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Sportello

Italian Restaurant, Bakery, and Wine Bar$$$$
Seaport District, Boston
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  • Cole K.
    Cole Kennedy2 weeks ago
    The space is as beautiful and brilliant as the food. Excellent wine list. I wasn't crazy about the Italian cocktails but that's just a personal preference.
  • TNC
    TNCMay 12
    Spicy tomato soup, Ravioli with sweetbreads great vibe
  • Emma M.
    I had the spicy tomato soup and potato gnocchi. It was delicious. I had lunch early because in half an hour I have to teach Sunday School. Definitely coming back here.
  • Sofia P.
    Braised rabbit pasta was delicious! Didn't really enjoy sitting on stools for dinner however. Come with a party of three or more and you can ask for a real table.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinJanuary 19
    Gem of gourmet Italian spot that feels like a hip diner. Great flavors. They're famous for the pasta but all the veggie dishes I had were awesome
  • Seong Hyun H.
    Uh... not good at all.
  • Julianna
    JuliannaOctober 8, 2016
    Head downstairs to DRINK
  • Leena A.
    Leena AlKadiJune 14, 2016
    Loooooooved the food and the service! Will definitely come again
  • Savoteur
    SavoteurMay 31, 2016
    A modern, Italian-inspired interpretation of a classic American diner, Sportello creates a fun and unique environment with two sleek, U-shaped counters that surround an open kitchen. Read more
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Colin G.
    Colin GarveyApril 7, 2016
    Tagliatelle was great!
  • Reserve
    ReserveFebruary 10, 2016
    Must eat: Potato Gnocchi. It's a would-be humble dish of potato pasta, mushroom ragu and peas, if not for the luxurious addition of juicy lobster. We’re not complaining. Read more
  • Yuval Z.
    Yuval ZukermanJanuary 7, 2016
    Very expensive. Pasta was undercooked and the sauce too sour.
  • Mauricio B.
    Mauricio BährNovember 16, 2015
    The gnocci with lobster was delicious!
  • Maria R.
    Maria RiabtchenkoNovember 6, 2015
    Any pasta will hit the spot, but believe me when I say don't leave without the coconut cake!!!!! 😛
  • Maru G.
    Maru GrünthalAugust 26, 2015
    fettuccine alla putanesca. YUM! a bit expensive but totally worth it. nice place, service ok.
  • Caroline
    CarolineJuly 21, 2015
    Try the tagliatelle, beef carpaccio is also pretty tasty!
  • Curtis S.
    Curtis ShoungJuly 19, 2015
    Very tasty Italian. Rabbit pasta. Bolognese sauce. Also coconut cake.
  • Stephanie H.
    Stephanie HFebruary 6, 2015
    Get the tagliatelle, you won't regret it. (Pastas also available as half portions)
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FerronJanuary 3, 2015
    The Strozzapreti was the best pasta dish I've had in Boston. 4 ingredients and all are balanced, yet highlighted to perfection.
  • Lee S.
    Lee SchneiderDecember 20, 2014
    Friendliest staff! So accommodating and happy to have our 2 year old watch them cook in the open kitchen.
  • Lee J.
    Lee JohnsonDecember 8, 2014
    Panna cotta no matter the flavor it is going to be amazing.
  • a little 4.
    a little 420November 24, 2014
    Braised rabbit! 🙌
  • Tj F.
    Tj FieseNovember 14, 2014
    Me n bae came here on a Thu. night, street parking! Me have Americano eh too much vermouth, she ..aperoll spritz, fine. She have bunny rabbit pasta 7/10 me have lobstah pasta 6/10 + red peppa=7/10 :)
  • Todd C.
    Todd CannataNovember 8, 2014
    Lamb, tagliatelle, gnocchi, coconut cake
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin ShayOctober 30, 2014
    Braised rabbit 🐇
  • 鰆 大.
    鰆 大葉October 22, 2014
    Celery root ravioli with lobster and nuts. Casual, designer Italian diner. Great food. Macho waiter.
  • Mati L.
    Mati LuikOctober 22, 2014
    Super inventive pasta, great wine list.
  • Veronica H.
    Veronica HOctober 11, 2014
    Best pasta in boston agnolotti with lobster and polenta with lamb Ragu are good choices- polenta was so creamy it tasted like creamed corn
  • Alexa Jane D.
    Alexa Jane DennerSeptember 19, 2014
    Rabbit pasta was unreal. Also, best tomato soup in the city.
  • Mark C.
    Mark CoffeySeptember 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Spicy tomato soup
  • Kristin S.
    Kristin SedgeSeptember 1, 2014
    Wine, pasta
  • Francisco A.
    Francisco ArrietaAugust 31, 2014
    Small but cozy restaurant with a tasteful selections of rare beers. The burrata is a good starter for the mushroom gnocchis
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Space-age decor and delicious Italian food is what you'll find here. Very unique but very cool and always on point.
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 16, 2014
    Our dream dinner party features one course with a tasting of all of Barbara Lynch’s pastas…with at least two bowls of the Strozzapretti. Don’t miss the Banana Panna Cotta.
  • Manejah
    ManejahAugust 15, 2014
    The tagliatelle is to die for!
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They no longer offer takeout or have a bakery counter like they used to.
  • Marco G.
    Marco GiraudiAugust 10, 2014
    Fantastic cuisine. Excellent service. Nice place. Beautiful people. Thy it. Price in line with Boston
  • Ron O.
    Ron OppenheimAugust 7, 2014
    You have to have the Spicy Tomato Soup, no matter how hot it is outside. It is amazing. Ditto the Tagliatelle (with a bolognese). Service is excellent.
  • Boston.com
    Boston.comAugust 4, 2014
    Looks like a space age diner, white and shiny, with U-shaped counters and stools. But tastes like a fine Italian cafe, with dishes such as ricotta gnudi and strozzapreti with rabbit and green olives. Read more
  • Demetrius D.
    Demetrius DicksJune 22, 2014
    The spicy tomato soup is sub-orgasmic for your tongue.
  • Margaret W.
    Margaret WatermanJune 21, 2014
    Get the strozzapreti: delicious homemade pasta with braised rabbit and olives.
  • 67thave
    67thaveMay 26, 2014
    Great meal. Loved the tomato soup and the coconut cake
  • Elica Y.
    Elica YoneyamaMay 17, 2014
    Best tagliatelle ever. You won't regret ordering this divine dish.
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonMay 9, 2014
    Loved the tagliatelle Bolognese.
  • Alicia K.
    Alicia KosasihApril 25, 2014
    Don't miss their pasta - Barbara Lynch never mess around with any of the dishes served here! 😁 a nice place for a weekdays dinner with your coworkers or closer ones.
  • Mike H.
    Mike HammeckerMarch 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite places in Boston. Great food, great staff. You can't go wrong here.
  • Cally W.
    Cally WattsMarch 8, 2014
    Cool atmosphere. Pricy dishes, but totally worth it! The gnocchi is to die for.
  • Gabriel P.
    Gabriel PaciJanuary 31, 2014
    Outstanding preparation and service
  • Thas S.
    Thas SethDecember 11, 2013
    The bolognese was very rich and creamy. This was only the half portion.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BallDecember 4, 2013
    Spicy tomato soup was amazing
  • Marguerite A.
    Marguerite AveryNovember 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The pancake here looks amazing. Bring at least three hungry friends with which to share it.
  • Zach R.
    Zach RachinsOctober 9, 2013
    Ordering experience for "box" lunch was awesome and efficient. Great chicken salad (with Greek yogurt instead of mayo).
  • Aaron M.
    Aaron McIverSeptember 28, 2013
    Good place for a late night dessert; the Chai Custard is excellent!
  • Jerrod W.
    Jerrod WagnerSeptember 18, 2013
    Tell them you are taking the train, they will give you a goodie bag for the ride! Awesome place!
  • Kevin Z.
    Kevin ZhangSeptember 15, 2013
    Love the upscale diner-like setup, delicious brunch! Another Barbara Lynch success. If only Menton can be improved...
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 9, 2013
    Lunch, dinner and weekend brunch are served on a diner-like counter. Doubles as a bakery with early-morning hours. [Eater 38 Member]
  • sɐןoɥɔıu ן.
    sɐןoɥɔıu ןǝɐɥɔıɯMay 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They have breakfast and proper coffee... W/ no line. #itsasecret
  • Samuel F.
    Samuel FreemanMay 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get half orders so that you can enjoy even more deliciousness throughout one meal.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 18, 2013
    Lunch, dinner and weekend brunch are served on a diner-like counter. Doubles as a bakery with early-morning hours.
  • Terence T.
    Terence TayApril 14, 2013
    Food is good but portions a tad small
  • Sarah Finnie R.
    Sarah Finnie RobinsonMarch 24, 2013
    Crazy mocktails for lunch with Sportello team member names. I'm having the Erik
  • Mark C.
    Mark CoffeyJanuary 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    While it might seem odd its all about the amazing Spicy Tomato soup here
  • Missy W.
    Missy WJanuary 28, 2013
    Tagliatelle bolognese is solid
  • Hthaiwon L.
    Hthaiwon LayneOctober 31, 2012
    Try the popcorn with your lunch box
  • schneidermike s.
    schneidermike schneidermikeSeptember 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Order a Haley from Haley
  • Rue La La
    Rue La LaSeptember 5, 2012
    What can we say? Freshly made bakery treats (piña colada cupcakes - incredible) and pasta (there's gnocchi to write home about), plus $10 lunch boxes make this a Fort Point favorite.
  • Tyler S.
    Tyler StoneAugust 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the rabbit. Stunning.
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FayAugust 3, 2012
    You are somebody if you score a corner!
  • Matt H.
    Matt HeindlJuly 14, 2012
    Stick to the traditional rolls... Gimmicky Boston themed rolls were not great
  • Deanna O.
    Deanna OlcottMay 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The gnocchi is outrageous. Little bit of truffle oil = magical. The tagliatelle also to die for. Split the two dishes between friends. Nom nom.
  • Eric C.
    Eric CrumrineApril 7, 2012
    Ask for Kristen. Best server in Boston!
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WangMarch 28, 2012
    Kubrick-inspired interior. Amazing Italian - Gnocci rules. Go to Drink after.
  • The Next Great Generation (Boston)
    The ricotta cheesecake is especially enticing. Read more
  • Mark C.
    Mark CoffeyJanuary 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing spicy tomato soup
  • Melissa L.
    Melissa LeonDecember 9, 2011
    Try the Strozzapreti With Braised Rabbit And Picholine Olives - Strozzapreti is perfectly chewy ...yummm
  • Eric H.
    Eric HowellDecember 8, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Love the tagliatelle w/ bolognese. It's my favorite lunch! Reasonable priced and just the right amount of food! And cupcakes are the best dessert after, especially the cookies and cream one :)
  • Boston Magazine
    Boston MagazineNovember 11, 2011
    It isn’t for everyone. You sit next to strangers, it's bright and noisy, but those are the reasons we luuuuurrve Sportello. It’s quirky. Read more
  • Jason J.
    Jason JacobOctober 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Macaroons!
  • Boon Y.
    Boon YapOctober 16, 2011
    Squid ink cavatelli, to die for. And the braised rabbit strozzapreti - yum! :-) Everything's great.
  • Hthaiwon L.
    Hthaiwon LayneOctober 12, 2011
    chocolate pecan cookies with fleur de sel & chocolate cupcake w/ chocolate malt- super yummy
  • David B.
    David BaezaSeptember 28, 2011
    The rabbit is so good that the waiter offered to buy it back if I don't like it. That's an endorsement!
  • ak
    akSeptember 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The spaghetti with dried chilis is craveable, especially after a few cocktails downstairs at Drink!
  • David D.
    David DeParolesaSeptember 17, 2011
    Get the slow scrambled eggs and duck hash at brunch. Delicious!
  • Lucas P.
    Lucas PelzSeptember 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Can't go wrong with a pasta dish.
  • Alexandra H.
    Alexandra HodgmanAugust 18, 2011
    BEST lunchbox special! LOVE it.
  • Glenn K.
    Glenn KennedyAugust 8, 2011
    Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon Salad a MUST TRY! Read more
  • Mohamad E.
    Mohamad ElZeinAugust 7, 2011
    Get their toast for brunch with ricotta! Amazing!
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 10, 2011
    Polish off a bowl of Bolognese at Barbara Lynch's counter-style Italian spot and finish off the meal by heading downstairs for a stiff cocktail from Drink. Read more
  • Kimberly G.
    Kimberly GlasgowJune 1, 2011
    Besides the rabbit, polenta with wild boar ragu is also exceptional.
  • melanie w.
    melanie walitsMay 12, 2011
    the gnocchi changed my life. get it.
  • foodforfel
    foodforfelFebruary 13, 2011
    Get the affogato - a double shot of espresso over ice cream. Heaven in a glass!
  • NOM NOM Boris
    NOM NOM BorisNovember 23, 2010
    Try the Swordfish
  • Maggie A.
    Maggie A.November 2, 2010
    A happy death: Agnolotti with mortadella mousse
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Bon Appetit MagazineOctober 21, 2010
    At chef Barbara Lynch's casual counter spot in the Fort Point neighborhood, the strozzapreti with braised rabbit, picholine olives, and rosemary is transcendent. Read more
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 18, 2010
    As you would expect in a Lynch restaurant, pastas are expertly prepared. Wheaty, briny, slightly pungent, and rich, the bigoli with clams, sea urchin, and bottarga is the most complex of the bunch.
  • JS P.
    JS PeaveyOctober 6, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Just figured out that Sportello has coffee/espresso/baked goods too. Good coffee. New stop for my am cup of Joe.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TroianoSeptember 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If they have the corn soup... Get it.
  • Erica A.
    Erica AyotteAugust 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    try the potato chips they make there. sweet and salty.
  • Jody R.
    Jody RoseJune 17, 2010
    The goat cheese and tomato sandwich is a must. Their lunchbox includes a sandwich, drink, homemade chips, and a yummy cookie - $10.60, not bad!
  • Jillian M.
    Jillian MJune 10, 2010
    Scallops are to die for!
  • Takehito O.
    Takehito OgawaNovember 12, 2013
    ボストン滞在が楽しみになるカジュアルイタリアン。バーバラ・リンチが創った素晴らしいパスタの数々をお腹いっぱい楽しめる。ヒップな店内ながら日本人にとっては吉野家のカウンタースタイルなので、ゆっくりと楽しむお店ではありませんよー。
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