Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Felicia's, an Italian restaurant in Stoneham, has closed after more than 50 years in business.
Napoles, a Colombian restaurant and bar (with a lot of Italian items and a really nice pool table) on Bennington Street in East Boston, kept the "crashed" plane that was a hallmark of the Jimmy Maggs restaurant that preceded it.
The Globe reports MIT researchers have developed pastas that can change their shapes when water is added.
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let an Italian restaurant open on Newbury Street at Fairfield - and if so, whether to let it stay open until 1 a.m. like its owners want, or midnight, like the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay wants. Read more.
Michael Cucchiello reports his 70-year-old bakery, which sells everything from pastries to pan pizza at 356 Bennington St. in Day Square, is moving to Cogliano Plaza on Lincoln Avenue.
Cucchiello had to start looking for a new home earlier this year when his landlord told him the building would become a Dunkin' Donuts.
Reports are pouring in of long lines at the conjoined Prudential and Copley Place Malls - the former for the opening of its new Italian food court, the latter for an Alton Brown book signing at Williams-Sonoma. No word if the two malls' security forces are trying to keep the lines apart to avoid an implosion or worse.
Richard Auffrey notes Eataly plans to hire 600 workers in an already tight market for its mega-place where the old Pru food court used to be, and how they'll find and, more important, retain all those workers after looking at a job site's comments on the New York Eataly.
The Boston Licensing Board today rejected requests from several restaurants in the North End, Chinatown and the South Boston waterfront to serve hard liquor, saying there's no public need in an area already full of places to get a drink. Read more.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports Isabella's will become an Italian place called Cafe Tremezzo.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports that La Hacienda on Medford Street has closed for good.
City Councilor Tim McCarthy reports he was the first customer today at Antonio's Bacaro on Fairmount Avenue. He adds that currently just the bar at the Italian restaurant is open.
Joseph and Sonia Garufi, owners of Sophia's Grotto in Roslindale Square, have been working to restore the space - where Dottie's and the Hyde used to be - for more than a year and a half.
Earlier this year, the Boston Licensing Board didn't grant a liquor license to developer Michael Norton's proposed Italian restaurant at L Street and Broadway in South Boston (and then rejected a Starbucks there).
Tomorrow, though, the board considers a request from the owner of Mirisola's, 200 L St., to serve beer and wine with his Italian food. Read more.
Joe Garufi, who has been trying to turn the former Hyde and the even more former Dottie's into a new Italian restaurant on Fairmount Avenue since 2014, said today he's only a few inspections away from opening.
Garufi had to appear before the Boston Licensing Board today to explain why it shouldn't take away the neighborhood-specific liquor license it granted him for Antonio's Bacaro in the fall of 2014. Read more.
Jeffrey Cincotta says he's planning an osteria for 789 Adams St. in Dorchester that will feature "Italian comfort food," including pizza from a wood-fired oven and fresh pasta and sauces. Read more.
Our roving Hyde Park reporter, Mike Ball, reports:
The door at Antonio's in Logan Square was open this morning. The overworked solo contractor (his term) was painting the door jamb (black, by the bye).
The Boston Licensing Board this week granted valuable full-liquor licenses to several North End restaurants that say they need to fend off advances from fancier places on the waterfront.
But with only a total of ten of the new licenses to dole out - and several of those already awarded - the board also denied requests from several restaurants in the North End, on the waterfront and in some other neighborhoods. Read more.
Tonight's specials show that, when it comes to drinks, Tony's in West Roxbury is old school (right up there with the Pleasant Cafe in Roslindale, which also still offers tonic).
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to approve the sale of the soon-to-be-gone Middle-Ages dinner theater to the proposed operators of a new Italian restaurant in the Ink Block complex at 360 Harrison Ave. Read more.
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