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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

5
4
3
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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 (71)
Good for a Date (69)
Authentic (68)
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Special Occasion (62)
Cozy (46)
Romantic (44)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Notable Wine List (32)
Worth the Drive (30)
Casual (29)
Fun (28)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Bar Seating (22)
Hot Spot (18)
Comfort Food (17)
Local Ingredients (17)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Business Meals (13)
People Watching (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Great for Lunch (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Kid-friendly (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Spicy (2)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (New England)·Dined a day ago

Go for the food. Stay for Hakim. Service was phenomenal. Food was heavenly. Lunch is an ideal time for intimate and warm conversation.

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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Very tight and congested in the restaurant. Food is excellent. Service was good. They do not have a full liquor license and just cordials, beer and wine. Will be back for the food for sure! Just will plan to have cocktails elsewhere before hand.

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 (Savannah)·Dined 3 days ago

I have always liked Nico's but this time when I made a reservation a week ahead to go with a good friend they offered me the only choice of a table in the BASEMENT (don't do it!). When I asked for a table upstairs I had an hour wait …long enough to add an extra bottle of wine to the bill. I'll have to rethink Nico.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined 7 days ago

The food was great and the service was excellent!

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Nice place but parking nightmare, food was ok for the price. Not many vegetarian options

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Clam pasta is delicious, sat in the window seat. Betolo is a good price for wine

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We went on a Friday night, obviously a busy time, and the restaurant was very crowded. One of us was seated right where waiters were continuously coming out of the kitchen with food or going down stairs -- tight squeeze. The service was very fast -- nice if we were in a hurry, but we wanted to enjoy each other's company as much as the food, and we clearly got the message that they wanted us to clear out to make way for other customers. Not the place for a relaxed meal. I had the homemade fusilli with shrimp -- light on the shrimp for $23 (4 shrimp in my serving!) but the homemade fusilli was delicious. My sister's saltimbocca was disappointing - covered in a gloppy gravy, and she left half on her plate. Very loud and crowded. We will not come here again.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great food, great wine, great service. What else can you ask for?

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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Christmas celebration was phenomenal! Every meal the family ordered was perfect. Do not leave Nico unless you've tried the meatballs!

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Made 9 pm reservations and didn’t get seated until closer to 10. The staff were very attentive and accommodating and apologetic which made up for the situation

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The place was packed which is always a good sign of a quality North end Italian restaurant in Boston. Bruno was a wonderful waiter that gave us just the right amount of service, while giving us space to enjoy each other's company.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We travel to Boston from CT often to visit Nico’s. By far the best authentic Italian restaurant around. Absolutely a must stop.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

First timer-website said there were gluten free options-and yes there are and kitchen is happy to work with you any way. We all enjoyed everything about this place-it is noisy-close quarters-wait staff is great. Waited about 25 min after our reservation to get seated-valet parking!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Spicy, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was amazing! Everything we had was absolutely on point. And the service was outstanding!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Nico was great! Food was delicious and the staff were very kind towards me. They were down to Earth and I was happy to learn some of their names during my time there. I went for a dinner date and it was my first time in the North End for Italian so it didn't disappoint. Some of the staff didn't speak English very well so it made getting water a little nuisance at times but it didn't ruin anything. Great vibes and my date and I had the window table so great ambiance.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

What an excellent meal we had. I ordered the Ravioli Porcini. I asked about adding or topping it with some Prosciutto. Our waiter suggested (and said he had done it recently with Pancetta) I went in his suggestion & it was fantastic ! Outstanding flavor all the way around & my wife was very pleased with her Chicken Saltimboca. It was our third visit to Nico & we will keep it on our list of Go-To places in Boston's NorthEnd!

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Everything was wonderful about the experience. The wait staff was great and the food was delicious. The only negative was that we had a reservation and still had to wait 30 minutes for our table. Otherwise, this restaurant is outstanding.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was excellent better than expected. And we had very nice specially downstairs. Service overall excellent specific waiter very good oh no breaks.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Best food! Really good experience! Seafood options are great!

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food. Outstanding service. Seating a little tight and a bit noisy.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We love Nico’s. Every meal is wonderful. Crafted with care and excellent quality ingredients. The staff are very personable and friendly. They always remember you, even which tables you sat at. We highly recommends Nicos.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

After looking at the menu and reading reviews, I made reservations at Nico over several other restaurants in the area that were highly recommended. We started with the arancini - delicious. Mushroom ravioli, shrimp with fusilli, and gnocchi were fantastic. The seafood special was jaw dropping. My husband had the meatball and spaghetti and although it was very good, he wishes he had been more adventurous. Service was attentive. Overall a very memorable Thanksgiving for us!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The pasta is perfectly cooked and the calamari had a wonderful tangy sauce. The wine list was interesting and approachable. Service was friendly and straightforward. The space was much smaller than we imagined so the seating upstairs is tight. I would never eat downstairs. It's a bit kitschy but comfortable at the same time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

The food was delicious, the servers attentive, and the atmosphere festive (and busy!), even for a Monday night. We had a large group for a special occasion and were treated to a few desserts to share for the table, which was an unexpected but welcome bonus.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Tasty Italian food, more upscale quality. Pasta is fresh as are all the ingredients. Enjoyed the fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, and parmesan. Perfect bread and oil to start.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

As so many people have already stated, the guant meatball and fresh spaghetti rock! Out party od 3 had 2 of those and the other had the cioppino which was a fabulos pot of lobster, scallops, shrinp and tender calimari in a delicious broth over fresh fettucini. Just great. We also staryed with a delicious buratta and proscuito salas. SO good.
Our waiter, who was from Morrocco, was attentive but not intrusive. He gave ezcellent suggestions on both wine and food.
It was a great evening. The only reason it is an overall 4 is that we were seated 20 min after our reservation and that was hard for us. We had someone with us who is not able to stand for long and there was really not a good place to wait without standing and getting bumped by the busy waiters. I was glad that we were seated downstairs.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great atmosphere and food! Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Authentic
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

The service and food was wonderful!

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was great, great atmosphere. My only knock was we felt a little rushed; our plates were cleared and the check was deposited on the table. No offer of dessert. Several members of the wait staff kept checking on us from across the room to see if we were leaving, like they were desperate for the table. I’d still go back, though.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Tight, but typical for North End restaurants. Great service (Bruno), and I thought it was a good value. Large portions of delicious foods.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food at Nico's was great. Enjoyed the swordfish very much. Great bread. Wide selection of great entrees. Lobster ravioli was superb too. Highly recommended.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

3 different meals and all delicious. Would definitely go back, but already know I’d have a hard time deciding what to get because everything was so good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Authentic Italian food and service. Fantastic meatballs. Downstairs is more quiet than upstairs. Can’t wait to go back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We consider ourselves foodies and we both enjoyed our meals at Nico! The waiter was fantastic and knowledgeable with both food selection and wine! Will definitely go back. Did seem to get busy so our early reservation was perfect (6pm)

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food and our server were great but we had a 7:30pm reservation, got there at 7:15, and still had to wait until after 8pm to get seated. An explaination as to why they were running so behind on our reservation would’ve been great but nothing was said other than “we are running 30 minutes behind.” Once we were seated we had a great meal but my experience was definitely tainted by the wait.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food is very good and the waiter provided great service, maybe a little too fast. We had 7:30 reservations and were not seated until 8:15, waiting with a lot of other disgruntled diners in very tight quarters. I don't think I will be returning.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Oh, the meatballs... they are just so good with sauce and ricotta on the side. The fresh pasta is amazing. The place is tiny and always jam packed, and even with a reservation you will probably have to wait. The wait can be uncomfortable because the place is so small that there is really nowhere to wait (except outside which is fine when the weather cooperates!).

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This restaurant was exceptional. The food was absolutely delicous. We all got something different and the meals were all excellent. I wish I could remember the name of the waiter but he was fantastic as well . Had a great personality and was very educated about the menu! Will definitely be back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent service, our waiter had many great recommendations, he was awesome.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

My wife and I ate at Nico with a friend on a recent Friday night at 7 PM. As others have frequently mentioned in reviews...the food was very good, authentic Italian (which you should expect in the North End), the portions are large, the service is excellent, the space is small and it was indeed very noisy (vibrant, some might say), to the point that it was impossible to have an intimate conversation. Would I return? Absolutely, although I might opt for an earlier or later reservation on a weekday rather than hitting it at a peak time on a weekend night, as it was a bit chaotic, in the main dining room and the foyer/bar area. Ask for Hakim as your server...he was great. Ciao!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Comfort Food
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