Bars & Clubs

Pro-Athlete Playground

2014 Winner: Strega and Strega Waterfront

Photo Credit: Holly Rike


Whether they’re hopping behind the bar for a celebrity-studded fundraiser or fraternizing over heaped plates of penne arrabiata in a corner booth, pro athletes come to play at these North End and harborside Italian spots from restaurateur Nick Varano. His boisterous hospitality is a big reason sports icons like Shaq, Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker have been known to light up the scene—and the faces of starstruck fans.

Strega and Strega Waterfront

1 Marina Park Drive, Boston • (617) 345-3992

Strega and Strega Waterfront

379 Hanover St., Boston • (617) 523-8481