Love this place. Second time - still impressed. The Strozapretti with rabbit is unbeatable. Apps were lovely as well. Impressive food for the price. I will be back again and again.
Ethan the server was outstanding. Impeccable service, took his job seriously but not himself. Best service I had in years
We had reservations and were seated at the bar in small backless stools which were very uncomfortable. They had a few small tables throughout but we weren't offered one of these. The portions are super small for what you pay. The limited selections had decent flavor.
When someone new to Boston asks me where they should eat, I always say 'Sportello' first. I really loved the place, and I have taken countless friends, family members, and dates here. I thought it was an incredible balance between value (always a little bit pricey but still good), food (seasonal, exciting, and delicious), energetic ambiance, and good service.
But something changed in the last month. First, the whole structure of the menu has been updated. Pastas moved to the right of the page, and main entrees were boxed in the center (Secondi). Appetizers were subdivided into two sections, one for salads/soups and antipasta. Wine selection remains good, and we were pleased with the suggestions. Bread is no longer complimentary - it went from a delicious ricotta apricot (?) spread, to olive oil with a side of bread, and then to nothing.
As a party of 3, we ordered an octopus salad (delicious) to share and three pastas. But then the pasta came out and it seemed.. rather small .. but at the same price. It was never a big portion to begin with, but this felt like a portion I would get as part of a tasting menu. Okay, that's an exaggeration, and it felt like 2/3 of what a good meal should feel like. Service was also slower than usual. Pasta was really delicious - go with the Bigoli Nero!
My mom visited from Houston and was in love with their coconut cake. Menus change, and she was quite sad that the coconut cake has disappeared. I like and understand seasonal changes in menus, but desserts were really limited. We ordered cannolis instead, since desserts have been reduced to gelato, sorbet, and cannolis. They were fine but nothing special.
Overall, the experience was lackluster and disappointing relative to my previous experiences given many changes that reduced the experience. That is to say the pasta is still really good. I still say Sportello is one of my all-time favorite restaurants, but now I cannot give such a glowing recommendation anymore.
The BEST on Congress!:)
Very sweet restaurant--a perfect environment for a lovely meal but not stuffy. Sportello is never a bad choice!
It was alright. Tiny portions.
Atmosphere was great - quiet and not too loud. Kitchen was exposed so that customers could watch the chefs preparing the food.
Food - Pasta dishes were very tasty. Appetizers portion was smaller than expected.
Waiter was not very attentive , kind of disorganized - had to solicit certain items from the other staff
Food is good but overpriced - portions on the small side
I have been coming here for many years, and love the food.
was a little disappointed at how small the portions have gotten.
And that's from the lips of a petite person!
Portion sizes have shrunk, but prices are the same. Charging for bread is tacky. Food is still great but annoyed at the negative changes.
Just when I thought Sportello couldn't do any better, they added lobster to the gnocchi. Excellent! The rose flight was delightful too.
To be fair, it was very busy on a Friday night. We've eaten there many times before. However,
now there are no half portions and the regular portions have become smaller. The bolognese,
always delicious in the past, was quite soupy with too much cream. It's expensive for what
you receive. The following night we ate somewhere else, and the bolognese was very good and cost half the price. We'll eat at Sportello's again, give it another chance, maybe eat earlier when it's less crowded, to see if we just got an off night. Sportello's is usually consistent.
The food was tasty but the portion was just way too small and we generally don't have huge appetite. Why can't they just charge more and give you more food? To make it worse, our server was inattentive and we ended up just sitting around waiting most of the night. It was frustrating.
I met three friends for dinner at Sportello on a Wednesday night. We had a 9pm reservation. We sat down and started by ordering a few things to share. We got caught up in talking, and enjoying the food as it came out (the lobster gnocchi, burrata and branzino were all great). 10pm came around quickly, and all of a sudden the dining room was pretty empty and the staff was closing down. We waved down our waiter to ask if we could order a couple more dishes— he replied that the kitchen had already closed. We left still hungry, and a little annoyed. The strange service experience, coupled with a reservation time that should come with more of a warning, made the otherwise fun and tasty meal a little less enjoyable.