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Reviewed 26 September 2022 via mobile

Couldn’t get an Open Table reservation on a Saturday night. Stopped by in person, they happened to have a table for two and quickly sat us. Ordered the Crab Gnocchi (Semolina Gnocchi, White Wine, Tomatoes) appetizer as my entree for $24. It was delicious and...very filling. Service was excellent.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 9 May 2022

My husband is from Boston and so we visit 4 to 5 times a year.We love the sports ,culture and especially the food, as it difficult to get great seafood and Italian food where we live. Hanover Street has been a tradition for years and...I cannot remember having a bad meal. However , Nico changed that-4 people ,4 poor meals. We had reservations 2 weeks ahead. We arrived and were met outside by hostess in 40 degree and very windy weather.She acted as if she couldn’t find our reservation until my husband pointed it out.Then she asked us to stand outside instead of letting us come in for drink at the bar. We waited 10 minutes outside and she then invited us in through a busy bar and restaurant to the downstairs dining room and seated us across from a service area and next to bathroom . Oh well, just small annoyances and we are just looking forward to a bottle of nice wine and a good meal. Appetizers fine. Wine list is a bit overpriced for what is offered . I ordered the Cacio e Pepe that was a Specialty and advertised as served table side. After ordering, the waiter let me know that because we were downstairs that was not a possibility. We also ordered veal parmigiana and cioppino. When served dinner, the Cacio was grayish and slightly sour. Tried fixing with salt and a sprinkle of Parmesan, but nothing could help it. It did not taste like a traditional Cacio e Papa. The veal Parmesan was soggy, with too much sauce. The Cioppino had dried out lobster. They don’t serve dessert which seems to be a trend as way to quickly turn tables. Final straw was when I saw the hostess come down and talk to our waiter , eyeing us to see if we were leaving . We were out of Nico in under an hour with a $500 dinner bill. I really can’t remember a worse set of meals or less hospitable service. Only highlight was the drunk woman who stumbled down the stairs bumping us, the walls and anything else on her way. Pushing,pulling and pounding on the bathroom door without staff members saying a word .Mesmerizing! When we were walking down the stairs to our table I saw a sign at the top of the stairs that declared the downstairs dining room as “Nico’s Secret “ . My greatest wish is that it remained a secret from our family! Don’t go! So many other good restaurants all along the road!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 23 April 2022 via mobile

Quite possibly the worst meal/experience I’ve had on a vacation. The restaurant had 7 tables, very very cramped inside. The bar serves no name brand alcohol, but charges as if they were. We ordered calamari as an appetizer and were unable to eat it because...it was so greasy. I ordered the rigatoni alla vodka. It tasted just okay, but the presentation was unappetizing. It was served in a silver cooking pan. The table is already small to begin with and then expecting the guests to eat out of a pan is just wrong. We also ordered the lobster fra diablo. It was a split, overcooked lobster, in the shell, served under the pasta. We are dressed up for dinner and had to crack this lobster and scoop all the pasta off. It was so unappealing. By the time we finished getting the meat out, the food was cold. Also it was not spicy at all. DO NOT ORDER THIS OR GO TO THIS RESTAURANT!!!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 2 November 2021

We had a small group of old friends visiting Boston a few weeks ago and had the pleasure of dinner at Nico. We had dinner at four different Italian restaurants in the North End, and at Nico not only was the food excellent, and an...excellent wine list, but the attitude, friendliness, and helpfulness of the manager, Katie, and her staff made it our best dining experience of the trip!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 1 August 2021 via mobile

This was my first time eating here. We ordered takeout bc we were not comfortable eating inside. They do offer outside dining. But I ordered the salmon with garlic mash potatoes and broccoli rob. Very delicious and seasoned well. Very friendly staff.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 31 July 2021 via mobile

My family had dinner here one night while in Boston. We all enjoyed our meals but the Rigatoni alla vodka was definitely the best.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 9 May 2021 via mobile

We were in Boston for a night and went here for an early dinner. Our reservation was for 4:30 and we sat about 5 minute early. We ordered a bottle of wine and were chatting, laughing and having a great time. The waiter came to...ask our order at 4:50 and I said we needed another minute since we were enjoying our conversation. The waiter yelled across the table very aggressively at me “you know there is a 90 minute time limit!” It was a very odd reaction and over the top. It was uncomfortable to say the least. I was forced into quickly making a decision and honestly didn’t order something that I enjoyed as much as I would have liked something else. I politely spoke to the manager and she reiterated “90 minutes is a state mandate”. I said I understood that but we had only been sitting for 25 minutes and the aggressive yelling was uncalled for. She continued to say “it’s a state mandate”. Anyway I ate very quickly and we left 20 minutes before our 90 minutes because it was very uncomfortable from then on. By that time we had spent over $250 on our meal. For that price I wish I had felt comfortable eating my meal. I’m a friendly person who enjoys things but this was not friendly or enjoyable.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 28 March 2020 via mobile

AMAZING! This food was outstanding. The place is extremely small and tight space but the service, food is incredible. We both ordered the shrimp Alfredo. We couldn’t resist! We will definitely go here every time we visit! I’d recommend a reservation!

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 10 March 2020

The food was good. The space was very tight and very crowded. The meal was pricey. Living in a foodie town, Richmond , VA. I can't say that I was overly impressed with Nico.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 6 March 2020

Went with a friend after a show, was not really looking for oven fired pizza but this was the best later evening menu on the block. We had the ceasar salad, taco, meatballs, and margarita pizza. Everything was excellent, the service was attentive, the atmosphere...was pleasant. We both shared the salad and enjoyed it, they nicely shared the plate for us. I had the taco and it was fabulous, I was so glad I ordered it. My friend had the meatballs and I tried some and they were quite good. The pizza was crisp and enjoyable. Even though it was probably 10 degrees out we took an excellent pint of mint chip ice cream to go.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 23 February 2020 via mobile

I pretty much only write positive reviews., This was not all awful but most was not what we were looking for .. We had a reservation for 6:30 ,We showed up at 6:30 right on time .. The line was out the door and you...could not get in the restaurant it was 15* outside and windy .. My husband when in to tell them we had reservations, they told us they were running behind .. We managed to get in the door and we were stuck standing next to tables were people were trying to eat dinner ( literally small restaurant) My Hubby went to the bar and I had the best Sangria I have ever had .. We were sat at a table at 8:30 two hours later .. We put it behind us so we could still enjoy the dinner .. We had calamari for a app it was ok , nothing special .. I had the fettuccine carbonara it’s not authentic.. it was loaded with cream very heavy but good .. Hubby had the veal which was very good .. service was good .. i would go back to Nicos on a week day , never again on a weekend .. They clearly just overbook and expect people to wait .. There are so many fabulous places to eAt in Boston, this place while the food was good it was loud and claustrophobic.. Try Maria’s they are a simple place with traditional Italian food but they oner the reservations you have made .. I would not recommend this place ..More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 17 February 2020 via mobile

This place is a true Winner. Authentic and Scrumptious. The apps like Calamari Fritti and Calabrese are out of this world! The Meatball and Ricotta are a favorite! Well worth the wait? Thank you for a great Meal!

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 10 February 2020

Saturday night. So excited with anticipation of our first north end dinner experience at Nico! Hours spent off and on again deciding from the dozens and dozens of well regarded Italian restaurants. Nico won out but we didn’t. It was sadly one of the most...regrettable dining decisions but at the highest cost! After waiting in 27 degrees on the sidewalk 30 minutes after our 8pm reservation, we got our table at Nico in one of the most cramped dining spaces I’ve been in. The first floor was body to body. I lost count of the times myself or chair got knocked during our dinner. So small, yet Nico was louder than my son’s middle school cafeteria! It was stunning the sustained level of noise, with some adults screeching from time to time. We could hardly hear our waiter. We asked him about it and he just shrugged. Nico was 110% unenjoyable. And as we attempted to salvage the evening with our meals, we had the pleasure of having right in front of us female ultimate fighting on tv- disturbing on its own but in this settling- just plain wrong. Although my ravioli porcini was to die for, the many chicken medallions in my wife’s fettuccine Alfredo were over cooked and hard on the edges. The the Alfredo took on the taste of that dry chicken more than the butter, cream and cheese. I really don’t know how Nico places scores well. Bad night. I mean really bad night for them, maybe, but either the dozens upon dozens of legendary choices in the north end, I strongly recommend passing on Nico. We left Nico dumbfounded at the whole experience. How could it have been so bad? I’ve been delighted signing the check on a $200+ meal, even saying I’d pay more! It hurt last night to pay $200+ and for an experience I’ll never forget but for all the wrong reasons.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 31 January 2020 via mobile

This place was absolutely fantastic!! I don’t think I have ever had better Italian food!!!! I definitely recommend this place!! Don’t fill up on bread bc the portions are huge!!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 11 November 2019 via mobile

We were looking for a place where my husband could eat a good piece of meat. We found it here for $52 16oz. Very good. I had a very good pasta with shrimp, scallops and mushrooms $38. Very tasty. Portions are generous and prices too....Very good service. The place is small but we were accommodated easily on a Monday night.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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