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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

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Sportello Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.6

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4.5

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4.3

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4.0

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (20)
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Notable Wine List (15)
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Good for Anniversaries (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Authentic (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Romantic (7)
Healthy (6)
People Watching (6)
Business Meals (5)
Cozy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
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Worth the Drive (3)
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Waterfront (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Had fun time. 4 of us. Did family style which was OK - appeared they forgot it was for 4 people - salad could have had a few more lettuce leaves, bruschetta type appetizer could have had 4 slices versus 2 slices, things were not cut/sliced for 4, and since it was family style, there should have been some serving utensils provided. All in all was delicious and pacing was perfect.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

We love the food. The service. The atmosphere. Everything

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Not worth the $$$. Pacing of meal was SLOW AF.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Valentines Day menu was tasteless and boring. Small portions. Wildly overpriced. Service very slow - took 2.5 hrs to get through the meal.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Loved this place. The food is fresh, imaginative and tasty. The service efficient and friendly. Sitting at the bar is fun. I will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was quite good, and there are good options on the menu. It's a bit pricey for the food preparation, we got the bolognese ($28) which is stored in tubs in a refrigerator and reheated over fresh pasta. Sometimes the concept of being able to see in the kitchen can work against you.

The service is strange because it's diner seating, so we never felt like we had great service, but waitstaff was friendly and relatively knowledgable.

I'd caution folks, because of the concept it's not very private, and you'll sit next to your date vs across from them, but it did make it easier for us to share.

While a lot of this review seems negative, we actually had a really solid meal, good wine, and for a pair of parents that don't get out much, it was a great night out.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Not sure what the hype is about...food was very unimpressive and really not worth the money. $30 for gnocchi with lobster and there were only a few flecks of lobster to be found. Service was absolutely excellent, unfortunately food did not at all live up to hopes or expectations.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Always wonderful food on point and always delicious and consistent.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was excellent but the menu was very pricey and limited. Amazing service though!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 31, 2018

The service was impeccable, and the food sublime. We shared the beet and prosciutto salad, the tagliatelle bolognese, and the pork shank. The presentations were simple and elegant, and the tastes were fantastic. They made it easy to share and we felt welcomed and happy to be there. Do wish that the stools at the counter had backs!

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and casual ambiance!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Service was friendly and perfectly paced. Food was bliss! Never a disappointment!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was delicious. We were 4 people so we decided to order the tasting this way we could try more things. The portions are family style but not enough food for 4 people. Next time we each order our own appetizer and main course.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food and ambience were spectacular. We chose three courses for myself and my partner along with wine pairings. All were excellent with one exception. The braiser rabbit pasta was a bit too salty but other than that everything was wonderful. Our server was attentive and extremly knowledgeable about the food as well as the wine.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Great wine list, pasta and service! Lobster gnocchi was awesome, light pillow gnocchi and a generous amount of lobster too. I loved the peas in this dish, made it really fresh. The bolognese was also great, tasty pasta. I would stick with pastas, I had the mussels, they were mediocre.

Totally recommend for great food, great service and fun date spot!

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Food and service were good but I have had better there. Soup was not hot and tortellini too salty.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 16, 2018

At first I was surprised at how casual the restaurant was (barstool seats), but I came to love every aspect of our visit: quickly seated, cozy ambiance, friendly service, and delicious food.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The reviews acclaimed Sportello for the food. That's true, but the portions (at least of the pasta dishes) were minuscule . So if you're hungry def order appetizers and don't be surprised at the bill at the end. I really don't understand how these portions can count as entrees, esp at a restaurant pretending to be an upscale diner

Otherwise, service is warm and attentive, really interesting wines by the glass, and close to the ICA

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Creative combinations well conceived and prepared. Outstanding service was attentive and warm yet relaxed.

Only shortfalls were that the veal cheek/mushroom pasta was much too salty and 2 of the entree serving bowls were chipped which was concerning and unexpectedly sloppy.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Visiting from out of town and wanted to experience one of Barbara Lynch’s great Boston standards. We had cocktails at Drink downstairs and then were able to carry them upstairs to Sportello for our reservation when we weren’t finished in time. It was lovely to be able to just enjoy them and not have to rush!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Wonderful- we love it at sportello!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Always amazing. Never disappoints. Service is incredible and the food is fantastic.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Casual, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Get the aged Negroni, better yet, get two.....

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I mean come on. Stop reading this and go now. I mean, now.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We were honeymooning in Boston and were told by other servers from different restaurants that we had to try Sportello, and well, it was our favorite spot. We started with drinks at Drink, which was such an awesome experience. Then had reservations at Sportello. We sat at the U-shaped table and Ethan was our waiter. To be honest, Sportello has the whole package! We had the most romantic dinner, with the best waiter around. Ethan was knowledgeable, friendly, quick to meet our needs, and made us feel like we were friends from the moment we sat down. Now for the food, we were blown away. We did the family style option where we received a 3-4 course meal and chose to have the wine paired with each part. It was splendid. Each course was delightful and unique and well, delicious. We can't wait to come back to Boston to see Ethan and do the night all over again! I definitely will be recommending Sportello to other friends and acquaintances traveling to Boston!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

5 stars overall, especially for Ethan.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Food and service were absolutely amazing!!! Thank you Sportello for a lovely experience.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 18, 2017

If you are really really hungry and you want a giant meal, Sportello is not your place. However, if you are a foodie and you want an experience that you will remember, this is your place. Very relaxed and cool atmosphere. Each time you taste a different dish you will be tempted to say 'That is the best ____ I've ever had'.

Once you've eaten there, you'll remember this and say that I was right.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Well... the cocktails are limited by their liquor license, it seems. So not bar quality libations, but trying to work out a cocktail experience within the limits. Wine choice is nice. Pasta choices were terrific, if modest in size. Pork loin came to the table just above cold. Why do wait staff imagine that “heating it up” is the solution for that? No. Too late. You can take it away and run it under the salamander while the table finishes eating, and then bring it back to eat while the rest of the table finishes their wine, but the answer should actually be to comp the plate that the kitchen or the expediter let sit too long. We’ll eat it like leftovers that have cooled off after the party, and not mind quite so much. Coffee was excellent.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The food and the service were amazing. I would definitely come back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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 (New England)·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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 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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