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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.
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Romaine, Oven Cured Tomato, Shaved Grana, White Anchovy, Olive Crostini
Cacio e Pepe
Black Pepper Tagliatelle, Grana
Risotto Al Pesto
Pan Roasted Scallops Over Risotto with Chef's Signature Pesto
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Sun 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Tue 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Wed - Thu 5:00PM - 7:00PM
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!
Nice outdoor seating area. Food was wonderful and our server was attentive and very nice. Enjoyable evening. Highly recommend.
Loved this restaurant so much! Amazing food, friendly service and beautiful outdoor patio. Will be going again.
Another wonderful dinner on the patio. Thank you
Excellent!! Lovely outside back patio seating. Shannon was wonderful and provided a beautiful table for us. Food was top notch!
Authentic Italian cuisine. The linguine pesto was terrific. Also the roast duck with faro. Lovely outdoor terrace.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Such pillow like meatballs and then finished with duck, simply beautiful!!!
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.
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.
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
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.
First time here and definitely not disappointed. The food was amazing, Christian was friendly and personable. We we be back soon.
Great food and wine!
Consistently great food and service! A favorite of ours!
Food was delicious. Gnocchi with braised rabbit was great. Salmon white wine was delicious. Veal Chop special was great.
We sat indoors - small but cozy space. Food was great. Service attentive and professional. Worth every cent.
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.
Our food was fabulous and made to order. Our server was attentive and professional
Wonderful outdoor eating area. Felt like we were transported back to Tuscany! Would definitely go again!
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.
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.
A hidden gem of the north end!
This place was so tasty! Staff was awesome, food was amazing and the wine was great! I will be back.
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.
Great food, even better service.
Everything was delicious we took our time the duck was outstanding
Loved this best kept secret in the North End! Excellent food and wonderful ambience. Stop next door to Ciao Bella for an Aperol Spritz before hand! A perfect evening in Boston.
Best birthday dinner!
Everything was great from the wine to the salads to the entree’s.
Tatiana went above and beyond to ensure I had a great birthday celebration…She is Awesome! We will be back soon! We are never disappointed with the food or the service…it is always very consistent and high quality! Keep up the great work!
Ideal Italian dinner dinning experience!
Great thru and thru!! Would recommend if want quiet low key spot wit bangin food
Forcella is a hidden gem in the North End. The menu is a bit limited, as compared with some other restaurants, but the food is always delicious. The service is consistently superb, especially Tatiana! This is my favorite restaurant because of the food, service and ambiance.
Delicious! Staff was so knowledgeable and the outdoor patio was so charming!
Good food lovely back patio. Nice wine list. Friendly service
They were not happy when my husband showed up without a mask, he had forgotten it in the car because we had such a difficult time trying to park because the North End was so crowded. They sat us in the corner right at the open window but then proceeded to seat a table of 4 people 2 feet away from us! We were both crunched in the corner where the window was. Social distancing is 6 feet, the inside of the restaurant was completely empty the whole time we were there. Everyone else was sitting out on the back patio and across the street. The menu was extremely limited. Unfortunately we will not return. It was our wedding anniversary and we were looking for a special night out, the food came out in 10 minutes we were basically done with the whole meal in 40 minutes.
Great service and delicious food. Very very good all around!
Forcella offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 936-4274.
Forcella is rated 4.7 stars by 402 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.