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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (61)
Good for a Date (60)
Special Occasion (53)
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Neighborhood Gem (53)
Cozy (40)
Romantic (39)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Fun (28)
Casual (25)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Worth the Drive (24)
Notable Wine List (23)
Comfort Food (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Local Ingredients (15)
Hot Spot (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Business Meals (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
People Watching (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Kid-friendly (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Quick Bite (2)
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Sunday Lunch (2)
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Spicy (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 14, 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 York Area)·Dined on January 13, 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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·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food, wonderful wait staff!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic restaurant and one of our new favorites (and we try a different location every year). We were seated right at time of reservation and food was fantastic. We would highly recommend Nico's.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Stopped by on our overnight in Boston. We were seated downstairs, very cozy. The veal Marsala was very good. Loved my pasta dish. I had a nice glass of Merlot. The wait staff was very attentive. We will be back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Outstanding service on top of delicious Italian!

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

From the moment we walked in, we knew we were in for a great meal! James our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable! Our meals were outstanding! Nico is just a bit above the hustle and bustle of the North End and was so worth the extra block up!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Xmas eve dinner, for second Xmas in a row. Turning into our go to spot. Everything was fantastic, from food to service. We were seated in the basement, which was fine, but it was a little noisy, which took away from the experience. Only real negative, and not that big a deal. Server was excellent...suggestive, and attentive. Will be back next Xmas for sure, and most likely again during the year. Great place

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Had great night out with the family... It was just as nice as I remembered it from five years ago....Always love the vibe and gives me a little piece of Italy....nothing like fresh made pasta....

Tags: Healthy, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

My friend came up from DC and he wanted Italian food. The menu had "Hand-made" pasta... and I was sold! Small place, great food, and engaging wait staff.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

I don’t understand why the movie Gotti was playing on loop everywhere in the restaurant, including right next to our table. It was weird.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Delicious fresh homemade pasta! Appealing presentation! Excellent friendly and helpful service! Will go back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Eaten at many restaurants in Boston. I always wind up back at Nico. Always a great experience. The meat sauce is like going back to your grandmas house for Sunday dinners. Hakeem is the best waiter in the business

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Food was excellent and portions were large. The wait staff was very attentive. Very good experience!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great service
Appetizers were excellent
Calamari was really tasty
All 3 pasta enters were delish
No issues sitting in basement
Wine prices are a little steep for bottles

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 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2017

A nice neighborhood find. We had a great meal but there had not been any info on no liquor served. Just beer and wine (Although there was a Jack Daniels bottle and several vodka varieties.)
Service was very good but it is a tight, little place my 6’3” date took issue with. Also, no where to hang a coat.
I’d go back but would have liked to have known about these issues!

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The food here was great. I got the Mushroom Ravioli with the Truffle Cream Sauce. It was to die for but very rich! My boyfriend got the Chicken Parmesean which was excellent. We shared the meatball for an appetizer which was incredible. The red sauce here is truly fantastic. This menu had more options, especially for pasta, than many other North End restuarants which is great. The service was extremely fast, and our waiter was very friendly. The lacking part was the atmosphere. It was very small and bland looking - not cozy for being small at least. The restuarant was also very brightly lit during dinner which I did not like. Overall I would still recommend this to a friend.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Great atmosphere. Attentive and charming waiter. Food was delicious.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Our family loves trying all the North End Italian...Nico's is excellent! Best Fried calamari, lemon shrimp bruschetta and mussels and little necks in spicy sauce...to start!! All of our entrees where amazing, plenty of food and flavor :) Can't wait to go back!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We were in Boston with friends for the weekend and we wanted to enjoy some great Italian food in the north end. We were thrilled to get a table reserved for Nico based on some great reviews. We tried the eggplant and the prosciutto wrapped smoked cheese as appetizers and they were very tasty! For our entrees we had chicken Parmesan and the gnocchi’s and both were delicious. The wait staff was very attentive and they made sure to check back with us frequently to be sure all was going well during the meal. The only complaint we had—- it may seem petty—- but we felt uncomfortable because one of the hostesses kept looking at us during the meal to see if we were finishing or finished eating. We were seated right next to the hostess station so it was very obvious. It is a small restaurant with limited seating and it was a busy Saturday night so we understand that they would like turn over the table as quickly as possible. We felt that we were being rushed. We would definitely return but maybe on a different night.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great Italian food in a cozy setting. Sat downstairs for a date night and ordered calamari, red wine, veal saltimboca and fusilli pasta with shrimp in a pink sauce with ricotta. Everything was delicious and the service was excellent. A little pricey but comparable for fine dining.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

We wanted to enjoy a dinner in the North End, to have a good Italian dinner and see Christmas decorations. We did not want to wait in a line, since it was cold. Nico's offered Open Table, the reviews were good, so we booked. My husband & I took our college age kids. The atmosphere was festive, the service was spot on, and the dinner was good. I would recommend the rigatoni in the truffle cream sauce. It was excellent!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2017

His seafood Italian is one of the best of Boston. We love frendly Italian atomosoher.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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 on December 15, 2017

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 on December 14, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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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