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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.
Boston, MA 02110
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:30pm
Dinner: Sunday-Wednesday 4:30pm - 10pm
Thursday-Saturday 4:30pm - 11pm
$30 and under
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Barbara Lynch Gruppo catering company 9 At Home offers unique and exclusive catering from No. 9 Park, B&G Oysters, The Butcher Shop and Sportello. Please contact 617-423-4200 or email@example.com
In addition to evening valet ($18) and on-street parking, there are several open air lots and garages within two blocks of Sportello. There is a large garage on Stillings Street, a small lot on Farnsworth and several large lots on Boston Wharf Road & Congress Street.
For those taking public transportation, we are a short walk from South Station.
Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Sportello Ratings and Reviews
This was my third visit. Was not the same experience . I think they where stretched being busy. Service was ok. Food came slow and cold.
I will give it another chance as my first experience was excellent. At their high a la cart pricing they cannot provide anything other than excellent experience or not worth your time.
I have been here before and had a very nice meal but my recent visit was a big disappointment. I had the rolled and stuffed veal with artichokes. It was seriously overcooked and lacking in rich flavor. My tablemate had a mini lasagna which she enjoyed but did not love. The whole dinner was not as special as I had expected
Way way over priced. Paid $28 for pasta dish ..sauce was good but pasta was limp and not al dente. Best pasta in area is at Prezza or Guilia or Sulmona or Carmelina's even Babbo. Also Sportello charges $5 for bread... Barbara Lynch needs to revise the Sportello business model now that there are plenty of good restaurants in Seaport .
Sportello was wonderful. The menu options were wonderful - and they make all of their own pasta every day, including handmade gluten free pastas for all but 1 of the dishes. It was fantastic - the pasta with braised rabbit and olives was a particular standout. Strongly recommend - we had a delightful time.
Sportello is one of Boston's dining gems. While it's pricey, the food, the service, the ambiance--low-key but gracious--combine for a memorable dining experience. There's nothing pretentious here, but the chefs are seriously great, the wait staff knowledgeable and friendly. The room is bright and comfortable, with some seating at two U-shaped bars and some tables by the window. Outstanding, well-priced wine list. It's a source of great local pride that we have outstanding women as chef-owners of some of the best dining establishments in town!
Amazing pasta! Great service. Definitely recommend making reservations if you plan to go. We got there at 6 and it was rather empty, but it filled up within the half hour. My boyfriend and I both got wine and pasta and shared focaccia and an affagato for dessert. We both agreed the meal was delicious. It’s a little pricey for a casual night out, but well worth the money.
S/he who dreams of their next trip to Italy take note: keep your tastebuds in shape and dine at this neighborhood eatery. It's worth the detour just to have an assortment of delicious antipasti: the olives are perfectly marinated; the mushrooms juicy and flavorful; the Shishito peppers offer a green veggie balance to the ricotta-feta toast on one side of the spectrum and the delightfully spicy soppresata on the other. The servers will tell you pasta is their thing - believe them. Although I would prefer less truffle flavor in the gnocchi, it's darn good as is the unassailable Bolognese. Sorry, can't help you on desserts. Just sit back and have an amaro.
I've been meaning to try Sportello for a while now, and so glad we did! The atmosphere was great, some tables, but a lot of the seating is at the "bar" (almost "u" shape counter where everyone sits. Definitely makes the dining experience a little different. Portions were small, but the food was delicious!
We had a wonderful dinner at Sportello. Food was delicious and from where we were seated you could see the chefs prepare our meals. Entrees (potato gnocchi and swordfish) were superb along with the marinated mushrooms and Bibb salad for appetizers. Looking forward to going back and sampling some other entrees.
I chose this place for our anniversary dinner because of the reputation of the chef and her family of restaurants. the online menu and reviews helped me feel confident of trying Sportello sight unseen. That turned out to be a mistake for this event.
The restaurant is tiny and cramped and half the seating is at a diner style counter. the place was crowded and loud. So while it was a friendly communal atmosphere it was definitely the wrong setting for an intimate romantic date night. The place would have been fine for 1 or 2 couples before or after a show or movie, but not great for a party of 6 or more, just way to cramped. While we were dressed for a night out with jacket and tie and wife in en even dress ( not ideal for a bar stool) more than half the clientele were dressed very casually, so we looked and felt way over dressed.
Now the food is where Sportello does indeed shine. Incredible salume, olives, fire roasted peppers were all top notch. the octopus was the best I have this side of Madrid and the park shank was perfectly cooked and season.
So I would go again just not for a romantic night out.
It was our first visit to Sportello and definitely will not be our last. Everything from the wine (recommended by our server) to the pastas was delicious. The grilled shishito peppers were a good starter. The octopus carpaccio was delicious - perfectly seasoned and so tasty. Our 3 pastas - gnocchi with lobster, rabbit strozzapetti, and black olive pici were all flavorful and well-cooked.
Food is great, portions are very small given pricing & ambiance (squished into a counter top among a bunch of other people on hard chairs w/ no backs). Staff was very knowledgable about the menu. Admittedly aggravated by the "cafeteria" concept when stuck paying the same prices as most fine dining in Boston. Barbara Lynch's name is just not a good enough excuse for this to me, cheaper than Menton but certainly not equivalent "cafeterias" in Italy. Needs decent upscale seating and vibe or to lower their prices and/or up the portions.
October 6 dinner was not as good as usual
Food is good but service is slowwwww.
Our attendant was distant and unengaged.
The manager was nice enough to give use free deserts for waiting for a long time for our main course but I’d rather not go through that kind of bad service that completely ruin your dining experience specially when you brought a guest with you for a night out
Sportello was one of my solid faves but i don’t know what happened
I’d go somewhere else
The prosecco was too warm, that was already a bad start.
By contrast, the red wine was ice cold - I have never been to a good restaurant where they serve red wine from the fridge.
The meat was ok but too salty, but that is possibly just a point of view.
What is not a point of view was the bad service.
Our server was a nice guy, but he just didn't know what to do.
Asking to replace the lobster from the Gnocchi dish for a vegetarian, he was thinking hard for 1 minute, but could not come up with anything.
Then, our used plates from the antipasti were lingering around for too long, and were still there when half of the main course was finished.
I appreciated that they made cappuccino, but it came in a huge bowl.
Finally, when we asked to use the back door to enter Drink, they were hesitating if that was possible (I did that many times in the past).
Then somebody called downstairs to find out that we had to wait 20 minutes.
We then left to enter Drink after standing in line, which took 10 minutes.
What is going on with Sportello?
It used to be such a great place.
Maybe Ms Lynch is just so rich already that she doesn't care anymore.
Food is fantastic but if you're a party of 2, expect to be seated at the bar, not at a table even with reservation. It is open kitchen and although atmosphere is good, I was seated at the bar behind a large post which was a turn off. Dessert is a bit limited.
The food is absolutely DELICIOUS!! And creative.
The wine list is good though unnecessarily on the pricier side. The pasta portions can be a bit larger - it's so good you just want more of it. The place is LOUD. The waitresses move rather slowly as does the food from the kitchen so practice patience. Our host was so sweet, so accommodating - really went out of his way to make us feel welcome.
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