Boston >Food & Dining > Bricco
241 Hanover St, Boston, MA | Directions 02113-232242.363178 -71.054953
Neighborhoods: Central, North End
Contemporary Italian fare meets a hip, urban hangout in the heart of the North End. – The Scene
Visitors to this popular Italian restaurant and wine bar may think they've taken a wrong turn (the North End is home to countless family-style, red-sauce joints). How else to explain such modern touches as a live "kitchen-cam" that allows patrons and passers-by to see chefs at work, or a hip bar area that stays open late to cater to a cosmopolitan, international crowd? Efficient servers deliver selections from an impressive Italian wine list.
While the handsome dining room's window-seats are among the area's best people-watching spots, Bricco's top draw is its extensive, adventurous Italian menu. Socially minded diners can make a meal of the many small plates and appetizers available (try the zucchini-blossom tempura with fresh mushroom puree). Entrees feature top-shelf ingredients like pistachio-covered Kobe beef and Parmigiano-crusted Australian lamb. For dessert, don't miss the tangy lemon-polenta cake.
I come to the North End for Grandma's cooking – Props:Bar was really nice. Bartender recommended a nice Pinot Noir. Great North End cabaret atmosphere. Appetizers were excellent, with a nice presentation.
Improvement required: Tables are packed in, hard floors and no curtains make for excessive noise. $23.00 pasta entree was six undercooked ravioli with a couple Agostino lobsters, that, for a pasta plate, left me starving. Was hoping to recover on the desert menu, but that was a bust. Waiter was inattentive - walking by several times, leaving dirty plates on the small table for much longer than expected. He also said, much to our surprise, that no wines from Italy are any good, and recommended drinking only native wine.
Nice night out – We were seated promptly, food was great (seafood rissoto and chicken picatta entrees), desserts were ok (tirimisu and apple crisp) service was good but not great and the portions were more than ample
Very disappointed – I had great expectations from this restaurant and was disappointed to experience how "unitialian" this place was when it came to atmosphere and those good ol' italian meals that warm the heart. This place is so pretentious. Food quantities were very small ala French cuisine. I never look for gigantic size meals but when you pay an arm and a leg and you leave an Italian restaurant hungry, many questions come to mind. One of it being "when was the last time the only sound eminating from an Italian restaurant was that "clinking" noise when the silverware meets the plates?" The whole place smells too upper class and posh, not my cup of tea especially since there are so many genuine and authentic Italian restaurants in the city.
Now in my "Top 20" – I've had quite a few memorable experiences enjoying outstanding dining experiences - not only in Boston, where I grew up, but in many other locales, far and wide: Cali, NY, Paris, Hong Kong. Bricco is now added to my FAV list. I also do a lot of cooking myself, so I am hard to please... It ROCKED!
Appalling service – Last Thursday I visited Bricco with a friend for dinner. A nice evening was ruined by someone requesting we vacate our table immediately after we paid our bill. The most frustrating part, however, was that the restaurant had graciously given us a complimentary glass of Limoncello while we were paying the bill - and they had the audacity to request that we leave before we'd even finished the limoncello! Why bother with the free drink if you're going to hustle us out?!?! This was a Thursday evening at around 9:30 - they were busy - but not slammed, and there did not appear to be many people waiting for tables. With regard to the food, it was good - but not spectacular and there are better values for the money in Boston. The timing was also off and our waiter neglected us for a full 20 minutes at one point.
Treated like Royalty – A business colleague and I represented a winery at the Boston Wine Expo. We asked a gentleman on a street in the North End for a restaurant recommendation..Frank DePasquale escorted us to his restaurant..BRICCO'S.. We began a dining experience I will never forget. Chef Marisa Iocco came to our table to see how we enjoyed her exquisite rack of lamb and veal chop ..and her outstanding bread pudding!!..Our server was the consummate professional... his warmth and hospitality would be hard to match in the city of Boston.. our wine with dinner was a perfect match..Manager Rita D'Angelo was also a part of this fabulous experience.. the graciousness of the bar manager, the owner and everyone ..sealed this as one of the best epicurean experiences I have ever had....the ambiance is so inviting...this is a MUST STOP in the North End..!!! they know how to treat visitors...I can't wait to return..
Fabulous – We've been to Bricco a dozen times. We've always had excellent food and service. The challenges are usually trying to decide on the wine and trying not to fill up before the main course. This is one of our favorite restaurants. We love it and will keep coming back.
uninformed and overpriced – When i made reservations for valentines day I was not informed that the menu would be limited to pri-fixe courses.The service was good but our server was unknowledgable about the overpriced wine list.Timing for the five courses was perfect.The food was creative and well prepared.I'd go back for a martini,but overall it wasn't worth the hefty check.($190 for dinner,wine and a couple of coctails for two)
Don't miss this place. – We live in the North End and Bricco's is one of the better places to eat in the area. The tapas is great and the entrees are generally an inspired twist to some favorites. The wine list is very good. The pace of dining is relaxed (don't go here if you're in a hurry) and there is valet parking right in front of the restaurant.
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