Where in Boston to Order Italian Food (and Wine) for Takeout or Delivery during COVID-19
No matter what neighborhood you call home, you can put pasta, pizza, and other Italian comforts on your table.
Whether you’re craving pizza, roasted fish and vegetables, or a pile of pasta, Italian restaurants in Boston are innovating with tons of takeout options during the current shutdown of on-site dining. We’ve pulled together a list of some top options for consideration the next time a craving hits—and in the interest of planning ahead, remember: Fresh pastas and sauces freeze exceptionally well.
Due to the uncertain nature of the present moment, as well as what it takes for full-service restaurants to pivot to takeout operations, these options are subject to change. This post will be updated. Please call a restaurant directly if you have questions about ordering. Additionally, the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Restaurant Association are both tracking self-reported takeout options with their own online portals. Looking for other takeout and delivery options? Check out all of Boston magazine’s dining guides for the pandemic.
Every day for lunch and dinner, chef John Paine is offering a selection of wood-fired pizzas and small plates, sandwiches, and more for takeout from this Charlestown favorite—while partners Michael and Kari Cooney are curating the complementary packs of beer and wine. Delivery via UberEats is also an option. Call the restaurant or order online.
7 Moulton St., Charlestown, 617-337-5703, brewersfork.com.
Bring a taste of the North End home from DePasquale Ventures, which has this classic ristorante and its attached grocery store open every day for takeout and socially distanced shopping. The takeout menu includes apps like meatballs with fresh ricotta and crostini; mains like braised beef short ribs with creamy polenta; sausage and wild mushroom risotto; margherita pizza; and more. Daily from noon-8 p.m., call to place your order—it will be prepared for curbside pickup on Hanover Street. Bricco’s salumeria and pasta shop, meanwhile, is stocked with Italian pantry staples, meats, cheeses, and frozen foods, and also offers deli sandwiches for delivery on UberEats, DoorDash and Postmates.
241 Hanover St., North End, Boston, 617-248-6800, bricco.com.
The Butcher Shop and Sportello
Chef Barbara Lynch’s restaurant group has takeout operations in both the South End (TBS) and Fort Point (Sportello) neighborhoods. Both restaurants are stocked with fresh pastas, sauces, soups, and breads packaged for the fridge, freezer, and family; and sales of two classic dishes—Bolognese, and spicy tomato soup—directly support out-of-work employees. Call or email to access curated wine-pairing options and once-in-a-lifetime bottles pulled from Lynch’s Menton, Boston’s only Relais & Châteaux restaurant. The Butcher Shop also has beer and just-add-liquor cocktail kits available to purchase in-person. Both takeout options are open Wednesday-Sunday from 1-6 p.m.
Carlo’s Cucina Italiana
This Allston neighborhood anchor continues to serve the community every day with friendly, homestyle fare, now available for takeout and free delivery in Allston, Brighton, and Brookline. The full lunch and dinner menus are available, including favorites like house-made fusili with garlicky broccoli rabe, and calamari Veneziana (sautéed with roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, cherry peppers, and olives and smothered in a sweet tomato sauce). Call to inquire about $20 bottles of wine and catering options. Carlo’s is currently open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (noon-9 p.m. Sundays).
131 Brighton Ave., Allston, 617-254-9759, carloscucinaitaliana.com.
Ciao! Pizza and the Pasta Box
Chelsea folks can safely pick up Neapolitan-style pizzas, interesting riffs on pasta dishes, sweets, and beer and wine to go, as well as fresh pastas to make at home, from the city’s two Italian spots owned by Edson Coimbra and chef Marvin Posada, a pair of Boston-area restaurant veterans and community builders. Ciao Pizza is open daily, while the Pasta Box is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Check out the online ordering options, or call the locations to order during open hours.
Ciao! Pizza and Pasta, 59 Williams St., Chelsea, 617-286-9346, ciaopizzaandpasta.com
The Pasta Box, 212 Broadway, Chelsea, 617-669-7451, thepastabox.us.
Nightly from 4-8 p.m., chefs Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer’s South End enoteca is staffed by a small crew accepting pickup orders over the phone and online. Besides salumi, antipasti, pizzas, and pastas portioned for dinner, there is tiramisu for dessert, and pounds of fresh pasta to cook at home. Along with wine and beer options, you can also order fun “spritz kits” that come with a bottle of Prosecco, a can of extra bubbles, fresh citrus, and a recipe card.
253 Shawmut Ave., South End, Boston, 617-391-0902, coppaboston.com.
Roslindale’s neighborhood trattoria is currently open Tuesday-Saturday nights for curbside pickup. Along with regular-menu favorites like pappardelle with shrimp and arugula, there are family-style meals like chicken Parmigiana and rigatoni boscaiola, packaged with salad and large enough to feed 4-6 people. Check out the wine list, too: All bottles are priced at a 25 percent discount. Call between 3-5 p.m. to order and schedule a pickup time between 5-8 p.m.
754 South St., Roslindale Village, 617-327-8324, delfinorestaurant.com
Pizza is always a great idea. This Causeway Street spot serves large, crispy pies, plus antipasti, panini, and more. The whole menu is available for curbside pickup between 4-9 p.m. by calling the restaurant or clicking here. Delivery is also available through UberEats.
289 Causeway St., North End, Boston, 617 742-4144, duca.li.
The Prudential Center’s Italian marketplace remains open daily from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. for socially-distanced grocery shopping and online ordering. Additionally, select prepared meals from in-house restaurants—including the destination-worthy Terra—are available for pickup and delivery via Caviar, Uber Eats, DoorDash, or Tock.
800 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-807-7300, eataly.com.
Fox & the Knife
Whether you’re craving comfort food like cheesy bread and buttery pasta, or looking for a Top Chef-approved cooking project, chef Karen Akunowicz is here to help. From her newly James Beard-nominated restaurant, the Beard award-winning chef has introduced two new means for takeout: If you want all the work done for you, simply enjoy pickup and delivery of signature dishes and drinks, like taleggio cheese-stuffed focaccia, broccoli Caesar salad, pepe e cacio, pork Milanese, and spritz kits. But if you’d rather put in a little kitchen-time yourself, you can turn to Akunowicz’s new brand, Fox Pasta, which offers fresh pastas by the pound plus hand-packed pints of sauces and ricotta. Menus are updated daily on Instagram. Call the restaurant between noon-8 p.m. for pickup, or order delivery via Caviar.
28 West Broadway, South Boston, 617-766-8630, foxandtheknife.com.
While it’ll be some time before we can gather with friends around the pasta table once again, chef Michael Pagliarini is making good use of it right now, preparing a takeout menu of pastas “dalla nostra tavola”—“from our table”—to cook at home. He’s also offering antipasti, comforting main dishes, and a selection of wines. The restaurant is open at 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; call to order and schedule a pickup time between 5:30-8:30 p.m. Menus are updated most days on Giulia’s website and Instagram.
1682 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square, Cambridge, 617-441-2800, giuliarestaurant.com.
Rustic, northern Italian-style dishes like signature tagliatelle Bolognese, as well as wood-grilled Cornish hen under a brick, have made this Brookline Village trattoria a quiet favorite for 16 years. Those dishes and many more are on the takeout and delivery menu from chef-owner Josh Ziskin—one that also includes bottles of wine, cocktail mixers, and provisions like eggs, toilet paper, and vinyl gloves. (If you’re further out in the suburbs, sister restaurant Heritage of Sherborn also has these options.) Order online, or call between 5-7:30 p.m. to place an order and schedule a pickup time.
48 Boylston St., Brookline Village, 617-739-0007, lamorra.com.
From wood-fired pizzas, garlic bread, and vegetables, to family-sized soups and lasagnas to heat up at home, comfort food rules the takeout and delivery menu from this Adams Village mainstay. Check out the menu online—but note that if online ordering is disabled during open hours, that’s only to help manage safe social distance inside the small shop. You can always call to order, as well. For now, Molinari’s is open Tuesday-Sunday from noon-8 p.m. (9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday).
789 Adams St., Adams Village, Dorchester, 617-825-1700, molinarispizzeria.com.
For more than 40 years, this ristorante has been a local go-to for authentic Italian cuisine. It still is—you just have to eat at home. Lucia has its full menu available for curbside pickup in the North End and in Winchester, as well as online ordering and delivery via multiple apps. Call or go online to order.
415 Hanover St., North End, Boston, 617-367-2353; 13 Mt. Vernon St., Winchester, 781-729-0515, luciab.st.
Chef Chris Willis and his wife and partner, Pam, are packing up specialties to-go from their Cambridge gem: think lumache bolognese, an Italian salad with a creamy avocado dressing, chicken parm, and a new, “ultimate” Italian hero on house-made bread. In fact, whole loaves of Pugliese bread are also on the takeout menu, with 50 percent of their sale going into a fund to support Pammy’s staff, and 50 percent being donated to No Kid Hungry. Meanwhile, wine director Lauren Hayes offers food pairing suggestions on her menu of wine bottles to-go. Order online between 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., or call in your order after 3 p.m. to confirm a pickup time between 4:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday.
928 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-945-1761, pammyscambridge.com.
When it comes to takeout, chef Anthony Caturano is serving seasonal fare like pea ravioli with Jones ham and mascarpone, or roasted halibut with creamy chive risotto. There are also pints of sauces and pounds of pastas, breaded chicken cutlets and risotto meal kits, and more to cook at home, plus a selection of wines and beer. Call or order online for pickup in the North End.
24 Fleet St., North End, Boston, 617-227-1577, prezza.com.
Rina’s Pizzeria and Strega North End
Restaurateur Nick Varano has mainly focused on the North End neighborhood since selling off most of the Strega restaurants he founded. Still, his Varano Group restaurants—which include the original Strega, Nico, and Rina’s Pizzeria—are offering free delivery to the surrounding neighborhoods of the Seaport, South Boston, East Boston, Back Bay, West End, and Downtown Crossing. In addition to daily delivery and takeout specials, Italian standards like arancini, gnocchi sorrentina, and chicken and broccoli fettuccini Alfredo are all on the menu. Contact Rina’s Pizzeria for orders from all Varano Group restaurants.
3719 Hanover St., North End, Boston, 617-456-5700, rinasnorthend.com.
Is takeout from this Eastie icon the way to get around the typically long wait for one of 10 tables? There’s only one way to find out. Rino’s is open nightly from 3-8 to take orders for curbside pickup. The small spot (and its lobster ravioli) rose to fame after an appearance on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and Rino’s will reprise that role on a special edition of Triple D Take-out premiering on the Food Network at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 15. Follow on Facebook for updates.
258 Saratoga St., East Boston, 617-567-7412, rinosplace.com.
Here’s a truly homestyle option: chef Ron Suhanosky is lending out his cast iron crocks during this turbulent time, full of takeout dishes like braised short ribs with Parmigiano risotto, roasted lemon chicken and broccolini, and four-cheese lasagna meant to be reheated at home and shared with the family. Order online or via email 24 hours in advance to set up a curbside pickup time or local delivery, available daily between noon-3 p.m.
3A Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, ronskys.com.
The Salty Pig
For the first time ever, this Back Bay Station-neighboring spot is offering its charred and chewy pizzas and house-made pastas for delivery via Caviar and Doordash. It’s currently open for takeout Thursday-Sunday from 4-10 p.m. As the crew has gotten used to the new groove, they’ve added fun specials, like make-your-own pizza kits and jars of house-made spreads. Pick up in person and you can also purchase beer and wine to-go.
130 Dartmouth St., South End, Boston, 617-536-6200, thesaltypig.com.
This Best of Boston-worthy Venetian-Italian restaurant launches family-style takeout service, called “SRVia,” on Thursday, May 14. The crew is piggybacking on the safe-pickup systems already in place at sister spot the Salty Pig, but despite that being the physical takeout location, this menu remains a very SRV experience: Executive chef Michael Lombardi has created a takeout version of his family-style Arsenale menu, a shareable feast including one cicchetti (snack), two piatti (side dishes), and two grani (pastas). Priced at $40 per person, each multi-course order includes access to a curated Spotify playlist that will recreate the SRV dining room vibe while you eat. Pre-mixed mocktails (or just-add-booze mixers) and sweets by pastry chef Meg Thompson are available a la carte. SRV currently has a special Mother’s Day option available; SRVia takeout and delivery begins in earnest on May 14 and continues every Thursday-Saturday from 4-8 p.m. Weekly menus will be posted on SRV’s website, but all orders will be picked up at the Salty Pig, located at 130 Dartmouth St. Orders can be placed online, via email, on Caviar, or by phone from noon-4 p.m.
617-536-9500, srvboston.com; pick up at the Salty Pig, 130 Dartmouth St., South End, Boston.
Table by Jen Royle
The social dining aspect of first-time restaurant owner Jen Royle’s restaurant is off the table for now, but the shareable Italian dishes she prepares happen to be ideal for social distancing, too. Available Wednesday-Sunday until 8 p.m., the takeout menu features antipasto packed for two, ricotta-stuffed shells, penne and the rich house meatballs (pork/beef/veal), cannoli to go, and more. Call after 3 p.m. or order online for pickup or delivery.
445 Hanover St., North End, 857-250-4286, tableboston.com.
For more than 10 years, this “Dorchester Italian” spot from hometown chef Chris Douglass has been a neighborhood go-to for casual comfort food, cheffy side dishes, and pizza. That’s still the case, as the nightly updated menu spans all of that and more—think: family-style options to feed 4-6, DIY pizza kits, and “snack packs” of wines and bites to go.
1918 Dorchester Ave., Ashmont, Dorchester, 617-822-1918, tavolodotave.com.
Founder Joe Faro’s Tuscan Brands networks offers all kinds of takeout dining (and drinking), local delivery, and curbside grocery options from four New England locations. Daily from 3-8 p.m., check out the menus at the Boston and Burlington outposts, give your desired location a call, or order delivery through DoorDash. The Seaport location also sells provisions like eggs, milk, meats, and prepared foods to cook at home.
64 Seaport Blvd., Seaport, Boston, 617-303-7300; 2400 District Avenue, Burlington, 781-229-0300, tuscanbrands.com.