Forcella

4.7
52 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
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, fantastic wine and good service!

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MK
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very small restaurant. We loved the food. A little pricey.

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AB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and they were so patient and accommodating when the number in our party changed - albeit it was a Wednesday night not Friday, but still so nice about it. Highly recommend!

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GM
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Nothing particularly impressive about the dishes ordered (carpaccio and gnocchi with rabbit).

Either they didn't have enough food prepared for the Boston Marathon weekend and were adding at the very last minute to their rabbit stew or watering down their sauces or their dishes need significant improvement.

Forcella floor space is extremely small and feels awfully crowded as the tables are too close.

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AG
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Very small space and servers would like you to make a decision quickly for your appetizer and meal, as soon as you sit down. Overall it was nice to try and in the area probably similar to what you would expect.

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L
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing! I recommend this to lace to anyone that loves true Italian food!

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Forcella! The food is amazing, the ambiance has a cool chic vibe and the service is spectacular. I hate to say it but I like this version of the space better than Carmen. The entire experience can’t be beat. We’ve eaten here two weeks in a row. Have to try the meatballs!! Perfect in every way.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice restaurant. Service was great, food was outstanding. Limited beer and wine by the glass selection. No liquor license. Didn't dampen the evening, just an FYI.

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BD
New England
45 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, wine, and service. The lobster bisque and rigatoni with tomato sauce were both delicious.

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DO
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Forcella is fairly new to the neighborhood. I have been here twice and have every expectation of going continuously - to eat everything on the menu! Cute space, delicious food, lovely service. Everyone should go here.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience and so delicious! Love the menu, and so accommodating with gluten and dairy allergies.

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JA
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great local place and wonderful they have renewed a restaurant at that location

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B
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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RM
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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HK
New England
7 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
8 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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PZ
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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S
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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ME
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
18 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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New England
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s small and authentic. We’ve been there when they were super busy and on a couple of quiet week nights. Always really pleasant, not at all rushed. The staff is great. Seriously, some of the best meals I’ve had in Boston, let alone the North End! The Carpaccio and lobster bisque are really good. As are the meatballs-everyone’s flexing meatballs -but these are amazing. Gnocchi ✅Rib Eye✅salmon✅ next up Carbonara!

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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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CC
New England
3 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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