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348 Congress St Boston, MA 02210
348 Congress StreetUSMassachusettsBoston02210
$$Italian RestaurantToday 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday 11:30 AM – 10:00 PMMonday 11:30 AM – 10:00 PMTuesday 11:30 AM – 10:00 PMWednesday 11:30 AM – 10:00 PMThursday 11:30 AM – 11:00 PMFriday 11:30 AM – 11:00 PMSaturday 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM
With two "U"-shaped counters situated around an open kitchen, Sportello (Italian for counter service) offers a menu of Chef Barbara Lynch's trattoria-inspired Italian dishes for both lunch and dinner. A modern interpretation of a diner located in Boston's Fort Point neighborhood, Sportello features an approachable, artisan wine list curated by James Beard Award Winner Cat Silirie. Snag a stool at the counter and enjoy a bowl of handmade pasta! 
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Upscale diner offering fresh pasta & housemade baked goods in modern, minimalist surrounds.- Google
"Spicy tomato soup was flavorful, but seemed like more of a tomato sauce."
"I highly recommend the rabbit and the steak tartare."
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Bob Lou
2 weeks ago
A chic space that has two U shaped counters and an open kitchen. The strozzapreti with braised rabbit was savory and delicious. Spicy tomato soup was flavorful, but seemed like more of a tomato sauce. Scallops had impressive plating.
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Matthew Reed
2 weeks ago
This is NOT A SPORTS BAR. Very expensive despite the $$ rating. I felt like a hamster was clawing its way into my butt.
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Grace Rodriguez
12 months ago
A friend took a group of about 14 of us to Sportello, and not a single person was disappointed. The staff was able to accommodate half of us with a table, but the size of our party meant the rest had to sit at the ample counter...with a great view of the open kitchen! The restaurant has an upscale casual feel. It's set up like an elegant diner; and while the menu is on the higher end, you could easily strike up a conversation with the people sitting next to you at the counter. The service and food definitely live up to the "upscale" part: Both were great! The ingredients taste fresh (we even saw a just-delivered box of co-op vegetables outside the door), and the pasta was outstanding. I highly recommend the rabbit and the steak tartare. The wine list was good; but if you plan on making a night of it, I'd recommend saving time for a classic cocktail downstairs at Drink -- it's one of the best bars in the country.
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Greg Strazzulla
a year ago
I have never said no to this place! The décor is easy, and unlike so many other places in the city does not try to hard or default to the 'farm to table' look. Now the food...My Gawd, the FOOD. Simply amazing. You really cannot go wrong with anything on the menu... and if you doubt anything, just watch them make it, there is an open kitchen so even if they wanted to cut corners they couldn't. They are also amazing about allergies, say it once and that is all, they will make sure that every dish they bring you is free of your allergen if possible...
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Christopher Tom
2 months ago
The up scale atmosphere of a diner is so retro that it's Kewl. The view from the large windows is nice and fills the room. The menu is small, which I. Like, offers a good selection. The meal comes with house made bread and whipped cream. The spicy tomato soup was nice and simple. The crustini that came with it was a bit hatd, even dunked in the soup. The homemade potato 'knoci' was tender and flavorful. The assortment of mushrooms and peas give the dish depth.
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Ashley Minton
2 months ago
This is by far one of my favoite places to go! You can sit at a bar sort of like a japanese steakhouse place or a table. The staff is always so friendly and the food is so amazing. The menu is pretty simple and everything I have eaten has been pretty dang good. BUT... you MUST try the gnocchi.. you just must.
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Cedric Hom
12 months ago
I'm a big Barbara Lynch fan, so hopefully this doesn't become too biased of a review. The food was good, the service for the most part was good, and the serving sizes were inconsistent. I got a pasta that I demolished quickly, but my fiance had a short rib dish that had much more on the plate. In the end, the appetizer and two entrees (and dessert) between us was enough, but I would have wanted more of the pasta. It was quite good. It was fun to watch the kitchen at work, and the ambiance felt nice and casual. I would like to come back, but the setup of the place is not really conducive to groups bigger than 6, in my opinion. But you could always make it work. It was a little bit on the expensive side, but again, you could taste the quality.
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Doris Wong
a year ago
As a Barbara Lynch fan, Sportello is a favorite casual spot out of her restaurant line up but the downside for me is the price point. The seasoning is enough to let the ingredients shine without overwhelming the dish. Their bolognese is a crowd favorite and mine too (I'm a sucker for that stuff). I haven't had a bad dish there yet.


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