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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1982 Best Italian Restaurant

Allegro

Waltham

Terrific pasta, even though chef Jim Burke has never been to Italy…Read More

1979 Best Italian Restaurant

Francesca’s

Boston

Last year we picked some joint in Providence. We couldn’t afford the gas to check it out again. And why bother? We can walk to Francesca’s and eat the best…Read More

1978 Best Italian Restaurant

Angelo’s

Providence

There was so much dissension on the staff over this one that our only solution was to choose a fabulous little place fifty miles away. It has no checkered tablecloths…Read More

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