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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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Join us for our Italian celebration of amore! The only menu that will be offered for Valentine's Day will be a 4 course family style menu starting at 4:00pm. Counter & table seating will be reserved for the evening. Please let us know if you have a preference, however we can not guarantee a table.

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Sportello Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.7

service

4.5

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4.3

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4.1

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Romantic (10)
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People Watching (9)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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·Dined on January 7, 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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·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 3, 2018

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

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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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·Dined on December 30, 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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 (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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·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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 (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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·Dined on December 10, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (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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·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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vip
 (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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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Have been multiple times. A little let down by service this visit. Seated at awkward located table in spite of a near empty late lunch reservation. Food, as always was pitch perfect. Service slow and not in a good way. Our house at person seemed distracted

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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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