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It may be unfair to assess a restaurant on a soft opening or the first big weekend. But there’s something about those early days — like watching a toddler take his first steps — that imbue a food venture with deliberate romanticism. The physical space, the dynamic on the line, the relationship between waitstaff and guests: All of it marries method...

Dante Bellucci, executive chef and co-owner of Tartufo in Newton Centre, grew up with seafood in his blood. His hometown Pescara lies in Abruzzese on Italy’s Adriatic Coast and is famous for both seafood and its handmade pasta. It’s no wonder Bellucci found his calling as a chef or that the Tartufo menu is so heavily influenced by fresh seafood. “I...

Gianni Fig’s Ristorante on Elm Street in the village center is open for business as of this evening. “It’s wonderful. Generous portions, reasonable prices. They deserve to be successful, and this town deserves a nice restaurant,” said Fran Richard, who traveled from New York for the Italian restaurant’s soft opening Sunday night. Doors opened to cu...

Located on Boston Road across from the entrance to Five Mile Pond, Siano's Italian Pizzeria & Restaurant doubles as neighborhood pizzeria and casual Italian eatery. As we sat waiting for our order at Siano's, we couldn't help but think that this was an establishment whose physical presence mirrors the "tiny house" trend in home design. That's not t...

To end summer on a high note, Eataly Boston is throwing an outdoor block party series full of food, drinks and live music on Boylston Street. Every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Sept. 28, Piazza all'Aperto ("open piazza") is welcoming people to indulge and have fun right outside of Eataly.  "We were inspired by sagre, the bustling food fes...

The owner of a restaurant in Worcester hopes to bring a little bit of Boston’s North End to the old Guiseppe’s Grille building off Solomon Pond. Aurelia Metohu, owner of Caffe Espresso Trattoria on Chandler Street in Worcester, bought the property at 35 Solomon Pond Road and plans to open Casta Diva in November. Guiseppe’s Grille closed last Septem...

While I’m not set to endorse Bella Pasta Ristorante’s motto of “A piece of Italy in Pawtucket,” I’m happy to attest to their solid menu of Italian-American food. I had a long day at the office and then a disappointing visit in search of my next hidden treasure when I remembered Bella Pasta. They had recently left their tiny space and moved into new...

The best restaurant finds are the small, unassuming, wonderful places that make you feel like you know the best secret ever. That’s why Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is on the Food Network roughly 17 hours a day. It comes down to expectation vs. experience. It feels good when you go to a renowned restaurant and have a great meal. But it feels GREAT w...

When Cambridge chef Chris Willis decided he wanted to open a restaurant with wife, Pam, he took to his bike, riding around the city to find the right spot in a tight market. He’d talk to business owners, or leave them letters, asking them to call if they ever wanted to give up their space. And one day, someone did. At the end of last summer, Pam an...

An Italian restaurant in Salem that had only been open for about a year is now closed. Trattoria Orsini will be replaced by another Italian restaurant, Antique Table, which has two existing locations in Winthrop and Lynn, according to Boston Restaurant Talk. Prior to Trattoria Orsini, 26 Congress St. was the longtime home of a Mediterranean restaur...

A new market and cafe from the owners of a popular Italian restaurant in Chelsea opened Monday. Although the official opening is set for this Thursday, July 27, Ciao Market is now up and running at 212 Broadway with coffee to enjoy in-house, along with gelato, pasta, and other goods available for purchase, according to Boston Magazine. The owners o...

For a few quivering moments, time stood still on old Wooster Street. I'm sitting in a rigid, disagreeable wooden booth at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana yet I'm floating on a coal-fired cloud. There is an imperfectly shaped pizza before me - craggy, blistered in parts to the point of carbon - dotted with pale, orange-hued nibs of freshly shucked ch...