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About Sportello

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.

348 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02110
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:30pm
Dinner: Sunday-Wednesday 4:30pm - 10pm
Thursday-Saturday 4:30pm - 11pm

Cross Street:
A Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 737-1234

Website:
http://www.sportelloboston.com/

Catering:
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 info@9athome.com

Parking Details:
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.

Public Transit:
For those taking public transportation, we are a short walk from South Station.

Executive Chef:
Barbara Lynch

Additional:
Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Celebrate New Years Eve with us in the theme of a Venetian Masquerade. Wear your best mask, and join us for a night in Venice! We will be offering our family style Feast Menu for the evening so bring your friends too. We look forward to hosting you!

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Sportello Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.4

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4.3

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (40)
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Good for Birthdays (16)
Comfort Food (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Business Meals (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
People Watching (12)
Romantic (12)
Healthy (10)
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Late-night Find (7)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Tapas (3)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic in every way! Such a great vibe - very relaxed with top notch food!

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·Dined 6 days ago

The food is delicious. There's no other way to put it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Food is ok, less than expected. Bread is ok and not free/over priced. Service is great.

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

The food was outstanding! I had the tagliatelle with a bolognese sauce and it was truly a work of art. The waitstaff was superb, warm and attentive in just the right way! I look forward to the next visit!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great meal, as always! The diner atmosphere is kinda funky, but if the quality of the meal is more important than the retro surroundings and close tables, it's a perfect place for lunch.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Reliably outstanding

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 (London)·Dined on December 3, 2017

When we think pasta we often think of simple comfort. Sportello turns this upside down with their unique dishes built around fresh made pasta. The combination of ingredients bring pasta to life. And the pasta itself, incredible.... I loved gnocchi before, but after this I can't go back to others.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Ethan, as always, made our experience a great one! Hostess was delightful. You can't beat the food and wine here. LOVE the tomato soup, and can't get enough of the tagliatelle bolognese..nobody does it better than Sportello! We'll be back soon.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (London)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Sportello is the best Italian restaurant in Boston period.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 27, 2017

this place is the BEST! service was incredible and the food was AMAZING. i'd eat here everyday if i could!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The pasta was incredible! The dishes they create with pasta are so unique and it was delicious.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

La comida exquisita, la atención muy buena y el servicio excelente

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Awesome and knowledgeable waitstaff. Always amazing food and wine!

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Really enjoyable dinner with superior service

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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food and brilliant wait staff - recommend the mushrooms and the gnocchi - sooo good!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 16, 2017

An absolutely incredible meal. Warm hospitality, great food and great wine. Couldn’t recommend it more highly.

Tags: Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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 .

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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Overall the flavor of food is there but the portion size to food is really low. $29 for 7 gnocchi seems alittle over priced. Think people would order multiple pasta if price wasn’t so steep.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great atmosphere, cool vibe, fresh homemade pasta. Fun place to eat not pretentious at all.

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Fun, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Casual, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food and service are great, but portions are so small. One thin crostini with ricotta & feta for $9? Focaccia for $5? Entree portions are tiny as well. Best value on the menu are the desserts!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Booked via openTable on basis of eater 28 review and was very pleased. Authentic Italian style starters and pasta and wines. Downstairs bar a great place to have a drink whilst waiting for rest of group go turn up . Service very good!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We had an amazing meal. Sarah was extremely helpful

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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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!

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

One of my favorite Boston restaurants, the food is spectacular and the staff exemplary. It’s one of Barbara Lynch’s creations and one of her best. A place for regulars and visitors alike.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Loved the bar counter styling. Terrific service. Carpaccio was amazing. Pastas were mediocre.

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 (Yosemite)·Dined on October 19, 2017

A chance find. We had a wonderful experience. Innovative layout and despite the crowd we could easily hear each other. Great food, service and wine

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Delicious, well composed dishes on the small menu were expertly prepared

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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Hands down my favorite restaurant in Boston. The staff is wonderful, everyone was very warm and welcoming and very informative. The food is outstanding. Get the brocollini as an extra, you WON’T regret it!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Though the portions were small, the food blew us away!

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Barb Lynch places come w high expectations -- they were exceeded on our visit w friends form out of town one of whom owned/chef'd a high end restarau
nt..

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

It was a special night and sportello made it all the more special. It was memorable, friendly, intimate, and exactly what I wanted from an anniversary dinner

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great food. Service could have been friendlier, even if only by a hint of a smile to indicate that we were actually welcome in the establishment.

Tags: Casual
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