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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
Daily 4:00PM - 5:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (79)
Good for a Date (77)
Authentic (71)
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Special Occasion (63)
Cozy (46)
Romantic (45)
Good for Anniversaries (42)
Fit for Foodies (35)
Notable Wine List (35)
Worth the Drive (35)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Fun (33)
Casual (32)
Bar Seating (23)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Hot Spot (20)
People Watching (19)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Comfort Food (18)
Business Meals (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
Good for Groups (11)
Late-night Find (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Kid-friendly (3)
Healthy (3)
Scenic View (3)
Seasonal (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Live Sports (2)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Amazing food!!! If you’re looking for insanely good Italian food in the North End, eat here!!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Fun
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Excellent!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Restaurant smelled stale and food was certainly prepared and microwaved or something. Nope, skip.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Consistently good with a variety of menu items. Service is always good. It's a bustling small restaurant, not a quiet romantic dinner but there is something about the atmosphere that just works. Two floors, with bar and dining side by side on first floor and a small dinner area in the basement. Food is delicious, menu interesting, great place to meet friends or family.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our reservation was for 6:30 and we were seated at 7:00pm. The chicken parm was delicious.
The noise level is a little high. A definite yes! Can't beat the price.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

First, I wish I remembered our server's name because he was top-notch. Space is tight. From our experience, you will definitely need a reservation (at least on weekends). We had a 5 pm reservation on a Saturday to eat an early dinner before heading to a Bruins game. We got there about 10-15 minutes early. A couple in front of us asked the hostess what the wait time for 2 people was - 2 hours. So, plan ahead if you can. Overall, the service was great. The servers all seemed to be helping each other out (for instance, a server for another table saw my wine glass empty and promptly collected it from our table). They offer a very nice wine selection. I need Gluten Free and Dairy Free, and our server had great suggestions. I ordered a special with steamed/boiled calamari, scallops, shrimp, mussels, clams, and 1/2 lobster over GF pasta in a white wine & garlic sauce. It was phenomenal! My husband (no food restrictions) ordered the Polpetta di Mamma Rosetta (a large meatball; an appetizer) and La Romana Caesar Salad and enjoyed both very much. We're from out of town, but would certainly go back on another Boston trip.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Romantic
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

EXCELLENT ,

THE FOOD WAS VERY TASTY,
SEA BASS WAS PERFECTLY COOKED, FLAVOURFUL AND VERY DELICIOUS.

I REALLY ENJOYED AN ATMOSPHERE WITH NICE MUSIC.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food and wine were amazing. Excellent service. Try to get a table by the windows!

Tags: Scenic View, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here, and we both had a wonderful time. The food was delicious. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was delicious. The atmosphere was hectic and the hosting staff seemed harried. In their defense it was a Saturday night of a busy Holiday weekend. However, we did have a reservation that they were unable to honor. We luckily were able to score three seats at the bar and eat there. Bar staff super friendly. May be a better experience during the week.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was our second visit to Nico for dinner, it has quickly become one of our favorites in all of Boston. We had the Caprese app, which was delicious. My boyfriend had the Fettuccine Alfredo Con Pollo, he said it was excellent. I had the pumpkin & butternut squash ravioli, which was one of the specials...WOW!!! It was one of the best Italian dishes I’ve ever had! I wish it was something they could offer on the everyday menu. We had the same dessert as the last time, the puff pastry with chocolate. Again, it’s one of our favorite desserts. We agreed that next time we’ll order two instead of sharing one! Our server was charming & witty, as well as very attentive. We love Nico & will go back again soon!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Second time there for dinner. Loved it both times. The meatball is the best part. Excellent service. Everything tasted really good. Great location.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The place is small but very nice. Noise level wasn’t to bad for a Saturday night. Service was great and we loved the North end. As an appetizer we had the meatball which was pretty good. My husband had the lamb and said it was delicious. I had the pollo primavera. It fell short. Nothing special about the dish at all. Mashed potatoes were plain. The sauce on the primivera was “meh”. Vegetables were not cooked thoroughy and I felt the chicken was almost to dry. I didn’t care for my selection. Had better at other places.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

DownstAirs table too cramped.

Food and service great!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Really disappointed. We had a reservation and waited longer past our reservation time than we actually took to get our food and eat. The food was bland and nothing special. Will definitely not return here again

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Never disappoints! Nico has amazing specials and the service is fast and friendly.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic, People Watching, Bar Seating, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was excellent! Reservation recommended. Service was good and we sat downstairs which was a little tight. There wasn't a ton of room and we were practically in our neighbor's conversation. Still, the food was excellent and I would recommend to anyone looking for dinner in the North End.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We enjoyed our visit, but felt rushed this visit. In fairness it was a Saturday and the Head of the Charles, so busier than usual. Our waiter was very attentive and the meal was great!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great night at Nico’s - highly recommended! Very small restaurant but food and service were great!

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Having searched reviews diligently for a good North End Italian restaurant, I was looking forward to our dinner at Nico. I regret to report the experience was a disappointment. Two of us arrived in time for our 6:30 reservation, but were told we could not be seated until the other guests had arrived. They did arrive 4 minutes later, but by then the hostess had moved on and we were not seated until a few minutes after 7- over 30 minutes late! She was not the least apologetic and seemed to believe we should expect to wait in line for the privilege of dining at Nico.

The food was mediocre at best- arancini were under cooked, fried calamari and pasta with sausage were OK but nothing special. At the waiter's recommendation, I ordered veal saltimbocca which was horrendous! A very small amount of meat hidden under a huge slab of cheese that wasn't fully melted so I could see its square outline, all drowning in a nondescript brown gooey gravy with no hint of the requisite (and promised) sage. Mashed potatoes accompanied, also drowned in the gravy and merged with the meat and cheese. From somewhere amid the mess i excavated 2 asparagus spears not even visible when the plate came to the table. I was aghast.

One positive- the wait staff were friendly and efficient and made us feel comfortable.

So I must continue my search for a classic Italian restaurant with a welcoming atmosphere and appealing food. We will not be returning here.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Food was AMAZING!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Food was amazing, service fantastic, my favorite Italian restaurant in the north end.

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Food was overwhelming good! The meat ball was hands down my favorite, along with the mushroom ravioli. Was loud and packed in tight, but that’s the only complaint.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We had eaten at Nico before, but not when it was packed. We knew the food was wonderful and they did not disappoint. James was our waiter again. He is very efficient. I recommend Nico unless you want a quiet dinner! They are doing a great job.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Excellent service. Excellent authentic Italian food. Very very small dining room with tables very close together thus little, to no, privacy while dining, and loud. However even with these issues, it is definitely worth checking out!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great place! Great food! Great Service (James was fantastic)! That's all you need to know!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Authentic Italian

Great service

Outstanding menu

Generous portions

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We love Nico's, so we brought our friend here for her birthday. Reservations got a bit delayed, but the hostess made sure she brought us a surprise to make up for it! Alex was the best waiter, every detail was noted. The special appetizer of Pumpkin Ravioli was amazing, had I known it would be so good I would have had it as the main course! Friends had the scampi bruschetta and said it was fabulous too. The chicken parm was tender with plenty of sauce, and we ordered 2 sides of meatballs just so everyone could try it, they are huge! Served with sauce and ricotta, just worth it to see a tender and tasty meatball that is so big!!
All the waitstaff came by to say hi and see if we needed anything. You are in close quarters so if you are looking for private conversation this may not be the best choice, but we had so much fun with the couple next to us, and the folks at the bar it made the evening.
Definitely a favorite, we will be back again!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had a Saturday evening reservation on their books and still had to wait 45 minutes past our reservation time to be seated. It’s a tiny restaurant, so if just a couple of tables early in the night are slow on a busy weekend, it can easily throw off later reservations. The service was quick and attentive once we were finally seated.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The red wine recommendation to accompany my veal dinner was excellent.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Brought my girlfriend here for her 25th. We had to wait 40 past our reservation but, the staff gave us a great glass of prosecco on the house which was extremely nice and classy. The waitstaff were one of the best staff I've ever seen. We asked the waiter what wine he would recommend for our food and he was well versed with the list and recommended an amazing wine that my girlfriend and I loved. The food was out of this world and tasted like we were back in Italy. We had a memorable experience and are definitely coming back.

Tags: Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Bar Seating, Romantic, Comfort Food, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food was insanely delicious!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food was amazing! The restaurant is small and a bit cramped but a very memorable meal. We went back the following night for dinner too and weren’t disappointed. I’ll be back next trip to Boston.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Lovely restaurant. Excellent food and service. Had pumpkin ravioli and spaghetti and meatballs. SOOOOO good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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