About Spiga Ristorante

Benvenuti a Spiga Ristorante, where you will enjoy traditional regional Italian cuisine. By day, Spiga is a casual trattoria, serving simple fare like wood-oven pizza, savory risotto, and hand-crafted panini. By night, copper silk drapes, white linens and shimmering sconces bathe Spiga in a romantic glow. Dine indoors or out, on our sunny, landscaped patio. As in the Italian countryside, ingredients are all produced in house, from the crusty breads and infused oils and vinegars to the handcut pasta. This is big city dining in a comfortable suburban setting.

18 Highland Circle
Needham, MA 02492
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Closed: Sunday

Beer and Wine Served

Cross Street:
Highland Avenue, Next to TD Bank

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(781) 449-5600

Website:
http://www.spigaristorante.com/

Executive Chef:
Robert DeSimone

Private Party Facilities:
At Spiga, we are proud to offer highly personalized private dining event options for our customers. Our staff will work with you to create an individualized menu that will meet and exceed your highest expectations.

Contact us at catering@spigaristorante.com to learn more about how Spiga can work with you to create an event that all of your guests will enjoy and remember.

Private Party Contact:
.: (781) 449-5600

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Spiga Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

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3.7

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4.0

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3.7

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77% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
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Special Occasion (6)
Authentic (6)
Good for a Date (5)
Casual (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Cozy (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Romantic (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Outstanding server named Sandra. Could not have been more pleasant or attentive. Great bread. Eggplant parmagiana was outstanding. Appetizer was supposed to include mashed potatoes but did not. Soup special was gone by 6 pm. Overall lovely, warm experience. Would have enjoyed having chicken parmagiana, but was told the chef does not consider it an Italian dish and will not make it.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

The food was ok but very rich. Even the roasted vegetables had a lot of olive oil in them.
The service was absolutely terrible! Our waitress piled up all the dirty dishes and put them down in front of my husband before removing them to the kitchen. She had no idea how to serve or clear. A major problem.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We used to love Spiga--but it recently changed hands with a new chef and a new menu. It was disappointing. The grilled romaine salad was underwhelming. The salad had grilled lettuce and a poached egg but as far as I could tell there was nothing for the egg to combine with to create a dressing of sorts and it was impossible to cut without asking for a sharp knife. The Amatriciana was boring. There was a piece of crispy pancetta or proscuitto stuck on the top of the dish, but nothing really in the sauce. The new bowls of stew that were the house specialties were pretty tasteless. The shining star, and the one holdover from the old menu is the salted caramel bread pudding. Definitely still a winner on that one. I hope this restaurant does better with time. But right now, I'd avoid it.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We had a amazing time, delicious food and wines 👍👍. Bravo Marisa 😘

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Birthday dinner for two adults and two teenagers. Meal and appetizers were fantastic without breaking the bank. Wine paired well with the meal. Try the bread pudding as an appetizer, it is not to be missed.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Have enjoyed Spiga for many years. Chef Marissa is a wonderful "find" as I have followed her at many great restaurants and know she will make Spiga an even more outstanding venue
Zack was fine server , attentive but not obtrusive
Food was delicious

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

First visit to the remade Spiga. Great dinner and experience. Manger Jose (sorry, misplaced your card) and bartender/waiter Zack made us feel welcome and were very informative. Also enjoyed meeting chef-owner Marisa Iocco briefly on our way out. We ate a number of times at her Boston restaurant. Glad she have moved to Needham, where we live. We look forward to many future visits.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Spiga is the New Spiga- I miss the cozy Italian atmosphere that was so special to Spiga. The new decor is beautiful with tufted grey chairs but nothing special.

I go to Spiga at least every month and now I have to find a new Friday night restaurant. The new menu and food was so disappointing. We had the eggplant that was always amazing it now tasteless and boring. The yummy lamb are now Kebabs and also tasteless. Presentation is beautiful but the goodness stops there. Food was cold and service was just ok
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The meals were creative and yummy. The prices were high for the small portion sized dishes though. The food wasn't so incredibly amazing that it justified the price. Good staff, good food, probably won't return unless prices drop.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Disappointed in the new Spiga. Food was mediocre. Beet salad was tasteless. Pasta was too al dente. Was not a fan of the new menu. On top of everything Service was bad. Took forever for a server to come over and acknowledge us. Forgot to bring us bread, never asked if we wanted another glass of wine. Told us what the desserts were, but never came back to ask if we wanted any. The check took forever to get.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2017

I have been there many times and the food is always great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Overall it was very good. Only complaint was that the tables were much to small, especially with the oversized plates.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Used to love this restaurant but now will never go back. Food was mushy and tasteless. Servers had no idea whose food they were bringing out of the kitchen. They had just remodeled and had new menu and chef. Big bust!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Staff was disorganized. Food was overpriced and underwhelming.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The menue is great! Many interesting items that that temp you. The little (stews) are just delicious! I'll see you there when I return. Which will be very soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Food and wine were beyond. I’m a fan of Chef Marrisa Iocco. I am returning in 2 weeks

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The renovated Spiga was a disappointment. The renovation stripped the space of its Tuscan charm and the food was only so-so. Spiga was a favorite of ours in the past and we ate there often. Although the food was good, it is no longer the exceptional dining experience it used to be and not worth the expense. I doubt that we will go again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was absolutely fantastic and the chef personable. The service was less than stellar, and slow. I’m hoping this was not typical as we would like to return. It wasn’t a cozy spot but rather open.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We were very disappointed in this restaurant. We had been here twice before and really liked it. We arrive at exactly 6:30 for our 6:30 reservation. We were told that it would be "quite a long time before our table would be ready as the people had just ordered." This seemed strange, especially since there were 2 empty tables. The host fell over the people who arrived before us... but not us. He asked us if wanted to sit on the patio. At first we were a bit worried that it might be too chilly, but with the outdoor heaters, it was a nice quiet ambience. However, the problem was they forgot to send waitstaff out to us on a regular basis. We had service by committee, with some of the waitstaff bringing plates we did not order, they did not have the appetizer we wanted, and everything took forever. She told us she would be bringing bread in just a few minutes -15 min later no bread... and so forth -horrible service and food was fair, not nearly as good as we had remembered. We won't be returning.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

A ONE HOUR WAIT FOR OUR APPETIZERS GOT OUR PARTY OFF TO A BAD START. THE PLACE DID NOT SEEM TO HAVE ENOUGH SERVICE STAFF-THE WAIT STAFF SEEMED TO BE DOING BAR DUTY AS WELL. THE LIGHTING COULD BE BETTER-MOST PATRONS RESORTED TO THEIR CELL PHONES IN ORDER TO SEE THE MENUS!

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Service excellent but no sooner had we been served the salad the main course was served. Very poor coordination between kitchen and server.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 24, 2017

They messed up two of our four orders. We asked for plain fish and they covered it in stuff. One order came out 15 minutes after the others. Two of the four orders were really disappointing in terms of flavor - like we emptied salt on it just to give it some flavor. It looked nice and nice ambiance. Also they need to put the brick oven pizza in their dinner menu.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 9, 2017

We had an outdoor table on a lovely summer evening. It was a weekday, but still busy. The service was friendly and efficient, and the food was great!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Great, consistent, authentic food. Service is always good as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Good dinner

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 (New England)·Dined on August 1, 2017

I have been going to Spiga for a number of years and it never fails to be a pleasure. The latest visit was on their lovely patio on a beautiful summer's evening. It is charming enough for me to pretend I was in Tuscany. We often have the same waiter --- Ronnie. He never fails to acknowledge us even at those times when he's not assigned to our particular table. He explains all the specials with great care, consistently remembers our favorites, and makes excellent recommendations. When I wasn't sure about which wine to choose, he brought out two to sample. The chef is often very creative, mixing an array of wonderful flavors so the food is always very tasty and beautifully presented. It's consistently a great dining experience --- relaxed and always satisfying. It's a place we keep returning to and are never disappointed.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Like Spiga but special lunch risotto way heavy on said, little on shrimp, clams

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Nothing beats Spiga's patio on a warm summer night. The spaghetti con vongole (clams) is the best I've ever had. Everything is exceptional, though - the seafood and the eggplant puff pastry are also favorites. This may be the best restaurant in the area for quiet conversation, but it's also lively enough to be fun with friends. The staff is extremely helpful, friendly and attentive. Their cappuccinos and espressos are works of art.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for a Date, Disabled Access
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 (Portland)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We had just arrived to the area from long travel day. Did a quick search on Open Table app. The reviews looked good. We were not disappointed. The service was great. Great food, great wine and relaxing atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2017

A good neighborhood Italian restaurant. Food is good and consistent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Wonderful from beginning to end! Food was fresh and prompt. Waitstaff was knowledgeable and pleasant. Atmosphere was cozy and upbeat. Overall a great date place or for a special occasion.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2017

As always, great food and service. Love it here

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 (New England)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Solid dining experience. Exceptional in Needham . Menu changed a bit this year. Their signature dish was a filet mignon that was quite exceptional but off the menu right now which is disappointing as the sirloin was average

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Spiga was fantastic, patio dining on the first evening of summer was perfect. Food was fantastic, dipping sauces for the bread were amazing. Service was a bit stilted in terms of the table being cleared, but overall very friendly, so no real issue. Only other things I would note was the news playing inside on the tv (not what I want to see for a night out...) and lack of music on the patio. But those are so minor, the food and outdoors set up are more than worth it!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Not a great experience. First the waitress spilled vinegar on my brand new jacket. Yes, she apologized, brought over a wet napkin and said it was all her fault . However she never checked back to see if it came off, nor did she offer to pay for the dry cleaning.
Then my salmon came. After a few bites I realized it was raw inside. My appetite was spoiled by then so I just ordered a salad . By the time it came my companion had finished her meal . I wasn't charged for the salmon, of course, but I think it would have been nice of them to comp the inexpensive salad because of the inconvenience caused. We would have left there happier customers.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Our server, Alex, was very knowledgeable and attentive. Chef Nico was amiable and we complimented him on the menu The eggplant parm was presented beautifully, the shaved beet salad was excellent and my husband always loves the bolognese

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 (New England)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Food was wonderful as usual. 3 had the Bronzini; one the salmon. All were delighted with their meals. Service is fine. We 4 had a corner table and were able to talk comfortably in the backround noise.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Food is always good and nicely prepared. Authentic Italian - both upscale and innovative.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Problems at the front desk translated to a false no-show report on us. The table staff was terrific. The food was fresh and tasty but on the bland side. Perhaps the chef has changed since our last visit.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Wonderful lunch menu. Our group had salmon, gnocci and eggplant parmogiana and all were first rate. Warm and cozy atmosphere with attentive but non-intrusive service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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