy). Make reservations or be prepared for a wait.

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1.0Dined on September 3, 2016

Always have a great experience at AF....except this time. Was greeted by a hostess holding her head up with her fist like we were inconveniencing her by being there. We had 7pm reservations, arrived at 7, and were added to a paper list. We waited 25 minutes and were brought by a rushed hostess to a seat made for 4 at best, with a 5th seat crammed in next to a brick chimney - the chair itself couldn't even be pushed in near the table much less with a human in it. Despite our best efforts to move the table around our 5th person was separated from the rest - understandable that part of the ambiance at AF is the closeness, but this wasn't a legit setup for 5 at all especially considering we had reservations. Fortunately the service was fine and the food was good, but would think twice about bringing a party back of more than 2!

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2016

There was a wide variety of dishes to choose from and the Sangria was outstanding. We didn't feel rushed but our waitress was very attentive.

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3.0Dined on September 2, 2016

Normally a slam dunk meal. Was seated 15 minutes after reservation time. Food was mediocre and lacked seasoning. Server not very attentive. Probably will try somewhere else next time.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2016

Fantastic as usual. Tried the veal with artichokes and mushrooms. It was delicious. Great wine list that includes a good variety of Italian and American wines.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2016

Service was friendly and fast

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3.0Dined on August 27, 2016

We waited for a half hour despite our reservation, and we had to approach them for an explanation. They were unapologetic, but the food was good and came quickly.

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2016

Fun place! We visited in the summer when the windows were open onto the street and a parade was passing by. Definitely the place to be!
Food was good and so was the service. Not the best Italian food I've ever had, but the ambiance makes up for that.

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2016

the food was very fresh and well thought out. The sight and smell of each dish was great.
The taste was wonderful and would go back again.

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2016

Sat 5 people at a 4 person table, it was very squished. Service was a bit slow, but it was a busy Friday night. Food quality completely made up for these things!

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2016

Great food. Good environment. Good value. We prefer open air rather than closed windows with air conditioning. Noisy.

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1.0Dined on August 25, 2016

We were very disappointed in the management of this restaurant. We went to try them for the first time during our restaurant week here in Boston. They advertised one menu on the event site but when we got there it was evident that a classic 'bait and switch' had occurred, as the menu had changed and we would have been charged more for the featured menu than if we ordered off the regular menu with the prices shown. We were pretty disgusted and left. Before leaving we asked for the manager who we were told was not there - funny considering the place was packed and restaurant week is usually an important time to market the restaurant. The wait staff was very nice, apologetic and said the menu had been changed - but apparently only on the restaurant website (not the event site where most would look - at least if a first experience) - and only that day (the second last day of the two weeks of the event).
We will not ever go back after that experience and cannot respect the tactic they pulled which is frankly misleading & deceiving potential patrons.

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2016

Nice rest. week meal at the bar of AF where it's a little less crazy than the general seating. Nice bartender, good choices for the meal.

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2.0Dined on August 23, 2016

Went for Dine Out Boston, reservations made for 4 through OpenTable. When we arrived, hostess insisted several times that we had no reservation, but we could wait at the bar (restaurant very full). When we showed her the reservation on my phone, she said "oh, someone already used your name " .... meaning she'd already seated the rest of our party and so had written us off completely. Not good. Our own waitress was very pleasant and the evening improved after the bizarre non-welcome. Food was decent but not enough to inspire a return trip.

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2016

This is our favorite restaurant in the North End. I have placed a recommendation in Tripadvisor as well. We went during restaurant week in Boston. The salmon dinner was great as well as the salad. The tiramasu was good too. Service was prompt and very agreeable to what we asked.
We were pleased with our meal and service.

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5.0Dined on August 21, 2016

The food was delicious. We took some friends who were visiting us. They enjoyed the meal as much as we did.

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4.0Dined on August 21, 2016

As usual, the food was excellent, staff friendly and will certainly repeat and recommend!

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2016

Everything was great, the food, the service and the ambiance. Our waitress was awesome, always checking on us, her suggestions on what to order were on point.

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3.0Dined on August 20, 2016

Way too crowded, and very loud. I could not even have a conversation with one other person. They jammed too many tables in there so they could do restaurant week . They should not have done that.

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4.0Dined on August 20, 2016

Loved the location in Boston's North End! We ordered a couple of brick oven pizzas which we heard Antico Forno was famous for...and what we heard, was correct! The food was outstanding! The wine was outstanding! Great family outing!

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2016

Food was outstanding, best I have had in the North End and I have been to many. Will visit this restaurant on each visit to Boston which is 3-4 times a year.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2016

Great food. Server was nice! When it gets busy, it's hard to get their attention.

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2.0Dined on August 18, 2016

All of our food -- bread, appetizer, and entrees -- came out within minutes of each other. The runner who brought our entrees saw that we had just received our appetizer, and rather than offering to keep our entrees warm in the kitchen, she maneuvered all of the dishes until everything was crammed onto our tiny table.

The server apologized and comped us a dessert, which I appreciated, but the dining experience was so unpleasant because our table was crowded with several plates of food and I felt rushed. The staff just needs to be better synced.

That aside, this is definitely Italian comfort food and an excellent option if that's what you're feeling. The pasta dishes are very large and we always have to take some home (this is a good thing!). The arancini is wonderful, and they have a great wine list in addition to house wines.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2016

The food at Antico Forno is always fresh and never disappoints! It's definitely my favorite restaurant in the North End.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2016

It was Restaurant Week and I celebrated with my friend on her birthday. It was excellent, my second time there and I will go gain.

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2.0Dined on August 17, 2016

My boyfriend and I have eaten here twice during restaurant week. The first time was okay, it was busy which was to be expected. But we were seated by the window, our food was great, and although the place was packed, our service was fine. We came again this year during restaurant week, but the experience was completely different. We came in and were told there would be a 30 minute wait. We sat at the bar and planned on ordering drinks, but the table was ready before we could. Great, so we instead take our seats at the table. The couple next to us at the bar was seated next to us at the table, and they were greeted, brought drinks, and ordered food. We waited. For 30 minutes. We wanted to be patient because it was very busy, but we asked someone who said the other server would be right out. They came over about 10 minutes later. We ordered a bottle of wine, appetizers, and our entrees because we had been waiting so long we were ready to order all at once. The bottle of wine came out. Then the entrees. We asked where our appetizers were, but the entrees were already made and would just sit under a heating lamp while our appetizers were prepared. The server didn't offer an apology. We paid for the wine and left. Haven't been back, which is disappointing because the food was good the first time.

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3.0Dined on August 16, 2016

Nice restaurant, good service but the chicken Parm was just ok. I was told it was the best chicken Parm in New England but that was not true. It was good, but nothing special.

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2016

Have never left this restaurant thinking anything less than wow that was an amazing meal! Brick oven food that taste incredible, great drink and wine list, authentic Italian meal, always great attentive service.

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3.0Dined on August 16, 2016

The hostess did't know how to set parties. We were a party of 3 with a reservation. After waiting 20 minutes we noticed she sat a party of before us, because the were a party of 4 and there were no tables for 3. Think about that statement. I didn't know they had triangle tables for parties of 3 and squares for parties of 4. We were also told what did we expect her to do. Also, the sausage tasted funny and chicken parm was a little tough. Trying some place different next time.

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3.0Dined on August 14, 2016

Love the food as always, but 2 out of the 4 members of my party ordered the pre fix 3 course menu option for restaurant week and the third course was so delayed that we asked for it to go. The waitress was very sweet and offered free dessert which was a nice gesture. The restaurant was also very hot (no AC).

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4.0Dined on August 14, 2016

Went here for Dine Out Boston and had a fantastic time. The servers were attentive and the food was great! We also got glimpse of parades outside from various North End occasions, which was a pleasant surprise entertainment.

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3.0Dined on August 13, 2016

We had a reservation but had to wait fifteen minutes to be seated, and then they tried to seat us at a bar table even though we had requested as quiet a table away from the restrooms and kitchen. Our waitresses were very accommodating, but the food was nothing special.

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2016

If you have kids it is slightly pricey but definitely worth it. The food was awesome and the cannolis are to die for. Very pretty inside with great view. I would definitely go back.

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1.0Dined on August 12, 2016

While the food was okay this spot was impossibly loud. No one could hear each other even when seated right next to each other.
Gluten free pizza was terrible - don't order it

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