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Forcella, Boston, MA
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This restaurant now offers Takeout

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Forcella

4.7
4.7
615 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 and co-owner 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 restaurants.
“It’s tiny, 30 seats,” he said. “It’s perfect for a date.”
The kitchen team 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, crispy quail, while pastas range from linguine alle vongole and risotto to gnocchi with braised rabbit. Salmon, ribeye, round out the menu.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 936-4274

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    PLEASE CONTACT US AT 617-936-4274

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Cross street

    North Street

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    Orange Line - Haymarket Station

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • PIEDMONT WINE DINNER

    $135.00 per person

    Mar 1, 2023 only
    Citrus Cured Salmon - pickled fennel, dill pollen, caraway cracker 2021 Sauvignon Blanc Warm Kale and Radicchio Salad - poached pear vinaigrette, gorgonzola, toasted hazelnuts 2021 Roero Arneis Steak Tartare - beef tenderloin, capers, shallots, mustard, lemon, quail egg, crostini 2018 Barbera D’Asti Classico Superiore Mushroom Risotto - roasted mushrooms, herbs, grana padano, winter truffle 2015 Barolo Riserva “Bussia” Seared Lamb Steak - warm green bean salad, roasted onion, baby tomatoes, toasted pine nuts, robiola 2016 Albarossa “Albarone” Tiramisu Limoncello
  • UMBRIA WINE DINNER

    $100.00 per person

    Feb 9, 2023 only
    1st Course Creamy truffle polenta, Wild mushrooms, Grana, Saba reduction 2021 Grechetto 2nd Course Crispy Pork Belly, Pickled Eggplant Purée, Charred Rabe Pesto, Grana Aioli 2021 Rosato di Sagrantino 3rd Course Wild Mushroom Risotto 2020 Sangiovese 4th Course Braised Short Ribs, Potato Purée, Rabe, Pancetta, Red Wine Demi “Saliato” Colli Perugini 70%Sangiovese 20%Merlot 10 % Cabernet Sauv. 5th Course Tiramisu 2013 Passito Del Sangiovese GRATUITY AND TAXES NOT INCLUDED

Popular dishes

What 615 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston

    Romantic

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    The food had highs and lows, but the overall experience was taken down by the service. The waitstaff was rushing throughout the entire meal, including aggressively refilling wine to empty the bottle faster and get us to leave. They dropped the check 45 minutes after we sat down.
  2. MA

    MarkA

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Greeted warmly by Shannon who introduced us to our server, Max. He was knowledgeable about the menu, made great recommendations along with wine pairings. A great place to feel like you’re family! OUTSTANDING!
  3. H

    Happycustomer

    Coastal Georgia

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food and atmosphere was great. The waiter seemed mad the whole time
  4. NS

    NicholasS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible pasta dishes and affordable wines. Great ambiance
  5. AS

    ASpiderB

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Loved out visit. Rabbit Gnocchi was great. Service was thoughtful and attentive.
  6. LB

    LexiB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Forcella was a great find! Tucked away around the corner from busy Hanover, it helped to be away from the crowds to be able to enjoy conversation. We enjoyed some polenta to start then a VERY tasty black pepper carbonara. Would certainly go back - environment was nice: quaint, beautiful brick, small and cozy.
  7. t

    thruthseeker

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    New year's eve i think they just wanted to go home. Food arrived 5 minutes after we ordered, and was nothing special. Chickpeas under my salmon were dry, and salmon needed seasoning. Ambiance was a bit odd Disappointed.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    New Year Eve
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants in the north end!
  10. n

    nofojo

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Cute, cozy space. Tables close together for an intimate feel. Favorite dishes were the meatball appetizer and the porchetta. Menu is what you see, what you get - no cocktails, no specials, no dessert nor coffee. Reservations on a weekend felt like a must.
  11. SS

    SherriS

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service, & ambiance. Great date night!
  12. JO

    JackOD

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere and excellent food. Would highly recommend.
  13. L

    Lobster

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Average food from an Italian native point of view. Super noisy due to a birthday, which is understandable. Poring the remainder of an old wine bottle and mixing it with a freshly opened one isn’t however.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time dining at this wonderful restaurant, everything from the food to the service was amazing. The cacio e pepe was the best I ever had in the north end, this place is small but charming and the ambiance was just right. It is a MUST try and great for a date night!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dined here this evening and was very pleased. I had never heard of Forcella until a friend made the recommendation to me a few days ago and I decided to make a reservation as I was meeting a colleague for dinner. As a first generation Italian American, I have impeccable taste and high standards. We ordered the sautéed clams, burrata, and Caesar salad to start, all delicious. I ordered the Risotto Pesto with shrimp which was fantastic, and interestingly the pesto did not contain any nuts. My friend had the pan roasted duck and was very happy. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive and the gentleman at the door was very welcoming, making sure we knew where the bathrooms were. He was also wearing some really sharp shoes! Will definitely be back.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Absolutely the worst ignorant service. This is a very small place, so we could always see our waiter standing not too far from us. He was literally picking his nose right before taking our order….. Then, we saw him yawning the whole evening. This guy doesn’t know the words like “thank you”, neither he can smile. Very unpleasant experience. And the food…… well, I love Italian food, I am also a pretty good cook myself snd I have been to Italy many many times (some of them just because of food:). This was NOT Italian food!!! Believe me!!! This was a very cheap fake “Italian” something cooked with a usage of very cheap ingredients, very cheap oil (where it was supposed to be high quality olive oil), terribly greasy, tasteless and just bad. I felt like I was having a very bad fast food for a very high price. Never ever go to this place if you want to spend a nice evening and taste real Italian food! Never coming back for sure!
  17. CC

    CraigC

    New York Area

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding Italian cuisine served in a charming and cozy setting, with attentive and professional service.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent atmosphere, excellent service!
  19. M

    Mark

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is my new favorite in the North End. The food was amazing (smoked prosciutto on the meat and cheese appetizer was a favorite); service was great and the ambience perfect. Must try!
  20. AS

    AshleyS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food. A mix of Italian classics with some dishes that had a modern twist to them. The flavors were wonderful and the portions were filling. One thing to know, the restaurant does not have coffee or dessert, so if you're looking for that, you'll have to ask for recommendations at the end of your meal.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food was awful! My Pasta was over cooked mushy with a red sauce that you can’t begin to describe. Terrible! My friends pasta was undercooked , service was not available. Please don’t go do yourself a BIG Favor!!
  22. N

    Neannie

    New England

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in the north end!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    went for my birthday! it was delicious.
  24. S

    Shawna

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Clean, beautiful flavors and such a nice ambiance for date night. Can’t wait to return!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my parents here and it was my first time as well, but everything was fantastic!! My co-worker recommended it to me and we absolutely loved it!
  26. WG

    WineGuy1970

    New England

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a relatively new kid in town and was really good. It is a simple and straightforward menu with a great quality.
  27. MT

    MyleeT

    San Antonio

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food was delicious and the wine selection perfect! Italian food was next level!
  28. WM

    WMGi

    New England

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The service was excellent! I wish I could say that I was as excited about the food as our waiter was. I started with the Beet Salad, which had very little goat cheese and the beets were overdressed to the point where I struggled to taste any beet--couldn't eat more than half of it. For my entree, I had the Rigatoni alle Melenzane. It was very good, but probably not good enough to lure me back. My husband started with the Meatballs and had the Chicken Parmesan as his entree. He also thought everything was good, but nothing was great. Maybe we'll try the restaurant again on another day. Sometimes it really is just who is in the kitchen on a given day.
  29. PP

    PatrickP

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    With so many choices in the North end this restaurant is worth a visit. Hits the mark in all areas; food, service, and ambiance.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful. Enjoyed the beet salad and then wonderful pasta with great wine. The service was spectacular and the location was amazing. If you go to one Italian restaurant in Boston, go here.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great authentic Italian just far enough away from tourists for a real neighborhood feel.
  32. AF

    AmyF

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, intimate, good service
  33. l

    luisc

    New Orleans

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner. The scallops were delicious. The porchatta, incredible
  34. F

    Frank

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small cute place. Food was very good and the service was excellent.
  35. G

    Grant

    Atlanta

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We originally had a table outside but they were so kind in making a table for us inside. Tommy was a great waiter. We would go back.
  36. PG

    PeggyG

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible place to eat. We sat on the patio which was beautiful. The ambiance - amazing food, great service and a hidden patio makes for a wonderful experience
  37. ML

    MartyL

    New England

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    Altogether disappointing Food was generally ok, but nothing was special. Most important, the service was icy, bordering on hostile. We were looking forward to our return to dining in the North End, and we had fond memories of a long ago prior restaurant in this same space. But with so many other fine restaurants in the neighborhood, why put up with this?
  38. T

    Travelmark

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good for romantic dining, only 30 people over about 12 tables so it never feels crowded. Moderately priced and good wine list. We had asked for paper menus but this was not possible since they had just re-done the seasonal menu (I think most restaurants want to avoid the printing cost, but I really like to plan out my meal by seeing all my options for all courses in a REAL menu). The duck and bolognese were well done but were a little salty, which was a surprise.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food
  40. FH

    FH22

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful dinner, incredible food - excellent service!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Forcella offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 936-4274.

Forcella is rated 4.7 stars by 615 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Forcella

33 North Sq Boston, Boston, MA 02113-2405

Additional information

  • Cross street

    North Street

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    Orange Line - Haymarket Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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