Forcella

4.8
269 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Forcella is bringing old-world Italian food to the North End of Boston.
Nino Trotta — who owns Forcella alongside his girlfriend, general manager Shannon MacGowan, and his brother, wine director Christian Trotta — say that the cozy, candlelit vibe of the restaurant sets Forcella apart in a sea of massive North End trattorias.
“It’s tiny, 33 or 34 seats,” he said. “It’s perfect for a date.”
Chef Robert Morotto, formerly of the Aquitaine Group, has designed a menu that includes dishes from all over Italy, with a slight lean toward Naples, where the Trotta family is from. Primi dishes include meatballs, lobster bisque, and crispy quail, while pastas range from linguine alle vongole and risotto to gnocchi with braised rabbit. Salmon, ribeye, and pork porterhouse round out the menu.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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What 269 people are saying
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StephenF
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our outdoor meal this past Saturday at Forcella. Loved the ambience, as the outdoor seating was in a private area where there are no cars or people walking by. Service was great and appreciated the recommendations for which wine to order. Food was great too!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt so safe and welcome here. We ate outdoors and bundled up. Thank you to the kindest staff who are very accommodating. The food is amazing - and Chef even made a special dish - for a gluten allergy. We will be back!

KL
vipKennethL
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner!! The grilled octopus was out of this world. The Cacio e Pepe was as good as any I have had in Italy. And the grilled salmon was perfect. I will definitely return

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of the best in the North End. Great food and friendly staff!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great spot in the North End. The food is delicious, service is great and our group really enjoyed being on the back patio.

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vipbgourmand
New England
274 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ate outside, across the street from the restaurant - as they have put tables all over North Square from many restaurants. It is delightful - feels European! Our waiter was great, and our meal was too - we had rigatoni Amatriciana and a shrimp linguine. Very good.

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vipAshley
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal at Forcella! Each dish was better than the next.
The octopus appetizer is a must. For entrees we had the Risotto ai Funghi, the Black Pepper Spaghetti alla Carbonara, and the Pappardelle all’Aragosta. You cannot go wrong. We are north end residents and will certainly be returning to Forcella for dinner again soon.

JW
JeffreyW
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent. Would 100% go back

SR
vipSkiandRowMom
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and waiter service! Hostess was nasty, but we had a great meal anyway!

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RC1956
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent dinner at Forcella. Hopefully we can get a few more nice weekends to dine outside in the courtyard. Our favorite restaurant in the North End now!!

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KimP
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so nervous when we walked up there was NO CUSTOMERS! Yikes! BUT she asks if we want to sit on the back patio on a gorgeous night we said “sure!!” And we took a tight turn out the back and there was the most stunning and relaxing patio covered in light! We got there right before it got busy, but the food was divine, as well as the wine. The staff was so friendly, it was our first night dining in Boston and it definitely set the bar!

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Carbonara
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner in their tent in the back. The pasta was perfection. Great distancing around tables, and the staff were absolutely lovely, checked on us a few times, but were masked and very nice. Highly suggest!

JL
JimL
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, service and unbelievably good food! We absolutely Love it. Nino, Shannon and Titiana are sll great too !

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vipWilliamS
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son lives in Boston and we met for dinner. We’re escorted to a beautiful courtyard and had some amazing pasta. Perfecto!

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vipAnonymous
New England
196 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went back because I was daydreaming about the duck for two weeks. It was so good! My friend enjoyed her salmon and quail app, and the wine was great. I love Forcella.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome! We went for my birthday and it was such a great experience.

LK
vipLeslieK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Forcella and can't wait to go back, We throughly enjoy our meals. We were a party of 5. One vegetarian, one who doesn't eat pasta and we all found something super delicious! We were outside in their courtyard socially distant from the other diners. Our server was friendly and attentive. Thank you for a great night.

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vipAndy
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Forcella has become a favorite for Italian food. Service is great, food is fresh and delicious, the wine recommendations are perfect. Would highly recommend the dining experience at this cozy restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best outdoor atmosphere in private courtyard. So beautiful. Food was delicious. Meatball appetizer was great. Everyone loved their meal. Carbonara, Chicken Parm, Scallops and Mushroom risotto. This is now our favorite North End restaurant. We will definitely will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best hidden gem in the north end. Never had a bad meal here

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jessp
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, atmosphere and food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, from baked clam appetizer to our salads, Caesar and house salad which was the beet salad with a blueberry vinaigrette, to our dinners-scallops over pesto risotto and lamb Genoese. Extensive wine list and complimentary limoncello at the end of the meal (no dessert menu)
Fairly priced, great atmosphere-were seated on back patio with umbrellas and lights and tables were spaced out, and server was very attentive. We will be back!

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vipmrac
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing good and service

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RC1956
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal of the summer!! Can’t wait to return.

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susane
New England
26 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so nice to dine in the outdoor back patio. Delicious food. Incredible service. The bright orange umbrellas, bright white string lights, all tucked into a void created by several old brick beautiful north end buildings was so cool. It’s a magic little courtyard. They even had a strolling violin and accordion that played me Happy Birthday! Masks, menu on your phone, tables distanced well. It’s safe to come into the city... they are waiting for you 😊

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vipBostonfoodie
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food. Clean - great experience. Felt safe during Covid

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NateG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forcella is amazing. It's an adorable little restaurant that is a gem amid the standard North End Italian places (we are North End residents). The menu is seasonal, creative, and the words "Parm" and "Marsala" are no where to be seen. The wine list is manageable and well-curated and features delicious, lesser-known varietals. Finally, the service was amazing. My wife has a severe food allergy and they were understanding and very accommodating. Everything we ordered was cooked to perfection. It's rare that I'm not disappointed with at least one little part of a meal, but nothing was off -- it was perfect. Here's what we had:

Grilled octopus app (special)
Crispy quail app
Duck breast
Lamb Genovese

Finally, the surprisingly large (yet also somehow intimate) courtyard is just the place to enjoy the meal. Forcella is our new favorite neighborhood spot.

JS
vipJohnS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have visited Forcella several times now. The outdoor back courtyard patio is one of the best outdoor dining experiences in the city. The food is amazing. Highly recommended.

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Kels
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal, location and service! Ask for Tatiana - she was an amazing server providing us with amazing food and wine pairings.

JS
JennyS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Awesome wait staff and the cutest courtyard.

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vipAnonymous
New England
196 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first new restaurant since COVID; we’ve been trying to support businesses where we’re regulars already. I can say with certainty that we’re going to be regulars at Forcella. The hostess was very welcoming. The gorgeous back patio feels nothing like the buzz of Hanover street. We had the great luck of having a server who also cooks there, so his expertise around the menu was really valuable. They were also gracious and accommodating around food allergies (which, let’s face it, is a pain for the kitchen). The wine list is very well-curated, and the wines by the glass are better, more interesting offerings than you typically see in the North End. Can’t wait to go back.
Get the cacio e pepe and the duck.

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Jnolls
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Our waitress was lovely and the food was very good but the hostess was quite rude to us right off the bat when we arrived and it put a damper on the experience.

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vipNumba1
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are top notch, a great find in the North End

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great server, great food, loved the patio!! We will go back.

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Pab5t
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing - their back patio seating is great with all of the COVID-19 restrictions/rules. We enjoyed the atmosphere and even having live music while dining. We will definitely be back!

CC
vipChadC
New England
100 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great patio out back; you don’t feel like you’re in Boston. Food is terrific. Wish they had more than just wine and beer.

CS
vipCaseyS
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Could not believe there was a giant patio in the back of this restaurant in the middle of the north end! Great spot for dinner. Wine and food were delicious. Service was great as well!

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vipLove2eatout
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s really difficult to given any restaurant high marks for ambiance during this pandemic but Forcella has created a really lovely spot in the courtyard behind the restaurant. Kudos to the staff for working so hard to make dining out pleasurable again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Not excited about how packed the tables were, and the accordionist/violinist who were singing near tables without coverings. Pandemic!

FAQs

Forcella does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Forcella also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 936-4274.

Forcella is rated 4.8 stars by 269 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.