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October 2015 Archive

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Openings

La Motta’s Italian Specialties has opened in Boston The Aquitaine Group closed Union Bar & Grille and transformed the space into La Motta's Italian Specialties. The Bronx-style, Italian-American concept features everything from baked clams, mozzarella sticks and different styles of meatballs to chopped salad, chicken Parmesan, lasagna, shrimp scampi and “Bronx-style” thin crust pizza. La Motta's Italian Specialties, 1357 Washington St., Boston, MA 02118, 617-338-5300.
 
The long-awaited Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana opened at The Mall at Chestnut Hill in December. The New Haven-originated, coal-fired pizzeria moved into the former space of Papa Razzi. In addition to the regional chain's original tomato pies, try spinach, mushroom and Gorgonzola or the famous white clam pizza. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, 199 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, 617-964-7373.
 
Sure, you can go anywhere in Boston for pizza and a beer, but there is only one place in Charlestown that stands out for its wood-fired pies and impressive beer selection. Brewer's Fork delivers not-your-average pub fare in a comfortable setting. On the menu, you will find cured raw beef salad, Downeast mussels simmered with cider and apples, clam and bacon wood-fired pizza and oven roasted meatballs with sheep's milk cheese. Lunch & Dinner daily, Sun. brunch.
 
South Boston newcomer Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar has already made a name for itself with its crazy good tequila selection, tacos and Mexican-inspired dishes. While fresh oysters on the half shell and puffed nachos with braised chicken may seem an unusual combination, it all seems to work here. Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat. & Sun. Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar, 412 West Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127, 617-917-LOCO.
 
Sfizi has taken over the former Mare space in the North End. Frank DePasquale's concept focuses on Mediterranean small plates with dishes from Portugal, Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey and France. Menu items include Italian arancini stuffed with pulled rib meat and saffron rice, Portuguese grilled octopus with giant lima beans, Turkish chicken skewers and Spanish jumbo prawns sauteed with garlic, white wine and chili flakes. Sfizi, 135 Richmond St., Boston, MA 02109, 857-350-3105.
 

News Bytes

$1 Oysters at Russell House Tavern
Russell House Tavern offers $1 oysters every night after 11 p.m. The rotating selection might feature local East Coast favorites like Island Creek, Wellfleet, First Lights, Northern Cross and Moon Shoals, as well as some West Coast oysters like Kusshi, Hama Hama and more. Russell House Tavern, 14 JFK St., Cambridge, MA 02138, 617-500-3055.
 
Loyal Nine Adds Sunday Brunch
Loyal Nine is a cafe/bakery by morning with coffee and pastries and early afternoon (think light sandwiches), but it turns into a popular restaurant by night. The dinner menu, which changes each day, focuses on New England fare.  Bring your crew for Shared Supper featuring select menu and off-menu items, all at the whims of the chef. Sunday brunch joined the line-up of dining options on November 1, 2015. Loyal Nine, 660 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02141, 617-945-2576.
 

Chef Shuffle

Jonathan Kilroy has been named chef de cuisine of Bar Boulud Jonathan Kilroy has been named chef de cuisine, taking over the kitchen at Bar Boulud in the Mandarin Oriental, Boston. The Shrewsbury native comes to the Boston property after working at Daniel Boulud’s Café Boulud in New York City, where he served as executive sous chef. Bar Boulud, Mandarin Oriental, Boston, 776 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199, 617-535-8800.
 


Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for Boston to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from the past. The Federalist, R.I.P.

The Medieval Manor is a beloved memory. The South End's medieval-themed restaurant, which has been around for four decades, closed its doors permanently on New Year's Eve. Medieval Manor, 246 E. Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02118, no phone.
 

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