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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
We were visiting Boston and had heard of Sportello. It definitely lived up to our expectations and more. The food was delicious but recommend knowing how to order off the menu to enjoy all courses.
The atmosphere is vibrant and would recommend a table vs counter seating if have more than two in your party. Otherwise, it might be difficult to enjoy dinner conversation.
I don't think you can go wrong with anything on the menu. The only comment I will make is that we were disappointed that bread was not served (it is an Italian restaurant after all!!). There were so many delicious sauces that a good piece of Italian bread would have made such a difference. We were sad to leave the sauces on the plates!
I travel to Boston for business and enjoy dining (alone) at No 9 Park. When I couldn't get a table on my last visit, I decided to see if Sportello had room. They did although I was apprehensive about the counter seating. It turned out to be fine mostly due to the cordial and skillful service. I accepted the server's recommendation for olives and a glass of Kerner from the Alto Adige to awaken my palate. Bright eyed and bushy tailed, the deliciously piquant soppressata and a little more of the Kerner had my expectations high. Having been advised that the kitchen makes amazing pasta, I selected the tagliatelle with sauce Bolognese. It was wonderful as was the Cos Cerasuolo from Sicily. I don't know when I'm next scheduled to be in Boston but whenever it is, I'll look forward to returning to Sportello.
This place was recommended by a few work colleagues and honestly I expected it to be better. The food was good (a little above average) but not great. The service was disappointing. Definitely very slow. We ordered the pre fixe menu with the wine pairings and we got confused and ordered another separate glass of wine thinking there was no more wine coming with the pairing. Our server let us order this extra wine without mentioning that another wine pairing was coming.
Sportello was an unexpected surprise; a terrific experience. I went there for a quick business lunch and was a little fearful it would prove to be a heavy pasta lunch (honestly, not a bad thing -- I love pasta, especially great pasta)... but the server recommended I try the octopus carpaccio and a vegetable on the side for something lighter... I took her recommendation and it was tell worth. Flavors were amazing... totally worth it. I'll be back.
The food was spectacular!! If you go you MUST request Tony for your server! His attention to detail is second to none!! He was able to recommend incredible food choices and wine pairings. Also, we met the manager Mike who was amazing too!!! The staff is excellent
Good potential, good service, kitchen very slow and confused, my food was slightly above average, my wife's was embarrassingly poor. I hope they turn it around. People won't just show up forever with that inconsistency. Good ambiance, good potential, poor execution.
It was one of the best dining experiences anyone in our group had had in recent memory. The service was beyond excellent from the warm welcome to the great advice and working as a discrete well oiled machine. The food was as good or better than the service. Every app was out of this world and we had to share them all, the same for the pastas and desserts. Finally, the wine pairings were perfect. We will be back more often!
The counter style seating is a throwback to the diner era with two u-shaped counters and backless stools. The menu centers on Italian small plates to start and pastas for the main course. The prosciutto and cheese with fresh breads was a great starter and I'd recommend the cucumber salad with ginger (great light summer option) but the chilled melon soup was lacking flavor and came out room temperature. For dinner, you'd have a hard time going wrong with pasta - I recommend the Tagliatelle. Service was very slow (1h 45m for dinner) and our waiter didn't come around for long stretches of time, especially once it was clear food was delayed - a bit frustrating. All in all, the home made pasta and ambiance make Sportello worth a repeat visit, but hoping for better service next time around.
Although the team at Sportello are very nice, they should be embarrassed by our experience. Zero attention to detail, the food was lukewarm at best and for a Barbra Lynch experience it was beyond subpar.
As an example, one of us wanted to get another drink and at one pointgot so frustrated at being ignored, they placed the bottle upside down into the glass just to catch someone's attention. Literally, the entire Sportello team, including management went by our space, glanced over and left this in place, also conveniently not seeing our hand waving or hearing our pleas for some sort of attention.
Similarly when our server finally reappeared after taking our orders he seemed surprised that we were wondering about the status of our food after 20minutes. When he seemed surprised again when we asked about the main course almost an hour later, we hoped he was just joking. It was made worse by the manager who disappeared to look for our order and then showed up minutes later with luke warm and cold food.
Everyone is entitled to an off night but it seemed that our entire side of the restaurant was wondering about their food and bev and no one on staff took the time to get ahead and at least let their guests know there was an issue and their experience may be affected. What was worse is that the entire floor staff including the manager found time to check their phones and chat in different corners of the floor about a number of entertaining subjects that led them to laugh loud enough for us to hear.
Went here with a couple friends for dinner, the food was mediocre at best, 2 of us ordered the squid ink pasta and it was served cold, very very aldente and had zero flavor. We also ordered sorbet at the end and 2 out of 3 flavors were freezer burned. I would say the mussels were decent but that was about it. If you're up for spending around $250-300 for bad food and ok wine then feel free to go here if not there are so many other fabulous restaurants around the area that are much better for your money.
We loved Sportello ! We will definitely be back. My only problem is that I can't eat spicy food and was disappointed when my ravioli dish arrived, it was too spicy to eat. There was no indication on the menu that there were hot peppers inside. The waitress was very nice and agreed to get me something else, no charge. I then ordered the lobster gnocchi and it was delicious. The breads were yummy as was the melon soup. Overall a good meal.
Food was delicious - we had the octopus carpaccio, heirloom tomato salad, pork, strozzapreti with braised rabbit, cannelini beans and cannoli to finish. Everything was fantastic, but the can't miss were the octopus carpaccio, the pork, and the strozzapreti with braised rabbit.
The only negative was that I found the seating terribly uncomfortable. This may only be an issue for taller patrons (I am 6ft); my dining partner is 5'4" and didn't seem to have a problem.
Great experience! The food was tasty, the atmosphere trendy, and the service was amazing. We had the "Chef's Feast" which included 3 courses along with wine pairing. Each course was a surprise and included something that we would not typically order. Everything was delicious but nothing blew us away. What made the meal such an awesome experience was the service! Our waitress was super knowledgeable and it was a ton of fun watching the chef's team cook from your table. We definitely recommend this one!
Great food and service here. Dishes are simple, flavorful and beautifully executed. The handmade pastas are a particular standout. Only drawback is the setup of the bar seating. Seats were not comfortable at all, but a small price to pay for what was otherwise a flawless dining experience.
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