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Forcella

4.8
435 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 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

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Sun 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Tue 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Wed - Sat 5:00PM - 7:00PM

What 435 people are saying
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vipGeorgetteJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable even with the cold weather 4 degrees
Service was very knowledgeable & friendly

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FrancescoD
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Best of the Best! I cannot wait to go back!!! Everything we tried was remarkable!

RS
RalphS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excelent food! One step above other area restaurants.

KT
KarenT
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in the north end!! Had a wonderful New Years Eve dinner !

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vipBostonfoodie
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT WHEN WE VISIT BOSTON. IT’S ALWAYS ON OUR LIST OF MUST VISIT PLACES.

LH
vipLauraH
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Forcella was absolutely fantastic. The food, wine, atmosphere, music and, above all else, the service was excellent. Can’t recommend the Gnocchi al Coniglio enough! We will definitely be coming back and recommending to our friends and family.

JC
JosephC
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice, intimate restaurant with excellent t food and service.

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vipDvrdiner
New England
32 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar food, excellent service, and intimate romantic atmosphere. Perfect for date night!

EB
EricB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, authentic Italian meal.

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RobertB
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! We enjoyed the Burrata, the side of mushrooms, and the Gnocchi with rabbit. Friendly staff, too.

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ZoherG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was phenomenal. Our server was very helpful in picking out a bottle of wine to go with our meals. All the food came out in a timely manner. Will definitely be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Cool environment. Small and cozy.

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LizC
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The carbonara was not to my taste. Very heavy. My husband had the Rigatoni alle Melenzane and also was not satisfied. Burrata appetizer (Roasted Delicata Squash, Spiced Cranberries, Pepita Brittle, and Truffle butternut Squash Puree) was very good.

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Torment55
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Put Forcella on your list. The entrees we had were delicious (short ribs braised and the bolognese). Small and quaint restaurant. Highly suggest reservations.

JB
JeffB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new place for us! Everything was delicious!

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Melanie
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service.
Friendly staff !

TB
TinaB
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was delicious and perfectly prepared. Waitstaff was friendly and helpful. The room was comfortable and not over crowded.

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skdmuwnn
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good food. A bit noisy. Service was good but not exceptional. Overall a great meal and good experience, but a bit pricey for what you get.

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ForcellaNov21
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very nice and intimate restaurant with a good menu and excellent food.
However:
some of the tables are near the door, and each time it opens in the winter a cold draft can be felt, and
the restaurant does not serve coffee or desert after the meal - eliminating the ability to have a relaxed post meal conversation.

JK
JenniferK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and service. Great accommodating early arrival. Was just disappointed that no dessert menu was available. Overall great place though and would highly recommend. Thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forcella went above and behind for our engagement, amazing food & wine recommendations and truly made our night so special. The meals were delicious and the music was perfect!

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HelenS
New England
29 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice decor, gracious staff, and all dishes tasty. Some were a little salty but otherwise excellent. Octopus appetizer was amazing and the best.

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chriss
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service. Selections were good. Only issue is pricing on menu different that what was charged

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vipFoody
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday- great fun and wonderful service

TG
vipTaylorG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Loved our server.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were so kind!

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Harrison
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, quiet, tucked away from the Main Street. Will come back in the summer for the secluded patio seating.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service for a great price. Clean quiet quaint spot. Great for a date night.

CS
vipChristopherS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Matt, was terrific.

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Darramont
New England
23 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A full body short rigatoni meets well spiced sausage and melts at first bite.
Nice staff, intimate atmosphere. Very good wine.

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LaurenceG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice little place in the North End of Boston. Excellent Italian food in a cozy casual environment where you are welcomed with friendly service and made to feel at home. The pastas are delicious and the specials as well. Recommend highly.

JD
vipJamesD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite places . Best Cacio e Pepe I've ever had. My husband had Rigatoni with sausage . Was delicious ! Our waiter was wonderful ! The staff was welcoming and pleasant. Service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming here! It’s a nice combination of good food, nice people, calm lighting and good music. My favorite is the Carbonara, I get it every time I come here. I also get mushrooms and Brussel sprouts on the side. Very cozy and clean place. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outdoor seating area. Food was wonderful and our server was attentive and very nice. Enjoyable evening. Highly recommend.

JK
JulieK
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant so much! Amazing food, friendly service and beautiful outdoor patio. Will be going again.

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vipDavid
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful dinner on the patio. Thank you

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!! Lovely outside back patio seating. Shannon was wonderful and provided a beautiful table for us. Food was top notch!

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LyndaN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian cuisine. The linguine pesto was terrific. Also the roast duck with faro. Lovely outdoor terrace.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a hidden gem! Everything was fabulous…just as a heads up, they don’t offer dessert or coffee, but with enough pastry shops to accommodate an after dinner treat, this can easily be overlooked.

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vipTiffany
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the meatballs, carbonara, cacio e pepe, the duck and the chicken parm and everything was absolutely delicious. It’s probably now one of my favorite places in the north end.

FAQs

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

Forcella is rated 4.8 stars by 435 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.