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“Great food and great interior”
Review of Sportello

Sportello
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Ranked #275 of 3,270 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
Cross street: A Street
Transit: For those taking public transportation, we are a short walk from South Station.
Reviewed 7 April 2014

Been here twice and liked it on both occasions. I managed twice without a booking - but probably better to book that chance your luck - especially if more than 2 people.

The majority of the seating for this place is bar style seating (see photos to give you an idea) - a long winding bar that allows you to see what is happening in the kitchen - I liked it. For parties of more than 4 I would go with a traditional table.

Service is excellent here.

On my first visit I tried the Octopus with anchovy, salsify, & citrus as a starter; then the Garganelli pasta with red pepper, Italian sausage, pecorino. The pasta was great - the octopus good - but not something I would go back from again. On the second visit I tried the Strozzapreti pasta with the rabbit ragu - excellent.
Great wine list as well.
Definitely I will return when next in Boston.

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Thank LassiComeHome
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Reviewed 2 April 2014 via mobile

After an unexpected delayed flight into Boston we finally arrived for our dinner reservation and were ready to eat! The host, hostess, waiter and chefs could not have been more friendly or accommodating. We enjoyed a wonderful meal, everything was absolutely delicious. The apps, pastas, fish, and a Decadent dessert that we are so happy the waiter recommended. Great spot, we can't wait to come back and highly recommend you try this hot spot for a night out that won't disappoint!

Thank ChitownCityGal_13
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

Had a business lunch here and the food & service were very good. The pasta was outstanding. Had the gnocchi and they were so soft, great sauce!

Thank Johnny4Q
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

Sportello is convenient.
Accessible off the train (Silver Line or Red Line from South Station - 10 minute walk), easy off the highway (parking $17 in lots or limited street parking around) and there are several great cocktail bars nearby once your meal is finished (Drink, Lucky's Lounge, Blue Dragon, Papagayo are all within walking distance).

Sportello is delicious.
Lunch portions are a good size and offer boatloads of flavor. A great place for a business lunch or catching up with friends, service at the counter or tables is quick and the meals are great. Dinner portions are larger and just as delicious, specials are always worth a try. The Bolognese is probably the best in Boston -- that's right North End, you heard me -- the best.

If you're in the area, check it out. You won't regret it.

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Thank Stacey F
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

Sportello was just a close walk from our hotel, and we needed to eat quickly with our infant son, and had no reservation (having been sent to a different restaurant that was totally unsuitable for, well, anyone, let alone kids!)
They took great care of us, squeezing us in before another reservation, and every member of staff was beyond helpful, friendly and caring. The hostess was grea, our server amazing, and especially the runner, who took the time to say hi to our little boy, and really engaged with him (then later dropped off a little special dish for him).

The food was light, fresh and delicious, and the overal ambiance was relaxed, yet upscale.

They only serve beer and wine (and the wine was excellent), but if you want a cocktail, there's another bar downstairs

I look forward to going back to Boston, and going back to Sportello

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Thank newYorkNashy
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