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Forcella

4.8
305 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

What 305 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BCTom
New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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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RC1956
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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
9 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

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PaulB
New England
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good. Recommend it. Matt was great. Need to improve the walkway to the back.

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vipDinnerOut
New England
13 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, as we have come to expect. The back patio is lovely and the staff friendly and knowledgeable.

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vipcfh1
New England
25 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Dishes from all over Italy, perfectly executed.
Ample portions, interesting wine list, friendly service.

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RebeccaO
New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!! They don’t have a full bar, just beer and wine.

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Henry
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The food was not bad, but our experience with our waiter was bristly/uncomfortable.

We were unfamiliar with the wines on the menu, and our request for a recommendation was met with an odd irritability/impatience. I’ve made similar asks at other restaurants (I’m not terribly knowledgeable about wine), but have never been made to feel like my questions were stupid, or that they were a waste of time.

I’m not sure whether our waiter was unfamiliar with the wine list himself, or has just had too many painful experiences with uninformed diners (like myself) in the past. In any case, his responses and his tone were unacceptably inhospitable in my opinion.

We ordered the Meatballs alla Parmigiana, the Rigatoni all’ Amatriciana, and the Spaghetti alla Carbonara. Overall, unimpressed given the price, and a bit disappointed that they did not offer coffee or dessert.

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TomD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and food. Portion sizes are modest, esp relative to price.

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vipAndy
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner with friends in a beautiful outside Italian "piazza" setting. Food was delicious, wine was perfectly chilled, service was good too. We are planning our next dinner at Forcella!

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vipKennedy
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in the north end. Outdoor seating on back patio is to die for.

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vipFishman
New England
26 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The best dining courtyard in Boston!

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Verypleasedallaround
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food was below average for the north end. Bread is served cold. Portions are small. No coffee.

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DavidD
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best in the North End and one of my favorites anywhere. Food is amazing and if you're dairy intolerant like me, you'll make Forcella a regular go to spot. Tons of dairy free options and they'll modify any dishes that do have dairy by taking it out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, our favorite restaurant in the North End and we’ve been living in Boston for over 30 years

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Went here for Mother’s Day, the food portions are so small we all left hungry and ended up getting more food elsewhere. The food also takes a while to cook. Small menu. The outside courtyard was nice and the waitress was also very nice! Probably won’t go back because of portions and limited menu.

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vipRestaurantfan
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a lovely dinner on the patio. Food was excellent!

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vipdiane
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I only wish they had coffee to end the mesl

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vipDiningDuringCovid
New England
97 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Forcella's Patio is a wonderful surprise. One feels like you are sitting in Italy enjoying a wonderful meal outdoors in the summer. The service is warm and pleasant. The food is good but not outstanding. There is no dessert of coffee yet - but there are plenty of options for dessert in the North End.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Extremely pleasant! Would go back in a heartbeat!

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vipAnonymous
New England
212 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forcella is one of the best spots in the North End for food, and the back patio is the very best. This isn’t one of those unfortunate NE places that serves a pound of pasta swimming in red sauce; this is the real deal. We enjoyed lamb over paccheri with herbs and white wine sauce, duck with fantastic farro (Chef, please keep that on the menu forever!), and a great steak with polenta. The wine selection is well curated with varietals you don’t see everywhere (pours are a bit skimpy, however). Service is always really great, too. Book ahead—reservations get taken quickly (secret’s out: Forcella rocks).

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Forcella. The food is delicious and definitely a step above the ubiquitous Italian food of the North End. The wine list is good, and given the quality of the food, reasonably priced. As an FYI, they don’t offer desert. We ate in the patio and felt as if we were in Italy.

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vipTara
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful to be out dining after almost a year. Forcello did not disappoint. With a sweet patio and great food, it was a perfect evening all around.

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JoeW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this place! EXCELLENT food, informed and friendly service, and a lovely patio out back. I will be back again very soon for that DUCK!

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vipCoffeLover
New England
44 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was great and the waitress was very attentive to all aspects of the dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience2

Seating was very cramped. Large part of me liking this restaurant was the lack of indoor seating (although I understand they need to make up got lost revenue during the pandemic, so not necessarily their fault)

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vipAnna
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints! The service is fantastic and the food is even better. Perfect for a date night or night out with friends. This evening we had the octopus and Cesar salad to start, both AMAZING. For dinner I had the Risotto del Giorno which was exceptional as usual. If you're looking for for a cozy spot, with delicious food, great wine, and friendly service..this is your spot.

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JohnW
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great choice and everyone in our party of 4 enjoyed the food and wine parings.

My only complaint is with the OpenTable app. The link to the address indicated that the restaurant was in the wrong part of the city. We all know old cities like Boston with street names instead of numbers often have duplicate street addresses that are miles apart. Luckily we typed in the address in google maps and found the correct location. It's hard to imagine that no one has brought this up before. But if not, please note: Forcella is at 31 North Square in Boston's North End district. This is not to be confused with the same address in Boston's Charlestown district.

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vipLisa
New England
20 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third time back to Forcella and it was just as good a the other two times. Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

May be the best meal my wife and I had in the North End in years.

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vipMaggieL
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best carbonara in the North End!

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AndrewC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Amazing! Favorite place!

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ofd225
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've only dined out a couple of times (recently) during the COVID pandemic. Forcella was the perfect experience for us. The restaurant is charming and the waitstaff is both friendly and attentive. We felt "safe" there as all went to great lengths to ensure areas were sanitized and maintained social distancing for their patrons with clear partitions installed between tables. Our waitress was Tatiana and we felt as though we scored big! She is a dream, and made our experience that much better. We cannot wait for our next visit as we'd like to see her again. The food was scrumptious, too. We started with the house salad, which was unique (e.g., it was dressed with a blueberry vinaigrette) and very tasty. My husband ordered the salmon dish while I chose the chef's special... a delicious 'chicken piccata' style risotto. The chicken was cooked to perfection, and well, they had me a capers. Great choice of wines, too, which is important to me. I prefer Italy wines in general. As I recall, we ordered the Falanghina from the Campania region of Italy--delicious and highly recommended! Everything about our experience was perfect and we cannot wait for our second visit and many more to come once we're able to get a handle on COVID. (Our only regret is not visiting this restaurant sooner!) Look forward to seeing Tatiana again soon as she is just lovely through and through!

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StephenF
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our outdoor meal this past Saturday at Forcella. Loved the ambience, as the outdoor seating was in a private area where there are no cars or people walking by. Service was great and appreciated the recommendations for which wine to order. Food was great too!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt so safe and welcome here. We ate outdoors and bundled up. Thank you to the kindest staff who are very accommodating. The food is amazing - and Chef even made a special dish - for a gluten allergy. We will be back!

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vipKennethL
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner!! The grilled octopus was out of this world. The Cacio e Pepe was as good as any I have had in Italy. And the grilled salmon was perfect. I will definitely return

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of the best in the North End. Great food and friendly staff!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere.

FAQs

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

Forcella is rated 4.8 stars by 305 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.