Artu Boston -an Italian restaurant that feels like home.
Artu Boston is an Italian restaurant in Boston with two amazing locations to service its loyal customers. When I was visiting Boston for work, we wanted to take advantage of the amazing Italian neighborhood North End, and decided to look into where we could grab a bite to eat.
One of my close friends from high school now lives in Boston and swears by Artu. And since I’m always happy to explore recommendations from friends, we decided to make reservations for dinner. We seemed to get the last reservation on a busy Friday night and headed into the North End for our Italian adventure.
Art Boston is that Italian restaurant that Italians enjoy because it tastes like home. Focusing on simple ingredients and Italian preparation, their menu offers both classic and modern style Italian dishes. From the moment we walked in we felt like we were family. We even were stopped by a regular who overheard we were visiting from out of state and she swore Artu is the only place to eat Itailan in the North End.
Artu is tucked away in Boston’s historic and bustling North End, but once you step inside it’s a nice intimate experience for whatever your night might bring you. We loved the cozy feeling as we slid into booths and let the smells of Italian sauce fill the air.
Let me say this again, this restaurant treats you like family. Everyone is so friendly, and helpful and answered every question we had about their favorite dishes on the menu. They even shared their favorite things to do in the North End. We really felt like we were having a true Italian meal.
We began our meal with Calamari Fritti which is fried calamari, cherry peppers, with a spicy pomodoro on the side. It was the best Calamari I have ever had, and I eat it whenever I get a chance. The breading was seasoned so well, and the pieces of cherry peppers had the best crunch and spice to make the dish.
We were a big group so we were lucky and got to try a lot of their dishes, we also ordered Bruschetta with broccoli rabe, cannelini beans, garlic, evoo, and grana podano as a main and it was a nice crunchy and savory dish that everyone enjoyed, good thing we ordered two orders of it!
I really wanted to try the Gnocchi at Artu, and theirs did not disappoint. A colleague of mine and I ended up agreeing to order 2 main courses to share so we could try more (Which is always a fair question if you want multiple things but don’t want to finish multiple meals, or to save $$). It was everything I wanted and more, the soft pillows of dough were perfectly balanced with the hearty meatballs in a delicious tomato sauce.
But that wasn’t all, we also ordered the Pollo Donato which featured a chicken breast, stuffed with prosciutto, spinach, mozzarella, served with rosemary red bliss potatoes and fire roasted red peppers. I mean, look at the picture that chicken breast is stuffed to perfection. It was definitely worth it splitting two main courses so we got to try multiple things!
In the end, we left happy, full, and grateful for the wonderful recommendation.
I would say if you’re in the North End (or Beacon Hill) next time you’re in Boston, make sure you make Artu your stop for Italian food!
“Dine With Shayda reviews Artu Boston. This restaurant treats you like family. Everyone is so friendly. We felt like we were having a true Italian meal.”
|Open Tables Diner’s Choice Award 2014|