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Sportello
Italian Restaurant$$
Today 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
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348 Congress St Boston, MA 02210
348 Congress StreetUSMassachusettsBoston02210
(617) 737-1234sportelloboston.com
$$Italian RestaurantToday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 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 pmSunday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
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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
"Would go back for the excellent spicy tomato soup alone."
"I highly recommend the rabbit and the steak tartare."
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Grace Rodriguez
5 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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Doris Wong
6 months 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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Nathaniel Gopen
8 months ago
I went for restaurant week with a friend and it wasn't exactly what I expected. It was a lot less formal, which was nice. It had a white seating bar area that snaked around the center of the restaurant where the open kitchen was situated. The bolognese is very good as was the tiramisu. The setting is nice that it is casual although little pricey. I would potentially return for a casual lunch or dinner.
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Ryan Mitchell
10 months ago
A deceptively down-to-earth decor belies out-of-this world dishes. Even with something as simple as pasta -- it's the best pasta you've ever tasted. Service is fantastic, the food is attractively presented. Certainly not the cheapest place in town, but you're really getting a five star meal for a four star price, in my opinion.
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Cedric Hom
5 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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Greg Strazzulla
10 months 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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Ryan Wittig
10 months ago
This review is based just on our dessert experience. We came here for dessert after eating at Legal Harborside looking for a change of scenery. We were able to slide in between reservations just to have some dessert. We were kind of disappointed that they didn't have a liquor license so we couldn't have any grappa or cordials, so we all ended up getting espressos and cappuccinos which we pretty good. I got the chocolate silk tart, which was tasty but I wouldn't come back and have that again. I believe one other person had the coconut cake which was a similar experience to the chocolate tart, good enough to enjoy but nothing special. Given the amount of hype surrounding Barbara Lynch and this place, I was expecting a little more. Our server was awesome and treated us like good customers even though we were just there for a quick dessert. We will definitely have to come back to try their pasta and other Italian dishes as everything did look good.
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Grace White
a year ago
My #1 spot in Boston. Eclectic atmosphere. Staff ultra friendly, smart, and caring! Food - sensational! We never visit Boston with at least one meal here. Can't wait to see the renovations.

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