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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

Nico Ratings and Reviews

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4
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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

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (80)
Good for a Date (74)
Authentic (73)
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Special Occasion (66)
Cozy (47)
Romantic (45)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Fun (35)
Worth the Drive (35)
Notable Wine List (34)
Casual (34)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Bar Seating (22)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Hot Spot (19)
People Watching (19)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Comfort Food (18)
Local Ingredients (16)
Business Meals (15)
Good for Groups (11)
Great for Lunch (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Kid-friendly (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Scenic View (3)
Seasonal (3)
Live Sports (2)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Exceptional attention was given by our server. The food was delicious! A great night!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Had a 6:30 reservation on Open Table. Promptly seated although we did wait a few minutes for an upstairs table. Bruno our server was great. We started with eggplant appetizer. It was very good and plenty to share. My wife had the chicken primavera. It was good but a little under seasoned. But much better as leftovers for lunch! I had the fish special. Red snapper over parmigian risotto with steamed littlenecks (7!). It was excellent. You should be aware that they only have beer, wine, and cordials.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Nico was a great North End food experience. First time, but won't be the last!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Amazing experience! This is going to become my go to place now every time I visit Boston! Outstanding service and the food is fantastic!

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Wonderful waiter and staff. Food came quickly and hot. Excellent salads. Pasta made fresh on location. Shrimp and scallops came out just right. Only drawback - a bit noisy.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Good food and experience in the North End. Make reservations or you'll end up waiting.

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·Dined on September 27, 2017

The food was very good. The service was friendly. The seating was just a little cramped but that's what you expect in that kind of place in that part of town. Overall pretty good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fun, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Felt rushed, particularly towards the end of the meal. Dinner course was winding down and we asked for the desert menu, which was delivered. Instead of asking for our desert order we were given the bill. Decided to get desert somewhere else.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great service and even better food! Very artistic in design and the mixture of flavors created by the chef spectacular!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Yummy food and fast service. It was very nice, would go again.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary at NICO on. Sunday evening. The tables are pretty close to each other in such a small area but didn't make you feel closed in. If you can, request a table on the main level, not the lower level as there is absolutely no ambiance down there. We had a lovely table for two on the main floor and had one of the best waiters ever named Alex who took care of us for our special occasion. We had the giant meatball with ricotta cheese for an appetizer and it was delicious. I had the homemade gnocchi in marinara sauce which was very good (not sure about the homemade part as they were too uniform in size). My husband had the special which was a stuffed veal chop - excellent and perfectly cooked. Dessert was tiramisu and a chocolate layered hazelnut cake, both served in glass cups that were the perfect size after a filling meal. Both desserts were very good too. Overall, great eating experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Wild Saturday night on Hanover St. So glad we had reservations! Food arrived fairly promptly although waiter forgot our appetizer. It finally arrived and was compted. Enjoyable meal.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our daughter's boyfriend had never been to Boston, so dinner in the North End was an important part of our sightseeing day. The service was quick, attentive, the menu extensive, an affordable fine wine list, and food that was delicious and abundant. We'll be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This was our first visit to Nico's we don't have any complaints and would definitely return.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We booked Nico again because we love the food and are always able to get in within about 5 minutes of our reservation time. Which is rare within the Little Italy North End area. Being at the end of street makes for a great stroll through town past Mikes Pastry. Our waiter was efficient, professional and well rehearsed on all the food. Would book again and again

Tags: Fun, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The Bone-in Veal special was excellent. My daughter has Celiacs, the wait staff was very knowledgeable, ensuring her dining experience was excellent .

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Awesome restaurant, little small but well worth it. Had gluten free pasta which was great

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 (New England)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Nico is now our favorite North End restaurant. The service was great - our server was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Even the young man who brought the bread and cleared the table did an amazing job! Our food was served hot. The rigatoni dish was hearty and the linguini with pancetta was just right. We did save room to share a profiterole and espressos. The best Italian food we've had!! Will be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 21, 2017

My favorite North End restaurant. Great food. Great service. Outstanding!

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Our knowledgeable, friendly waiter was able to guide me though gluten free, dairy free options that provided an absolutely mouthwatering meal. It was hands down our favorite meal on our trip to Boston! It is a small, quaint place with close tables so somewhat noisy, but the delicious food more than makes up for the noise level. Definitely would go back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Nico's is one of our all time favorites in the North End. Food and Service is always wonderful. We had the meatball appetizer for first time this time and was amazing along with our red fish entree. We did have to wait about 30 mins past our reservation but got a table by the window so was worth the wait.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Holy Cow this place was awesome. I was a bit dissapointed initially they did not have a full liquor license and we did have a bit of a wait for our reservation but the food, service and atmosphere was awesome! I had the pasta and clams and it was just so good. Wife had lobster ravioli and my son one of the biggest, tastiest meatballs ever. All the while the John Gotti movie is playing in the background. Great service and a reasonable wine list.

Will definitely be back on my next trip to Boston.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Charming and fun. Loved our waiter. Great selection of wines, including some very reasonable choices.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Were a party of eight. Food was very good but not outstanding. The service was excellent as we did not wait for a thing. It was small but they fit our large part with out a problem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The best Italian food I've ever had outside of Sorrento.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We have been here several times before as our go to spot when in Boston. There are many other establishments around, but we like Nico's as we know what the experience is like as well as the quality of the food and service. They will go out of there way to put together any combination a meal within reason. Thank you Nico's.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Excellent!

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·Dined on September 13, 2017

Nico was disappointing. The food was good but the portions were ridiculously large and it came out so fast we felt rushed. We had a bottle of wine and two courses, but were there for less than an hour. We were also seated at the worst table, in the middle of a very cramped and noisy dining room, despite having made the reservation almost two months in advance. Our server was great, but we felt like they just wanted to turn our table over as soon as possible. If you don't mind being cramped, are in a massive rush or only have time for a quick (and large) bite, this is the place for you. But don't expect to take your time and savor your meal at Nico. We were really looking forward to a great Italian meal, and by-passed many other Italian restaurants in the North End. The website was misleading; it made Nico look large, elegant and inviting. It was none of these things. We will not return.

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Excellent food, at a decent price for Boston. The only issue I have is the very close spacing between tables, which is a problem at most of the restaurants in the North End. Maybe 2 feet or closer.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

Nico was really lovely. We sat at a window seat that looked over beautiful blooming trees on the sidewalk. The ground floor is actually "upstairs" as there is dining space in the lower level that admittedly has little to no atmosphere. We had an amzing waiter named James who was helpful and attentive. The food was amazing. We both ordered one of the specials, a red snapper over risotto that was absolutely delicious (both for dinner and left over for lunch the next day) in addition to an appetizer with heirloom tomatoes, burrrata and artichokes that was equally perfect. Would highly recommend!

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Good for a Date, People Watching, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Food and service was excellent, specials were creative.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Excellent food, but I have never in my life had to wait so long to be seated when I had a reservation. Our reservation was for 8pm on a Sunday night, we got there right on time, and were not seated till 8:30.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Savannah)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food here was wonderful and we will definitely go back. The lobster crepe was outstanding. Service was great and very attentive staff. Highly recommend !!

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Delicious meal but very small table and a tight squeeze to get in and out of the table. Go hungry, the portion size is large!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food and the service were exceptional. However when we researched the restaurant we felt the atmosphere was not properly described. It's extremely small both upstairs and downstairs. Very noisy. Tables crammed in. We went to celebrTe a special occasion and though it was a quite, romantic spot. Our table was exactly 2'x2' so slam that when I opened my menu it knocked over the wTer glasses. There was not even enough room between the tables for the waiter to take our order at our table he had to take our order over the railing of the stairs he was standing on that led to the downstairs dining room . Both dining room upstairs and down our exceptionally small, there Is also only one bathroom for men and women , not separate bathrooms just one and only one person at a time Causing a line into the dining room. I was number 6 in line. We had a great meal, but chose to have dessert elsewhere, where you can have a conversation without everyone in the room being a part of it. I was very disappoint. We would order take out if available otherwise even though the food was excellent , we had a very bad dining experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Fabulous food, atmosphere
and service! Already made reservations for our next visit.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The ambiance, service and food were wonderful, as usual.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

They were an hour behind on the reservations.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

The meatballs are amazing and so is the staff. Even though we had an hour delay to be seated the experience was still fun thanks to our bar tender and her delicious drinks! I will definitely be back in the near future.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Diner specials were great. Can't wait to come back.

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