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Forcella

4.7
340 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

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Sun 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Tue - Thu 5:00PM - 10:00PM

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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect night out with friends visiting. Amazing food - fresh pasta, duck was delicious, attentive service with wine pairing recommendations, gorgeous lit outdoor patio hidden. A favorite!

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KarmaK
New England
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The seating and outdoor ambience was very comfortable and quiet. We enjoyed the food we had, with the exception of being disappointed in the Caesar salad. Expect to have more anchovies and more upscale lettuces. We had the special which was lobster risotto and we had rabbit gnocchi.

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vipRicky
New England
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat in the back patio Which was a gem of a find. Very spacious, well spaced out tables but with a lot of energy on a Saturday night. Went there for a wedding anniversary. Great food, good wine list.

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vipAnnaD
New England
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, excellent service and I loved the outdoor patio. All around enjoyable evening. I will be back!

EC
vipElCrispador
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful romantic setting on the back patio is a great little gem. Food was on point and only questionable element was the check brought rather abruptly after the mains sans any offer for desert. We were polite and had friendly rapport throughout. Maybe she had somewhere to be. No worries as we just walked over to Mike’s Pastry for bomb cannoli. Great dinner overall

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vipSteveN
New England
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Menu is fantastic. Wide variety of items and for the most part everything was well prepared. Wine list is on the small side, but quite good. Relative to other spots in the North End, the menu is fairly pricey. Some posters may complain about lack of coffee/desert, but many restaurants in this neighborhood forgo these to encourage people to wander to cafes in the neighborhood instead (and there are plenty). If dining outdoors, ask to be seated in the back courtyard. Wasn't aware of that at this spot and it's got a decent amount of charm. Overall, enjoyed it and would return.

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AaronL
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just spectacular food. We ordered the gnocchi with rabbit, braised lamb Genovese and the linguine with clam sauce. One the best Italian meals we’ve ever eaten.

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RobM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and the ambiance was excellent. The back patio is surrounded by multi-story buildings and is very cool, but that also makes it a little loud. Service and food were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

They asked us to put our full order in at once - which is fine but kind of goes against the vibe you want on a Friday evening in the north end. They also don’t have desert or coffee? Weird for the north end.

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ClaudiaN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were greeted promptly and taken to outdoor table. Service was very good and my duck was memorable. We will definitely when we are in Boston again.

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vipMs2507
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great place an hidden gem in the hearth of the north end

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I lived in the North End for 10 years, and very much wish Forcella had been around then. The service is excellent. The food is elevated and perfectly prepared. The ambiance and large rear patio create an exclusive outdoor atmosphere away from the throngs of people and traffic on Hanover street. One of the neighborhood’s and city’s best.

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vipDavid
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the risotto specials. And everything else on the menu.

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Eater21
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Forcella is a nice North End neighborhood restaurant. The food and wine selections are good. Unfortunately, they don’t serve desserts. Grab some nearby. It’s the North End. Also, try to not book on a weekend or at night. Parking is limited. But, I’d go back especially for the risotto next time. Enjoy!

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MariaS
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Lovely place, can't wait to try outdoor patio.

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Tara
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was phenomenal! The rabbit gnocchi, the carbonara, the risotto di giorno was delicious. We had the meatballs, the house salad and the octopus!

JD
vipJDbos
New England
19 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forcella doesn't disappoint. The patio is beautiful and the food is solid.

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vipMyraK
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a birthday dinner and it was wonderful. Both food and service were great. They have the very best pasta red sauce I’ve ever had in a restaurant. 5 star Yum!

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vipTimG
New England
29 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Food was fabulous!! Service great too

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!! My girlfriend and I went here for the first time and can not wait to return. The staff was very welcoming and provided great service.
We started with the octopus and the meatballs. The tomato sauce for the octopus was quite flavorful and complemented the rest of the dish well. The meatballs, which are the chef’s grandmothers recipe, were delicious and an absolute must have when you go there. We then had the carbonara and rabbit gnocchi, both of which stood out to us. The carbonara had just the right amount of pepper in the pasta itself and the guanciale was cooked perfectly. As for the gnocchi, I would buy that sauce by the quart if they sold it and put a straw in to drink it.
The next time that I have a craving for quality Italian food, I will return to Forcella!

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MROBXA1
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Indoor dining looked cramped with diners elbow to elbow, so we sat in an outdoor patio in front that was extremely pleasant, well spaced out, view of the city and North End. Salad was quite ordinary but duck entree was excellent. But service was unsmiling and unfriendly, and the overall goal seems to be to get you in and out in about an hour to turn the table over as quickly as possible. No drinks before dinner, no coffee or dessert option after dinner. As soon as you finish your entree the check is there and you’re out. Two courses and we were out in 60 minutes. So for a quick, very good meal, an excellent choice. But don’t plan on making an evening of it.

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vipTimothyS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good place. The staff forgot about us and we waited for about 20-30 min while they served people who came in after later than our party. However once they figured out that we had been neglected the service was good. Would definitely go back.

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vipLilP
New England
24 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice experience, great food, service was good too! No dessert or coffees but we wandered elsewhere for that and it was fun!

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Yankee
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

TripAdvisor reviews are most helpful and I use them quite often with very rare disappointments in my selections. Last night, however, was one of them dining at Forcella. We had a courtyard reservation but it was 54 degrees, windy and light rain. The night before Boston had record breaking wind and 3” of rain, with a a 40 degree drop in temperature. We Asked for indoor seating, and were brusquely told, “…nothing available”. No mention of a possible later time indoor seating, simply “no”. We Went to the courtyard and asked for one of the gas heaters to be lit. “We can’t.” I asked why and was told they had no propane?! On all of their heaters! Every other restaurant we walked by that evening, had them wonderfully lit. The Forcella courtyard is shared by an adjacent restaurant. There was a party of six seated next us and they were quite raucous and rude. We discretely asked our server if the other diners could be asked to temper their loudness. We were told they were diners from the adjacent restaurant and they could not say anything to them ? Dinner…caprese salad was mediocre with the smallest mozzarella portion I have ever had. A Meatball side order was rather tasteless, at best. Other Menu items? There was No lasagna, no ravioli, no veal and only 1 or 2 pasta selections. 1 Seafood selection…in Boston? Wine? We asked for Chianti, please. There was None on the menu. All in all, a very disappointing experience. In a highly rated Italian restaurant, I would need to hear some very compelling reason for me to return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down best Italian in the north end! I can’t wait to go again. Service is also incredible.

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FoodieForReal
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

3/4 dishes were fantastic! The risotto of the day, however, was in a pool of liquid and missing the cheese! I didn’t feel comfortable sending it back because already the chef said we couldn’t order appetizers while we waited for our late guests to arrive. The chairs are uncomfortable and the noise level was crazy, but we’d try it again outside. They were super understanding about our late guests and brought yummy bread while we waited.

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TimT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, cool spot, great atmosphere. Staff was kind and courteous. Food was reasonably priced in my opinion

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weird they don’t have desert but food was so good

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Lisab
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful patio courtyard dining in the north end. Great food and service. Forcella a gem!

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NinaG
New England
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Will not be returning to Forcella. Expansive, extremely small portions.

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vipDTng
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Party of six we all loved our meals! We had steak special, duck, lamb, linguine pesto (2), and rigatoni americano.
Everything was delicious. Great service loved the back patio…
we will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was spot on- the best we’ve experienced in awhile. Kudos to them considering we’re in the new Post pandemic world.

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vipJimL
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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vipDavid
Phoenix
55 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was terrific. Atmosphere and locations closest thing to being in Italy.

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BCTom
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our first post-COVID outing and it was wonderful. The back patio was delightful and the food was delicious. I would highly recommend the seared sea scallops on pesto risotto.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great, waited for a while to get our check after having our plates cleared but was otherwise lovely!

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RC1956
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a great outdoor seating area tucked behind the building, next door to Paul Revere’s house. The area is beautiful and the staff was extra helpful in choosing a wine. Our server brought out three different ones for us to try. We had the Salmon and the chicken dish, I don’t remember the names, but the food was excellent. I will definitely recommend Forcella to friends and family.

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HKPK
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in the NorthEnd. Highly recommend

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vipannesandalgotodinner
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very tasty great outdoor dining. Loved the pasta with sauce and speck

FAQs

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

Forcella is rated 4.7 stars by 340 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.