Sportello

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$30 and under
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Italian
With two "U"-shaped counters situated around an open kitchen, Sportello (Italian for counter service) offers a menu of Chef Barbara Lynch's trattoria-inspired Italian dishes for both lunch and dinner. A modern interpretation of a diner located in Boston's Fort Point neighborhood, Sportello features an approachable, artisan wine list curated by James Beard Award Winner Cat Silirie. Snag a stool at the counter and enjoy a bowl of handmade pasta!

Please note: Sportello is primarily counter seating, but does have several tables for more conventional seating. Tables are available for parties of five or more or by request. Requests are honored based on availability.

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We're sending off 2019 with a little bit of luck and a lot of good fortune! Join us for an evening of armchair travel to San Remo, home one of Italy's greatest casino! Sportello will be serving a 4 Course Tasting menu for $95 with optional Beverage Pairings for $65.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 2211 People Are Saying
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BB
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and the atmosphere and food and service was perfect. Can’t wait to go back!

LG
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food! Such a great restaurant

c
New England
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I was a regular of Sportello and used to go every month or every couple of weeks but of late I hadn't been back in about a year. Food is still great but the service was very slow.

GK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely go to the bar downstairs before dinner, they personalize all their drinks to your tastes and they were amazing. The food was also supurb with rich and warm flavors. All the bread is made in house, and we could not stop eating it, it was light, fluffy, moist, and delicious. All the staff were very friendly, I'm definitely planning on going back here soon.

OT
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fantastic. My only complaint is the bar stools at the counter are uncomfortable to sit on but easily remedied by requesting a table. Best Italian food I have had in the city. Love!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The people who served us were knowledgeable and took the time needed to explain everything.

TH
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. SO bummed they stopped offering half portions!!!!!!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a lot going on and some exciting eating in Cambridge but nothing beats the love and attention we get at Sportello’s! We’ve found over the years that when we give a heads up, the staff is ready for us and willing to let us slow down and enjoy celebrating. I’m grateful that the food, ambiance, and environment allow for us to be our full selves and celebrate the successes in our lives. And success could mean just thanking yourself-this is your spot!

a
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Considering it’s a Barbara Lynch’s restaurant, I expected so much more. Lobster gnocchi was great but the rabbit pasta had a lot of bones (little pieces that you would find in your mouth) and a PIECE OF PLASTIC! Yes, that was very unpleasant. As a cook myself, I don’t know how they let it happen. But worse than that was the way waiters responded, almost like it was not a big deal so why bothering apologizing right

B
New England
132 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I was late and they kindly notified my guest about it! Food was excellent ...we both had gemelli and hen. Cannoli also excellent . We were early (5:45 on weekday) and it was quiet enough to have a good conversation .

EG
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. So delicious that I went back the following day to buy the Chef’s cookbook. It was a meal to remember and hopefully replicate. I loved our waiter. I loved my bolognese. I loved the counter seating. I loved everything about my dining experience. I will be back!

MO
New England
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently excellent and friendly

k
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely service and a fun atmosphere. Food was fine but not as good as we remember it being a few years ago.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only is the ambiance so cool, but the food and drinks are beyond amazing. I recommended Sportello to ANYONE looking for a fine dining experience!!

MS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sitting in the main U Bar is by far the place to sit, lot of energy. Can watch the kitchen move....
- Food was superb as always, gnocci is the must get. Meat plate and the cheese of the day was also a delicious treat.
- Waiter was also great, usually we have Ethan help out in the main seating area, Ted was a great substitute, super helpful and knowledgeable.
- You could feel the energy in the place, especially in that U Bar area.
*Would recommend 100%

A
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The food was great, however we were not seated until over an hour past my reservation. 2 of my party of 3 were running a little late, and I went in-person to ask if I could push the reservation from 8pm to 8:20ish. They said it wouldn't be a problem and we checked in with the entire party of 3 around 8:20. We were not seated until after 9pm, waiting a while to get a server, and had to ask for bread twice because we were so hungry after our long wait. I will not be going back and risking such a long wait.

b
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I've been to Sportello multiple times and have always enjoyed the food. Recently stopped in for Truffle Week. Service was very good - prompt, friendly, good wine recommendations. Green salad and cannoli for dessert were all lovely. I ordered the cacio e pepe with the freshly shaved truffles - no complaints about the truffles, but the pasta itself was a disappointment. Cacio e pepe is such a simple dish that it should be done perfectly, with a precise balance of ingredients. This version had no discernible black pepper at all. It looked and tasted like pasta and cheese, plus the truffles. I had to grind a substantial amount of pepper on it to give it some bite. I understand that the dish was probably on the menu in order to highlight the truffles, but it surprised me that the pasta wasn't really tasty enough to stand on its own (and good cacio e pepe should absolutely stand on its own). My companions' dishes were both good (branzino & steak) - and I've had good pasta in the past, so I'll probably come back - maybe this was an off night for the cacio e pepe.

AO
New England
23 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Lovely evening. The price fix meal was awesome and they surprised us with each course.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual great food, we both had their 2 course lunch special, which was delicious. A nice touch, the waiter offered us a second wine option vs the one we had selected. Never had a bad meal or bad experience at Sportello. Keep doing what you are doing!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food from the octopus salad to the rabbit as well as the tagliatelle. The tagliatelle was incredible. Even the bread offered during dinner was some of the best I’ve had.

ES
Cleveland
50 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Taglietelle Bolognese was very good.

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. I just craved some quality homemade pasta and I got exactly what I was looking for here. The fresh baked bread is also fairly impressive. I’d go back any day!!

C
New England
43 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and atmosphere. Informal setting coupled with spectuaclar food. One of the best restaurants in Boston.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food

JS
New England
77 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Sportello is becoming one of our favorites.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was phenomenal and gave us free wine to complement our entrees. It made the whole experience so much better.

F
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Very creative and tasty foods with an ambience on the noisy side. Service, while attentive, was a bit slow.

MR
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live in SF but always go to Sportello when I'm Boston because I love the casual vibe and great food and cocktails ! Service was awesome too!

KN
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cute diner vibe. Love the bolognaise! Very good service

DJ
New England
175 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love Sportello.... we have been dining there and taking guests and friends there since their opening!
Classics remain on the menu....
and each season an array of new items to select from.

The service is very good, food consistent, staff welcoming and friendly but professional.

What more could one ask for!

LG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

In Boston overnight.

SG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Went for our anniversary dinner and sat at a bar style table on top of many other people (elbow to elbow). Was not the atmosphere we were hoping for, however the food was great.

CS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Sportello experience! Amazing food. A little pricey!

LG
New England
20 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Sportello. This is one of the best meals around. It isn't cheap, but great food never is. Get the pasta, skip the dessert. They now have cocktails, and those are fabulous, too.

FW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The menu is not extensive, but includes something for everyone. I have some dietary restrictions and they were great about making adjustments. Interesting dinning at a counter which almost dosen't exist anymore. Definitely a different dining experience.

BM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

I had a pretty good experience the first time I went. I was at a table, so didn't notice the booths' experience. I sat in a booth this time - and it was very uncomfortable. Do not go here if you want to catch up with a friend or have a conversation. The food was way over priced. The cocktail was very small and very expensive. Portions are extremely small.

DM
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was actually toggling between four stars and five stars. Why? The service was warm and expert. The ambiance was fun, especially the window seat. The staff acknowledged our anniversary multiple times. And the food was delicious, even stupendous beginning with the fresh tomato soup with savory crouton and keeping apace throughout the chef's tasting menu. The challenge? Well, if food is love, we were smothered in love. Every morsel was delicious- but there was so much of it! So much and we were too ashamed to leave a bite behind or take home a doggy bag. So we indulged - down to the cannolis. Stuffed to the gills we rolled out into the night ...

SF
New England
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Some of the best in the Seaport. The bolognese is incredibly rich and delicious. But they save you by giving you just the right portion sizes. Great location for business lunch with an open 2nd floor overlooking the street.

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