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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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Homemade ravioli filled with porcini mushrooms and sauteed in a light cream sauce with cheese, thyme and shallots.
Tiramisu e Dolce del Giorno
The lightest Tiramisu or dessert of the day.
Homemade gnocchi in a light tomato sauce with basil and mozzarella cheese.
Amazing spot off the beaten path of the North End. We choose based on reviews then saw they were across the street from and Italian social club and figured this is were big Eddie or Antonio would eat.
Amazing fresh fish as well as the seafood and pasta combo we were blown away with the ambiance, food and service.
Thanks for a great experience from some out of towners form CA
I’ve been at that restaurant many times.
The owner is a nice
I had the most delicious mushroom ravioli made from homemade pasta!
Picolo Nido has outdoor dining, complete with white linen tablecloths and fantastic service! The calamari was better than ever and the seafood linguine was fantastic (I got the white sauce). My friends raves about the chicken with artichoke and red peppers. We finished with a wonderful tiramisu (and an eggplant parmigiana to go). The street is relatively quiet with very little traffic so it is a nice quiet and relaxed atmosphere.
A delightful evening. So nice to dine in a small authentically Italian restaurant where you can have conversation without shouting!
Pasta was amazing. Will be back soon.
Excellent personal service.
Another amazing experience at Piccolo Nido! Food was delicious, service was spot on! Pino made our night even more special with attention to every detail! Thank you for making our night so wonderful! Can't wait for our next visit!
Best Tiramisu I’ve ever had! Light and full of subtle flavors. Delicious!!!
I believe this to be one of the nicest places in the North End. Four of us try a different restaurant in the North End every month. None of us could remember being at Piccolo Nido before but once we got there we remembered it was one of the first we went to years ago. We should have come back sooner! My friend had his heart set on a particular dish that was not on the menu. The owner worked what he called "a miracle" and gave him exactly what he wanted. Pretty cool. Everything was delicious. We will definitely remember this place and will be back soon.
Always delicious! Pino is a great host.
New Year’s Eve. Great food, wonderful music, lots of fun!
We attended Pino’s New Years Eve Party, and it was a blast! And the food was fabulous as always!
Love this spot - a block off the main strip in the North end but don’t let that deter you from going. Food is fresh and delicious served by a warm and friendly staff. Pino is a wonderful host!
Very graciously received although our on-line reservation had not been received. Were so very lucky to visit on a night when Eggplant Parmigiano was offered! Hosted a very dear friend from out west, who loved this experience of our North End.
Great local place with the same owner for the past 26 years!
Great food, refreshingly quiet ambiance compared to many other tourist-filled spots in the neighborhood. Perfect portions and A+ dessert!
We live within walking distance of the North End and have been to many restaurants in the neighborhood, but this was our first visit to Piccolo Nido. It certainly won't be our last! The setting has plenty of North End charm, but it is refreshingly removed from the crowds on Hanover Street. We shared the Porcini Ravioli to start, and then had the haddock (catch of the day) in a lemon/white wine sauce, and the Veal Valdostana. The porcini ravioli was absolutely delicious (our favorite), but the fish and veal were excellent as well. The atmosphere was just right, and the acoustics of the room were such that it was possible to have an ordinary conversation without shouting. Highly recommended, especially if you want to be able to enjoy a quiet dinner for a date or special occasion. Looking forward to our next visit.
9/27/19, I had dinner there with my wife and cousin’s in from CA.
Nice quiet restaurant in North End, the Owner /Pino was very gracious and friendly. Our waiter- Michele ( Pronounced- Mik-Kay -Ley) was friendly and attentive.
Dinner was good (basis italian meals ) and Eggplant Parm was fantastic (recommend) !
A good value for your money.
Very quiet setting.
Came into town before leaving on a cruise and was looking for good food in a quieter setting as one of our party members is hard of hearing. The food was fabulous, the owner/chef charming, and we could actually have a discussion. Will absolutely go back the next time we're in town. Thanks so much for a wonderful evening.
Piccolo Nido.. the little nest.. was fantastic. Great service including a visit from the gregarious Chef Pina. Veal pizzaola, veal marsala, farfalle with mushrooms and a linguine with scallops, shrimp, clams were all delicious. Skip the crowds on Hanover and enjoy an authentic Italian meal.
This restaurant is a must everytime we are in Boston. Pino is a gracious host, and the food is always superb.
Best restaurant in the North End. Great food and great service.
A meal at Piccolo Nido is always fabulous ~ delicious food, friendly service, and welcoming ambience. The chef is wonderful, and if you manage to visit when eggplant parm is a special, order immediately before it runs out!
Love, love, Love Piccolo Nido! The owner,Pino, is the icing on
the cake of an all around delicious meal!
Always my favorite North End restaurant and has been for many years. Food is consistently excellent. Not an extensive menu but a nice mix of dishes. You can tell when the owner is there every night insuring everything is as it should be! Pino is the best.
The owner is a wonderful storyteller and host. There best of Boston’s North End
Nice staff. Very average Italian food. Much better places in north end.
With 85 degrees outside the airconditioning was not working, leaving us with an uncomfortable experience. The food is authentic and good.
Piccolo Nido is a neighborhood gem in the North End. This is a perfect spot for a quiet dinner with good Italian food. Most of their pasta is homemade and both the Regina pasta dish and the spaghetti were very good. We appreciated that they provided freshly grated parmesan for us to add on our own and left it at the table. The service was attentive but never intrusive. And we were able to have a nice conversation since the place has good acoustics and isn't noisy (sometimes difficult to find in Boston.) Great place for a date.
Pino the owner was an excellent host. He shared his World Series ring with us for a photo. As a true baseball fan I really appreciated this. I recommend this place highly.
Very good food, great service, limited drinks to beer and wine.
This was dinner of old friends touching base. We like quiet atmosphere and good food. That’s exactly what we got at this restaurant!
We’ll be back!
We came to celebrate a graduation and our party was large—11 people. They handled our group well— food arrived at the same time; the ambiance was great, and while the restaurant was fairly busy, it was not noisy. I highly recommend.
This is the place for personal service and perfectly prepared meals. I will be coming back to Piccolo Nido over and over again. The calamari, haddock and veal dishes were outstanding! Thank you for the perfect dinning experience with friends and coworkers.
Food was good. Service was adequate. Small restaurant so noise level was a bit elevated but not bad. Does not offer a full bar just wine and beer. Definitely a locals restaurant which meant it was off the main drag. Very traditional Italian so give it a try.
From the moment we arrived & got a friendly greeting from the owner, this restaurant shined. The service was attentive but not hovering & our waiter was a total pro. The food was spectacular - a simple dish like a linguine with garlic & oil first course stood out which set the tone for the main course. The veal Marsala was delicious & the linguine with clams which 3 of our party ordered was amazing. We celebrated my parents anniversary & had a celebratory bottle of Prosecco so the restaurant knew why we were there. The owner & entire staff brought out a tiramisu dessert with a candle at the end of our meal & presented a gift certificate for the dollar amount matching the number of years they’ve been married. Wow! We didn’t ask for the dessert & what a thoughtful gift for my parents. They really made it a special day for all of us. We can’t wait to go back!
Great food & service. Great value as well. We will be back.
I have been coming to Piccolo Nido fir over 20 years. I value its quiet off the beaten path location and simple, honest, tasty cooking. (I love the gnocchi.) i can’t ever recall a wait for a table if I’ve gone on the spur of the moment. I’ve never experienced Pino as anything other than warm, gracious, and welcoming. I’ve dined at pretty much every restaurant in the North End and this is where I choose to keep coming back to...whether as a party of two or my wife’s 60th birthday with 12 of our dearest friends in tow. Don’t believe the few haters...this is where to go to eat and actually be able to hear yourself talk. Highly recommended!
Piccolo Nido is rated 4.7 stars by 126 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.