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Piccolo Nido

4.7
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126 Reviews
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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.




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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 126 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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mikeh
Sacramento
19 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipKika
New England
59 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I’ve been at that restaurant many times.
The owner is a nice

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JULIAM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the most delicious mushroom ravioli made from homemade pasta!

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vipnorthender
New England
27 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipSallyJ
New England
61 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A delightful evening. So nice to dine in a small authentically Italian restaurant where you can have conversation without shouting!

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vipJack
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta was amazing. Will be back soon.

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vipPeterR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place.
Wonderful food.
Excellent personal service.

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Didi
New England
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Tiramisu I’ve ever had! Light and full of subtle flavors. Delicious!!!

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vipRiccardo
New England
50 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipTravelinder
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious! Pino is a great host.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

New Year’s Eve. Great food, wonderful music, lots of fun!

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vipnorthender
New England
27 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We attended Pino’s New Years Eve Party, and it was a blast! And the food was fabulous as always!

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BretM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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CynthiaN
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipMbouchard
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local place with the same owner for the past 26 years!

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KayB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, refreshingly quiet ambiance compared to many other tourist-filled spots in the neighborhood. Perfect portions and A+ dessert!

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vipBostonDiner
New England
74 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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BillM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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LisaD
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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MikeL
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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jeanw
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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CynthiaN
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipDarbieS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New England
15 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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DaveH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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michaels
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

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

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JackieC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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

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vipLynda
Los Angeles
106 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipBruceN
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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RichardM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipNeighbor
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipDorothy
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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AmyS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipRcleanplate
Tahoe
25 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

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vipSeamus
New England
26 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Alan
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AdamZ
New England
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

FAQs

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.