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For 2
Thu, 2/22
8:30 PM
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2483 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Lunch and Dinner Served Daily
Sunday - Thursday 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday 12:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(617) 742-0404
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Salvatore Firicano.
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Cross street
Between Harris St. and Hanover Ave.
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Public transit
MBTA Blue Line

Aquarium, Government Center

MBTA Orange Line

Haymarket Station
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Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine


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What 2483 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food and service. We will definitely be coming back again!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

It had been 10+ years since I was here and thought it would be good for a couples dinner with two of our friends. It did not disappoint! Our waiter James was great and a funny guy too!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Perfect ambiance and food for date night. We enjoyed coming here!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Meatball appetizer is AMAZING! The service was the best we’ve had on our visit to Boston.

cavb1118 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

I was a little disappointed in Nico although our party of 6 was split on our opinion. We had a reservation at 7 pm but had to wait about 20 minutes until our table was ready. The place is small so we got a drink at the bar but were jostled around by the people going by. I had the sangria and it was very good. Once we were seated downstairs, our server took excellent care of us. He was one of the highlights of our visit. The appetizers were outstanding - smoked mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto seared and served on a bed of greens, calamari, and the meatball with ricotta. I would highly recommend any of them! The people in our party who had the cioppino, lobster ravioli and chicken parm were very pleased. I has the chicken saltimocca which was a bit of a disappointment. It was okay but not what I would consider fantastic for a North end restaurant. Another person got the shrimp and scallops in a black truffle cream sauce and she did not care for her meal. I tried it and it didn't have much flavor and was very heavy. Also, Nico does not serve coffee...only espresso!

If you go here, stick with the items that come with red sauce (or the cioppino which my husband said had a ton of seafood but not a lot of pasta). I would not return unless it was to split a bunch of the wonderful appetizers or to just get a more traditional spaghetti and meatball dish.

4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great food, great service. Very good overall, the only thing I would forwarn new diners about is that the space it is limited. If you don’t mind great food and service in tight quarters then this is place never disappoints.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We had a double date. The food and service is great! That said, the restaurant is a bit smaller so a party of 4 can be a tight fit on a Saturday night. This didn’t bother any of us though, we enjoyed our meal!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Had another great lunch at Nico. Thank you to all the staff.

We didn't have to wait for a 1PM reservation on Saturday. Nice crowd, mostly older families.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Service was excellent! servers friendly and pleasant food delicious
We enjoyed the scallops and eggplant , carbonara, veal parmigiana
Everything was quite good!
Hope to go again

CharlieH (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I was super disappointed by Nico. My boyfriend arrived on Valentine’s Day with an 8:30 reservation, but the restaurant hasn’t timed it correctly and we ended up waiting for over a half hour. I usually love the pasta anywhere in the North End but my date and I both were really unimpressed with our pasta dishes. I ordered the linguine with clams and it was essentially flavorless. My boyfriend ordered the carbonara and barely took three bites because it was swimming in butter in cream. There was no other flavor except for an excessive amount of butter. For the price, not even remotely worth it, there are much better places.

OpenTable Diner (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Had a delicious dinner here on our Boston vacation. Very good food, very good service. Try the custard dessert, it’s awesome!

Robin (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

It was excellent all round. We had a great birthday celebration.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Very good one of the best in the north end. I will be back soon.

BlakeA (New England)
1.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Service was terrible, we made a resveration but we were still made to wait 45 minutes for a table and the wait staff was incredibly rude about it.

OpenTable Diner (Jackson Hole)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

This is our third visit. We always get the specials. The food this time was better than ever.