About Spiga Ristorante

Spiga. (R)evolutionary Italian. (G)astronomically delicious. Creatively authentic cuisine from iconic Boston chef Marisa Iocco, located on the outskirts of Boston and serving dishes that are refreshed, refined + real.

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

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday- Friday: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Dinner: Monday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m.

Open Sunday for private events only.

Please e-mail us at: spiganewevent@gmail.com

Wine and beer 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:
Marisa Iocco

Private Party Facilities:
At Spiga, we proudly offer highly personalized private dining event options for our customers thanks to the warmth and artistic vision of Spiga's Events Coordinator José Flores.

From sit-down affairs to more casual, cocktail and small-bites soirées, José calls upon on 20 years of industry experience to create events of all kinds. His artistic eye—married with Chef Marisa Iocco's whimsical, creative menu and Spiga's dining room with its rustic luxe touches—will make your event memorable. We're sure of it.

We're currently updating our website and contact emails. For now, please contact José directly at spiganewevent@gmail.com, or ring the restaurant at 781.449.5600 to learn how our team can create an event that your guests will enjoy and remember.

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

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

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Spiga Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.2

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4.2

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3.9

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Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
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Creative Cuisine (14)
Good for a Date (14)
Cozy (13)
Special Occasion (12)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Casual (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Romantic (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Business Meals (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Fun (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Organic (2)
Healthy (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

We were a party of 4 on a busy Saturday night. This was our first time here but certainly not our last! The restaurant was full so it's best to make a reservation. We were pleasantly greeted and suggested we have a glass of wine at the bar for few minutes for our table to be ready. They make very good use of the square footage in the restaurant as there are a lot of tables but you are not with the feeling of being crowded. Service was perfect. From the wine to the appetizers to the entree to the dessert we loved everything. And one in our group is a total foodie and had nothing but high praise for the food/service. Its an open kitchen which is fun to glimpse into the workings of a well trained/executed staff. There are many Italian food restaurants but I am happy that we were introduced to Spiga and can't wait to return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

We were disappointed in some of the food -- especially the Caesar salad, which had a partially cooked egg on top of wilted lettuce. Probably would not go there again although our waitress was very good.

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

The food was excellent (calamari appetizer, mushroom risotto with sliced veal special, and the three meat bolognese). My wife asked for a wine recommendation, and it was exactly what she was looking for. Our server was great, and we never felt rushed at all. We love Spiga and always are surprised at the value we get for such a great experience.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Every part of the the experience was really outstanding.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

From the moment we walked in, the atmosphere was warm and welcoming. The service was exemplary. The menu offers a nice balance of traditional and innovative dishes and all of our selections were delicious. The pasta was fresh. I can’t say enough about this gem of a restaurant. I will be back very soon.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Spigas has been closed for a while and reimagined. The old Spigas was one of our favorite hidden gems, quiet,friendly, easy going atmosphere, outstanding food, outstanding service. The new Spigas still has great food there are many new dishes and everything is well prepared. The experience, however, has slipped a bit. It was very crowded and noisy. We arrived a few minutes early for a 7:30Pm reservation. They were unable to seat us until 8. Even on New Year's Eve one does not expect to wait a half hour in a drafty, chilly doorway when one has made a reservation and arrived timely. Our waitress, while very sweet, had to be waved over just to order wine and dinner. She asked if we needed more cheese on our pasta, I said yes, and then she forgot it and had to be waved over. We needed to flag her down again to get dessert, coffee and our check. While trying to get her attention for dessert we overheard her discussing specials at length with another table - we had not even been told there were specials. While the host was not unpleasant, we had the distinct feeling that we were not really wanted - perhaps because we do not speak italian as many of the other diners seemed to? We felt like beggars who had crashed a family's wedding. It was not a good experience, and the late eating and slow service caused us to miss a performance we had hoped to see that night. I am willing to believe that they haven't quite got the new place figured out yet and that the New Year's Eve rush caught them unprepared so they were not at their best. We will try them one more time when they are less likely to be busy and overbooked and see if things are any better.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wonderful Resturant. Feels like you're in Italy. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great spot ... We're so happy to have Marisa back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

love this location, staff is friendly, food is good

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great authentic Italian food, attentive and knowledgeable server. Enjoyed the new ambiance of the renovated dining room. Upholstered chairs are very comfortable!

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Service was exceptional and the food was delicious!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Delicious food, awesome chef and staffs, one of our favorite restaurant 😊

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We had the sweetest waitress. She was fun, attentive and also knew we were a bunch of friends catching up, so she gave us our space. Food very good!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My experience at Spiga couldn’t have been better. The food was phenomenal, the staff was helpful and prompt, and the atmosphere beautiful. Marisa Iocco is an artist, I’ve never had a meal of hers I didn’t love.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Hidden neighborhood gem! The meal was amazing. Everything we ordered was superb. Especially the MANILA CLAMS, HOUSE-CURED ATLANTIC COD, EGGPLANT PARMIGIANA, HOUSE-MADE SAUSAGE, DUO OF PORK and the OLD-WORLD-GRAIN ORECCHIETTE. And save room for dessert, the BREAD PUDDING IS TO DIE FOR! They just serve beer and wine so if you're looking for a full bar don't be disappointed, the food makes up for it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

My wife (born and raised in Italy) and I stopped in after Christmas shopping. We typically don't go to Italian restaurants but heard good things about Spiga - all of which were true. The appetizers (guazzetti and cicchetti) were so interesting looking we only ordered those rather than entrees. They did not disappoint - especially good were the artichokes and the veal. Will definitely be back. for the food. And I will say the service was excellent, the atmosphere was upscale but informal, and the overall experience was excellent.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We had the Branzino and eggplant parmigiana and thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the restaurant. Lovely hidden place with parking.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

we enjoyed our night out at Spiga. I had not heard of it and would not have gone if not for Open Table. Location is weird, behind some industrial buildings with no street visibility. Inside the decor is nice and cozy in this small restaurant space. Food was excellent with unique starter stews, I had the veal shoulder --- excellent definitely try one of the stews. overall all the meals were excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Food is Delicious 😋 . Great place to get together with friends

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The restaurant is AMAZING !!! The food is beyond excellent....everything is made fresh, you realise right away how fresh the ingredients are.
I’m from Italy. If you want to try a true Regional Italian cuisine I highly recommend you to go there. You will not be disappointed.

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Last year Spiga was 5 stars for me. Now it seems they have a new partner and a new chef. I noticed a difference - I thought the food was better before the change. Previously, they offered on the regular menu a whole branzino in a salt crust cooked in the wood burning oven. It was to die for. Now it's gone from the menu. In its place they had a special the night I was there - branzino with chicken-filled agnolottti. It was a branzino filet, very bland, with grainy agnolotti with a filling that really did not go with fish. Disappointing to say the least - I was looking forward to my salt-crusted branzino from the oven for months!

I still gave 4 stars because my party shared the bucatini all-amatriciana as an appetizer, and it was very good, as was, I was told, the seafood stew. Otherwise based on my meal, it would be lower.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Service was extremely inattentive and slow.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Wow! I was blown away by everything about the new Spiga! The restaurant had been closed for a complete remodeling. If you've been there before, you won't recognize either the space or the food. The authentic Italian food is absolutely outstanding. It's just like eating at the best restaurants in Italy, and better than anything in the North End. I particularly love that Spiga now offers small plates (similar to tapas), so we could taste a variety of dishes before our main course. Most of the servers are from Italy, and have worked with Executive Chef Marisa Iocco previously, so they are well trained. The servers are attentive and professional. I enjoyed watching the chefs in the open kitchen. Clearly everything is kept meticulously clean. The manager, Jose, is delightful and very friendly. I love the new, very comfortable padded chairs. We will be back often. An overall outstanding experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Organic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This was a surprising, quiet, little place with hearty Italian food. They had a varied menu, with rustic dishes that were authentic and regional, not the stereotypical Italian dishes that every other place has--I even found a type of pasta I haven't had outside of Italy. Service was great. I will be returning.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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