Nico

4.6
3166 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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TG
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. We were seated downstairs and it was ok. The upstairs seating is more open air and allows for street views. Although not seats in a preferred spot, the food quality and quantity was superb. The service was on par as well.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is arguably one of the best restaurants in the North End. Love this place, everything is amazing.

b
New England
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Best Cioppino ever ate. Traditional decor.

BA
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is so charming and quaint! Great food!

S
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent. Great wine list. Friendly ambiance and good service.

NL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is so delicious here and the staff is so polite they keep us coming back time after time! Everybody was happy with their meals especially the mushroom ravioli and lobster ravioli.

d
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made a reservation for 8:15 pm and we were told that they were running “a little behind.” However, after 40 minutes of waiting I took my family somewhere else for dinner. I got a notice 15 minutes later that our table was ready...really, nearly an hour after our reservation and you call that “a little behind?”

FF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had dinner there this past Friday evening. Service was excellent! We had a roasted beet salad as an appetizer and it was just ok (and quite expensive for 5 slices of beets with dollop of ricotta). My chicken parm was good as was my husband's veal parm but we still think Panza has the best of all the Hanover St. restaurants that we have tried. I was very disappointed that they could not make a cappuccino but enjoyed my espresso. Overall, this is a pretty good place to go but we felt that Hanover St. has better places.

TR
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible! The food was to die for and the service was great. We enjoyed the appetizer special and the atmosphere! Definitely recommend for a special night out.

SS
New England
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was divine. Our waiter was outstanding. It was worth every penny!

f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded expectations! We were a party of nine on everyone hopefully your food! Had no problem handling a large party.

DJ
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined at nico several times. The food is superb and not the typical American Italian food that one finds in most Italian restaurants. Being there reminds me of eating at quaint restaurants in Italy. I have recommended nico to others.

SG
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made a reservation for four people at 7:00 a week in advance, we arrived 2 minutes before 7 and checked in and were told it would be a few minutes, fine we sat outside and people watched. 35 minutes later our name was called, not a big deal because we were entertained. Right away we had water at our table and shortly after our server explained the menu and we placed our order. Our meals were the BEST Italian meals we had ever eaten. Nico's was well worth the wait and I would wait again even longer, if need be. This will be a very tough meal to beat. You won't be disappointed if you choose Nico's

MC
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Solid Italian food prepared well. The downstairs seating area is very loud when full making conversation a challenge.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere and the food were excellent. My date wanted shrimp scampi, which is not on the menu, and they were able to accommodate her. Service was great and once again the food was excellent.

M
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great surviving piece of Boston’s Italian North end. A fine neighborhood restaurant with delicious food and great welcoming ambience. It is a bit loud but it felt upbeat and pleasant.

C
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 1

Wasn’t impressed with the food and it was just a basic black, white and red place and servers and staff were sitting, eating in front of all of us and I did not feel-it was authentic Italian especially being Italian.

R
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster ravioli is amazingly delicious and the ciopiniono with a 1 pound lobster is so delicious I can't wait to come back next year to have it again.

L
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food. Good service, but really long wait for a reservation. Waited 35 minutes after our reservation for a table.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday-perfect!

j
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Noisy & crowded, but that's what we expected & like. Service was very good, but a bit disappointed in one of our dishes ( chicken was over cooked). Servicer offered to bring another dish and offered his apologies. Other dish was very good!
Still would recommend.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent, big portions and very tasty. Our table was tucked in a corner in the basement, not much ambience at all. We shared a couple apps and all ordered pasta dishes. My linguine with clams and fra diavolo was excellent, very spicy! My wife’s gnocchi was also very good. They have an extensive wine list, but more heavily weighted towards California rather than Italy.

Our waiter was very professional. Not overly friendly, but got the job done well.

TP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very quaint small italian restaurant . The 3 waiter staff we had were all italian with accents.
The restaurant is small make sure you get a table upstairs the ambience is much better.
The food is excellent. We had Sope d Pesce all seafood w pasta in a thin tomato sauce . Fantastic.
You won’t go wrong eating here.

AP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food in this restaurant is exceptional. It is a bit loud and crowded, and the chairs didn’t seem that sturdy. But the service was great and as I said, the food is so good it makes you forget all those other things.

JD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and friendly staff -- only problem is the wait time even with reservations.

BS
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My wife and I went for my birthday. There was no wait to be seated. You eat at close quarters, and the place is lively. We waited a bit for our orders, and the staff initially brought the wrong wine, but mistakes happen, and our waiter was very apologetic. We shared Insalata “NICO” (arugula, grilled pears, walnuts, Gorgonzola cheese, pomegranate vinaigrette): Excellent. I had Rigatoni con Carciofi e Salsicca, which was also excellent. My wife had Pollo/Vitello al Marsala, which was good, but the chicken was a bit tough. We took home what we could not finish. We would return and aim for a quieter night.

S
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Family in town from Colorado and Indiana.

HK
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter James was excellent and the hostess Valentina wonderful. The food sss great and we went two nights in a row. Awesome place.

MM
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were in Boston for a special occasion and ate at Nico’s early, around 5:30pm. It was quiet at first, making us nervous, but the place filled up by the time we finished eating our meals.
The food is good - fresh, flavorful, and prepared well.
The service was friendly and helpful.
The prices are very reasonable and the portions are generous.
Quick note: they don’t have a full bar - mostly wines and flavored vodkas, etc.
The appetizer special was outstanding: a burrata dish with mozzarella and prosciutto. Was too busy eating to remember snapping a photo ;)

H
Acapulco
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

小さなお店はアットホームな雰囲気で料理はどれも美味しと思います。

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a
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nico doesn't disappoint. Nestled in the heart of the North End, we brought some colleagues and two kids to experience a night out. We all ate WAY too much of our generously appointed meals and raved about it all: service, food, space - they do it right.

M
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Best meatballs ever!! Service was excellent. They made my daughter’s birthday very special.

AB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food is consistantly good. We were seated downstairs....dark, loud, tv on wall.....not a very good North End ambiance. Service started off good. Once place filled up it was slow and not very attentive.

VP
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Hostess was not friendly but the food was amazing.

KH
New England
16 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Beware that the OpenTable menu for Nico has very inaccurate prices. For instance the veal chop was $12 more, veal parm was $11 more, everything was considerably more. Also Nico's online menu does not list prices. This may be no big deal for a small party, but with a party of 7 this is a sizable difference. The food was delicious, service was attentive and friendly. I would recommend this place for fantastic North End food but beware of substantial price differences.

D
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. All recommendations were excellent.

C
New England
47 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great lunch on the 4th.

OT
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The four of us had a fantastic meal at Nicos. The best Chicken Marsala in my life. Excellent service, great wine list and impeccable service. What more could you ask for? You need to eat here to see for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

EB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rosato was our server and he was awesome. We had the Eggplant parmigiana special with fusilli and it was out of this world !!

DH
New England
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took my wife to Nico’s to celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary. I could NOT have picked a nicer place. The food was spectacular. Our server Alex was the friendliest and most attentive server anyone could ever ask for. Nico’s made the evening perfect!

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