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.
Amazing food, fantastic wine and good service!
Very small restaurant. We loved the food. A little pricey.
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!
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.
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.
The food was amazing! I recommend this to lace to anyone that loves true Italian food!
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.
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.
Great food, wine, and service. The lobster bisque and rigatoni with tomato sauce were both delicious.
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.
Wonderful experience and so delicious! Love the menu, and so accommodating with gluten and dairy allergies.
Great local place and wonderful they have renewed a restaurant at that location
Great ambiance, service, and food! Definitely on our favorite list.
Great food! A nice smaller place to have a great quiet dinner
Food was absolutely delicious - reminded us of our trip to Italy a few years ago. Great staff and atmosphere!
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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.
One of the most flavorful food I’ve had in a long time! Shannon Dennis and Sarah offered wonderful service!
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!
Cozy, romantic and amazing food!
Fantastic intimate dining experience in the North End. Food is great, well portioned, and service is very accommodating! Would definitely dine again.
Our 4th visit. Extraordinary food each time.
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!
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.
Chef Rob continues to amaze me with his talent in the kitchen.
Excellent can’t wait to go back
Intimate, quiet bistro excellent Italian biased cuisine. Will be on our short special place list.
Amazing food!!!!! Amazing everything a great welcome to the neighborhood, true gem!!
It was my first time, but I will definitely go back to taste other dishes. Food was very good!
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!
Chef Robert uses the finest ingredients with a culinary flair for a wonderful experience. I'd recommend Forcella to everyone.
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.
Food and wine were outstanding.
Excellent! Food was amazing! We’ll be back soon!
It was good across the board
Small venue, so reservations are s good idea! The food was outstanding. We cannot wait to go back and try something else.