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Forcella, Boston, MA
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Forcella

4.7
4.7
592 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Forcella is bringing old-world Italian food to the North End of Boston.
Nino Trotta — who owns Forcella alongside his girlfriend, general manager and co-owner Shannon MacGowan, and his brother, wine director Christian Trotta — say that the cozy, candlelit vibe of the restaurant sets Forcella apart in a sea of massive North End restaurants.
“It’s tiny, 30 seats,” he said. “It’s perfect for a date.”
The kitchen team has designed a menu that includes dishes from all over Italy, with a slight lean toward Naples, where the Trotta family is from. Primi dishes include meatballs, crispy quail, while pastas range from linguine alle vongole and risotto to gnocchi with braised rabbit. Salmon, ribeye, round out the menu.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 936-4274

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    PLEASE CONTACT US AT 617-936-4274

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Cross street

    North Street

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    Orange Line - Haymarket Station

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Christmas Eve Dinner

    $95.00 per person

    Dec 24, 2022 only
    Join us in the North End for a 5 course holiday feast! Pricing excludes tax, tip, & gratuity. Antipasti Freddi / Cold Appetizers *Smoked salmon tartare *Salt cod bruschetta *Clam escabeche Antipasti Caldi / Hot Appetizers *Baby Octopus Affogato *Seared Diver Scallops, black winter truffle Primi / Pasta Course *Scialatielli Frutti di Mare Secondi / Main Course *Seared Cod, marinated artichoke Dessert *Lemon-Soaked sponge cake

Popular dishes

What 592 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. S

    Shawna

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Clean, beautiful flavors and such a nice ambiance for date night. Can’t wait to return!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my parents here and it was my first time as well, but everything was fantastic!! My co-worker recommended it to me and we absolutely loved it!
  3. WG

    WineGuy1970

    New England

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a relatively new kid in town and was really good. It is a simple and straightforward menu with a great quality.
  4. MT

    MyleeT

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food was delicious and the wine selection perfect! Italian food was next level!
  5. WM

    WMGi

    New England

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The service was excellent! I wish I could say that I was as excited about the food as our waiter was. I started with the Beet Salad, which had very little goat cheese and the beets were overdressed to the point where I struggled to taste any beet--couldn't eat more than half of it. For my entree, I had the Rigatoni alle Melenzane. It was very good, but probably not good enough to lure me back. My husband started with the Meatballs and had the Chicken Parmesan as his entree. He also thought everything was good, but nothing was great. Maybe we'll try the restaurant again on another day. Sometimes it really is just who is in the kitchen on a given day.
  6. PP

    PatrickP

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    With so many choices in the North end this restaurant is worth a visit. Hits the mark in all areas; food, service, and ambiance.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful. Enjoyed the beet salad and then wonderful pasta with great wine. The service was spectacular and the location was amazing. If you go to one Italian restaurant in Boston, go here.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great authentic Italian just far enough away from tourists for a real neighborhood feel.
  9. AF

    AmyF

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, intimate, good service
  10. l

    luisc

    New Orleans

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner. The scallops were delicious. The porchatta, incredible
  11. F

    Frank

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small cute place. Food was very good and the service was excellent.
  12. G

    Grant

    Atlanta

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We originally had a table outside but they were so kind in making a table for us inside. Tommy was a great waiter. We would go back.
  13. PG

    PeggyG

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible place to eat. We sat on the patio which was beautiful. The ambiance - amazing food, great service and a hidden patio makes for a wonderful experience
  14. ML

    MartyL

    New England

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    Altogether disappointing Food was generally ok, but nothing was special. Most important, the service was icy, bordering on hostile. We were looking forward to our return to dining in the North End, and we had fond memories of a long ago prior restaurant in this same space. But with so many other fine restaurants in the neighborhood, why put up with this?
  15. T

    Travelmark

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good for romantic dining, only 30 people over about 12 tables so it never feels crowded. Moderately priced and good wine list. We had asked for paper menus but this was not possible since they had just re-done the seasonal menu (I think most restaurants want to avoid the printing cost, but I really like to plan out my meal by seeing all my options for all courses in a REAL menu). The duck and bolognese were well done but were a little salty, which was a surprise.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food
  17. FH

    FH22

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful dinner, incredible food - excellent service!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, atmosphere and service all top notch- all of our dishes were outstanding !
  19. LS

    LizS

    New England

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Nice menu. Not overdone. Care and attention given to each dish. Wish the wine list had a few less costly bottles and that there acoustics were better, as it does get a bit noisy. But a delightful experience
  20. LD

    LisaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a wonderful inviting staff and environment. The food was amazing
  21. m

    malyce1104

    New England

    108 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Arrived a bit early for our 5pm reservation - just opening. Since we were the first ones there, we were seated at the window seat, overlooking North Square - perfect! Ordered a bottle of wine and wanted to put in just an appetizer, but we were informed by our server that everything had to be ordered at once. That is the only thing I don't care for as we never know until we taste our appy what we want to try for entrees. But we looked at menu again and ordered all our food at once. Everything was perfectly done and spread out accordingly. By the time we were done, people were beginning to trickle in. Would go again since the menu was great and service and atmosphere lovely. But, if it's not busy, I wish they would get rid of their ordering protocol.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Wish we could remember the servers name, because he was amazing. Friendly, prompt, and knowledgeable. Food was great. Only thing we would change is the music. Great songs, wrong atmosphere, threw the vibe off just a bit once we sat. Beautiful restaurant with seemingly higher standard service, we were just expecting a little more elegance in the music choice. Still didn’t take away from the experience. Would recommend!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Very good. Not amazing. Beautiful outside dining.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food! Great hospitality by Signor Merin.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it on the outdoor terrace. Our server Dom was attentive and very friendly!!
  26. SE

    SouthEndFan

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful patio in the back away from all the vehicle traffic in the north end. Food was all delicious and different from typical red sauce Italian American food in the north end. Prices were a little higher than other north end restaurants but well worth it for a delicious meal and peaceful patio.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    IMO great alternative to most Northend restaurants because it had an actual patio instead of being put in a makeshift area on a crowded sidewalk or busy street. The food was excellent!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside in the private area in the back, absolutely delicious food and great service!
  29. PP

    PatPJ

    New England

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Forcella is one of our preferred restaurants in the North End. While always very good, sometimes it's outstanding. This most recent dinner was "very good" while the prior time was "outstanding". You can't go wrong at Forcella.
  30. PP

    PatPJ

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice outdoor dining. Forcella which we discovered Feb. 2020 - right before Covid-19 took off in Boston - is one of our “go-to’s” in the North End.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and experience was amazing!! We have been here twice and it hasn’t disappointed. Dominque was our favorite waiter so far!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great little back patio, perfect for a quiet and relaxing evening.
  33. JD

    JohnD

    Memphis/West TN

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent. Sat by the front window which was open on a beautiful late summer day. Warmly welcomed and very efficient service while not being rushed either.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience as always. Amazing food, wine and service. Love this spot.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal, service, violin player—the whole works. Will definitely be heading back on trips. The beet salad was insanely good!
  36. D

    David

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had another wonderful meal on the beautiful patio.
  37. JT

    JillT

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Both the wine and pasta were delicious. Highly recommend the Bolognese. We had great service and would definitely go back. Looking forward to checking out the patio next time!
  38. CD

    CDMatthew

    New England

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We had dined at Forcella several times before but this was first time in its hidden rear courtyard…a total surprise and very nice ambience! The food was delicious as always. One of the best carbonara’s anywhere and my friend has a superb risotto. Only drawback in the courtyard was a bright spotlight that shone down from second floor onto our table, but not the restaurant’s fault. (It’s from a residence upstairs.) I will dine here even more often now that I know about the secret courtyard in back! You just can’t go wrong with the food here.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food always delicious. Hidden gem of the North End. Pretty outdoor dining space in the summertime. Try it out!
  40. K

    Kate

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance of the restaurant was amazing. Perfect date night spot. We sat in a table by the window and got to look out onto north square. the food is amazing. actual authentic Italian unlike some of the other places in the north end. 10/10 will be back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Forcella offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 936-4274.

Forcella is rated 4.7 stars by 592 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Forcella

33 North Sq Boston, Boston, MA 02113-2405

Additional information

  • Cross street

    North Street

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    Orange Line - Haymarket Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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