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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"
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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
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HK$156 - HK$265
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner
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Italian, Pizza
FEATURES
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely terrible experience. Made a reservation and showed up a little early. Was told that our table would be ready shortly and to stand at the bar. Waiting for over an hour while we watched party after party seated ahead of us. Every time we...went to the hostess stand, we were told we were next. Don’t believe them, don’t go here. They lie!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Carla Gomes, Owner at Antico Forno, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Dan, I was at the hostess stand Saturday night and you did not wait an hour for your table. The only time you would wait for a table is if your party was not complete at the the time of your reservation, and then...More

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Reviewed 27 October 2023

We had made a reservation the day before at Antico Forno. The next day we spent sightseeing in Boston but got done way earlier than expected. Antico Forno was gracious enough to move our reservation up & what a wonderful experience !! We were seated...immediately and our server came right away & offered us drinks options. Upon reading the menu, there were so many delicious sounding choices I had a difficult time choosing !! I ordered calamari & it was THE best calamari I have every had !! Our dinners ordered were a pasta dish, chicken parm, a pizza & chicken saltimbocca.....everything was fabulous.....ample portions & reasonable prices.....can't wait to go back.....a definite recommend !!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Delicious food. Generous portions. Very fair price!! Busy and noisy but good atmosphere and quick food service. We waited at the bar for a table for max 15mins (we hadn’t booked) $8 peroni - felt like a fair price in a very busy restaurant (we...had been paying $12 elsewhere and compared to our local £6 in the UK constantly felt like alcohol was a rip off - all over Boston)!! Pizza - very good dough and spaghetti delicious. Would return as very yummy - thank you. I agree tables are very close together and some chairs broken and wobbly - but we are pleased we chose this Italian (many others on the same road - but no pizza on their menus)More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I’m currently working on my Italian language skills and there are many expressions that don’t make sense when literally translated. The one I just learned here is: Cent’ anni. Literally it means 100 years, but it doesn’t have the buona fortuna meaning good luck. The...expression means 100 years of good luck. I had the rolls of eggplant and I enjoyed it very much. I recommend making a reservation because it was very crowded.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 12 April 2024

I was here with a party of 4 on a Monday. It was our first time here so we made a reservation even though we were all meeting at the restaurant at 5:00PM; usually before the dinner rush starts. It was relatively busy so I’m...glad we made the reservation. The ambiance was nice. We went after a day of sightseeing so we were in the-shirts and jeans and we felt comfortable, but you could easily go after a day in the office or a dressy occasion and be comfortable also. The service was attentive but not rushed, perfect for having a great meal with people you actually want to spend time with and have actual conversations with. I had the Linguine Con Vongole: Linguine pasta, garlic white wine sauce, sautéed clams, fresh cherry tomatoes, baked in parchment paper, finished in brick oven. It arrived still wrapped in the parchment paper and foil, and it smelled wonderful. It tasted as good as it smelled, and it definitely hit the spot. It was a proper portion too, which I always appreciate. Great food doesn’t need to be served in portions large enough to feed a small army. I also had a glass of Chianti, Poggio Bonelli, Villa Chigi, 2021 (Tuscany). It was exactly what I like in a wine. Not too far in any direction, deliciously drinkable with and without food. I finished my meal with the Flourless Chocolate Cake: Gluten-free, served with whipped cream and strawberries. It was perfect! Again, a proper portion. It was delicious and chocolaty, but not too rich or dense. I will definitely be back, and I’m sad that I live in PA so I can’t go back right away. I hope I remember to take photos next time.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 April 2024

Ah, the vibrant streets of Boston's north end where the aroma of garlic dances with the breeze! With their promise of culinary delights and hidden gems, one can't help but feel a pang of excitement at the prospect of an early lunch in this bustling...Italian restaurant neighborhood. And so, armed with an appetite and a penchant for pizza, we embarked on a quest to sample the fayre that graced the area. Despite the ominous warnings of mixed reviews on TripAdvisor, we bravely forged ahead, determined to form our own unbiased opinion. As we crossed the threshold, our initial enthusiasm waned faster than a plate of day-old spaghetti. The ambiance? Dingy. The decor? Drab. The cleanliness? Well, let's just say it wouldn't pass muster in a college dormitory. We declined the offer of a window seat, lest we be forced to gaze upon the grimy window and the view outside, a scene more fitting for a post-apocalyptic film set than a dining establishment. We settled into our seats, only to be confronted by a sight more shocking than the decor itself. The furniture, like weary travelers on a never-ending journey, bore the scars of countless battles, with upholstery missing in action and a general air of neglect hanging heavy in the air. Seated amidst the tattered remnants of upholstery, we braced ourselves for what was to come. Alas, the service mirrored the surroundings—sullen, incomprehensible, and as disinterested as a teenager at a family reunion. Our waitress, a paragon of indifference, sauntered away mid-order, leaving us to ponder the meaning of rudeness in its purest form. Undeterred by the warning signs, we soldiered on, ordering a couple of glasses of Montepulciano in a moment of misguided optimism. Alas, what arrived bore little resemblance to the nectar of the gods we had hoped for. Instead, we were served a concoction so pedestrian that even the most discerning palate would struggle to discern its merits. At $14 a glass, one might expect a symphony of flavors worthy of a royal banquet. Instead, we were treated to a cacophony of disappointment, reminiscent of a budget wine opened a few days ago. But wait, it gets better. Or should I say worse? For when my Margherita pizza arrived, they were missing a crucial ingredient: fresh chilies as I had requested. A minor oversight, perhaps, but one that spoke volumes about the attention to detail (or lack thereof) in this culinary endeavour. The pizzas themselves were a study in mediocrity, with a dense base and a lackluster sauce that left much to be desired. And just when we thought our misadventure had reached its nadir, the bill arrived, accompanied by a 3% 'restaurant appreciation fee.' The irony of such a fee in a restaurant devoid of any semblance of appreciation was not lost on us. A quick investigation revealed this to be a thinly veiled attempt to compensate for the kitchen's inability to pay its staff a fair wage. Such tactics are not only deplorable but emblematic of an industry in disarray. In conclusion, our foray into this culinary abyss has left us feeling not just dissatisfied but downright swindled. With a heavy heart and lighter wallet, we bestow upon this establishment the dubious honor of a 'terrible' rating. In a city renowned for its vibrant food scene, this sorry excuse for an Italian eatery stands as a testament to mediocrity and apathy. Avoid it like week-old marinara sauce, lest you too fall victim to its charmless embrace.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 31 March 2024 via mobile

Food was good. Service was average. They want an automatic tip of 25% lol, had to change it to what i felt was appropriate.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 21 March 2024 via mobile

When I got there, it wasn't busy. Yet it still took 7 minutes after being seated for a waiter to even acknowledge me. I ordered immediately. While the service was slow, at least I got the first course. It was good. After that I wanted...to get courses two and three to go because I was full from the first. I could not find my waiter to save my soul. He seemed to be at the bar a lot, making drinks for other tables. So I flagged down the hostess and asked her to have the rest of my meal prepared to go. Several minutes later, the waiter finally brought me the second course, plated--not to go. I explained to him what I had told the hostess quite a while ago and he said he would handle it. Keep in mind, this is not a busy time. More than half the restaurant was empty. He brought one course eventually. Several minutes later he brought the check. Several minutes later he brought the third course and took my credit card to process. Meanwhile, he's hustling every other table, full of men, women, no seniors. Was he not expecting an old female to tip? He certainly acted that way, providing great service for everyone else but me. (I'm a pleasant person and I always tip extremely well.) But not today. Once I finally got my credit card back I already had my coat on so I signed the receipt with an written explanation: the painfully slow service and great disappointment for this award-winning restaurant. For the first time in my life, I left no tip. Wasn't he expecting that from an old chick? From now on I'll stay with my favorite standard: Limoncello. I am treated well, dine on fabulous food, with wonderful service and pleasant people.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 13 March 2024 via mobile

The pizza was excellent & so was the pasta. The service on the other hand was downright disappointing. It's like our waitress didn't want more to do...we had to get additional drinks at the bar-no dessert was offered. It was like they really didn't care....Other tables near us had the same problem. They would set the food down, not make eye contact and rush away. Not sure who trained the wait staff but customer service was not on the agenda. We would recommend somewhere else...but like I mentioned they got the pizza right.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 12 November 2023

A mid afternoon early dinner before a Celtics game. Antica Forno was a great choice: warm, cozy and the maitre d' accommodated our request to move up the reservation. A huge selection on the menu so choosing was a challenge. Final picks were: spinach sauteed...in garlic for an appetizer, ribbolito soup, rollatini milanese and pasta puttanesca. All were excellent! The soup hearty and served hot, the spinach gently sauteed with olive oil and garlic. The rollatini was bubbling and loaded with cheese in a lovely tomato sauce; the second star of the show was the pasta puttanesca: the most tender calamari I have ever tasted atop linguine with a delicious sauce incorporating black olives and capers. The bread was so good we asked for a second batch. And for dessert, a flourless chocolate cake that was a perfect finish.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 11 November 2023 via mobile

Play music so loud that clients have to talk löydy - noise is quite overwhelming. But the real issue was that food was really disappointment.. over-cooked mushy pasta, tasteless tomato sauce, not the best salciccia either. And first restaurant in the U.S. where staff does...not occasionally ask if all good (I would've asked for salt and pepper at least) but ignore you completely. To be honest one of the worst Italian restaurants, and I have visited quite a many all over the world. Would not return or recommend.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 30 October 2023 via mobile

After a fun drizzly day of pub crawling, I was ready for some red wine and comfort food! We wandered into the NorthEnd, and saw the Antico sign that’s featured on Trip Advisor’s website! We were able to be seated immediately, because it filled up...quickly. Our server greeted us , brought out wonderful focaccia bread, and took our order for a great bottle of barbera di asti, Lasagna Bolognese and Rigatoni Salsiccia. Both dishes came in a timely manner, allowing us to wind down and enjoy a glass of wine. Our servings were more than ample, and both were delicious! Fresh pasta, great sausage, wonderful gravy. It was just what I was wanting for a cool October evening! The only down side to our dinner was the TV in the dining room. No one was watching, it wasn’t needed for ambience, in fact it detracted. I hated looking up and being faced with the tragedy in Maine, or the bombings in Gaza. Please remove the TV!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 21 October 2023

We had a quick 3 day work trip. A lot of our employees were new to Boston and the North End. Antico Forno was the perfect spot for our 30 person group! We had a set menu that tailored to everyone. The dessert was magical,...nutella pizza! -AmeliaMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 13 October 2023 via mobile

We were planning to visit Regina’s pizza place but the queue was too long to wait. Instead we visited this place which I am sure the pizza was much better! We had a spicy pizza with extra cheese and it was so tasty, juicy and...the dough was excellent. We also ordered penne with italian sausage which was dissatisfying, maybe other pasta options would’ve been better. 4 starts for it’s excellent pizza! I would visit again for sureMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 23 September 2023 via mobile

The food is absolutely delicious. Definitely recommend the napoletana!! The calzone was also good - I would suggest sharing both. They were larger than what one of us could eat. The Nutella/strawberry-banana/ricotta dessert pizza was so fun and yummy. It is definitely busy and loud...in there - the tables are VERY close together. I would absolutely go again and recommend, I just think those things are nice to know.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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  • Food: 4
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