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Carlo's Cucina Italiana

#178 of 2,385 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Allston / Brighton
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131 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134-2802
+1 617-254-9759
2:00 pm - 10:00 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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Clearwater, Florida
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205 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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276 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 March 2, 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 March 1, 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 February 13, 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 November 22, 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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47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed November 17, 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 November 16, 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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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed October 22, 2016

This is such a great homestyle, great tasting food restaurant. We go to celebrate happy occasions with groups and sometimes just the two of us. We wish there were more seats. The wait and trying to find parking is worth the trouble! The restaurant is always hopping and crowded! The staff is friendly and very helpful with all the selections!... More 

Thank Kim S
Durham, North Carolina
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50 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed October 11, 2016 via mobile

Another excellent Trip Advisor recommended find! I was traveling alone and loved the small, quaint feel. My waiter (Rick) was great and asked the perfect amount of questions to help me navigate to the perfect special, which they were willing to substitute my preference of pasta. No that in and of itself is rare! Wines by the glass are a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Families with children
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: +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?