Boston isn’t short on Italian food — it’s easy to find variations inspired by different regions of the old country, as well as the red-sauce variety popularized by so many Italian-American grandmas and grandpas. And the North End doesn’t have a patent on the stuff, either — there are excellent options throughout the city and its surrounding ‘burbs.
Here are 20 restaurants that showcase some of the best Italian and Italian-American food the Boston area has to offer, from Sicilian-inspired seafood to hefty plates of pasta.
Note: While pizza is probably America’s favorite Italian offering, dedicated pizzerias don’t appear on this map; they’ve got their own. We’ve also omitted sub shops, keeping this map to mostly full-service options.
Please note that a number of Boston restaurants have resumed dine-in service, and the level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the Massachusetts coronavirus website.
Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.
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