Boston’s Best Restaurants With Handmade Pasta

March 5, 2014 6:00 AM

Boston is filled with Italian restaurants and places that pride themselves on using fresh pastas to make dishes extra special. Beyond Boston’s Best Places For Spaghetti, there are also places that showcase other types of pasta from fettuccine to pappardelle and beyond. Whether you like it prepared simply with tomatoes and basil or loaded with seafood, chicken or heavy sauces, there are a variety of delicious dishes at the following spots.
tresca Bostons Best Restaurants With Handmade Pasta

Lobster Scampi from Tresca (Credit, Michelle Levine)

233 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 742-8240

Located right on Hanover Street, Tresca has quickly become an area favorite. Not only is it owned by former Bruins hockey player Ray Bourque, but it also serves up high-quality cuisine and drinks in a unique setting. On one hand you have a lively bar area, but there are other areas of the restaurant for intimate dining for special occasions. Hand-cut pasta dishes include the lobster scampi featuring tagliatelle. It’s served with Maine lobster along with white wine lemon thyme butter and garlic sauce for a flavorful dish. There are also classic recipes served like bolognese and carbonara as well.

ristorante fiore Bostons Best Restaurants With Handmade Pasta

Bombolotti con Aragosta e Gamberi from Ristorante Fiore (Credit, Michelle Levine)

Ristorante Fiore
250 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 371-1176

A rooftop bar and street-level patio aren’t the only things that draw crowds to this Italian eatery, also on Hanover Street in Boston’s North End neighborhood. It also has fresh seafood, plenty of veggie dishes, steaks, traditional Italian meals and fresh pasta. A standout on the menu is the Bombolotti con Aragosta e Gamberi where Fiore uses its homemade signature pasta and serves it with fresh tender lobster meat, shrimp, herbs and a decadent tomato and cream sauce. This spot also has ravioli, pappardelle and cavatelli options on the menu and a variety of offerings featuring its fresh, handmade pasta dishes using only the best ingredients for a memorable meal.

(Photo credit: Teatro/Facebook)

(Photo credit: Teatro/Facebook)

177 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 778-6841

For dinner before a play, concert, show or even a movie, Teatro offers a convenient location in Boston’s Theater District. This restaurant prides itself on serving contemporary yet classic Italian dishes and delicious cocktails to wash them down. Most of the pasta and risotto dishes are house-made and can be ordered in two sizes so you can load up on the dish or just have a taste. Nosh on the orecchiette with its sausage, broccoli rabe and garlic accompaniment or go for the tortelloni with burrata, tomatoes and pesto. There are also pizzas, small plates and well-executed entrees, so there is something for everyone in the group.

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(Credit: Scampo)

(Credit: Scampo)

Liberty Hotel
215 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 536-2100

Located at the luxurious Liberty Hotel, Scampo’s menu is filled with fresh pasta dishes. There are gluten-free spaghetti dishes including vongole, aglio e olio or spaghetti featuring cracklings with hot peppers. Another highlight is the beet pappardelle with crispy cauliflower and the quail alongside squash risotto is another standout. Other offerings include salads, pizza and special selections from the mozzarella bar which has its own house-made cheese.

(Photo from Trattoria di Monica)

(Photo from Trattoria di Monica)

Trattoria di Monica

67 Prince St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 720-5472

Handmade pasta is a specialty in the North End cozy eatery of Trattoria di Monica. All pasta selections on the menu are handmade onsite and you can even visit Monica’s Salumeria across the street to get the same delicious, fresh pasta options to go if you want to make it at home. Dine on fettuccine with alfredo sauce and other comforting dishes like the fusilli alla Sorrentina which features baked fusilli in a plum tomato sauce with melted mozzarella cheese. There are plenty of dishes cooked to perfection like chicken parmesan over rigatoni or chicken marsala over fettucine.

Related: A Guide To Boston’s Little Italy: The North End

Michelle Levine is a creative energetic, young professional that is passionate about everything Boston has to offer. She loves to attend local events, dine out, and cook and wants to share her findings with you. Her work can be found on