The 9 Best Italian Restaurants in Boston

By Andrew Byrd
By Andrew Byrd

Food & Drink

Homemade pasta from A Tavola

Whether you’re a fan of chicken parmigiana or spaghetti carbonara, Italian food is never a bad idea. Here, a list of our favorites to visit.

If you’re ever in New York on a road trip, we’ve also got lists for best Italian restaurants in NYC and the Hamptons.

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Fox and the Knife

This family-owned restaurant was inspired by chef Karen Akunowicz’s time spent in Modena, Italy. The menu is an homage to the city’s food, wine, culture and spirit. With authentic Italian cuisine from their pepe e cacio or the pollo al mattone, Fox and the Knife provides the perfect setting for a family outing. 28 W Broadway, 617.766.8630,

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Located in Boston’s Back Bay area, this neighborhood staple is one of the premier Italian restaurants in the city. Whether stopping to have a drink in the tranquil lounge or enjoy the famous veal chops, Italian steaks and handmade pastas, this little oasis is sure to leave you with a full stomach. 75 Arlington St., 617.357.4810,


With popular dishes like tiger shrimp pasta drenched in succulent tomato sauce and wild mushroom ragu pasta, no wonder this restaurant has become a favorite in the city. Pair your order with a delicious mimosa and you’re set to have an eventful evening. 351 Hanover St., 617.367.4348,

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Terramia Ristorante

This North End trattoria transports diners to Italia, thanks to a rustic design and authentic dishes. We suggest the salmon pan-seared with mustard crab meat crust, mashed potatoes and greens. Complement the dish with the Montefalco Rosso. 98 Salem St., 617.523.3112,

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House-made lamb sausage with broccoli rabe, broad bean and applewood grilled onion, anyone? Also order the decadent antipasti (think slow-roasted beets and prosciutto di parma) and, whatever you do, don’t forget to indulge in the desserts here. 1682 Massachusetts Ave., 617.441.2800,

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Anthony Caturano was 25 years old when he opened this North End restaurant named after the town where his grandmother grew up. Despite being surrounded by an abundance of Italian restaurants, Prezza is still recognized as one of the best Italian restaurants in the city. Some favorites include ricotta ravioli served with sausage, rabe and olives; and the gnocchi a la bolognese made with meat ragout, tomato, porcini cream and Pecorino cheese. 24 Fleet St., 617. 227.1577,


Located in the heart of Boston’s Copley Square, chef and owner Jamie Mammano’s sophisticated dining destination is known for its modern interpretation of Italian classic cuisine. Along with delving into the restaurant’s renowned wine list, try the gnocchi served with Maine lobster and Vermont butter before forking into the filet mignon. 1 Huntington Ave., 617.412.4600,

A Tavola Restaurant

Using fresh ingredients to make their food and by procuring a dedicated wine list with bottles strictly from Italy, the kitchen team at A Tavola Restaurant has enlisted a dedicated following. We suggest trying the resto’s Roman style margherita pizza or the swordfish. 34 Church St., 781.729.1040,


This modern American trattoria is defined by meals inspired by Italian flavors and American innovation. With dishes such as spaghetti squash and tortellini flavored with bone marrow brodo, celery root, young ginger, this is the perfect place for groups looking for a chic aesthetic and a cozy vibe. 928 Massachusetts Ave., 617.945.1761,

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