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Sponsored by: Antico Forno

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Great pizza in wood fired oven
1. Great pizza in wood fired oven
"The pizza margherita was delicious!"
Antonella A
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2. Italian Perfection
2. Italian Perfection
"This is where you want to eat on the north end!"
Rest-and-Romance
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3. Brick Oven Roasted Chicken
3. Brick Oven Roasted Chicken
"Antico Forno (old oven) has an authentic brick oven"
DOROTHY M
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About
Restaurants Around the World: 9. Antico Forno Boston, MA Antico Forno is billed as “The Most Authentic Italian Restaurant,” and we’re hard pressed to argue. This mainstay in Boston’s North End manages a cozy mom-and-pop atmosphere with world-class traditional cuisine. Entrees like Saltimbocca di Pollo and Linguine al Frutti di Mare hearken back to the old country, but Antico Forno is best known for its brick-oven pizzas piled high with house-made Italian sausages and mozzarella. 10BEST Says (#8 Boston Family Friendly) Best Value: Traditional Italian baked in a brick oven sets this Italian restaurant apart. Serving a selection of pastas, entrees and pizzas all cooked to perfection in their famous
PRICE RANGE
US$20 - US$34
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking, Wine and Beer
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For years I always boasted the best lasagna I ever ate was at a hole in the wall Cafeteria in Venice. Today, it was surpassed by Antico Forno's brick fired lasagna bolegnese! The sauce was spectacular. The lasagna melted in my mouth.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 26 May 2022

Years ago, during a short business trip, I enjoyed a wonderful dinner here with colleagues. So, when planning a family trip to Boston, Antico Forno was definitely on my list for a dinner. I was told by a former Bostonian, when in the city, go...to the North End and pick an Italian restaurant...you cannot go wrong. He sure was right when it came to Antico Forno. We arrived a little early for our reservation on a somewhat chilly, slightly rainy evening. Thankfully, they were able to seat us right away, bringing us into the cozy, warm dining room. My daughter and I both settled on the Spaghetti Carbonara and we both agreed that it was practically perfect in every way...creamy and savory...and very filling! My wife moves lasagna, so of course she went with the Lasagne Bolognese and she adored it.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Carla G, Owner at Antico Forno, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2022

Thank you so much for this incredible review of Antico Forno! My staff and I appreciate it very much and want you to know that we are thankful you took the time to write this amazing 5 star review. We hope to have you dine...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Alot of options in the North End, but recommend for the pizza, atmosphere and friendly staff. Best pizza I ever had.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best pizza and pasta we ever ate! We do not usually go out for Italian food as my husband is an opponent of it. However, ironically, he recommended we go here for dinner as we walked by. My family was timid about the endeavor, but...we decided we’d try this place. After a 20-minute wait, we were seated and ordered our food. In about 5 minutes our food was ready for us. Furthermore, before we got our food, we were given a morsel of bread which was very tasty. The Italian food we are usually treated to was no match in comparison to this superior food. The pizza crust that we were gifted was simply spectacular. It was doughy, yet airy and well cooked, yet had little burnt spots that were just delicious. My son's fettuccine alla bolognese was another hit. It was more than shareable and came with a delicious meat sauce (a specialty of the restaurant). Unfortunately, I do not live in Boston, but if I did I would come here 1000 more times. Thank you Antico Forno, I didn’t know I needed you so bad.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 25 October 2022

It was not busy when we were there, but it still took a long time for anyone to take our order. I made the mistake of asking for a clarification on what vegetables were in the 'mixed vegetables' on the menu and got an exasperated...sigh and eye roll. Well good thing I asked, because I don't eat mushrooms. Then we waited and waited for bread, while others got their bread. Finally someone came out of the back and THREW a basket of rolls on the table and stormed off. The were stone cold. I've never received cold bread in a restaurant before. There was some olive oil and cheese already on the table, so I guess we have to make our own dipping sauce and season it with salt and pepper. So lame. Our food came and it was not that great. I didn't finish my meal, as it was so unappetizing. We ended up stopping for a snack later, since we were so hungry. I've eaten at many restaurants in the North End before, but have never had such a negative experience before.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 11 October 2022 via mobile

The woman who sat me was extremely abrupt. It was a very slow night, and so I expected a little personalized attention. I did not get it. However, although the lasagna tasted good ST THE TIME, when I returned home about 15 minutes later, food...poisoning took over and it was one of the worst evenings I’ve ever had in the bathroom. The next morning early I called the restaurant and the chef expressed complete shock that any of the food would cause food poisoning. He indicated that they serve multiple lasagna plates, and had no other reports. I told him about something called biochemistry, and body interaction and of course I think I was using too many big words. The food poisoning is not acceptable. It’s obviously a result of them keeping food longer than they should, OR the preparation is bad.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 9 October 2022

We first tried this restaurant on a food tour and sampled their pizza. We made sure to go back and try their pasta and were not disappointed! I highly recommend the linguine al frutti di mare!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 22 September 2022 via mobile

Really good wood fired oven pizza and the tiramisu was delicious and a huge portion. Service was absolutely excellent, water was constantly topped up and wine poured, even though the place was full to capacity, the restaurant was so accommodating to everyone. Great Italians.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 12 September 2022

Service was a little slow, but worth the wait. The lobster ravioli with shrimp was very good and prepared properly. The pizza we shared was LaCapricciosa which was wonderful. Worth it for the crust alone. Atmosphere is great; reminded us of Mulberry St. in NYC.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 8 September 2022 via mobile

This was one of our stops on the Secret Food Tour, which focused on the North End. For this visit we tried the Vesuvio pizza, which is fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, ricotta cheese, cherry tomatoes, finished with fresh sliced prosciutto. Very tasty.  

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 15 August 2022

We had dinner at Antico Forno on a recent Saturday evening. We got together with another couple whom we had not seen for several years and we looking forward to having some great pizza and "catching up". Well, the pizza was OK (not great in...our opinion) and we did not get to do much "catching up" because of the very high noise levels. It was a Saturday evening and to say the place was packed would be an understatement. We weren't expecting an intimate fine dining atmosphere, but when you can't hear the person sitting across from you that's saying something !More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 12 August 2022 via mobile

Marcos took such good care of us from the outset,... We ordered what he recommended and had a fresh and fabulous meal. We agreed it was one of our top 2 dinners in Boston, great service and was very fairly priced. Highly recommended!!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 4 August 2022 via mobile

Visiting from UK looking for authentic Italian pizza with good vegetarian choices, struck gold with this restaurant in the heart of North Ebd bear to Haymarket T station. Lively and bustling atmosphere. Great service. Constant supply of iced tap water. Tasty and filling pizzas. I...recommend the porcini e carciofiMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Carla G, Owner at Antico Forno, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2022

Thank you so much for this incredible review of Antico Forno! My staff and I appreciate it very much and want you to know that we are thankful you took the time to write this amazing 5 star review. We hope to have you dine...More

Reviewed 1 August 2022 via mobile

There are nearly countless restaurants in the Little Italy section of Boston. Walking up and down the street offers smells and scenery but neither is a final judge on the food or even the service. Unusual, we didn’t review TripAdvisor prior to the visit as...we had been walking the Freedom Trail for much of the day. We finally chose Antico Forno on Salem for dinner as much out of tiredness and the need to get off our feet. The sign stating “Brick Oven” wasn’t a determining factor at all, in fact when most of the other sites had the Italian name outside we didn’t see the real name at first. However Antico Forno was perhaps the finest meal we had while visiting Boston. Caprese, Arancini, and mussels and clams in a spicy sauce were all excellent. Service was professional as well as courteous. You cannot always tell what’s inside by a sign but this one located at 93 Salem provided a great meal, and reasonable price that was memorable.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Carla G, Owner at Antico Forno, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2022

Thank you so much for this incredible review of Antico Forno! My staff and I appreciate it very much and want you to know that we are thankful you took the time to write this amazing 5 star review. We hope to have you dine...More

Reviewed 31 July 2022 via mobile

Lobster ravioli was excellent. The atmosphere was so neat, and staff was very friendly. Only reason I didn’t give five stars is the veal in my husband’s dish was tough. Overall we really enjoyed this place though! Would go back.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Carla G, Owner at Antico Forno, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2022

Hi, Thank you so much for the 4 star review of Antico Forno. Happy to hear you enjoyed the service and food. Hope to have you back again soon! Sincerely, Carla Gomes

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Antico Forno is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4