Nico

4.6
2817 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Nick Varano invites you to enjoy superlative and classic Italian fare in this boldly colored and romantic atmosphere. NICO’s friendly and enthusiastic staff set the bar for quality customer service. The kitchen is under the direction and expertise of celebrated Boston chef, Salvatore Firicano.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch and Dinner Served Daily
Sunday - Thursday 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday 12:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(617) 742-0404
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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 Firicano.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Harris St. and Hanover Ave.
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Public transit
MBTA Blue Line

Aquarium, Government Center

MBTA Orange Line

Haymarket Station
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Entertainment
Join us on Tuesday nights for Street Magic!
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Specials

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Sun - Thu 4:00PM - 5:30PM 8:45PM - 11:00PM
Fri - Sat 4:00PM - 5:00PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

What 2817 People Are Saying
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Terrible waiter. Rude and condescending. Great food though!

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BH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy Italian with great food and service. Great place to take a stroll down the street afterwards to soak in the ambience.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous!!! We loved James!

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OT
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always our go to when we are in town! The best service and food!!

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TH
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The meatballs were the most delicious I’ve ever eaten. Everything else was fine, but didn’t come close to how good the meatballs were.

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MO
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were disappointed with the veal parmesan as it was coated in thick breading/very thin veal - so mostly breading. We could not order an old fashion as they did not have the right liquor. We planned to have dessert;however, close not to as the server said that they could not make coffee nor espresso because the machine was broken. Also, the wine pour in one glass was 1/2" less- same wine. It is a cozy, small space;however, very loud. The eggplant parm, homemade pasta and red sauce were superb!

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NJ
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Writing this after I reviewed. Not at all happy with the fact that I made a reservation with a 1000 point reward to only receive 100........deceptive

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L
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Italian food! Especially the giant meatballs!

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E
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We went there to eat real Italian we come from Maine to visit the North End the food was excellent our server was so so and the Coffee machine was down at the time another bummer. However after Dinner we started to leave we sat downstairs a different waiter caught up to us just walking out the front door to give us a shopping bag that we had left behind very very much appreciated and yes we will return 👌🇮🇹

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ER
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a delish place, and all the staples are great!

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J
42 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were in Boston for a long weekend and found Nico through Open Table. As there are SO many restaurants in the North End, we appreciated the recommendation. We had a very nice dinner with great service. The main floor's dining room is small but lively. It wasn't so loud that we couldn't hear each other, though. I couldn't decide between two dishes, so our server suggested letting them make something custom. It was just what i wanted....perfect! If we go back to Boston, I would go back to Nico.

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SG
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite north end spot - consistently top notch service in addition to quality food and excellent wine selection. Everything I've eaten here has been delicious and everyone inside is always happy!

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CO
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing overall experience was amazing we will definitely go back!

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SC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Cute place, but gets noisy when crowded. Four or maybe 5 TV sets at bar— up with that? Staff nice. Typical North End menu. I had chicken saltimbocca that I didn’t like much. It wasn’t like I had in Italy. Missing sage leaves, and because of that it wasn’t as flavorful. I prefer it pounded thin, and cooked quickly-that way the meat picks up lots of flavor. This was two boneless, skinless half breats—not pounded. Large serving. My friend had veal Marsala, and he said it was the best rendition he has had in Boston. Pasta came with our dishes. While the rigatoni was al dente, as it should be, it was drowning in sauce.

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SH
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So happy I decided on Nico. It took me a while to scour the internet ratings. Fantastic food!

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b
26 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Continue to return for great Italian food. Love the quaint nature of the place. Warm evening with the windows opened adds to the over all experience

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B
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Giacomo's the night before and though it couldn't be beaten. How wrong we were! Our server was great, but the highlight was the food. No word of a lie, it was the best Italian any of us have ever had! The only thing that could have made it better was the lady at the front. She was way more interested in talking to her friends than any of the customers.

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DB
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal as always! Rice balls, meatballs, homemade pasta.. all awesome..

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WM
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my family to Nico for a great dinner. The food portions were generous and the wine selection was comprehensive.

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JD
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Best Italian in all the north end.

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DV
102 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent house made pastas! With so many options in the North End, we would not hesitate to return.

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TB
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful authentic Italian dining experience in Boston’s North End.
Fabulous food and service. We only had a couple of days in Boston and I’m so glad we were able to get in to Nico.
My advice: make reservations early.

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SC
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

When visiting from Portland Oregon we prioritized having dinner in the North End. We had a wonderful meal at Nico’s. We had a table for 2 in a quiet window table. The service was attentive without being overly intrusive. The staff made excellent recommendations about wine and food. The food was traditional and delicious.

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JC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Part of the Strega family, fantastic service and great food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing expericne! Great waitstaff! Wonderful drinks and wine. All the food was delicious and they were very accommodating for two of us that were gluten free. Highly recommend!!

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K
37 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb fresh pasta. Sauces were excellent. Service was impeccable.

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UW
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Tyler was great and so was the food! Good bar scene as well.

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JT
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Definitely a treat after being at a conference all day.

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MT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing we were in Boston for 4 days and ate here twice
Great food

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FD
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nico was authentic and special. The portions are great and you won’t leave hungry.

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DM
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nico was amazing! I was there with three other people and all of us LOVED the food, atmosphere and the waiter was the best! Ask for Ahkmed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Amazing food in small, cramped setting. Ambience is classic North End. Only complaint was how reservation was handled. We had a reservation for 3 at 6:30 on a Saturday. We did not get seated until 7:30! Multiple times during the hour we were told it would be “soon” or “tables have paid but won’t get up.” Perhaps they overbook thinking some will be no-shows. We did get a free meatball with ricotta cheese appetizer for the delay, which was delicious.

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B
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved Nico! Our reservation was at 6 pm and we were seated on time . The service was great. The wine was very good .
Caesar salad was delicious.
I had the eggplant and fusilli it was excellent . My husband had the chicken parm and fusilli, he enjoyed it ! We look forward to returning there soon.
Our waiter was amazing !

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MD
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic Italian food with the old country feeling! I had chicken marsala which was delicious and my husband had lobster ravioli with rave reviews. Can't wait to return to the north end of Boston for more fine dining at Nico's!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and generous portions of food!

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V
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Make sure to read this review in full. Expect to wait awhile for a table even if you have reservations. The dining rooms are cramped and run down. But the waitstaff and food more than make up for the shortcomings. The food is as authentic as it gets, thr homemade pasta is amazing and the seafood is what you would expect in Boston! Our waiter was part of the authentic experience too, knew the food and made outstanding wine recommendations. Make sure to hit this place up.

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PF
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service was excellent! Make your reservations NOW!!

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DA
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were amazing!!! Definitely going back when we are in Boston again. Thank you Nico’s for a very memorable evening.

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JO
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was good. Portions large. Waiter was preoccupied and appeared not to really care. Overall, a bit of a disappointment.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food was outstanding! Alex was our server and he was warm, friendly, and made excellent recommendations. Everything we had was absolutely delicious! Thank you for such a great first meal in Boston!!

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