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Carlo's Cucina Italiana

#159 of 2,392 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Allston / Brighton
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131 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134-2802
+1 617-254-9759
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 14:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Dublin, Ireland
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50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went for lunch after seeing all the five star reviews. I think the place is a small bit overrated. 3 stars would be harsh as it is a nice little restaurant and the staff are friendly. We had a meatball panini and chicken penne pasta. Portions were big and the free bread was warm and tastey. An enjoyable meal,... More 

Thank hooper88
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The homemade pasta and sauce was out of this world along with the cannoli for dessert -omg I can't wait to have dinner there again!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Clearwater, Florida
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210 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

My colleague and I recently had dinner here based upon good reviews in Trip Advisor. The restaurant décor is fairly basic as acceptable for a neighborhood establishment. Arriving at 6:30 pm on a Monday, the restaurant was to too busy and we enjoyed a more relaxing evening. I had the Fusilli con Salsiccia e Broccoli Rabe for dinner. Along with... More 

Thank James W
Northern, NY
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278 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

We lucked out with perfect timing, entering as a party of five was leaving. No lines, no waiting- and from what we hear, this is not the norm. We were ushered to a table quickly and our waiter, Brian, gave us a run down on the specials and gave some suggestions for what we might like. He was right on,... More 

Thank canela42
Boston, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

went on a 'Quiet" Tuesday night with family Had not been in years Time travel is possible...... just as we left it, same friendly staff , decor and the best Italian food in Boston! never a bad dish and Shrimp Grand Marnier wowed our son-in-law who had never been here. Not to mention Gnocchi, and Veal Carlos and Chicken Irene.... More 

Thank alysiabb
Boston, Massachusetts
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78 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

My favorite and "go to" restaurant for delicious Italian food. I love their tomato sauce "Fra Diabolo" .. with mussels and haddock. Excellent veal dishes as well. House Chianti wine is excellent; the BEST Italian bread baked in the North End; and the BEST tiramisu and flan with cajeta (reduced sweetened evaporated milk reduced to a caramel consistency and DELICIOUS.)

Thank Boston L
Boston, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

I've been there twice and both times ordered seafood with pasta.... simply delicious! Totally worth the wait for a table since it's a small place! The servers are very attentive and pleasant! I will go back there soon...

Thank TPipoca
Lynnfield, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 November 2016

This is a small restaurant so you may have to wait for a table. They do accept call ahead. I went on a recent Saturday night with my husband and one son. We did not get any appetizers but our entrees were huge. The chicken and sausage with vinegar peppers was Lots of chicken, sausage, and veggies. It fed me... More 

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48 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

It is a quaint little restaurant with big tastes. I ordered a lobster Ravioli and it was wonderful. We also ordered a few small plates to share and everything we ordered was terrific. The owner Irene took the time to make sure we were satisfied with our meal and was very sincere. Our waiter Ralph was friendly and attentive. It... More 

Thank Lisa W
2 reviews
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Great food and service! Our group of three arrived at 6:30pm and were seated immediately. I had the stuffed trout and it was amazing!

Thank Luke H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Open Hours
14:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 131 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134-2802
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Allston / Brighton
  • Neighbourhood: Allston / Brighton
  • Phone Number: +1 617-254-9759

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?