Sportello

4.6
2006 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Let us cook for you and your beau this Valentine's Day -- we'll offer a five-course menu all evening highlighting dishes that are perfect to share with your special someone. $95 per person, with optional wine pairing for $65.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The vibe and ambiance is casual and fun. The food is excellent. It is loud and you can hear the music from Drink below the restaurant. They have the best bread that I have ever eaten. We had olives, prosciutto and coppa for apps and all were excellent. We had 2 different handmade pastas as a main course that were also excellent. Service was attentive and suggestions were spot on.

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b
New England
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. I felt like I was in Italy. Wine list was perfect.
Our server was so nice and professional. We’re already planning to go back.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant for a lunch business mean. It is quiet enough for conversation and the food and service are fantastic.

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H
New England
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The gnocchi with lobster was devine. It’s worth going just to have that.

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LS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ethan is awesome and the food is unparalleled.

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New England
15 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were incredibly well taken care of by our waiter (Tommy, I think?). He made us feel like he was our personal server and really took his time with us. It resulted in a wonderful experience. Highlights aside from the service was the mountain of prosciutto, the melt in your mouth gnocchi and the perfectly garlic-y mussels. We opted for the tasting menu and it was worth every penny.

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FP
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

While the food was above average, the overall experience left me feeling like the restaurant was doing me a favor by serving me.

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M
New England
22 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious and the service terrific however, Sportello is beyond my budget for lunch. I’ll have to reserve it only for special occasions.

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SP
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were visiting Boston for a couple of days and a friend recommended this restaurant. We love good Italian and for us, it ticked all the boxes. Yummy.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Not what we were expecting based on prior dining experience. Waitress seemed unhappy to be working - was not warm or friendly. She did make excellent wine recommendations. Surprised by the food. Portions were small and were not packed with the usual bold flavors. Meat with side of tomato sauce was odd and pineapple upside down cake was dense and unappealing. It was NYE’s so expect to pay top dollar, but didn’t feel the quality of food came close to the price per person. Disappointing.

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AK
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Sportello for NYE was fun! Food was really delicious. The NYE after party was fun but could have been more well prepared for. They didn't have a full bar and the bartender kept having to get change from Menton. I also asked for a glass of red wine and it cost me $19. I get it's a fancy place, but generally when asking for any red wine I feel like charging $19 is fairly steep. The DJ also had two different types of music playing at once in the beginning and he didn't even count down to midnight. He gave a shout out to the owner at 12:01. Meanwhile everyone out is wondering why there wasn't a count down to New Year's. I would go to eat again but would not go for NYE.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

incredible meal, best gnocchi i’ve ever had. one of the male hosts offered us beverages while we were waiting, i asked if espresso martinis were available and he said they don’t have the products to make one, but he went to the bar downstairs and made one specially for me. our server could have been better, but we had an amazing meal and time!

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AB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

She is gorgeous and this helped a lot

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b
New England
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Have dined here quite a few times - always interesting and well-prepared food. A great spot and will certainly return again.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Rushed. Entrees arrived while still eating appetizers. Food was cold by the time we start eating. Clueless waitress. Not recommended if you want to have an Italian experience

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was carefully prepared and presented. Full of flavor and great attention to detail. Exceptional.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The potato gnocchi is fabulous, the u-shape table setting is cute, and the atmosphere is well-crafted.

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G
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been about 4 times now. It’s such a gem. I have no problem some serious dime on food if it is this good. The service is phenomenal and know their stuff. Like if I’m gonna be in Boston I’m going to eat here none negotiable. Deff important getting a reservation or you might wait for awhile. Wine list is on par to the quality of the food.

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FF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Greta place fir casual date night- can be part of the crowd while blending in to it!

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JD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an exceptional experience on a Sunday night when staff had a little more time to linger and chat, including the manager. All staff was highly knowledgable about the cuisine, the chef, the wine list, and Boston, in general. The food was magnificent - from the crudo appetizer to the impossibly light gnocchi to the greatest mussels EVER. Cocktails were fresh and inventive, wine list was unique and excellent - affordable, and don't leave without a grappa or homemade limoncello for the road (unless you are driving, which we weren't - woo hoo!).

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NN
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great weekend lunch - the Osso Bucco and slightly spicy tomato soup were outstanding. The welcoming environment features an open layout that allows you to see the masterful preparations.

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C
New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tommy was amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was awesome! Food delicious. Everything was perfect! Thank you for a great dining experience. 😊

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was spectacular from the lobster and mushroom gnocchi to the cannoli and housemade limoncello. Our server was awesome and made sure we were taken care of!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Unfortunately the service was terrible and the food left something to be desired.

I first went to Sportello in February and was blown away by the food and service. It appears to have gone down hill.

It took us 1h 15m to get our food. When we asked about the reason for delay, we were told that it was the Pork Milanese that ‘takes a while.’ I don’t know how frying a thin slice of poem takes long.

To be fair, the server begrudgingly offered a complimentary aperitif. But the overall attitude was frustrating.

What’s more, while we waited and waited for our food (it was about 10:15 pm) a majority of the staff congregated to hug and greet a couple who came into the restaurant to say hello. It felt inappropriate given the extreme wait time for the food.

The biggest bummer is that I really enjoyed that restaurant - and now will never go back.

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M
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible. Our waiter is super knowledgeable and have great recommendations for both wine and food. We sat at the shared bar table, some people obviously didn’t want it but it was perfect for my boyfriend and I. The seats are all spaced apart enough that it’s not crowded or feels like you’re dining with strangers. If it helps my boyfriend is 6’ 6’’ and he had no complaints. The pasta was unreal and fresh. It was a solidly priced meal, definitely $60+ a head with wine but worth it.

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PV
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Ughhhh. Expensive ? Yes. Worth it? No. Service was average (we waited for waitress to ask us what we want for drinks and then had to call her to tell us what we want), food selection is pretty limited, most setting is at the bar type table and we got right next to the kitchen. Overall - will not go there again for a date, but maybe ok for business meal on company dime.

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MG
New England
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I had wonderful time in this friendly restaurant. Highly recommended.

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SB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The squash ravioli was one of the best foods I've EVER tasted. I consider myself to be a "foodie" and enjoy all types of cuisine, and I can honestly say that this dish was spectacular.

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b
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious oso bucco, strozzapretti, and gnocchi.

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HS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had an early Sunday lunch at Sportello with my family, and it was absolutely wonderful. The room was bright, spacious, and interesting. The window seats provide a nice perch from which to watch people walking by on Congress Street. The service was quick and friendly. The pasta was home made and cooked perfectly. And the bread! I can't wait to go back.

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NY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sportello lived up to my expectations! They were extremely accommodating and made a big deal about the birthday we were celebrating! They had many gluten free options!

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VG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing and we love Nathan. He makes it feel like we're dining at a friend's home, eating the most delicious pasta ever made!

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CM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was amazing (especially bolognese pasta) but service was mediocre.

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ED
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was good, though portions small. Thought my entree was appetizer size when it landed in front of me. And I absolutely despise this whole diner/counter seating concept. I don't like diner stools in actual diners, but tolerate them because it's a diner: food is good, plentiful and cheap. Well this food is good, but not plentiful or cheap. On top of that, the way the counter is configured you stare at the people across from you. The waitress was also a bit too much like one who'd take my order in a diner. So, yeah...no.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 2

The food was amazing. Our service was okay and I really disliked sitting next to the kitchen. The cooks has long hair and didn’t wear hairnets and this bothered me as I watched them prepare my food.

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c
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Energetic space with a caring staff who were all team players. Every course was seasoned perfectly. If I lived in Boston, I would be a weekly Sportello Customer.

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JK
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friends from out of town came in for dinner and a show and we had a great time. Sportello was a great spot for dinner! The food was outstanding, Lindsey our waitress was wonderful, we had a window table so the street vibe added to the experience...overall great!

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JP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent service and tasty food! Gluten, dairy, and soy free options available. Very nice spot for a date with food allergies.

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M
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best gnocchi I've had in years, or perhaps ever. Light, fluffy, not gummy like most.
Servings are large, so don't over-order. On the other hand, excess makes for a good lunch the next day. Reservations are a must, and specify counter (no backs on seats) or tables. Everything was excellent. The staff were not only good, but they seemed very happy.

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