Italian food

By - 2/28/14 - 5:20 pm

Kathy Cahill asks:

Where to find locally made cannolis in JP-Ros-Hyde Park?

By - 1/16/14 - 4:42 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today approved restaurateur Frank DePasquale's plans to turn the shuttered Ida's on a small courtyard off Hanover Street into a seafood restaurant featuring the cuisine and feel of the Amalfi Coast.

Key to the new Acqua's ambiance will be a patio - with almost twice as many seats as the restaurant itself - that will be open almost every day of... Read more

By - 12/3/13 - 11:55 am

And Caffe Vittoria in turn has the Boston Licensing Board steaming over the way one of its owners snapped at a beat cop and sergeant who told him to get three chairs away from a hydrant in front of the Hanover Street establishment.

The board decides Thursday what action, if any, to take for Oct. 3 incidents involving David Riccio, who owns the cafe with... Read more

By - 11/15/13 - 11:58 am

The Globe reports Michael Norton is only using "Sobo Bistro" as a placeholder until he comes up with a better name for the Italian restaurant he wants to open at L and Broadway.

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday took no action on his request for a beer and wine license. Norton said Tuesday that, if need be, he would open the restaurant, inside... Read more

By - 11/13/13 - 12:05 pm

Sure, we all snorted when the Times said we're all calling South Boston SoBo these days, but next spring, the neighborhood could get an Italian restaurant called the Sobo Bistro. And on East Broadway, no less.

Michael Norton has already gotten zoning-board permission to convert an old electrician's shop at E. Broadway and L Street into a restaurant. On Thursday, the Boston Licensing Board... Read more

By - 8/6/13 - 2:29 pm

Soon to be an Italian restaurant?Soon to be an Italian restaurant?

Croan McCormack says it wasn't a dispute with his chef, or his own back surgery, or the long-term illness of a family member that shuttered Tonic, across from the Forest Hills T stop.... Read more

By - 7/17/13 - 8:07 pm

Tammy sings the praises of the weekend brunch at Sophia's Grotto in Roslindale, especially when it's nice enough for the courtyard patio.

And note how she couldn't sneak the place into some scenester magazine's review of al-fresco brunch spots because the editor and "creative director" insisted Roslindale isn't "Boston."... Read more

By - 8/8/12 - 5:57 pm

BosGuy reports that Trattoria Cinquecento, the Aquitaine Group's first effort at cucina italiana, should be opening soon in the South End space once occupied by Rocca.

Meanwhile, Grub Street Boston alerts us that celibrichef Todd English has posted a Craigslist ad looking for a chef to work for him on "a profitable restaurant" in the Boston area.... Read more

By - 7/16/12 - 12:25 am

The Boston Fire Department reports a one-alarm fire that broke out around 3 a.m., Sunday did an estimated $350,000 in damage to the building that houses Prezza, 24 Fleet St.

The fire, which started in some restaurant ducts, spread to the second-floor ceiling of the three-story building in which the restaurant sits. Seven residents were displaced, four firefighters required medical attention for minor injuries.... Read more

By - 6/25/12 - 8:34 am

Megan tries, enjoys the pizzas at Ducali Pizzeria and Bar on Causeway Street in the North End.

If you're looking for some delicious, interesting pizzas in a cozy North End spot, I highly recommend checking out Ducali.

By - 3/1/12 - 7:46 am

Megan reports on a recent "progressive dinner" in the North End, in which she and some friends had a five-course meal - with each course in a different restaurant, starting with cocktails at Ristorante Fiore and ending with dessert at Prezza.

By - 8/22/11 - 7:48 pm

Andrew Zimmern

Alex Mellion, who took this picture, wonders why Bizarre Foods guy Andrew Zimmern was being filmed on Hanover Street today. Based on his Twitter feed, he spent much of the day eating pretty normal North End-type stuff, like cannoli and sfogliatelli at Maria's Pastry and... Read more

By - 8/17/11 - 3:06 pm

Scott Dyer, who is buying Nico at 417 Hanover St., told the Boston Licensing Board today he plans to change the name to Mico.

By - 4/5/11 - 1:48 pm

Chef Todd English says he hopes to re-open his fire-damaged Olives restaurant by July - but without the wood-fired ovens the place has used since it opened 21 years ago.

English told the Boston Licensing Board that after two fires - the last a grease fire last May - he realized he had to go with a new ventilation system - and gas-fired ovens.

English... Read more

By - 1/18/11 - 6:34 am

William McAdoo reports on Jose Duarte's experiments with printing QR codes (think of them as bar codes for the smartphone set) on the plates at his Taranta in the North End. Why? Imagine scanning in the code and reading up on the seafood sitting in front of you:

The problem was: how to get it on the plate? His first attempt was

... Read more
By - 1/1/11 - 8:38 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the Harrison Avenue Italian restaurant has ceased to be.

By - 12/9/10 - 3:12 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today approved a new wrap and sub shop on Salem Street and an expansion of Bricco on Hanover Street.

At a hearing yesterday, a lawyer for Paulie's, 65 Salem St., said the neighborhood needed a low-priced take-out place for its growing numbers of young families and students who want something quick to eat without having to pay for a full meal... Read more

By - 8/20/10 - 3:01 pm

Would be Salvatore's locationProposed location next to Paramount Theatre.

The Boston Licensing Board this week deferred action on a license request for a proposed Italian restaurant at 550 Washington St. that would stay open until 2 a.m. because the city currently has no liquor licenses left to give... Read more

By - 7/28/10 - 3:01 pm

New restaurant

The Boston Licensing Board today approved a food-serving license for Cafe Nuovo, now going into the site of a long-abandoned restaurant at 76 Salem St. The board took no action on owner Vincent Ferrara's request for a beer and wine license, pending a meeting with a neighborhood group -... Read more