Where to Get Boston's Best Italian Food To-Go

By Eric Twardzik
01/12/2021

As we settle into a winter that may involve more hibernation than usual, we’re craving rich and flavorful Italian food. Whether you’re seeking a multi-course set meal or some fresh pasta to cook at home, these Boston-area Italian restaurants are providing the good stuff to-go.

Coppa South End Pasta

Cozy enoteca Coppa has gone all-in on takeout, offering its pasta and pizzas to-go for both lunch and dinner. Our favorite dishes here include the Bucatini Carbonara featuring sea urchin and the N’duja & Winter Squash Pizza topped with spicy Calabrian sausage. Even the sports agnostic may want to pay attention to the “Football Packages,” which are available every NFL game day and bundle grinders, pizzas, and Caesar salads to feed crowds of different sizes. Throughout autumn, Coppa is also offering a “Fall Meal Deal” that allows diners to select any appetizer, pasta, and pizza, plus a featured bottle red or white wine, for $85.

Mida

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Creative Italian restaurant Mida has curated a takeout section of its menu. It includes highlights like pillowy Focaccia with garlic butter and parmesan; Short Rib Lasagna; and Paccheri Bolognese with pork sugo, broccoli rabe, and breadcrumbs. On the first day of each week you can take advantage of their serves-two “Mangia Monday” special, which includes portions of five select pasta dishes plus romaine insalata and bread for $70. Alternatively, you can pick up some of their freshly made pastas and a pint of gelato for later.

Few restaurants have transitioned to takeout as seamlessly as Fox & the Knife. The Southie spot offers readymade dishes to-go, including the beloved Broccoli all Griglia “Caesar” salad and Tagliatelle Bolognese with wild boar. From noon to 9 p.m. each day you can also order fresh pastas and sauces from “Fox Pasta,” a spin-off business with by-the-pound pastas like bucatini, creste de gallo, and spinach mafaldine, and sauces like wild boar Bolognese, tomato basil, and amatriciana. Fox Pasta also sells prosciutto, half-pints of grated Parmigiano Reggiano, and house-made ricotta, as well as desserts like house gelato and Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies. The restaurant will be closed during the week of 1/10-1/16 so plan accordingly!

Pasta from Giulia

Cambridge restaurant Giulia is known for its house-made pastas, and you can’t go wrong with them—particularly the Pappardelle with Wild Boar. But venture beyond the carb-centric portion of the menu and you’ll be rewarded with sfizzi (snacks) like Chicken Liver Crostini or meaty secondi like House-Made Lamb Sausage. Orders can be placed starting at 3 p.m. each day and picked up during designated time slots between 5:30 and 8 p.m.

After taking a hiatus as the team transitioned to a socially-distanced dining setup, Central Square restaurant Pammy’s has brought back their takeout. The menu is available for dinner on Monday through Thursday, and in contrast to the multi-course dine-in menu, it includes more casual—yet no less delicious—dishes. To wit: You can order an Ultimate Italian Hero or an Eggplant Parm or with a side of spaghetti. You’ll also find a few mains with pasta, meat, or fish, plus a smattering of apps and desserts, pasta kits, and takeout cocktails. Place your order online between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. the same day.

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