The Best Italian Restaurants in Boston

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Full of historic sites, charming neighborhoods, beautiful public parks, a wide variety of museums and world-class dining options, it’s no wonder that Boston is one of the most popular cities in the country. The Massachusetts capital has plenty of great attractions, including the Freedom Trail, Beacon Bill and Boston Public Garden. Catch a game at Fenway Park, check out the bar where they filmed Cheers and be sure to indulge in some of the amazing food that Boston has to offer. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the options, whether you’re grabbing a bite of street food at Faneuil Hall or sitting down to an elegant dinner in the Back Bay. One thing that makes Beantown famous is the abundance of Italian eateries - so many it can be dizzying! Check out our Tastemaker Lists of where to find the very best Italian restaurants in Boston.

Restaurants:Giulia Restaurant, Coppa, Bar Mezzana
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:Cambridge, South End

Giulia Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Cambridge
1,192 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
Located on Mass Ave in Cambridge, Giulia is an Italian restaurant with a perfect blend of spirited cooking and gracious hospitality. The convenient location between Harvard and PorRead more
99% recommended
Italian in Boston / New England

Coppa

$$$$·Italian·
South End
878 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for a Date
Coppa is a small, intimate eatery tucked on a quiet side street in the South End neighborhood of Boston. Known for being one of the best Italian restaurants in Boston, it features Read more
97% recommended

Bar Mezzana

$$$$·Italian·
South End
937 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
For amazing Italian food that focuses on fresh and tasty seafood creations, head to Bar Mezzana in the Ink Block in South End. It is a coastal Italian eatery by industry gurus HeatRead more
100% recommended
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MIDA

$$$$·Italian·
South End
1,196 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
MIDA is a South End neighborhood restaurant, inspired by the simplicity of classic Italian cooking. They believe in being generous and thoughtful in the ways they prepare food and Read more
95% recommended
Italian in Boston

Fat Hen Broadway East

$$$$·Italian·
Somerville
330 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
Located on Broadway in Somerville, near Tufts University, Assembly Row and Partners Health Care, the Fat Hen Broadway East is the sister restaurant to La Brasa. The focus here is oRead more
94% recommended
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Benedetto

$$$$·Italian·
Cambridge
293 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
For one of the best Italian restaurants in Boston that also features an awesome cocktail menu, head to Benedetto on Bennett Street in Cambridge. Here, they stick to the honesty andRead more
91% recommended
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Sportello

$$$$·Italian·
Fort Point Channel
2,312 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Sportello is a modern take on the classic diner and offers a menu of chef Barbara Lynch’s trattoria-inspired Italian cuisine. The atmosphere here at this Fort Point Channel hot spoRead more
86% recommended
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Bin 26 Enoteca

$$$$·Italian·
Beacon Hill
403 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Bin 26 Enoteca is one of Beacon Hill’s most authentic Italian restaurants. It’s a charming neighborhood spot designed for snacking and sharing small plates or indulging in a full mRead more
97% recommended

Serafina - Boston Back Bay

$$$$·Italian·
Back Bay
143 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Comfort Food
Serafina, located on Newbury Street in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, is all about authentic Italian cuisine. The restaurant offers an intimate, casual atmosphere to enjoy luRead more
83% recommended
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Sorellina Boston

$$$$·Italian·
Back Bay
4,216 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies
Located on Huntington Avenue in Back Bay, Sorellina is a contemporary Italian-Mediterranean cuisine served in an upbeat and sophisticated environment. The staff wants to provide yoRead more
94% recommended
Special Occasions in Boston
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Toscano Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Beacon Hill
2,570 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
Toscano is all about fresh seafood caught off the Tuscan coast. It’s definitely one of the best Italian restaurants in Boston for those looking for tasty and inventive seafood dishRead more
97% recommended
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Viale

$$$$·Italian·
Cambridge
712 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
Located in the vibrant Central Square neighborhood of Cambridge, Viale is a fun, casual, upscale restaurant focused on the flavors of Italy and New England. The menu features freshRead more
96% recommended
Healthy in Boston
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Scampo at The Liberty Hotel

$$$$·Italian·
Beacon Hill
2,724 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
In the mood for classic Italian pizza but not sure where to go? Head to Scampo restaurant on the first floor of Boston’s Liberty Hotel. It is a culinary destination that draws in fRead more
91% recommended

Terra at Eataly Boston

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Back Bay
1,895 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
Located on the third floor of Eataly Boston, Terra is an awesome place for Italian food in the Back Bay neighborhood. The dining room centers around a wood-burning Italian grill anRead more

Mare

$$$$·Italian·
North End
1,425 reviews
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
In the mood for delectable Italian seafood? Look no further than Mare, which is the Italian word for ‘sea.’ This North End hotspot has a casual elegant vibe, prime location and amaRead more
96% recommended
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Table

$$$$·Italian·
North End
252 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Table is one of the newest restaurants to hit the famous North End, aka “Little Italy” of Boston. They focus on delivering a supremely rewarding experience with their old-school eaRead more
94% recommended
Italian in Boston / New England
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Gran Gusto

$$$$·Italian·
Cambridge
874 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Gran Gusto, located on Sherman Street in Cambridge, prides themselves on delivering a high-quality meal for a very affordable price. They are a totally in-house production and eachRead more
94% recommended
Italian in Boston

Tony & Elaine's

$$$$·Italian·
North End
339 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Cosy
Tony and Elaine’s is the newest addition to the growing empire of Nick Frattaroli. Located in the North End, this popular Italian place took over the Amici space on Washington StreRead more
95% recommended

Forcella

$$$$·Italian·
North End
271 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
Forcella, considered one of the best Italian restaurants in Boston, is the place to go if you’re looking for old school Italian cuisine. Located in the North End, this is a tiny reRead more
94% recommended
Italian in Boston / New England
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Cinquecento Roman Trattoria

$$$$·Italian·
South End
1,390 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries
Cinquecento Roman Trattoria, located on Harrison Ave in the South End neighborhood, is one of the best Italian restaurants in Boston. It’s a comfortable but lively spot that feels Read more
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