Piccolo Nido

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$31 to $50
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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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BD
New England
67 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

BM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

LD
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

ML
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

j
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a must everytime we are in Boston. Pino is a gracious host, and the food is always superb.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in the North End. Great food and great service.

CN
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

DS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love, Love Piccolo Nido! The owner,Pino, is the icing on
the cake of an all around delicious meal!

OT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

DH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The owner is a wonderful storyteller and host. There best of Boston’s North End

m
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice staff. Very average Italian food. Much better places in north end.

JC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

With 85 degrees outside the airconditioning was not working, leaving us with an uncomfortable experience. The food is authentic and good.

L
Los Angeles
99 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

BN
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

RM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food, great service, limited drinks to beer and wine.

N
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

D
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

AS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

R
Tahoe
24 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

S
New England
24 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

A
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service. Great value as well. We will be back.

AZ
New England
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic dinner with out of town family. Everyone’s food was phenomenal, and the kitchen was very accommodating of special requests/kids with picky palates. The service was excellent. I wish we had discovered this spot years ago!

EH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had such a nice meal! The food was excellent, service was great, and we were able to sit and enjoy-not be rushed!

L
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice evening with good friends. Good food, good service and good atmosphere! We will be back!

SJ
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this small restaurant for its comfortable seating area, gracious service, and delicious food. The mushroom ravioli was especially memorable. We chose the restaurant because it's quiet and indeed it turned out to be the perfect place to talk and catch up with friends. The owner was warm and friendly and we loved chatting with him.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Low-key Monday night dinner with the ladies. Intimate setting with room, not loud & nice for date night or a group. Pino the owner was short-staffed and very humbly & enthusiastically waited on us. When they got a dish wrong, it served nicely as a free pasta appetizer while we didn’t wait long for the correction. If a item isn’t on the menu- you needn’t hesitate in asking - if they have the ingredients Pino is very willing to accommodate. The fish & chicken dishes were deliciouso!

HC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting our daughter in Boston who lives in NYC. Perfect place. Can’t say enough. PERFECT! Parking was even easy for the North End. We will return.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little place. Very welcoming and friendly. Our orders covered range of menu and everyone enjoyed their meal. Service and ambiance was excellent.

CH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A must for homemade pasta, ambiance, strong service. You can get that anywhere in the North end? You can’t get Pino, the owner anywhere else. He is the consummate host and heightens the dining experience.

OT
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Off the noise of Hanover St. Great food & service. Pino is the best!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Abrupt service
Dirty bathroom

SA
Orlando
33 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed a tasty meal with fresh ingredients in a friendly atmosphere. The location is great and the service was quite good.

u
New England
39 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This was our first time visiting this restaurant. It is a rather small neighborhood restaurant that serves good italian food. The service is good, the food is traditional and good and the atmosphere is quite homey/comfortable. It is a bit off the beaten path but I would not hesitate recommending it for anyone interested in good food at reasonable prices.

CG
New England
58 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood gem- had walked by this restaurant for the past 3 years without dining there!! The atmosphere was fabulous. Food quality and presentation was exceptional. Waitstaff was attentive but not overbearing. Can’t wait to go back!! Make sure you put it on your list of “must go” in the North End!!!

OT
New England
25 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

We were a party of seven and ordered a variety of dishes. Every single one of them was good, especially the fish of the day, which was herring.

However, the server was definitely not at his best. He heavily dropped a jar of water on our table and told us to “help ourselves” instead of filling our cups for us. He dropped the jar so hard that the water splashed onto two of us, but he completely didn’t notice it.

Will come back for the food, but not the service.

GS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food in a quiet setting. Excellent service. It is hard to find a quiet spot on the North End, and this was just that.

n
New England
24 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Picolo Nido never fails to impress! This is a wonderfully authentic neighborhood gem of a restaurant which is off the beaten track, not at all touristy, and is popular with local residents and visitors alike. The food is always fresh, simply prepared, and consistently delicious. If Chef Pino has the ingredients, he is happy to accommodate off-menu requests (within reason). The atmosphere is “homey” and comfortable, and the music is appropriate, but not loud. You can actually have a conversation and enjoy your meal with your friends and family. Whenever we have dined here, which is quite often, we are greeted as family, and the service is always attentive and professional. We have tried pretty much everything on the menu and have always enjoyed whatever we have ordered. Our favorites are the Grilled Calamari, Porcini Ravioli, Farfalle, Regina, Veal (or chicken) Marsala, Veal (or chicken) Valdostano, Chicken Carolina and Chicken Frangelico. But don’t forget to save room for the homemade Tiramisu! We always look forward to our next visit and another great meal.

GS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My reservation was not honored, even though I received a confirmation email from OpenTable. They claimed they closed the OpenTable account 2 days earlier, but I booked more than 1 week earlier. They were rude and left me at the door with no apology. It was Saturday night and they were full, it looks to me that this is a kind of touristic trap that do not care about customers, since they will always have transient people. AVOID IT!!