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About Nico

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.

417 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02113
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch and Dinner Served Daily
Sunday - Thursday 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday 12:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
Between Harris St. and Hanover Ave.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 742-0404

Website:
http://www.nicoboston.com/

Entertainment:
Join us on Tuesday nights for Street Magic!

Public Transit:
MBTA Blue Line

Aquarium, Government Center

MBTA Orange Line

Haymarket Station

Executive Chef:
Salvatore Firicano.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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Details
Sun - Thu 4:00PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

Fri - Sat 4:00PM - 5:00PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

Nico Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (52)
Good for a Date (50)
Special Occasion (39)
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Neighborhood Gem (28)
Romantic (27)
Cozy (26)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Casual (23)
Fun (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Worth the Drive (18)
Comfort Food (18)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Local Ingredients (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Bar Seating (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Business Meals (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Hot Spot (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Great for Lunch (4)
People Watching (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 10 hours ago

Had another great lunch at Nico. Thank you to all the staff.

We didn't have to wait for a 1PM reservation on Saturday. Nice crowd, mostly older families.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

I was super disappointed by Nico. My boyfriend arrived on Valentine’s Day with an 8:30 reservation, but the restaurant hasn’t timed it correctly and we ended up waiting for over a half hour. I usually love the pasta anywhere in the North End but my date and I both were really unimpressed with our pasta dishes. I ordered the linguine with clams and it was essentially flavorless. My boyfriend ordered the carbonara and barely took three bites because it was swimming in butter in cream. There was no other flavor except for an excessive amount of butter. For the price, not even remotely worth it, there are much better places.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined 4 days ago

Had a delicious dinner here on our Boston vacation. Very good food, very good service. Try the custard dessert, it’s awesome!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined 5 days ago

It was excellent all round. We had a great birthday celebration.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Very good one of the best in the north end. I will be back soon.

Tags: Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Service was terrible, we made a resveration but we were still made to wait 45 minutes for a table and the wait staff was incredibly rude about it.

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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This is our third visit. We always get the specials. The food this time was better than ever.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This was our second visit to Nico and it was as wonderful as our first. Excellent service and delicious food in both visits. Nico’s is small and intimate, perfect for a date or special celebration. The meatballs are well seasoned and perfectly tender, not dry at all. Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken is rich and creamy. Highly recommend this jewel in the North End.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was very good. Not the best that I’ve had in the North End but very good and ample portions. Service was outstanding. Bartender great. Very small space, typical of many North End eateries. Prices reasonable for the area and large portions. Overall, very good!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

The food is good with big portion but I was expecting better. The sausage rigatoni was very salty. The service was not great. We didn’t want to drink but the server kept on up selling us for alcohol.

We set on the main floor (there is another level in the basement) is nice with a bar. Good for special occasions as it was too crowded on the day we went. Noise level was moderate.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food was incredible and our waiter was amazing. However, we had to wait an addition 40 minutes past our reservation time.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Tremendous food great service we really enjoyed the food and service

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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Always amazing food. The best chicken Alfredo in the North End. However, we asked for a dogie bag and the waiter never came back. Great food - usually great service and over a very fun place!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Bartender was good, although she spent a lot of time with the people next to us talking about their personal lives, so a little distracting. Everything was okay - nothing to draw us back, but okay. Food was okay - nothing special compared the many other restaurants in the North End. We decided to try a new restaurant rather than going to our old stand-by, and it was just okay. Probably wouldn't make a special date to return because there are too many others to try - and we want outstanding when we dine.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

You really cannot go wrong in the North End but Nico’s is a step above. Valet parking, great service, spectacular food, and a great bar. We sat upstairs which is preferable for atmosphere.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Our waiter made a delicious meal a more wonderful event because of his friendliness. He made excellent wine suggestions, as well as food.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 31, 2018

The waiter Ty couldn’t have been better and more accommodating. Highly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Overall, great value for the money. Wonderful atmosphere.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food, perfect North End restaurant with authentic Italian cuisine & service was fantastic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was delicious (meatballs of course) but make sure you specify what wine you want off the menu or you may get a $$$$ one. Dinner companion did say it was fantastic but it better be at $23 a glass. My negative is the veggie options are extremely poor.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Nico is a typical North End Italian restaurant. We were seated downstairs which is not very nice - noisy and crowded. The service was very good - our waiter was attentive and water glasses were constantly being filled. The food was good, but not great. The calamari and spaghetti dish was disappointing - very, very spicy and not much seafood. The other dishes were good. The portions were huge - no one finished their meal. Nico is a fine restaurant, but there are far better options on Hanover Street.

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Appetizers & Pasta is very good ,especially the meatball. The veal chop special came with a muddy blonde colored Demi glacé which had very little flavor. The veal chop itself was very good. The prosciutto and smoked mozzarella appetizer was excellent.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Nico is always delicious, great food and great service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The lobster crepes were "TO DIE FOR"! So much lobster in one sitting! Was delicious, service was impeccable.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Best ravioli we’ve ever had!! Can’t wait to come back when it’s warmer and during the day to try some different dishes!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We had so much fun at Nico's for my birthday dinner! I live nearby and go there often, and every time I go there it's a great experience. The servers and bartenders all are so accommodating and happy always. One of my favorite places in the North End!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Service was excellent and food delicious. We enjoyed the prosciutto plate, calamari, and linguini with clams scampi. All 3 are highly recommended.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

One of our favorite North End restaurants zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The meal was delicious, per usual. What I love the most is the scoop of fresh ricotta included with a few dishes. I’ve never encountered that anywhere else and believe it adds a special something to the dish. Our waiter was hilarious and professional. Which made for a fun atmosphere. Lost a star due to our table position. I wish the curtains were drawn because we kept getting blasted by cold air every time the door opened.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Celebrated my birthday with my wife while staying in Boston over night. Picked Nico out of all the North End restaurants based upon reviews and our knowledge of the North End. It was our first visit and I can't wait to go back. We had the Caprese salad first; it was one of the best we've had (just the right amount of season and a great balsamic glaze). I had the veal valdostana and again it was one of the best I've tasted. My wife had a chicken dish and it was just okay but we didn't expect much; she was trying to stay away from sauce. We skipped dessert to stop at Modern Pastry on the walk back to the hotel.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2018

r table was ready when we arrived. We had a great server who was very helpful with our wine selection.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Fabulous food and great ambiance!
Cute little spot to have a great dinner. We ordered one of the evenings specials, Ciopinno and one item off the menu. Both were more flavorful than expected. Waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and was there whenever we needed him.
Great hostess. She was very friendly and eager to please.
I would definitely go back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Casual, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We loved Nico! The food was delicious and our server James was the best. There are so many great restaurants in the North End, and Nico is one you have to try. We’ll definitely be back.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Extremely large portions of wonderful food. Prices, especially for specials, sound high until you see the size of the portions and taste the food! We had excellent servers at the bar and at the table. Everyone was helpful, assisting with dragging scarves and heavy coats on a freezing night in the North End. Tables are close together, but far enough apart for the waiters. We left with two to-go bags after generous chicken and lobster dishes could not be finished. Nice lunch the next day!

Really recommend the lobster meat risotto which was a special the evening we went for dinner. Also the Nico's sangria was a different and enjoyable start to the evening.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was fantastic. I had the duck ravioli with prosecco cream sauce and it was amazing!
Husband had the chicken parm and it was super tender. Server was great and very attentive.
While the restaurant is very small and somewhat cramped, the overall experience was A+

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Every thing was fantastic! Table was ready, good/friendly waite staff. Food and portions were excellant!

Tags: Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We had a wonderful double date at Nico! Hakeem gave us outstanding service!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great restaurant and a great meal in the North End. Sat downstairs which isn’t the same as upstairs but still very nice. My daughter and I loved our dinner but my wife was disappointed in her special.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food, wonderful wait staff!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It is hard to go wrong with any restaurant in the North End, but this is definitely my favorite, and I have tried a large number over the past 30+ years in Boston.

Tags: Romantic, Fun
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