Haute Secrets Boston: The Pallotta Sisters, Owners of Nebo Cucina & Enoteca

Christine and Carla Pallotta became a household name here in Boston when they first opened Nebo Cucina & Enoteca in the North End more than a decade ago. Word soon got out how good their food was and the Pallotta sisters decided to expand to their spacious waterfront location across from the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

The Pallotta SistersPhoto Credit: Nebo Cucina + Enoteca

The beautiful restaurant was designed to resemble a step inside an Italian neighborhood with its soaring brick ceilings and gorgeous marble countertops. The authentic Italian menu here includes everything from slow braised meat Bolognese served with handmade pasta and crispy pizzas topped with goat cheese, mushrooms, caramelized onions and sage to their infamous layered zucchini lasagna, a “Bobby Flay Throwdown” winning dish.

Nebo zucchini lasagnaPhoto Credit: Nebo

We caught up with them recently to find out what they love most about Boston.

Where were you born: Christine: In the North End of Boston Carla: In the North End of Boston

How long in Boston: Most of our lives

Neighborhood: Both live in Admiral Hill in Chelsea at this time.

Occupation: Chef /Owners of Nebo Cucina & Enoteca

Favorite Restaurant: Christine: OYA Carla: Le Jardin de Russie in Rome Italy

Best Sushi: OYA for both of us.

Best Italian: We both have to say Nebo Cucina. It’s food we grew up with every day . It’s an homage to our mother.

Best dessert: Christine: Modern Pastry Lobster Tail Carla: Walnut Bostock Nougatine ice cream dark chocolate, figs

Best place for a romantic date: Christine: Menton Carla : Giula’s

Best Sunday Brunch: Christine: Oak Long Bar and Kitchen Carla: Bar Boulud

Best Place for a Power Business Meeting: Christine: Private Dining Room at Nebo. More power in your own territory! Carla: No. 9 Park

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Christine: Boston Harbor Hotel. Our mother is lives in the residence building and they treat us like family. Carla: Intercontinental Hotel. They are our neighbors at Nebo. Wonderful hospitality and very lively!

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Christine: Moncler Carla: Dolce and Gabbana

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Christine: European Imports Carla: Barney’s

Best Spa: Christine: Spa at the Mandarin Carla: Exhale, Battery Wharf

Favorite Charity Event: Christine: Barbara Lynch’s Toques and Tonic Carla: Love Lane’s Hoedown

Favorite Cultural Event: Carla and Christine: St. Anthony’s Feast

Favorite Cultural Institution: Christine: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Carla: Boston Public Library

Best Steakhouse: Christine: Butcher Shop Carla: Strip by Strega

Best Pizza: Carla and Christine: Nebo for Roman style pizza, Parziale for Bakery Pizza

Best Lunch: Christine: Select Oyster Carla : B and G Oyster

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Christine: The streets of Boston . I love to be outside Carla :Exhale at the Ritz

Best Massage: Christine: One of my Servers, Hanna Carla: Exhale

Best Limousine/Driving Service: Christine and Carla : Uber Black

Best Museum/Exhibit: Christine and Carla: Anything on the Greenway. It’s been a wonderful addition to the city.

Describe Boston in three words: Christine: Exciting, friendly, growing Carla: Home, European, loyal

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Christine: Freedom Trail Carla: Public Gardens

All-around favorite spot in Boston: Christine: late night on Nebo’s Patio Carla The old pier behind the Marriot Long wharf

Best Aspect of Boston: Christine: It’s a melting pot Carla: the many different cultural neighborhoods.