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Piccolo Nido, Boston, MA
Piccolo Nido, Boston, MA
Piccolo Nido, Boston, MA
Piccolo Nido, Boston, MA
Piccolo Nido, Boston, MA

Piccolo Nido

4.9
4.9
279 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 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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 279 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Greater Boston

    Best Value

  • Greater Boston

    Neighborhood gem

  • Greater Boston

    Romantic

  • Boston

    Best Service

  • Boston

    Best Value

  • Boston

    Neighborhood gem

  • Boston

    Romantic

279 Reviews
  1. ColleenC

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bella Bella Bella Bella Bella Bella Bella Bella Bella

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  2. GeneL

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super accommodating as our ride was late, table was waiting for us and the chef came out and checked on is

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing experience! Waiter was extremely attentive, offering great service. We ordered Farfalle del Cardinale & Vitello Valdonasta - OUTSTANDING!!! Top 3 BEST restaurant in the North End.

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  4. northender

    Greater Boston

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been coming to Picolo Nido for over 25 years, like many of his faithful regulars. Local restaurants may come and go, but good food and warm hospitality never go out of style. We have brought many of our friends over the years, who themselves have now become regulars. Everyone enjoys the authentic Italian dishes prepared simply with fresh ingredients and homemade pasta. The relaxed atmosphere allows you to actually enjoy having a conversation with your dinner guests, without having to shout above loud music or bad acoustics. It is truly like being in Chef Pino’s own home, rather than a restaurant.

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  5. Cashmoneyrose

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my go to restaurant in the North End. The food, the welcoming environment, the waitstaff. All of it is top notch. And of course Pino is an unbelievable host and treats you like family each and every time you dine.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were looking for a great authentic Italian restaurant while visiting Boston and this place did not disappoint! I had veal parmigiana and pasta and it was wonderful. It is off the beaten path as the other reviews had stated but the neighborhood is charming. The restaurant is also near the Paul Revere house.

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  7. Robert

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Piccolo Nido is a great find in the North End. A family run restaurant, it was cozy respite on a snowy January evening. Tino, chef and owner, makes everyone feel special and right at home. We had, what I can only describe as the “platonic ideal” of veal parmigiana— I don’t know where he gets his veal, but it is off-the-charts, and there are a variety other veal options on the relatively smallish menu (Quality over Quantity). Everything we tried was absolutely delicious from the minestrone soup to the Frutti de Mare. Highly recommended. We will return.

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  8. SallyJ

    Greater Boston

    86 reviews

    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely night at this special, off the beaten track, authentic Italian restaurant. Our waiter, Nick, was delightful and we enjoyed a delicious antipasto, the special veal Marsala, and a light luscious tiramisu, along with cappuccinos.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and the staff and owner could not have been more kind.

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  10. Gina

    Greater Boston

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great find in the North End! Off the beaten path on North Street, Piccolo Nido is a small 15-table restaurant run by Italian immigrants. Food was amazing, and just what we were looking for--the portions are just enough to finish. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his Fettucini Frutti di Mare (in a thin tomato sauce with shrimp, scallops and clams) and I loved the gnocci. Will definitely be back!

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  11. Bostonlover

    Greater Boston

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have eaten here several times and have brought friends and family from out of town with us. We think Piccolo Nido is one of the best and most authentic Italian restaurants in Boston. We are always impressed by the food and service and so appreciate the warm and hospitable atmosphere. We WILL return!

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  12. PhillyFilly

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friends and I enjoyed our dinner at Piccolo Nido completely! From the warm welcome from Maria as we entered, through the most hospitable service of wonderful bread, Caesar salad and entrées (ravioli, farfalle and risotto) with good wine, we had a perfect evening. The restaurant is on a quiet corner, with charming decor which sets the tone of relaxation and enjoyment. We were happy to assure Maria that we would look forward to returning soon.

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  13. WoodyT

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time to Piccolo Nido and it was excellent. We looked at reviews to choose where to go and this was one of the top 3 listed. We had 2 baskets of bread with Antipasto Piccolo Nido, Regina (homemade fusilli pasta topped with bolognese sauce) and the Vitello Valdostana (escalope of veal topped with prosciutto, fontina cheese and sauteed in a demi glace sauce). All 3 dishes were excellent. The Regina bolognese was wonderful and the flavors were so deep and delicious. The fresh pasta one of the best fresh pastas that I have ever had. NOW the veal! OMG it was so PERFECT! I am still dreaming of the dish. Pino’s veal is the best! When you go ORDER THE VEAL. Our server was from Florence and she was so knowledgeable and nice. We met Pino the owner when we arrived and he greeted us like long lost family. He was funny and so proud of the restaurant. This is our new favorite and we will be regulars! Highly recommended!

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  14. Chris

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the second time this party of four came to Piccolo Nido and will certainly not be the last! We are thrilled to find a place where we can talk without deafening noise, have attentive and friendly service, eat excellent authentic Italian food, and most importantly, be captivated and entertained by the owner/chef Pino, who takes pride in his restaurant and makes every customer feel at home. It is a small corner restaurant and very comfortable, and many tables are by the windows, all covered in white linen tablecloths. A definite neighborhood gem, it is more reflective of the old-school friendly and delicious restaurants of the North End that you crave. Thank you Pino!

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  15. MargaretR

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quiet and lovely! Wonderful food and service. Go out to eat, feel chill, and hear your dinner partners - what’s not to like?

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  16. Kathleen

    Miami

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was ok. The veal Parmesan was on the cooler side not very tasty. The best part of meal is having chef/owner come out and introduce himself
    Piccolo NidoResponded on November 15, 2023
    well well ..if the veal parmigiana was cooler..and not tasty..and the chef onwer came at table..why you didn t say anything?..my veal is best cut..veal top..and i challenge you to have same one in other restaurant..and my veal parmigiana is cooked on pan..not friler..so therefore good luck..criticism are welkome..but yours is not believable,,,good luck

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  17. BostonHonest

    Mississippi

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    another 5 star meal from chef! Thank YOU again!!! see you soon. authentic food served by genuine people. If in the north end always worth the stop.

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  18. BernieAttorney

    Houston

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great time! We got 'adopted' by the owner/server as we walked in. He and the cook took care of the 15 or so patrons. He clearly knew every other patron that evening -- even if he only met them 10 minutes before we entered. A jewel of a neighborhood place, it reminded us of our favorite NYC Italian neighborhood restaurant. The veal we both had was the best we'd had in years. When we praised the foo0d, he gave us a seminar about veal and brought a package of the veal over to us ('My Texas friends') to explain how to tell good 'top' veal. The wine list included a very good Brunello, so we got it -- the wine mark-ups were incredibly reasonable. If we had stayed in Boston for another lunch or dinner, we certainly would have gone there again. A winner.
    Piccolo NidoResponded on October 31, 2023
    your life is so miserable that you have to write no sense..you never had a reservation..you never taste my food...you like to be a macho man to impress your girfriend..i been in business for 30 years and i don t need people like you..and i was wright not to seat you..get a life and May God bless you

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Thoroughly enjoyed our experience. I loved that it was so authentic, great food, casual atmosphere.

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  20. BodegaLamour

    New York City

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Our small group had a good time. The service and food were fine, not as enjoyable as other North End spots.

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  21. BostonHonest

    Mississippi

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef is the best!!!! Used to be a Lemoncello guy but nothing beats Piccolo Nido. Took my parents this past weekend and everyone loved it. Chef knows how to manage a fabulous establishment. Will be back again and again! Smaller sized venue so definitely make a reservation. Thank you for Chef!
    Piccolo NidoResponded on September 12, 2023
    thank you and i can t wait to cook for you and family again..Pino

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  22. Jayne

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal at Piccolo Nido. I would highly recommend.

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  23. Autrice

    Greater Boston

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Piccolo is like an intimate family restaurant. Pino, the owner, seems to know many of his customers, which is a good sign! If you go on a weeknight, please be patient. Pino is serving as both maitre d’ and waiter. Enjoy the pleasant ambiance and the good feeling among customers. Your wait will be worth it. My companion had the eggplant parm—all fresh ingredients, not overly bready, delicious flavor. My favorite was the farfalle Al funghi with fresh mushrooms in a light cream sauce. Leave Boston time behind and enjoy a bit of Italy!

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  24. WallisR

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This North End restaurant is a gem for food and ambience but mostly for its hospitality and conviviality. The owner mixes with the diners and all join in on the fun! Great place for a birthday or anniversary dinner!

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  25. ChipD

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my favorite place we ate in Boston. The food was absolutely incredible and Chef Pino had such great energy and made dining an experience. I definitely recommend coming here for an incredible meal!

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  26. Debbie

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A hidden gem! Situated away from the crowded streets of the North end, close to the waterfront. The food was very good!!!

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  27. ChrisS

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Extremely friendly and warm service. Food was very good but not quite 5 star as the menu seemed a bit limited compared to potential (but they might reflect our preference for chicken over veal options). Recommend ravioli and tiramisu.

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  28. JEKC

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Welcoming and pleasant atmosphere. The food was very good and some little things would lift it to outstanding. Don’t overdress the salad!

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  29. MarkG

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    this was our first visit to boston from chicago and we will be back. the food was great. the owner pino, sat down with us and we have a lovely visit. he is such a welcoming force. i can't wait to go back. everything was perfect!

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  30. MaureenT

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was great. The owner was entertaining and made us feel welcome as if we lived in the neighborhood. We will definitely be back!

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  31. DWolf

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dinner at Piccolo Nido. The service was excellent and the food was even better. The chef came to check on our table and he was very friendly and so kind to our 5 year old son. They treat their customers like family here and we will definitely be back! Hidden gem a couple of blocks off of Hanover St from the crowds!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a great dining experience in the North End!

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  33. stevek

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service, no problem when one of our paarty ordeed a cusomized dish. And we enjoyed the quiet atmosphere away from the sensory overload of Hanover Street

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So wonderful! Small, quiet, TASTY! The true Italian food of the North End, away from garish crowds. Also, the most helpful and kind staff ever!

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  35. ANNAG

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect restaurant for conversation with friends and family or a date. Acoustics are great and you can actually hear each other even when the place is busy. Good place to take musician friends. Menu is on point for what you'd expect at an Italian restaurant, but with a good array of choices and short but solid wine list. You don't have to overthink your order. There will be something you can eat, and if not Pino might make it. Our meal was cooked perfectly and the antipasta was fresh and light -- not oily. Pino is a fabulous host/chef and made us feel like family even though we may have been the only non-Italians that night. As for our waiter, he was genuinely nice and impeccable with service. This was overall one of the best Italian dining experiences we've had outside Italy, where we like to travel.

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  36. GBoston

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Small neighborhood Italian restaurant with good food and a nice atmosphere. Owner was friendly and helpful when we asked about various dishes on the menu. House wine by the glass was good. I've been to many restaurants on Hanover and Salem Street and always wanted to try Piccolo Nido. It didn't disappoint - very authentic Italian food.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun night whilst in town for convention! Nice to leave the Waterfront area for a nice, honest, homely Italian meal!

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  38. TinaB

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The owner/host is always entertaining and the food is great. The room is warm and inviting. The tables aren't jammed together. The location is off the beaten path - away from the crowds.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a hidden gem! The owner, Pino, is so attentive and makes you feel like you are sitting at a family table with him. The food is delicious! And the patrons are so friendly - by the time you leave you’ll feel like family!

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  40. ChrisM

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great meal and great service! We will be making this our 'go to' spot!

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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 4.9 stars by 279 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 1 time 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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