Where to Find Greater Boston’s Best Italian Restaurants
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 16 local 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.
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. Note that as of January 15, 2022, restaurants in the city of Boston are required to check for proof of vaccination for customers dining indoors; Brookline and Salem have similar mandates, with Brookline’s also covering outdoor dining. Outside of these communities, venues with their own vaccination proof requirements are noted as such on this map.
This map was originally published on July 18, 2018; it is updated periodically, and the date of the most recent update appears above.
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.