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Forcella, Boston, MA
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Forcella

4.6
4.6
515 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

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

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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, Takeout, Wine

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What 515 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston / New England

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • Boston

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  1. H

    Hopsie

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tatianna was our server and she was superb. Friendly, efficient, very helpful ordering wine and just terrific!
  2. N

    Nanc

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The outdoor seating is charming and private without the street and cars. The service is very good and the food is delicious!
  3. DJ

    DebJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu is varied with and during our visit we enjoyed dishes that were original. We tried new cheeses and wines based on our servers recommendation. Our server was part of why the experience was so good. She explained the flavors and helped us to make choices. The back courtyard is lovely!
  4. M

    Michele

    Memphis/West TN

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, and the service was top notch. I highly recommend Forcella. We had burrrata, risotto, pasta, salmon & chicken parm.
  5. PI

    PamI

    New England

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A little short-staffed but isn’t that true everywhere! Lovely outdoor dining in a spectacular courtyard. Excellent food with a lovely Pecorino- after the Fallanghina had gone bad.
  6. MS

    MikeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic food, menu was varied albeit small. Decent portion sizes. Would highly recommend especially on a nice day where you can eat outside.
  7. y

    yummdining

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend this - erfect for foodies & special occasions
  8. TB

    TracyB

    New England

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    very slow to serve our meals as the place was slammed prior to a big Celtics game. Patio is lovely and food is delicious!
  9. AB

    AnnB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Had the black pepper linguine and it was very fresh!
  10. I

    Isabellaluo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was the perfect birthday dinner for my mother, thank you!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Service was rushed, had appetizers and entree in 45 minutes. Food was subpar.
  12. TM

    TeenMom

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    The waiter was curt and declared he had to take the entire food order at once. He was efficient at always keeping our wine glasses filled and delivered no small talk which was a good part of his approach. The food was bland
  13. ZG

    ZoherG

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonder service, great wine, food came out very quickly
  14. DO

    DinnerOut

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Neighborhood gem, always delicious.
  15. NA

    NancyA

    London

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorites in the NorthEnd. Food is always good. Small but well curated wine list. Nice service.
  16. H

    Harrison

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, great wine list
  17. s

    southshoremama

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    My salmon was dry and overcooked. Vegetables were soggy and tasteless. Service was meh. We were very disappointed.
  18. BF

    BhamFoodie

    Birmingham

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  19. B

    Bostonfoodie

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently great!
  20. L

    Leaozinho

    Baltimore

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent server Good food and wine Would recommend
  21. L

    Laura

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the secluded outdoor patio. Felt spacious and not overly crowded with tables. Food was excellent, and our server was lovely.
  22. A

    Andre

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    just go to Prezza honestly, their food is way better
  23. GC

    GC20

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall1food3service5ambience5
    Two members of my party out of 9 were late to the restaurant. The hostess (manager?) was rude about this even though controlling the actions of other people was clearly beyond our control in that moment because the two were already on the way. They eventually seated us but wouldn't let us order until everyone arrived. It felt like the hostess was breathing down our necks and judging us the entire time. The entire experience felt stressful and uncomfortable because of these strict rules which I have never seen before in any other restaurant. Some of us from my party have actually been in the restaurant business before as waiters/waitresses. We completely understand how unreasonable customers can be. However, we have never seen such inflexible treatment from a restaurant's hostess to their customers in situations like this. The hostess's argument for behaving this way was because they were booked for the night and worried about capacity. We arrived at the beginning of dinner service and there were plenty of empty tables from the time we came in to the time we left. The food was fine and the servers were excellent so nothing against the staff. TLDR: Would not recommend for groups!
  24. JG

    JenG

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service at Forcella was amazing! My partner and I kept saying that it was the best we've had in a while. The food itself was unique and delicious as well, and the wine selection was incredible.
  25. D

    Davide

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I have dined at Forcella for quite awhile and the staff and ambiance, both outdoors and indoors, is excellent. The menu is limited - I understand, for a small restaurant - but there were no specials last night and I think after so much time that they should rethink and change the menu.
  26. AM

    AnnM

    New England

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Forcella! The food and service are amazing. The wine selection is unique and the staff are super knowledgeable and make excellent recommendations. The pastas were cooked to perfection. Highly recommend!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food always excellent
  28. M

    Malarkey

    New England

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This was our first time here. We all had different pastas, which were excellent—the pasta was perfectly Al center and the sauces were wonderful. My sausage and broccoli rabe was outstanding. Another guest had the burrata mozzarella appetizer, which we all sampled: the perfect blend of garlic, tomatoes and basil that was subtle and interesting. Excellent wine list—lots of good choices. Although there were plenty of special wines (read here expensive) there were also very good choices in the $ 50-$70 range. They don’t serve coffee or dessert, but suggest nearby places to visit for that. The decor was great—brick walls, interesting contemporary black and white contemporary portraits, everything simple but just right. Attentive and friendly service.
  29. HH

    HeidiH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was recommended to my friend and me for a quick visit to the Boston area. We had a reservation, but our earlier plans were finished ahead of schedule and we took the chance of stopping to see if we could be seated instead of waiting for our designated time; they were very accomodating and even gave us the window table. It was fun to do some people watching as we ate and drank. We each drank wine, one red and one white and we loved the suggestions. My friend had the beet salad and I had the burrata, both were delicious. For dinner, my friend chose the Black Pepper Carbonara and I had the Chicken Parmigiana and again, both dinners were delicious. I know I could select other adjectives, but to say they have ruined us for other Italian eateries might sound extreme, but the food was truly one of the best meals we have ever eaten. The entire experience was 10 stars out of 5 and I suggest you Run, don't walk to Forcella!

    ForcellaResponded on May 3, 2022Thank you.

  30. JD

    JerseyDad

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small place - nice brick walls and cozy atmosphere. They also have a nice courtyard in back of the restaurant - looks nice for warm weather. Menu was small but on point. Service was terrific - very attentive in a good way. Food was all excellent - really well prepared and good. Wine list was nice too - not overwhelming and good wines at various price points. We will definitely return. Very nice restaurant in North end and not on the touristy Hanover which is a plus.
  31. B

    Boston

    New England

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot, super food. Service was wonderful, will definitely go back
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great atmosphere

    ForcellaResponded on May 3, 2022Thank you

  33. TA

    TravelingAngel

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great with a delicious gluten free option and waitstaff was attentive and friendly. Would definitely go back

    ForcellaResponded on May 3, 2022Thank you

  34. d

    danakaren

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing. Especially the pesto!!!! Really nice experience.

    ForcellaResponded on May 3, 2022Thank you

  35. PI

    PamI

    New England

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quiet weekday evening in this tiny spot. Excited to hear that they are expanding. Attentive and professional service and amazing dishes. Salmon and chicken Parm are both outstanding.

    ForcellaResponded on May 3, 2022Thank you

  36. NA

    NancyA

    London

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner. Small but nice menu. Service was excellent. Everything we had was delicious. Good portions. The only negative is no coffee or desert but well worth a visit.
  37. LS

    LarsS

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great Italian food - we had the gnocchi and the carbonara, both very good! Nice wine list and top notch service!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Had to send two items back: quail was over salted and duck was not rendered down enough. Service was ok. Definitely felt rushed. Unable to enjoy the dining experience. Great menu and beautiful restaurant. Pasta dishes were on point. Perfectly Al dente.
  39. D

    Daddy00

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Neighborhood Gem. My daughter, who lives in Boston, asked me to find an "authentic Italian Restaurant" in the North End for the family to go for dinner. After some research, came across Forcella - very cozy but easily accomodated our party of five, delish pasta, very affordable.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    super yummy and great decor! i recommend the bolognese!

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
  • 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 4.6 stars by 515 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

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This restaurant is currently not taking orders. Check back soon.

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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, Takeout, Wine

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