BenCotto

4.6
227 reviews
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$30 and under
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A historic pizza-spot-turned-flower-shop has once again become a pizzeria: BenCotto is now open in the space occupied by Circle Pizza for nearly 50 years. BenCotto (“well done” in Italian) features a wood-fired brick oven, about 40 seats and a full bar.

Owners Joe Bono (Al Dente, Benevento’s) and Warren Mustacchio have created an old world Italian concept with a modern style. In addition to wood-fired brick oven pizza, they offer an array of italian specialities including fresh seafood and pasta. Gluten free options are available.
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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were late and they were very gracious and had our table waiting.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful. Highly recommend

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Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

In Boston for the Marathon

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Booked a reservation for a party of 8 on a Saturday, which can be challenging. We arrived early but did not have to wait long for our table.

We had a couple of minor issues, but our waitress was excellent and took care of everything.

Food was delicious and the portion sizes were generous. We aren't fans of "tiny food" so we were pleased.

Would definitely return in the future.

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RA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We had reservations for 6:15 on a Saturday night for 2, although when we arrived our table wasn't ready so we decided to sit at the bar. The bartender was nice, however very very slow. It was obvious he was extremely busy and had no help. It took almost 15 minutes to order our food and drinks (after given water). It is a very tight place esp at the bar. Also, the manager was heard yelling at the bartender about how he was pouring our beer. Very unprofessional if you ask me. The food was just alright, nothing too fancy. Would go back maybe on a quieter night.

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food and service. Best pizza I've had in a long time by far and my dinner guests LOVED the Bolognese with the homemade fusilli. Definitely go there.

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GM
New England
147 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

From the fig salad to the sausage pizza and lemonchello cake , the food was very good . Our server did an excellent job keeping up with is in a crowded restaurant.

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MC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had to wait a little longer than expected for our table, but they kept us informed. The four of us thoroughly enjoyed our cocktails, salumi board and all of our entrees. Mine was an evening special, stuffed veal chop. It was amazing.

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AR
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing per usual! Went for lunch this time with colleagues and everything was delicious.

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IW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service would go back, but even with a reservation we had to wait 25 minutes to be seated.

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RP
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a larger than usual party do we were in the basement. it was still nice but not as nice as being upstairs and looking out at Hannover.

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RN
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily the best food we have ever enjoyed in the North End. Staff was extremely friendly and the basement seating is uniquely fun dining experience.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fresh pastas were delicious. Service attentive and excellent

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CF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First time eating at BenCotto and to be honest, the food was amazing. I was here with five of my friends and we started by ordering some Bruschetta and Calamari to share between all of us. The Bruschetta was definitely one of the best I have ever had. We all ordered some type of pasta dish for our entrees and all of us were certainly satisfied. The atmosphere of the restaurant is very quaint and makes you feel at home. The restaurant is not very big in size but it was not an issue at all, my friends and I were able to enjoy a great dinner together. The only downside we had about this place was that half of our party got to the restaurant before the others and the restaurant would not let them wait inside, but instead made them stand in the freezing cold. Meanwhile, we had a reservation so why could they not be seated at the table we reserved while waiting for the rest of our party? All in all, the food here is unbelievable and I highly recommend this place for anyone seeking a nice authentic Italian meal.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best meal I’ve had in Boston in the last 6 months

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JC
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful dining experience through and through. The service was very attentive and quick for our large group and the food was delicious. My colleagues were still thanking me the next day for bringing them to a new place instead of the same old places near the office. Will absolutely come back next time we are in town for work.

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EN
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place and great food. I would go back tomorrow. Thanks for a great night out

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Amazing food in a small and relatively loud space.

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PG
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Food was very good but the layout of the restaurant with the kitchen in the middle and poor ventilation resulted in greasy/smokey air which was unpleasant. We had to wash all our clothes and coats to remove the greasy/smokey smell.

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New England
63 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent. Nice friendly staff. Great home made pasta

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CH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu is amazing! It was hard to decide what to order. When I finally decided, the food I did order was amazing as well as my friends dish. The lights were on full brightness, it would have been nice to dim them down a little, create more of an ambiance.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints

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1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We made a reservation for 7:30pm and had to wait an hour before being seated. Every time we asked about our table we were told that they were going to check on it. After probably the 6th time asking for a definite answer The owner came out and apologized and said he would “take care of us”.

A full hour later (8:30pm) of waiting outside in the cold, we were sat and given some excuse about a party not leaving that delayed our reservation. Not my problem but they felt the need to repeat this over and over again.

We got one free app ( which we didn’t even get to choose) after we had already ordered a few apps. Food took a long time to come out.

Not going back.

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SZ
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Delicious Food, definitely recommend the pizza! However, we had a 7pm reservation, and they did not seat us until 7:45. We had to wait outside because the restaurant was too small, which was fine because It was not too cold that night. Also, the seats were so crammed together, that the waitress could barely get to us, so there was a delay in that aspect as well.

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NA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Small but cozy environment. Not the place to stretch out and get comfortable though. The food was very good and the price was slighter lower than other North End restaurants. I would recommend for a quick, casual dinner.

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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

really good service and food - However, other restaurants in the north end are just as good if not better and are cheaper

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DM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Second time, and as with my previous visit the food was outstanding. I can highly recommend the carbonara - it was perfect, not to heavy and not too light. Our visit this time was on a Monday night, and with only one other party there the service should have been more attentive. The atmosphere when virtually empty does not offer much ambiance, but I am guessing that my rating for this would go up with a full restaurant - so I was being honest, but it's not really a big deal. I do recommend BenCotto highly for their food - so give it a try and enjoy!

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely evening. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The food was amazing and had generous portions. I would definitely recommend!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BenCotto is an absolute favorite of mine. Whether I dine with my husband and family, or with my clients, I’m always satisfied. For someone who has eaten her way through Italy and Sicily, I can say that the food is always fresh with wonderful flavors to please any palette. In addition, the people at BenCotto are always welcoming and warm. Living nearby and going to the N. End quite a bit, there are many options, and I’ve chosen BenCotto about 80% of the time. Cannot go wrong, enjoy!

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BO
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This was my second trip to the restaurant. The first time was wonderful, but this visit was disappointing. The restaurant was pretty empty since it was the Monday evening after the Super Bowl. Only 3 tables were occupied so the chefs weren’t overwhelmed, but my clams were overcooked and the linguine was floating in oil. The servers did a great job, though.

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New England
31 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This was my 4th visit. Always consistent. Great affordable food, great service and, per usual: cramped, loud and intense fluctuations in temperature. Despite the ambiance, I will definitely go for a 5th visit.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

While the food itself was fine at best, the experience we had with the hostess was enough to ruin the meal. We had a 6pm reservation through Open Table, and expected to wait a normal amount of time for the table to be readied. What followed was a collosal waste of time. We checked in with the hostess upon arrival, and then were forced to wait 45 minutes outside in Boston winter temperatures. My boyfriend checked in with her twice asking what the issue was, and she said not to to worry just 15 minutes longer (she said this to us 3 times). She seated two men ahead of us who had a 6:30 reservation because they "were going to the Celtics game"--totally unprofessional. The food wasn't good enough for me to return here after this experience.

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1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great, family-friendly service. We loved the starters - calamari and bruschetta with broccoli rabe - as well as the “primi” - gnocchi with pesto and with bolognese sauce. Will definitely come back to try other menu items (the melanzane alla parmigiana looked delicious).

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this restaurant!!! Carbonara is the best I’ve ever had and I’m Italian.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to eat in the North End! Great service! Wonderful food!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We made reservations and didn’t get seated until 8PM so we didn’t eat until like 8:45PM which was frustrating. What’s the point of reservations if you have such a wait? Food was delicious and our waiter was nice.

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PP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband has missed his grandmother's cooking since she passed five years ago, and this brought her back to him. Their Eggplant Rollitini appetizer was the best we've ever had in a restaurant (most authentic homestyle) and their Veal Chop special was thick, juicy, perfectly cooked while maintaining a thick, crispy breading. Small spot - feels like you could be in someone's home - and an open kitchen make for a super fun meal.

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MD
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food!

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value!

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