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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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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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