Best Italian Restaurant in Boston

2015 Best Italian Restaurant

La Morra

Brookline

Any meal that begins with Josh Ziskin’s tried-and-true cicchetti—bite-size sage leaves dunked in tempura batter and fried with salty anchovies; crisp arancini filled with braised beef and cheese; Tuscan meatballs…Read More

2014 Best Italian Restaurant

Giulia

Cambridge

This Porter Square gem won us over with its chewy, emmer-flour-based farro casarecce alone, tossed with red-wine-braised duck, sweet cherries, and foie-gras butter on the night we tried it. But…Read More

2013 Best Italian Restaurant

Erbaluce

Boston

Drawing on his Piedmontese heritage, Charles Draghi turns out elegant northern Italian-inspired fare with a delicate touch—homemade pappardelle with cubed beets and speck; butternut-squash broth with spicy shrimp; and wild…Read More

2012 Best Italian Restaurant, Casual

Coppa

Boston

One of the biggest misconceptions about Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s South End enoteca is that it’s for hard-core meat eaters only. Sure, the restaurant was named after a cured…Read More

2012 Best Italian Restaurant, Romantic

Franklin Cafe

Boston

No need to consult with a wardrobe stylist when prepping for a classy date night at the Franklin. Just come as you are, slide into a black leather booth, and…Read More

2012 Best Italian Restaurant, Upscale

Rialto

Cambridge

The city’s Italian-dining scene skews either reasonably authentic (yet undistinguished), or posh (but not quite legit). Rialto bridges the gap with seasonal, from-scratch cooking (strands of bucatini with lobster and…Read More

2011 Best Italian Restaurant, Upscale

Dante

Cambridge

Okay, so the guy went and named a restaurant after himself. Clearly, chef Dante de Magistris is focusing his subtlety elsewhere—on, for example, his nuanced dishes. In actuality, each is…Read More

2011 Best Italian Restaurant, South

Orta

Pembroke

We love Orta for the same reason we love classic red-sauce Italian food: It’s bold, unpretentious, and easy on the wallet. That’s not to say chef Jimmy Burke’s fare isn’t…Read More

2011 Best Italian Restaurant, Casual

Trattoria Toscana

Boston

We’re reluctant to give up this little storefront gem, but its ribbons of house-made pappardelle and tender raviolis are just too delightful not to share. The bubbling braised tripe and…Read More

2009 Best Italian Restaurant, Affordable

Il Casale

Belmont

When dining at Il Casale, don’t be surprised if your companions—having mopped the last bit of tangy, rich marinara from their plates—start hatching a plan to move to the suburbs….Read More

2009 Best Italian Restaurant

Rialto

Cambridge

Like a Verdian lothario, this town’s upscale Italian has a knack for breaking hearts. Leave a place transported by its pillowy gnocchi, and you can bet your Bolognese it’ll be…Read More

2009 Best Italian Restaurant, Outside North End

Davio’s

Boston

Those who like their men as rich as a well-marbled rib-eye frequent this wood-paneled, martini-soaked Italian steakhouse packed with Mad Men wannabes, both of the divorced and the, ahem, forgot-my-ring-at-home…Read More

2008 Best Italian Restaurant, West

La Campania

Waltham

Given its Main Street address and wall of accolades from the likes of Wine Spectator and Zagat right inside the front door, there’s no pretending La Campania is an undiscovered…Read More

2008 Best Italian Restaurant, Affordable

Trattoria Toscana

Boston

This ’07 winner keeps its crown for another year, and deservedly so. We adore the relaxed intimacy of the teeny Fenway trattoria, especially the everyone’s-a-regular welcome from owner Zamir Kociaj…Read More

2008 Best Italian Restaurant

Dante

Cambridge

Don’t be misled by the hotel setting: Dante de Magistris is no banquet chef. Since opening his eponymous restaurant at the Royal Sonesta two years ago, de Magistris has found…Read More

2007 Best Italian Restaurant, Affordable

Trattoria Toscana

Boston

This Tuscan specialist hits all its marks: good wine, great pasta, glorious espresso. Grab one of the 28 seats, and relax in the mellow atmosphere (and the knowledge that nothing…Read More

2007 Best Italian Restaurant

Sorellina

Boston

Dinner at Sorellina can cost as much as a flight to Italy, but at least here the life-altering food comes without jet lag. The hearty pappardelle with rabbit ragu is…Read More

2006 Best Italian Restaurant

Via Matta

Boston

Time and again, Via Matta floors us with its marvelous interpretations of Italian standards: The prosciutto is accented with creamy homemade ricotta and piquant (not to mention addictive) pickled vegetables….Read More

2006 Best Italian Restaurant, South

Riva

Scituate Harbor

Italian food means many things to many people. At Riva it means a lusty love of fresh flavors, simple preparations, and family-friendly but still serious—and seriously good—dishes. Gather by the…Read More

2006 Best Italian Restaurant, Berkshires

Verdura

Great Barrington

Homey Italian joints all seem underwhelming after you’ve been to Verdura, the simple standout from restaurateur Bill Webber. In the rustic Tuscan dining room, plates of rich wild boar Bolognese,…Read More

2006 Best Italian Restaurant, Affordable

Vinny’s at Night

Somerville

We’d trek to Vinny’s just for the show—the checked tablecloths, the no-nonsense waitress, the vaguely Sopranos-esque clientele sucking down pasta fazool. But the food at this no-frills spot, tucked into…Read More

2005 Best Italian Restaurant

Via Matta

Boston

Perhaps it’s the ultimate enoteca or beautifully designed space. Maybe it’s the comprehensive menu of antipasti, pastas, and entrées, or the carefully selected all-Italian wine list. Nah. We think that…Read More

2005 Best Italian Restaurant, Nantucket

Sfoglia Restaurant

Nantucket

We’ve always loved Ron Suhanosky’s humble touch with simple Italian cuisine. The rotating menu at his year-round restaurant is worth a trip, but it’s his wife’s bread that makes visiting…Read More

2005 Best Italian Restaurant, Affordable

Vinny’s at Night

Somerville

Word about its low-priced, generously portioned Sicilian fare got out a while ago, but dinner at this no-longer-hidden gem in East Somerville still makes you feel you’re in on a…Read More

2004 Best Italian Restaurant

Teatro

Boston

Beautiful people and authentic Italian food—a combination for the ages, and a constant at Teatro. Here, generous portions of rustic Northern Italian fare are lavished on a well-heeled clientele beneath…Read More

2004 Best Italian Restaurant, South

Saporito’s Florence Club Café

Hull

Packed every weekend with straight-from-the-beach diners, this casual 14-booth Italian-Mediterranean outpost is as much about laid-back socializing as its menu is about great flavor. Locals lounge against the white lattice…Read More

2004 Best Italian Restaurant, Affordable

Giacomo’s

Boston

Giacomo’s South End location is just like its bustling counterpart on Hanover Street, only without the tourists lined up at the door. Affable co-owner John Taglieri makes guests feel at…Read More

2003 Best Italian Restaurant, West

La Campania

Waltham

Owned by a Neapolitan family, this trattoria offers a delicious gustatory holiday along the southern Italian coastline—right smack dab on Main Street in Waltham. Most dishes and all of the…Read More

2003 Best Italian Restaurant

Teatro

Boston

If dining is theater, then Teatro is the consummate Italian drama. Scene One: bold openers like over-the-top fresh antipasti and simple, but intensely flavored, steamed black mussels swimming in a…Read More

2002 Best Italian Restaurant

Trattoria à Scalinatella

Boston

Tucked away on a second floor above Hanover Street, this tiny slice of Sicily is proof there’s more to an authentic North End restaurant than red-and-white-checkered tablecloths. An elegant experience…Read More

2001 Best Italian Restaurant, South

Tosca

Hingham

Don’t even utter the word marinara. Octopus, seared sea scallops, smoked pork chops, and delicate raviolis are the breed of Italian served here. The ambience—high ceilings, sultry décor, two hopping…Read More

2001 Best Italian Restaurant

Maurizio’s

Boston

Ah, civility—a welcome change on a street known for interminable lines and cutthroat competition for tables on Saturday nights. Maurizio’s is intimate but not stuffy, the kind of restaurant where…Read More

2000 Best Italian Restaurant

Pomodoro

Boston

On any given night you can find crowds gathered on the sidewalk outside this cramped, noisy, hole-in-the-wall North Ender, jostling for the chance to dive into some of the freshest…Read More

1999 Best Italian Restaurant

Ristorante Toscano

Boston

No place else in Boston captures the simplicity and lack of fuss of real country Italian food, specifically food from Tuscany. That’s because nowhere else is run by northern Italians…Read More

1998 Best Italian Restaurant, Contemporary

Marcuccio’s

Boston

Boldly layered flavors, as in charred calamari with black olive puree and red pepper jus, and imaginative twists on staples, as in fusilli in a parmesan broth with walnuts and…Read More

1998 Best Italian Restaurant, Take-Out

Cremaldi’s

Cambridge

Food so good you won’t want to go out for dinner. Although the containers should feed two or three people, don’t underestimate the hog factor once you dig in. It’s…Read More

1998 Best Italian Restaurant, Traditional

Mamma Maria

Boston

Don’t be misled by the name: this ain’t no spaghetti house. Bringing high-end Northern cuisine to the North End, chef Bill Wallo is a maestro of the classics. Papardelle is…Read More

1997 Best Italian Restaurant, Contemporary

Pomodoro

Boston

Pomodoro’s flavorful, creative offerings reconcile the old Italian with the new. The food retains a simple, traditional character—which should not read as dull or unimaginative, whatever you may have come…Read More

1997 Best Italian Restaurant, Traditional

Ristorante Toscano

Boston

When Vinicio Paoli first arrived in Boston in the early ’80s, he says it was just like a scene from Big Night: “People would order risotto and then ask why…Read More

1996 Best Italian Restaurant

Galleria Italiana

Boston

We weren’t surprised when chef Barbara Lynch started garnering national attention. If only it weren’t so difficult to decide between the lasagna, the veal shank, and the duck…Read More

1996 Best Italian Restaurant

Mario’s

Hyde Park

This is native son Tommy Menino’s favorite neighborhood joint, and he should know, right? By the way, they call it spaghetti, not pasta…Read More

1995 Best Italian Restaurant

Ristorante Toscano

Boston

Crosstown rivals in the North End have yet to equal the confident simplicity of veteran chef Venito Paoli’s cuisine. Paoli turns out matchless risotti, superb seafood, and Boston’s best Bolognese…Read More

1986 Best Italian Restaurant

Michela’s

Cambridge

New-wave pizzas, pan-blackened shark, goat-cheese lasagna—these dishes are a far cry from the usual linguine with red sauce or stuffed manicotti. And they’ll make you feel as though you’ve rediscovered…Read More

1985 Best Italian Restaurant, Outside the North End

Il Capriccio

Waltham

Tiny, with northern Italian specialties. Chef Maurie Warren is outstanding…Read More

1984 Best Italian Restaurant, Outside the North End

Allegro

Waltham

Finesse to match the high prices…Read More

1984 Best Italian Restaurant, North End

La Piccola Venezia

Boston

After a short slump, the food is better than ever, the prices as low as ever, and the house red wine as much fun as ever. There’s even a waitress…Read More

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