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Forcella

4.7
413 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 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Wed - Thu 5:00PM - 7:00PM

What 413 people are saying
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chriss
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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

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

Great experience. Loved our server.

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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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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
2 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.

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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

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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
11 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.

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Rbdigi
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The spacious interior courtyard was a wonderful setting for outdoor socially distanced dining. The website clearly explains their COVID protocol for customers and staff. The food was excellent and the wait staff (Tatiana) took the time to really understand dietary restrictions. We had a great meal. Will definitely go back.

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vipDTng
New England
19 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic al fresco dinner! We were seated in the back courtyard and felt like we were transported to Italy. The service was great and all of our meals were delicious. I had the salmon- cooked to perfection over fresh selection of vegetables and a grain. The veal chop was also amazing. We will back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such pillow like meatballs and then finished with duck, simply beautiful!!!

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vipDavide
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another lovely evening dining outdoors on the back courtyard of Forcella, nicest ambiance in the North End. This time I brought a friend of mine from California who was heading to Spain. Service was exceptional from the engaging and friendly Ryan. Ask for him! Loved the charcuterie appetizer and the 2 risottos: the night’s special with large shrimp and the pesto with Cape Cod scallops. I’ll be back with other friends, or just myself! Highly recommended.

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vipCasy
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forcella is a very quaint, intimate and authentic Italian restaurant. Our food was amazing and our waiter brought his recommended wines which were also very good.

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viptuniesdine
New England
40 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal in the lovely outdoor courtyard. Really good service attentive and very efficient. We had risotto - which was really one of the best I have ever eaten- my son had the lamb pasta which he loved!
We will be back.
Thank you all

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vipmimi
New England
36 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another lovely dinner at Forcella in their very pleasant interior courtyard. The wait staff are impeccable.. invisible until you want them, helpful, offered excellent information about food and the wine. The mushroom risotto was particularly good.

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AndreaD
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and definitely not disappointed. The food was amazing, Christian was friendly and personable. We we be back soon.

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vipLovefood
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine!

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vipBostonfoodie
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food and service! A favorite of ours!

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vipRistoranteUomo
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Gnocchi with braised rabbit was great. Salmon white wine was delicious. Veal Chop special was great.

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vipSean
Anchorage
20 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat indoors - small but cozy space. Food was great. Service attentive and professional. Worth every cent.

MP
MichelleP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We must have been there at an off time because it was very quiet and in this neighborhood that's hard to find. The staff was professional and smart and very good at their jobs. The food was delicious. I definitely recommend.

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vipDonnaC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was fabulous and made to order. Our server was attentive and professional

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Shannon
New England
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor eating area. Felt like we were transported back to Tuscany! Would definitely go again!

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vipCritic
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!!

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vipAnonymous
New England
235 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forcella is one of my favorites, and I have recommended it to several friends who’ve enjoyed it as well. The food is fantastic! The wine list is very well-curated and one of my favorites in Boston. Bottles aren’t overpriced, either. The staff are wonderful, and our server somehow managed to be super attentive while managing the insanity of two huge parties (a graduation and a wedding) on a busy Saturday night. The patio is gorgeous, and secluded away from street traffic (no Hanover street exhaust fumes!). It’s not too crowded; tables aren’t smushed together as is common these days. It’s perfect for a relaxed dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The octopus was over cooked and under seasoned. The pasta with rabe was bitter and inedible. The crispy duck was not crispy but ragout was tasty.

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

A hidden gem of the north end!

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

This place was so tasty! Staff was awesome, food was amazing and the wine was great! I will be back.

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LizN
New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful little square . So atmosphere before entering is lovely , inside it’s totally charming. Hostess and all staff friendly and helpful .
Wine list is superb and well priced. The black pepper pasta was delicious . Not a fan of the Caesar salad . Loved the white anchovies but I’m too traditional and didn’t care for the balsamic vinaigrette. Gave it a sweet taste . But that’s just my taste.
We had the salmon and the duck . Both nicely plated.

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vipLVNFood
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, even better service.

FAQs

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

Forcella is rated 4.7 stars by 413 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.