Boston will never disappoint when it comes to dining of all sorts; and when it comes to Italian restaurants, the city is never short on options. You never hear it regularly, with neighboring city New York having its own crust and Chicago having the same. But what Boston doesn’t offer in crust types, it offers in flavor. There’s no reason to look no further because we’ve looked up the best of the best in Italian restaurants around Boston. It doesn’t matter if you’re craving a hot plate of carbs or an entire box of steaming slices. Boston’s got it, and here are the five best Italian restaurants in Boston.
It’s a marketplace; it’s an eatery. It’s the most anticipated Italian place in Boston. With over 45,000 square feet of authentic Italian goods, there’s no other place to be if you’re looking for great food. Whether you’re looking for something to take home and enjoy on a night in or a place to dine in with friends, Eataly has you covered. The dining room, Terra, has a wood-burning Italian grill. That simply means fresh pizza off the grill. We can’t complain about that at all. The food is amazing, but you’ll definitely enjoy the fun ambiance as well. And if you’re not full by the time you leave the restaurant, just hit up the marketplace for some more dessert to go.
There’s something about places that only accepts cash that somehow makes it just a little bit more authentic for some reason. That might all be speculation, but we might be on to something because people line up to this place even when it’s pouring rain out. Don’t feel intimidated to go into this place; if you’re a serious Italian food eater, this is the place to be. It has been for about three decades now. They have all the traditional Italian dishes such as chicken marsala on speed dial, and their fresh marinara sauce is simply heavenly. If you leave this place with a marinara stain-free shirt, then you just didn’t do it right. Come back again for another try.
Coppa combines cozy with modern in this Italian restaurant. There’s something different about the way you’ll experience Italian at Coppa. While we mostly associate Italian food with hearty servings and heavy stomachs, you’ll be eating light at Coppa with their take on Italian-style small plates. Okay, we’re kidding. The small plates are large enough to be passed around. And they’re not short on hearty options either. You’ll appreciate the experience of hand-cranked pasta at Coppa, and you’ll know the difference as well. It’s fancy Italian at its best, and your stomach will feel it all in the end. Don’t be afraid to try their lighter fares either. Their salads are genius to say the least.
It may be a chain, but there’s something about Lucca’s menu that’s just appealing. If you’re looking for a true fine dining experience with some excellent Italian food, Lucca is the place to go. They have a standard with their ingredients and their food that you just can’t get anywhere else. Most restaurants source their ingredients locally, and the same goes for the Boston location. Lucca is open late (1 am), so you can grab a bite just before a night out, or top your night off with a hearty dish. There’s no going wrong if you go to Lucca. You can even enjoy a lot of locally inspired dishes that have that Italian flare—just think lobster cavatelli with fresh Main lobster.
If you’re looking for a place to escape to, the only place you can go to is Scampo. The word literally translates to escape, after all. Experience an entire mozzarella bar like you’ve never experienced it before. There you can find fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, prosciutto, crab, and many other fresh ingredients. But if you were to pick a day to go to Scampo, pick Sunday night. They have a special that’s only offered that time, which includes a three-course meal that is sure to fill you up rightly. In this Supper Special, you’ll get a salad, chicken parmigiana, stuffed jumbo shells, and homemade ice cream. What’s not to love?