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

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.

Meatballs from SRV

The South End’s SRV offers “SRVia,” a weekly changing fixed menu available from Thursday to Saturday and priced at $36 per person. Meant to be shared, these meals include dishes like House Made Focaccia, Roasted Garlic and Almond Dip, and Rigatoni with pork sausage and Brussels sprouts. You can also order dishes a la carte, ranging from cicchetti (snacks) like pork-and-beef-meatballs to piatti (small plates) like Stuffed Cabbage with prosciutto and shrimp brodo. Either way, you should call the restaurant or email info@srvboston.com between Wednesday and Sunday to place an order.

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.

The Butcher Shop

The Butcher Shop is not strictly Italian, but the Barbara Lynch-helmed restaurant offers a few Italian-style dishes via takeout that shouldn’t be missed. At lunchtime, treat yourself to a Prosciutto and Mortadella sandwich with spicy pickles and aioli, or Mama’s Meatball Sub with mozzarella and basil on focaccia. The menu also features two hearty pasta plates: Strozzapreti with braised chicken, chicken liver, black pepper, and sage; and Tagliatelle with Bolognese, parmesan, and basil.

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.

Tagliatelle Bolognese; Strozzapreti with braised rabbit and olives; Gnocchi with lobster and mushroom ragu: These pastas and more are available to-go from Sportello, chef Barbara Lynch’s Italian dining destination. You can also warm yourself with their signature Spicy Tomato Soup, topped with a taleggio crostini that’s something like a crispy, fun-sized grilled cheese. Anyone with a sweet tooth should take notice of their classic Italian dessert options, including Tiramisu and filled-to-order Cannoli garnished by either chocolate or pistachio.

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.

Bar Mezzana

For something lighter, look to Bar Mezzana’s menu of “coastal Italian” dishes to-go, including a popular selection of fresh and delicately decorated crudos and a Grilled Black Bass with salsa verde. The pasta dishes here are also a passport to instant comfort; we love the toothsome, buttery Orecchiette with sausage, fennel, and radicchio. And don’t sleep on the Italian spirit-focused cocktail menu, which features standbys like the Mezzana Spritz to-go.

Benedetto

Benedetto (another Italian restaurant from the Giulia crew) also goes beyond pasta, offering dishes such as Stuffed Autumn Squash, Ossabaw Pork & Duck Sausage, and Grilled Beef Strip Loin. But that’s not to say there isn’t pasta: You can still get your fill with an order of Strozzapreti with Calabrian pork ragu or Strascinati with black Burgundy truffles. Benedetto also features a top-notch, Italian-focused cocktail program; add a Classic Negroni or a flask of house-made Nocino to your takeout order.

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