Forcella

4.8
39 reviews
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Italian
Forcella quietly opened in the North End this December, 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. While Forcella is focusing on dinner for now, its hours will expand to include lunch in the spring.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, service, and food! Definitely on our favorite list.

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

Great food! A nice smaller place to have a great quiet dinner

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

Food was absolutely delicious - reminded us of our trip to Italy a few years ago. Great staff and atmosphere!

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New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and so was the service. I love the cozy atmosphere and can't wait to see the outdoor space when it gets warm enough! New favorite neighborhood spot.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall good! Food was good but not unbelievably great. I had the Pachieri with the meat on top, was strange that they wouldn’t just make a bolognese with all of the meat since the short rib was still too tough to cut, and it gets much more tender if you cook it in the marinara sauce longer. Overall good meal but given all the great restaurants nearby not something we’ll run back to soon. Thanks!

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely cozy restaurant, terrific service staff and the food!!!! The food is incredible!!! Highly recommend the beef carpaccio, the black truffle anything:) And the black pepper carbonara is the best I’ve ever had!!! Pretty cool wine list too.....all in all 12 out of 10

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BH
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and atmosphere. They did not rush us out and we were able to have an amazing dinner and drinks. The food was the best I’ve had in the north end. Highly recommend and would go again

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my birthday for dinner while visiting Boston. The place is very cozy & one of the co-owners welcomed us. There was a wine tasting going on so noise level was likely higher than normal, but they shared some of their wine with us so no complaints here! Food was delish & excellent service.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have already booked Forcella for two other occasions with friends in the coming weeks. Great food, good Italian wine selection with a relaxed ambiance. Very quaint setting, since it only sits 30 guests (max). Located in North Square, Boston. Highly recommend.

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RG
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most flavorful food I’ve had in a long time! Shannon Dennis and Sarah offered wonderful service!

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ate was so delicious, high quality ingredients and high quality execution. The wines were wonderful too! Will definitely be going back soon to try the rest of the menu!

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1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy, romantic and amazing food!

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic intimate dining experience in the North End. Food is great, well portioned, and service is very accommodating! Would definitely dine again.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 4th visit. Extraordinary food each time.

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

Amazing dinner, from the wine to the pasta, everything was delicious. Cannot wait to try Forcella again.
Wait staff and owners were charming and hospitable!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there, did not disappoint. Cozy atmosphere, warm, knowledgeable staff and delicious food. Wine and food prices reasonable. Just delicious and our out of town guest was totally impressed.

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MM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Rob continues to amaze me with his talent in the kitchen.

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New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent can’t wait to go back

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Intimate, quiet bistro excellent Italian biased cuisine. Will be on our short special place list.

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New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!!!!! Amazing everything a great welcome to the neighborhood, true gem!!

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PC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my first time, but I will definitely go back to taste other dishes. Food was very good!

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MM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Robert uses the finest ingredients with a culinary flair for a wonderful experience. I'd recommend Forcella to everyone.

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New England
113 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Maybe growing pains with this new restaurant. It desperately needs some help. The food was nondescript. The caesar dressing was missing on the caesar salad. Just oil perhaps? No taste at all. Salmon was plain and uninteresting. Very disappointing. Sorry.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and wine were outstanding.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Food was amazing! We’ll be back soon!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was good across the board

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

Small venue, so reservations are s good idea! The food was outstanding. We cannot wait to go back and try something else.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Waitress did not tell us of the specials. Tables are crowded together. Salad was great but clams with linguine was bland. No deserts offered. Resturant just opened, I’m sure it will improve once things settle down. Need to do better arrangements with tables - almost cafeteria style and no privacy whatsoever.

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small intimate restaurant with good food
Portions are plentiful
Prices reasonable

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

Fantastic food and wine!

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

After enduring a bone-chilling, miserable trip to the North End in rain and sleet, we were welcomed warmly into the cozy, small restaurant. It only seats 35 people and, sadly, the weather took its toll on reservations and a lot of New Years Eve people were no-shows. Their loss. We went to experience a new restaurant and because the wine list was excellent, affordable and well-matched to the food. The menu was not expansive but well-focused. The seafood risotto, PEI mussels and "family recipe" ragu were excellent, perfect for such a raw, rainy night. Server Dennis K. was friendly, professional and there when needed. We realize their attention to us was increased by the quieter room, but the owners and waitstaff took pains to make all their guests feel welcome. The one thing lacking was dessert and coffee,which they admitted was a challenge for this small space. Perhaps they could contract with one of the local bakeries to provide? We look forward to returning in the warm weather when they plan to have an outdoor patio in back. Forcella is a nice little gem in a North End crowded with restaurants.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service was good. There is not a bar and I was not aware of that. Struggled with the wine choices as well. Would have liked a drink. Very small and not a place to have a drink while waiting

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and different but very Italian

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A small but very intimate spot for dinner. Great food, great service and tons of ambience. Definitely won of my favorite spots in the city.

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New England
36 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great new spot in North Square. Food & Service was very good.

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Denver
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous authentic Italian dinner and an excellent bottle of wine. Great addition to the North End

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service perfect place for date or with family

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my one year anniversary and decided to try a new north end restaurant with my girlfriend. Forcella is an absolute hidden gem located in the north end’s north square. Beautiful ambience, excellent service, and the wine pairings were amazing. The staff and owners clearly know their wines and were happy to offer tastes and recommendations. Additionally, the food was exceptional. I highly recommend the meatballs, risotto, and ribeye! I can’t wait to go back.

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BP
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful menu with a fantastic wine selection.. great little cozy spot to bring a date..

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