Boston >Food & Dining > Piccolo Nido
257 North St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211342.363701 -71.052075
Mon. - Sat. 5pm - 11pm;Sun. CLOSED
Neighborhoods: Central, North End
Oh my goodness! What an excellent find. We chanced upon this wonderful place...and thank goodness we did! We were wandering around Boston just looking for a place to eat...my Daughters 12th Birthday and we wanted to wing it!
The service was terrific! We were promptly greeted and seated.
Small and quaint...we felt as if we had been there before and would be there again.
The food was Delicious. We started off w/ two appetizers: The Bruschetta which was so so good! The tomatoes and basil were so fresh and full of flavor and the artisan bread was just perfect! We also had the Portabella Mushroom....again perfectly put together.
I had the LINGUINI AI FRUTTI DI MARE: Linguini pasta with a medley of fresh seafood in a light sauce of fresh tomatoes. and it was so good...I can't stop thinking about it!
My daughter had REGINA :Homemade Fusilli pasta topped with Bolognese sauce. The sauce was perfection!
I also had the house red wine which was lovely!
When we were finished...all of a sudden we heard Happy Birthday being sung...and would you know it....
Reagan, my daughter is being given a delicious piece of TIRAMISU E DOLCE DEL GIORNO...We shared it. It was great.
Every bite of our meal was delicious!
I hope to get back soon!
Horrible experience – This was by far the WORST EXPERIENCE I've had at any restaurant ever. Went with my wife and two friends. We had reservations, and upon arrival the owner was very rude to my wife, telling us to wait outside while other guests got to wait inside. When we were seated our waiter did not offer us anything to drink. I said we wanted a few minutes to look at the menu but wanted to order appetizers, and he said we'd have to order all at once. Meanwhile the wine was flowing and the waiters were shmoozing with the other tables. It was like a scene out of a movie. This was all bad, but we were trying to make the best of our meal and didn't say anything.
Things took a turn for the absurd when the owner nudged my friend aside, sat down at the table next to us, and began talking about "rude customers" and how much he disliked us. When I calmly mentioned that we could hear him, he said, "If you're uncomfortable here you can leave." We were, of course, very uncomfortable at this point. I asked him why he was acting like this, and he said, "That's it! I'm telling my chefs not to cook for you.?" The whole scene was very bizarre. The women the owner was sitting with kept telling us that they knew the owner well, that he was just quirky. Having lived in Rome, I can say that he was not just some gregarious, Italian man who endears himself to some customers but not all. The man was mentally unstable. We left to the chorus of a waiter telling the owner to "have some more wine" to calm down. More booze was the last thing this jerk needed.
We left, went to Bocca, and had a great meal. Still in shock, we told our story to the staff at Bocca, and they said they'd heard similar stories. When we got home we discovered several other reviewers had similar experiences with this nutcase, to the point where he was threatening women with physical violence.
This place deserves less than one star, but there was no "Public Safety Threat" option. Do not, under any circumstances, go to this restaurant.
Rude and Threatening Waiter – After living in the North End for over a year and frequenting many of it's restaurants while growing up north of Boston, I never thought a night out to dinner in the neighborhood would result in one the most bizarre and unpleasant dining experiences of my life.
After arriving at the, completely empty, restaurant around 6:15 our female server was very accomodating and pleasant as we waited for the rest of our party to get out of their various jobs and meet us. After ordering some wine while waiting, our entire party finally arrived around 7:15. Since the restaurant had only about 4 other tables occupied we didnt feel rushed or compelled to place orders before our whole table was there.
By 7:30 everyone had ordered and we waited for our meal. After about 45 minutes of waiting for our meals and seeing that most tables around us had been served, we asked our waiter, now a male server in the restaurant, what the problem was. We had no idea what the cause of the delay was since he had not once come over to say there was a problem in the kitchen or one of the orders was mixed up (something many of us could completely understand as former waiters and waitresses). He also at no time even apologized or offered a small appetizer to tide us over. When someone from our party got up to inquire as to what the delay was and ask for possibly a discount on one of the bottles of wine we had ordered or an appetizer, or at least an explanation, our server proceeded to yell at him and threaten him with the statement "I know where you live...you messed (*insert profanity) with the wrong guy".
After that outburst it only got worse as our server gave us our food, another 20 minutes later, while muttering what I'm sure where unpleasantries in another language under his breath. By the end of the meal all of us were shocked and upset, unfortunately, the relatively good and inexpensive meal left bitter tastes in our mouth.
Delicious and intimate – We had dinner here last Saturday night (2/26/05) and were immediately seated at 6pm without a reservation. The bruschetta appetizer was delicious. I got the sole special and the fish melted in my mouth... the waiter was prompt and attentive and the food did not take long to be delivered to our table. The menu is somewhat limited but worth it, and it is also reasonably priced. Great place for a romantic dinner for two!
A worthwhile dining experience! – A very nice North End eatery slighly off the beaten path. The antipasto was very good, and I highly recommend the mushroom crepe appetizer. We soaked up every drop of the sauce with our bread. Our entrees were solid. Our waiter helped us pick an excellent value off the wine list.
Little nest is a big find – Piccolo Nido means little nest in Italian, and it is a wonderful small resteraunt in the North End of Boston. Pino the owner is a gracious and quite entertaining host. The food is wonderful and the decour is charming and a great withdraw from the crowds on Hanover street. Try the Vittelo Valdostana or the Poccini Mushroom Ravioli for the main course, which is perfectly finished with a limonccelo. The wine list is satisfingly uncomplicated and the appetizers offer a several fresh and delicios options. It is and will be my favorite charming North End pick.
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