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NEW RESTAURANTS IN BOSTON
Bostonians will have the chance to stock up on artisanal pastas, San Marzano tomatoes, Ligurian olive oil and more when Eataly opens at the Prudential Center in Winter 2016. Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s Italian market and food court also has locations in New York and Chicago. Eataly, Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199, no phone.
Now open in Washington Square is Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co. The pies, also offered from a food truck, have a cult following due to the work of Scott Riebling (Boston rock band Letters to Cleo) and Toirm Miller (former Jack and The Bean Bowl food cart). Craft beer, wine and cocktails are available. Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co., 1632 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446, 617-879-0707.
Blackmoor Bar & Kitchen, close by TD Garden, is a casual spot with a view of the Zakim Bridge. Expect beer, wine, spirits and cocktails along with an eclectic menu ranging from flatbread pizzas to burgers. Blackmoor Bar & Kitchen, 1 Chelsea St., Charlestown, MA 02129, 617-580-8166.
The Yvonne’s team will open contemporary Peruvian restaurant RUKA in The Godfrey Hotel Boston in fall 2016. Expect food and cocktails that will also emphasize the influence of Japanese “nikkei” and Chinese “chifa” cuisines. RUKA, The Godfrey Hotel Boston, 505 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111, 617-804-2000 .
Alta Strada Expands to Washington, DC
Michael Schlow opened his third Alta Strada in Washington, DC (the original is in Wellesley with a second at Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut). Dishes here include grilled octopus with chickpeas, Calabrian chiles and lemon; an authentic version of tagliatelle Bolognese (which Schlow learned in Bologna); maltagliati with rabbit and fresh fava beans, and pollo al mattone. Alta Strada, 92 Central St., Wellesley, MA 02482, 781-237-6100.
Chef Brendan Pelley's Greek Pelekasis at Wink & Nod
Chef Brendan Pelley has taken residence at Boston Nightlife Ventures’ Wink & Nod with his modern Greek concept Pelekasis. Wink & Nod operates a culinary program where a new restaurant group is invited to run the kitchen and experiment with dishes. Pelley is a “Hell’s Kitchen” alum and is the former executive chef of Zebra’s Bistro and Wine Bar in Medfield. His menu at Wink & Nod includes one-hundred layer spanakopita, rooster giouvetsi, wild boar keftedes, and molten kefalograviera cheese. Boston Nightlife Ventures corporate beverage director Michael Boughton has added some new drinks to the beverage menu to include a variety of Greek wines, ouzo, metaxa, tsipouro, retsina and raki. Wink & Nod, 3 Appleton St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-482-0117.
Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar launches Taco Tuesdays
Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar launches Taco Tuesdays where diners can enjoy four versions of a four-inch single taco from 5 p.m. on. Samplings include the avocado taco (curtido, jalapeno herb crema, crispy Brussels sprouts, spiced pumpkin seeds) $2, Cola Pork Carnitas Taco (griddled onions, charred orange and pineapple salsa, pickled fresno peppers and crispy tortilla chips) $3, root beer braised chicken (morita spiced carrot puree, pickled mango salsa, chile de arbol, crispy tortilla strips) $3, and Baja fried fish (charred jalapeno and pineapple aioli, pickled cabbage and avocado) $3.50. Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar, 412 W. Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127, 617-917-5626.
Sunday Family Suppers with Live Jazz at il Casale
Sunday family suppers complete with live jazz take place at il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar. The Lexington property is the sibling of the Belmont restaurant owned and operated by chef Dante de Magistris and brothers Filippo and Damian. The restaurant offers a tour of the Campania region, where the de Magistris family traces its heritage, with sfizi "shareable little bites," homemade pasta, arancini and braised beef. il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar, 1727 Mass Ave., Lexington, MA 02420, 781-538-5846.
San Francisco chef David Bazirgan will helm the kitchen of Bambara. Bambara, Hotel Marlowe, 25 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge, MA 02141, 617-868-4444.
BOSTON RESTAURANT CLOSINGS
51 Lincoln, the upscale neighborhood restaurant popular with the well-heeled Newton set, has closed. 51 Lincoln, 51 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands, MA 02461, no phone.
Nix's Mate, the restaurant at the Hilton Boston Financial District, has closed. Nix's Mate, Hilton Boston Financial District, 89 Broad St., Boston, MA 02110, no phone.
Rialto in Boston closed after service on June 23, 2016. Rialto, The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138, no phone.
The Cleveland Circle location of the burrito chain Boloco has closed. Boloco, 1940 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02135, no phone.