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Carlo's Cucina Italiana

#186 of 2,359 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Allston / Brighton
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131 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134-2802
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sebastian, Florida
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The waiter and owner were friendly and know their business. The food here is excellent...we all four had chicken parm, two with added eggplant. It was perfect and the portions are very large.The restaurant is small and there's not much parking, so we used Uber. This place is a hidden gem! Highly recommend.

Thank Phyllis W
Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

On trip to Boston found it on trip advisor. Hole in the wall. Greatly exceed expectation. Lots of patrons regulars. I highly recommend.

Thank David G
Hingham, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016

Have been here several times. Small, not too noisy, very little atmosphere. No outside seating. Reservations taken. Prices reasonable for quality of food and good service. Delicious food and very large portions. Always fresh and hot. We come 30 miles to visit. A true neighborhood find. Always hustling and bustling. Wine and beer. Unsure about full bar. Not too good... More 

Thank barbieloh44
Hartford, Connecticut
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126 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016

I have eaten here and reviewed before giving it five stars . The food is exceptional and the service is very good. There are drawbacks. You could end up waiting awhile especially on weekends. There is zero parking unless u get very lucky Best bet is get there by Uber, It is just to noisy. Obviously this isn't the restaurants... More 

Thank brucect
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143 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

Now this is Italian! OMG, what a great place to eat. Excellent menu, lively ambience with an eclectic clientele, and very knowledgeable staff. If you are in Boston, then leave the North End and come out to Allston (near MIT and BU) to find this gem. The veal saltimbocca was the best I have ever eaten and the tiramisu was... More 

1 Thank Lakeguytx49
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

Carlo's is a little place on Brighton Ave right down the road from Boston University. Carlo's is not in the North End of Boston were you would expect a good Italian restaurant to be.The food is made from scratch and served piping hot and in abundance..I ate Calamari for the first time at this restaurant and loved it.Everything I have... More 

Thank Doug B
Hebron, Connecticut
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Every time we come here, the food is always great. I always order a "daily specials I'll", which has never disappointed.the"family" staff is always welcoming and happy to adjust to your tastes. If you are in Boston, go to Carlos in Allston. It's small And busy so make a reservation or be patient.

Thank Glazie1
Camillus, New York
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138 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

This is not your average Italian restaurant. I have eaten here many times. Whenever we are in Boston, visiting family, Carlo's is a must stop. I live in a city with a large Italian population with many fine restaurants, Carlo's ranks as one of the best. It is actually a small restaurant, with reservations required. It is always packed. We... More 

Thank Mazuza2
new jersey
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175 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

This place has wonderful tasting food. The lasagna was a special and boy was it special. It had to be 6 inches high. The flavor was wonderful. We also had the chicken& broccoli, and Toscana. Everything tasted awesome. It is very smallinside and the tables are close together. However, it is still worth the trip.

Thank shop4ever
Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

We discovered Carlo's tonight and so happy we did. This is a tiny restaurant and we were seated in the basement. Not the best spot but the food and service made it worthwhile. We had pasta dishes that were amazing. I had pasta with lobster and my husband had pasta with shrimp. Everything was fresh and very tasty. The service... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 131 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134-2802
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Allston / Brighton
  • Neighborhood: Allston / Brighton
  • Phone Number: 617-254-9759

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?