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Piccolo Nido

4.8
4.8
198 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Piccolo Nido in Boston is an Italian restaurant with a family atmosphere, owned and operated by chef Pino Irano from Napoli. Piccolo Nido’s dinner menu includes a daily soup option, as well as classic antipasto and pasta dishes. Enjoy an espresso or cappuccino with dessert, and enjoy getting to know Pino when he steps out of the kitchen to greet the patrons.

Entrees at Piccolo Nido include favorites such as spaghetti and gnocchi, but also has options for lovers of true Italian flavors, such as veal and trout. The fresh catch of the day is also available for the freshest seafood around, and diners can also enjoy tiramisu or a dessert of the day.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 742-4272

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    pino irano

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Cross street

    commercial st

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    aquarium...

  • Additional

    Beer, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 198 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Boston / New England

    Best Value

  • Boston / New England

    Italian

  • Boston

    Best Value

  • Boston

    Italian

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  1. O

    Oldgoat

    Naples

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love Piccolo Nido, having first gone there 19 years ago. Pino was an excellent host and chef. Food emphasizes quality over quantity and we left full and very satisfied. Staff was great and we had fun conversations.
  2. BW

    BarryW

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Not what we expected based on a recommendation. The chicken parm and a pasta dish were just ok and certainly not what we expected from an Italian run eatery in the North End. The service and ambiance were really nice. The meals weee overpriced like most are in Boston for what you get. Would not recommend.

    Piccolo NidoResponded 2 days agoVery surprised Mr Barry...chicken parm just ok?...my chicken parm..as all my dishes are made a la carte..fresh ..not recomnend my place?...no problem..been in business 29 years..and you can read my reviews...probably you had a unhappy day and take on me...complains need to be constructive....whish you all best anywhere you decide to dine...God bless you.. Pino Irano...owner

  3. TF

    TravelingFoodie

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A quiet off-the-path restaurant with a simplistic but appetizing menu. Between the eggplant + veal parmigiana dishes, antipasto, and bruschetta, we didn’t leave hungry. Maybe we ordered what is considered no-frills dishes, but I felt they just needed ‘something’ extra to wow me. They were all fresh and delicious. I wish I took pics. It just looked a little plain. The owner/chef came out to greet us and see how we are doing, which was a very nice touch. Great price and service. I’d go back.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well prepared, fresh food, great service
  5. t

    tb42

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this gem of a restaurant in the North End. It is off the main drag of Hanover St on a quiet street. It is a small restaurant and the wait staff is very attentive. The pasta is made fresh. The ambience is very nice and relaxing. You will not be rushed. This is our 2nd time there and we will be back.
  6. C

    Chaps8

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a warm greeting, always an excellent meal, which makes for an enjoyable time with friends! Pic is a great fellow and host - a real star!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome restaurant with top notch food and spectacular service… Everything was outstanding… Two big thumbs up…!
  8. C

    Cmole

    Austin

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! Best meal and service!
  9. GP

    GeorgeP

    New England

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner with good friends. Great personal service.
  10. CT

    CarolineT

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Piccolo Nido is our favorite North End spot! It is so warm, welcoming, and inviting. My husband and I recently had an early dinner there with our nine month old son and we were welcomed with open arms… (sometimes that’s not the case when we enter a restaurant with our baby). The owner, Pino, is so kind and gets to know his customers as he waits on them and is happy to have his wonderful chefs make something that is not on the menu as long as they have the ingredients. I cannot say enough about this little hidden gem in the North End. We will certainly be back very soon! My favorite eggplant parm of all time!!!
  11. AP

    AmyP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The owner/patron was beyond welcoming and so was his staff. Lovely.
  12. KE

    KathyE

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating several events with family. The food was excellent, the owner was friendly and attentive, and the atmosphere was quiet and relaxed. We were able to sit and talk between each course without being rushed into the next course. It was an amazing dining experience! We look forward to another visit! Thank you, Pino!

    Piccolo NidoResponded on June 26, 2022you welkome

  13. G

    Good

    New England

    131 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is slowly becoming my favorite. Food is excellent. Environment is very welcoming. I really enjoy it and recommend it highly. Good food prepared perfectly. Simple dishes with fresh ingredients. The owner is always visible, engaging and paying attention to details.
  14. SC

    StephenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This hidden gem will not disappoint! Exceptional food and beyond personal service and attention. My go-to for friends and family.
  15. BF

    BrianF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was delicious and the owner was super friendly. Some of the best Italian we have had in a long time. My daughter loved the spaghetti Chitarra. My dad and I ordered the veal Marsala special - off the charts good. A great meal and a really enjoyable experience all around!
  16. LA

    LangdonA

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been dining at Piccolo Nido for many years when we decide to head to Boston's North End. We've always had wonderful food and, best of all, it's not crammed with tourists like many restaurants on Hanover Street. The owner and our host, Pino, is always gracious and welcoming with a nice dose of humor. Piccolo Nido continues to be our favorite!
  17. SF

    SteveF

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is a hidden gem in the North End. Pino makes you feel at home and prepares some of the best from scratch food ever. Just ask and he will try to satisfy.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Always a great experience with deliciously prepared Italian meals. Our favorite restaurant in the North End.
  19. JB

    JoshuaB

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Piccolo Nido is always a favorite spot of mine in the North End. Great food and friendly service.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Pino, the owner, makes sure everyone who comes here feels welcome and leaves full and happy. Can’t wait to come back!
  21. G

    Good

    New England

    131 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time we go to this restaurant we enjoy it more and and more. We had the trout special and gnocchi Absolutely perfect. The right amount of food. Cooked perfectly. Bravo
  22. E

    Edward

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A purposefully small authentic Italian dining experience in the North End of Boston, serving fresh dishes that never disappoint the pallet. You are never rushed and each item on the menu is worth the time. Great vino, excellent menu selections, attentive owner and staff, next thing you know, you’ve just spent 2-3 hours that you will cherish.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent authentic Northern Italy food. Not at all heavy with the delicate savory seasonings. The tiramisu was the best I have ever eaten. The service was definitely above par. Such great engaging friendly owner who made us all feel like family. Can’t wait to return.
  24. CD

    CDMatthew

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This has become a favorite, regular visit of mine in the North End. Pino, the owner, is friendly and charming, and takes pride in his food and service. It’s small, intimate, homey, and the food is always fresh and well prepared. Everything I’ve had at Piccolo Nido has been excellent…not as “fancy” or adventurous in its cuisine, but solid, well crafted Italian dishes. (Don’t hesitate to ask to see the kitchen!)
  25. m

    markt

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So wonderful! The atmosphere was outstanding and food was maybe the best Italian ever (and I’m Italian and grew eating it and actually took cooking classes in Florence). The staff was so lovely- it was like I was invited to dinner with a big Italian family. Cannot say enough good things!
  26. KF

    KarenF

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always delicious and consistent every time. Great selection of wine. Piccolo Nido made my best friends birthday very special, thank you!
  27. JS

    JefferyS

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience all the way through. Restaurant accommodated a fairly new born with carrier, staff and owner were awesome! Food, incredible. Not a huge menu, but we all decided it was refreshing to have less choices but superb quality. Pricing was perfect, not cheap by any means, but we feel the meal and service was well worth the price!
  28. z

    zeusie

    New England

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I am always looking for (and rarely successful in finding) a quiet place for dinner in Boston - where you can enjoy the meal and actually talk to (and not over) those around you. Good food is a must, of course. And Piccolo is that spot for sure. The menu and wine list are limited, the preparations are straightforward (and authentic) and both work just fine. The owner/host - a 30 year veteran of this spot - is delightful and will customize to please within what's available - it's obviously a scratch kitchen (or at least puts on a great act in that regard). So if it's the experience of being with people you love and lingering in conversation you enjoy and can hear, enjoying a very decent bottle of wine for a fair price, while having a well prepared and well served meal, this is the place. We will be back for exactly that experience.
  29. CV

    CVH1

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We've been here many times. It is pretty much the same experience every time. The food is excellent. The décor is dated and the staff is adequate, empowered but not thoughtful. The owner, Pino, is often seen sitting with what appear to be old friends who get the prime service. I appreciate that it is his place and if that is how he wants to be he deserves it. The food is what makes it a place to return to again and again.

    Piccolo NidoResponded on March 21, 2022love to seat with you..next time tell me..and i will tell you funny sories..looking forward to meet you

  30. M

    Mpk52

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed every minute of our dinner at Piccolo Nido. The food and service were great!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always fabulous and consistent. We enjoy the vibe and coziness. Pino is great and treats you like family.
  32. TC

    ToddC

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was so amazing I forgot to take pictures. Best restaurant in the Nortb End of Boston!
  33. R

    Riccardo

    New England

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went when they first opened on MLK Jr Day and had the whole place to ourselves. We were checked for our vaccination cards and seated by the window. It turned out to be a mild night and the rain had stopped. We had a great meal capped with espresso, tiramisu & a sip of limoncello. Excellent place to go out to eat.
  34. J

    John

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Always feel part of the family. Excellent food. Recommend highly. I've eaten in just about every restaurant in the norh end...this us the best
  35. SA

    SAS2

    New England

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our foursome enjoyed well prepared meals and an outstanding antipasto on Saturday evening. Our server was friendly, attentive, and professional. This is a pleasant place to eat and converse and is within walking distance to the TD Garden. We'll be back.
  36. BK

    BethK

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quaint and quiet , excellent service, delicious meal!
  37. KA

    KAJ44

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have been coming to the north end for 30 plus years. First time we made it here. This is a hidden gem. The veal valdastano was fantastic. The amatriciano was very good. The minestrone soup was bland- average at best. Stay away from that and you will do well. It was about 76 bucks with no wine. The service was prompt. We did have a big mouth blowhard behind us. He was positive everyone in the restaurant should hear every word he said.
  38. N

    Newenglander

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Tiramisu is to die for!
  39. G

    Good

    New England

    131 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A local gem. The sauces and pasta dishes are cooked perfectly. Osso buco fell off the bone. Absolutely delicious.
  40. n

    northender

    New England

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always fabulous, the service is always professional and never rushed, and the atmosphere is always comfortable.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

Piccolo Nido is rated 4.8 stars by 198 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Piccolo Nido

257 North St, Boston, MA 02113

Additional information

  • Cross street

    commercial st

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    aquarium...

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    pino irano

  • Additional

    Beer, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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