Spork Rating: 4
- Neighborhood: Beacon Hill/West End
- Cuisine: Italian
- Price: Splurge: Appetizers $11-$28, entrees $13-$46
- Hours: Weekday lunch and weekend brunch, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm; Dinner daily, 5:30 – 10 pm or later
- Reservations: Yes, via phone or OpenTable
- Recommended For Dining With: Infants, toddlers, kids
Trouble scoring a reservation? Try Scampo’s walk-in seating. Tables in the bar area are held for walk-ins, and are generally wide open in the earlier hours. Some tables are high tops, but can easily accommodate a clip on chair for the high chair set.
Scampo, is the sixth restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chef, Lydia Shire, who is arguably the (grand) mama of the Boston fine dining scene. Located in the Liberty Hotel – the site of the infamous Charles Street Jail – this kid-friendly Beacon Hill restaurant plays on its past with barred windows and crime-themed art framing chic leather booths and a sleek orange bar. Possibly reminiscent of Shire herself – striking, red, and lively (if you don’t know her, google her. You’ll understand.). But don’t let all of that glitz and glam deter you. Scampo is still a hotel restaurant and, as such, the staff and space are pretty family-friendly. As is the menu. House-made breads and pizzas and simple pastas to please the kids; more creative pasta dishes and daring entrees to wow the adults. Scampo is a great choice for a birthday or anniversary dinner when the babysitter cancelled and junior needs to tag along.
Scampo’s splurge prices certainly limit it to a special occasion. To try it without breaking the bank, take advantage of their Sunday Supper. Salad, choice of chicken parmesan or stuffed shells, and neopolitan spumoni for just $33.
Fantastic. At this kid-friendly Beacon Hill restaurant, staff dote on the little ones: offering smiles, games of peek-a-boo, and even a miniature fork should your little one be more comfortable with toddler-sized utensils. A changing table is located across the hall in the hotel lobby.
Scampo’s italian-themed appetizer and entree options change frequently, but breads, pizzas, and mozzarella bar selections remain pretty consistent, ensuring that there will be something on the menu your kid will eat. Definitely sample some of their more interesting bread choices, such as the Elephant Ear Walking, a crisp, poppadum-like bread topped with tomato sauce and cheese that snakes its way across your table. Shire’s Lobster Pizza – which has appeared on almost every restaurant menu she’s created – is legendary. Here are some favorites:
- Ciccio Bread
- White Pizza of Truffled Cheese, Sherried Chanterelles, and Fig Preserves
- Roman Porchetta and Orecchiette
Scampo doesn’t offer a formal kids menu, but with a variety of pasta dishes and pizzas on the menu, you are sure to find something to please even the pickiest young eater at this kid-friendly Beacon Hill restaurant. If all else fails, they will gladly do a simple plain pasta of your choice with butter (and parmesan, if desired). Depending on the season, they may have a butternut squash ravioli on the menu, which is a kiddie favorite. Some of the other favorites:
- Classic Tomato, Fiore di Latte, and Basil Pizza
- Spaghetti Pomodoro
- Spaghetti Bolognese
- Charles River Esplanade
- TD Bank North Garden
- Museum of Science
- Charles Street Shopping
- Easy entrance/access for strollers
- Changing tables
- Stroller storage
- High chairs
- Valet parking
- T accessible
- T accessible by the Red Line, Charles/MGH Stop
- Valet Parking is offered at the hotel entrance for $25 for 3 hours, $20 with validation on the weekends. Some metered spaces may be available on Cambridge Street.