Piccolo Nido

4.5
75 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.




Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 742-4272
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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New England
33 reviews
Dined on December 2, 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.

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New England
56 reviews
Dined on December 1, 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!!!

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New England
24 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.

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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.

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New England
23 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.

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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!!

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GZ
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is fabulous. I had the farfalle with funghi, and my husband had the vitello valdostano. Both were wonderful. Michele was very attentive and the owner, Pino, was a delight. He sat with us after our meal and we had a good laugh. He’s so charismatic and really made our night.

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Naples
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice neighborhood corner restaurant. Dined on a Saturday evening. Off to a bad start, at 7:15pm they were out of calimari appetizer and veal chop. Two Staples for Italian restaurant.
We chose two other appetizers and they were very good. Veal cutlet main course, while tasty, were a bit chewing.
So, good not bad, not great overall.

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New England
237 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was rather quiet for a Saturday night. We thought the food was okay, but nothing special. The North End is so full of restaurants, many of them packed to the rafters, that this seemed oddly empty. Not that the experience was negative, but I didn't feel there was anything special enough to make me want to go back. Some potential customers were turned away while we were there, for no discernible reason, as there were plenty of tables.

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New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service & atmosphere.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very special place. Excellent on every dimension.

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New England
27 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An under appreciated gem in the North End. Veal dishes are awesome as were the starters (cured beef, Caprese salad). Simple but good wine list with great values. Tiramisu is amazing and a must- get. No full bar but wine beer and cordials.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's large windows on two sides and corner location gave us the added benefit of a view of the Fisherman's Feast of the Madonna Del Soccorso di Sciacca parade. The food and service were great and the price more affordable than many area restaurants.

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LG
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone loved their food, from a classic pasta bolognese to fresh lemon haddock, it was all delicious. My favorite is the grilled calamari, an appetizer and house specialty, always fantastic! Pino, the owner chef, was busy in the kitchen, but took time to greet our visiting student from Spain.

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j
New England
94 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love to find an off the beaten path North End Restaurant; and found this one within feet of where I was visiting. The food is well prepared, fresh with the appropriate level of sauces to make it all the more appeasing to meet your appetite.
Enjoy the authentic quality Italian cusine at Piccolo Nido

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m
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I are here several years ago and it was still outstanding. The owner was very gracious and accommodating. Don’t pass this restaraunt up off the tourist path.

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New England
33 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Excellent service. A local gem.

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The options in the North End are overwhelming, but fear not. If you're looking for a quiet place to eat a good meal, Piccolo Nido is the place. We made the reservation on Open Table and were greeted right away and shown to our seats. The waiters were attentive. We didn't have to wait to order drinks, and the meal that followed was excellent. The homemade mushroom-stuffed ravioli was seriously delicious. I liked this place, and will definitely return next time I'm in the area.

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New England
256 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

5 of us for dinner -- house wine very good -- veal pizzaiola absolutely delicious -- fusill and gnocchi excellent. Wonderful spot with a cozy feel.

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Naples
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh and delicious! If it’s not on the menu they will make it for you. No cocktails, only wine.

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C
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great traditional Italian food. Light sauces to compliment the food, not overburden the flavors, well done Pino! Can't wait to go back

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Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service! This restaurant is mere seconds from Hanover St. The owner is very hands on and makes you feel special. The best Italian restaurant in Boston.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience! The food is amazing!! We will be back!!

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K
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Below average food in well below average surroundings. I can’t believe there are any good reviews for this place. All four diners didn’t like their food. I’m not picky I love Italian food not this was subpar by far. Very sad place.

And how does a professional restaurant respond to customer feedback? Usually with a sorry you didn’t have a great experience but classy PN says this:


Piccolo Nido has a response for you
you have no ideas what is italian food..the only thing sad it is your writing..

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JL
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I visited this restaurant on a busy Saturday night in Boston with 3 other friends from out of town. We were able to easily get last minute reservations (7:30 p.m.). The restaurant was not crowded at all but had received a good review so we thought we would try it. Food/wine was excellent. My only complaint is that when we handed the server our credit cards to split the bill, he was noticeably annoyed and stalked over to the credit card machine (restaurant was empty at this point) and commented to the bus boy on the way who then stared at us. I understand that on a busy night, splitting a check 4 ways would be annoying, but the restaurant was quiet (maybe 3-4 tables left). This kind of left a bad impression for me.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem in the North End!

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Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Off of Hanover so it is much quieter. Allows for good conversation. Food is extremely well prepared.

Nicola , our server treated us like royalty.

Missed seeing Pino(owner) but will return again.

Very well done

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New England
27 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always...feels like being back in Rome...unpretentious, relaxed, food is fresh, perfectly prepared and always amazing. Veal dishes are a high point but haddock was also amazing. It’s our family’s favorite meeting place in the North End. Away from the Hanover Street tourists, well worth the time to find and visit.

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m
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My three friends and I were visiting from out of town and wanted a neighborhood spot where we could enjoy good Italian food and conversation. This gem of a restaurant was great for both. I have already recommended it to friends who will be in Boston this summer.

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RD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

food was excellent, service was excellent, I was referred by a friend and would go back again. Menu was authentic

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LL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal. Have already recommended it to three people.

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PS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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GR
London
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I had found good reviews of this restaurant on line as one of the best in the North End, unfortunately I was very disappointed. The food was ok, but nothing special about it, the menu was very American like without any special items, or even a great rendition of classic recepies. The decoration was very dated, and the waiter appear to be tired, and not very engage with the customers. I will not recommended it, since based on their prices Olive Garden will be a better choice.

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n
New England
23 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal!

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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SS
Orlando
26 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed a very nice meal with excellent service. Our veal dishes were well prepared and tasty. The service was personal but not overbearing. Piccolo Nido is in fact a neighborhood gem. I would highly recommend Piccolo Nido.

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to Piccolo Nido and we would go back in a heartbeat. Pino, the manager welcomed us graciously and took us to a window table where we could view the street scene.
He explained in detail the evening specials and the menu items that we were interested in .
He even provided us with the music that we had requested!
My husband had the risotto with shrimp that was the evening's special . He enjoyed that immensely as well as the minestrone soup that preceded it. My veal valdostana was the best veal I have had. The home made veal reduction sauce was superb. We topped the evening off
with a limoncello. A great evening in this neighborhood hidden treasure!

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New England
45 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is more like a small neighborhood spot off the main path of most tourists. I liked that. We arrived early for our reservation and had a glass of wine while we waited for our friends. We were given a wine list that was very limited, maybe 6-7 to choose from, all sold by the bottle. When I asked what they had by the glass it was even more limited...1 red, 1 white. We went for 1 of each.

When our friends arrived the lady ordered a bottle of the Sauvignon Blanc from the menu. She was informed that they were out of that. Not a great start. She asked for the waiter's recommendation for a comparable substitute. He recommended a Gavi-La Battistina. It was a really good wine. My wife said it was better than the white she had ordered by the glass.

The dinners were good but not outstanding. I had the Fusili Bolognese. Delicious, prerfectly cooked home made pasta in a well flavored sauce. The problem was the sauce was more like a spaghetti meat sauce, not the dense combination of veal-pork-beef one usually gets. Still, it tasted good. My companions had a variety of chicken dishes and all said they were good.

Instead of dessert and after dinner drinks there (they do not have a full liquor license) we went to Riccardo's down the street.

Overall we would definitely go back there since there were no big negative feelings and we now know what to expect. I would recommend this if you like home made pasta

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

From the moment we arrived, we felt welcome and special. Our server directed us to our reserved table and ensured over and over we were completely satisfied. The appetizers, salads and main items were expertly crafted, carefully presented and oh so delicious. It was an evening to remember and a place to return to for another visit in the future.

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New England
23 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our dining experience at Piccolo Nido. It is a great little family owned restaurant that is not on the busy Hanover Street, which was just what we were looking for. We felt very welcomed from the moment we arrived. The service was very attentive and we were seated at a nice table by the window. The minestrone soup was delicious as was the tricolor salad (loved the dressing!). We shared the ravioli porcini as an appetizer which was great. We both ordered the veal valdostana for our main course. The veal was very tender and plentiful. The only thing we would have done differently was to order a different bottle of wine. We selected the house Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2016, which was drinkable but not great. Overall we had a great dining experience and would definitely return!

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