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About Antico Forno

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.

93 Salem Street
Boston, MA 02113
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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

Cross Street:
Cross St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 723-6733

Website:
http://www.anticofornoboston.com/

Catering:
They cater both small and large parties.

Parking Details:
They validate at Parcel 7 garage, $3 for 3 hours

Executive Chef:
Salvatore Gaglio

Additional:
Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wine

Antico Forno Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
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4.1

service

3.8

ambience

3.6

value

4.1

Noise

Energetic

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (429)
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Late-night Find (161)
Scenic View (61)
Great for Brunch (54)
Great for Outdoor Dining (46)
Casual (42)
Authentic (38)
Comfort Food (30)
Good for a Date (27)
Fun (24)
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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2010

The noise level in the dining rooms made conversation among the four of us eating together so much of a chore that I wouldn't eat choose to eat supper there again, no matter that the food and service were good.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 25, 2010

Overall our experience was good. The food was very tasty and the wait staff were fine. Our 7:30 reservation seemed meaningless and the host staff really showed no empathy for finally seating us at 8:35. Waiting over an hour for out table was a drag!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 25, 2010

A fabulous find in the Northern area of Boston. The food was fabulous!

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 25, 2010

Food was very good (party of 6 had pizza, gnocchi, chicken saltimbocca), service was decent, but place was very loud on a Saturday evening. Could not hear conversation from one end of table to the other.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on September 25, 2010

Our only problem was the noise level, which was extreme.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on September 19, 2010

Dinning experience is outstanding, and so is the service.
As an engineer I suggest that the restaurant consults with acoustic engineer to reduce the noise reflected from the ceiling (and walls).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2010

We had a phenomenal experience here! The service was amazing and the food was even better! We have dined here several times and are never disappointed. I would highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for authentic Italian food.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on September 11, 2010

Food was excellent. However, we had a reservation for 7 pm, arrived on time, and werent sat till almost 7:40 pm. Looks like they expanded their dining area from the last time we were there. Great for them, not so great for eating in. Restaurant was inordinately loud.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2010

Arancini appetizer was exceptionally good...entre portions generous

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 5, 2010

Nothing special - not what it was billed as - food was not that great

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 (New England)·Dined on September 4, 2010

Food was great! Very loud... Couldn't hear the waiter. There were children there with no shirt on, which was awkward!

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 3, 2010

The food was great. We had an eggplant appetiser that was fabulous. The one thing that the waiter should have mentioned was that the portions are huge. Diners can easily share entrees.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 3, 2010

Straightforward Italian dishes at a reasonable price. The place was filled with families and had a low key atmosphere. Great for comfort food when you just feel like a plate of pasta and want it to be casual, delivered quickly, and enjoy a no-fuss restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2010

A restaurant with consistently good food and consistently poor service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 29, 2010

One of the best meals I have had in a long time! The restaurant was packed, and because it was so busy the service was a bit slow, but the food completely made up for that. Had the antipasto as an appetizer, delicious! It's an old school antipasto plate like I grew up eating. My sister had the gnocchi and I had the rigatoni (the one with the mushrooms). Both of our meals were outstanding! I will definitely be going back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 27, 2010

This is hands down my favourite restaurant in Boston. All of the menu items could be ordered. My favourite is the sasuage pasta with ricotta cheese. Pizza looks good too.
Excellent service and atmosphere. Nice sute bar to wait at for your table.
Worth a visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2010

Food was great! Sangria was also fabulous. I went with a group of girls and found the atmosphere to be lively and fun with many groups eating dinner around us. It was a pretty large restaurant especially for being in the North end.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2010

The food was okay, but the service was really bad, our waiter was very uninterested and often couldn't even remember who ordered what. On top of this, when we gave our tip he turned back to us and very rudely commented on the fact that according to him we hadn't tipped him enough.
I would definitely not come back to this restaurant.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 22, 2010

It was very delicious, but just felt cramped and a bit noisy for my tastes because tables were placed very close to each other and everybody was pretty loud. But that shouldn't stop anyone from eating here--the food's great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 22, 2010

Excellent food, excellent service, we'll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2010

went during restaurant week and food was quite good

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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2010

Food and service were ok , nothing to get excited about. When the server found out we were there for restaurant week and not drinkers he seemed to lose interest.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2010

Once the server arrived at our table, service was excellent. (It took a while for service to begin.) We were there to celebrate a special occasion, which I had explained when I booked out reservation for 6 people, but that went lost and no acknowledgment was made at any time during the evening. We were seated at a rather small table for 6 but the energy of the restaurant was palpable so I was eager to enjoy our experience. Because of the company I did, but my enjoyment was diminished by how crowded the restaurant was, with little room for even the wait staff to walk, ( our chairs were bumping the next table's chairs) and it was so noisy that I said to myself that that might be the reason not to return. Overall, too hectic and loud.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2010

Great waitress!!! Great Red Sauce and pizza. From New York and didn't expect it to be as good. I was wrong and then some.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2010

May have been an off night but it will be a while before I return.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2010

Each time we've been to Antico Forno we've had an enjoyable experience. The restaurant can be loud at times due to the acoustics (brick, stone & tile) but conversation was never a problem. It seems no matter what day or season we eat there it is always crowded. Consistently great food will always have it's following. The service was attentive in spite of the dinner rush but they also gave you plenty of time to enjoy each course without feeling rushed. We always say we're going to try other restaurants in the North End, (God knows there are enough of them) yet we almost always find our way back to Antico Forno.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2010

Have been going to Antico Forno for years. The quality of their food has been deteriorating. This will be our last visit - the food was almost inedible. Our favorite dishes were unrecognizable, very salty and didn't taste at all like they have every time over the years.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2010

The food was great and service excellent

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2010

Great food and service. Noise was unbearable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 16, 2010

Food was very tasty. Started with Olives marinated in oil with garlic that was incredible for dipping the fresh bread. Pizza was a light thin crust prepared very well with tasty sauce. Gnochi was very good and fresh as was the Rigatoni. My wife wouldn't share her seafood pasta which tells me that it was very very good. Overall very good dining experience with tasty food and friendly service.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 15, 2010

Food just OK. Maybe the pasta is the thing to get here. We didn't get pasta.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 15, 2010

Always good food and service. We were seated promptly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 14, 2010

FOOD SERVICE EXCELLENT
CLEAN REST ROOMS AND RESTAURANT
FRIENDLY AND VERY ATTENTIVE SERVERS
CAN'T WAIT TO GO AGAIN

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on August 14, 2010

Food was just OK Chicken was dry, Risotto was although cooked well featured porcini mushrooms that really were an after thought to the dish, the Calamari appetizer was dry and understated truly bland, the antipaste was ok except for the meat (it was stringy and hard to eat)the chicken saltinbocca had little or no proscuitto and fresh sage, and the veal and pasta was ground and not shredded as described. The bread and olives with oil were very good. We didn't stay for dessert.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 14, 2010

Great service even though the restaurant was very busy. Pizza was fantastic! Great stop before a concert or a show!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on August 14, 2010

Very good food and superb service. Attentive and accommodating wait staff. The best food in the North End (of Boston) with incomparably good and courteous service. It is best for a late lunch (2:00 PM).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2010

I thought that atmosphere of Antico Forno was great. It was slightly loud, but full of energy. The host was awesome. He was young and fun and it was refreshing to show up to a restaurant and not have someone speak to you in a robotic manner. The food was pretty good and the portion size was perfect! Although I thought the portion was perfect, I wasn’t crazy about what I got for the price. The service could also have been better. Our waiter was no very personable and you could tell we were just another table for him. It also took a good 15 to 20 minutes for us to get our drinks ( because he left us sitting there that long) and another 10 to get some bread. He also never checked on us to see how things were going.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2010

I went to this restaurant twice during my stay in Boston! It was a true find...affordable yet fantastic. As a vegetarian sometimes it's hard to find amazing meals but the choices here were great, and the taste was simply delicious. I would highly recommend this place to anyone.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 10, 2010

Food was very good, service was also very good, would definitely go back again probably not on a Saturday....must be crazy. Had a neighborhood feel about it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2010

This has become my wife and I's favorite North End spot. It's not impossible to get in for dinner, but the food is just amazing. Didn't have a dish on the menu I was craving, they didn't hesitate to just make it up for me. Great place

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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