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You won't believe this but after years of seeing the Opening Soon sign in the window of the Brookline Daily Catch, today there was a sign saying opening Jan, 7.

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  1. Good to know! I had no idea they were opening in Brookline. I like the one in the North End...

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    1. re: cperryfranz

      This is a re-opening.

    2. Were they just paying the (exorbitant) rent on that space for years without being open or what?

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      1. re: Luther

        Either that or, somewhat unusually for that neighborhood, they own the building...

        1. re: Luther

          I've been wondering about that for years.

        2. I got an email today saying they were open for business. Has anyone been yet?

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          1. re: Vin Ordinaire

            I went to the opening night party last week and it was great. I got there at about 8:30, and they had plates of black pasta, calamari, clams casino, and shrimp going around for the next hour, not to mention the wine was flowing. And it was all FREE! The black pasta with calamari was perfectly cooked, and although I'm not typically a puttanesca fan, I was a fan of theirs. It certainly helps that we got so much free food and wine, but I will definitely be back and would have even if I had paid for it.

          2. Cover story in this week's Brookline TAB about it: http://www.wickedlocal.com/brookline/...

            Bottom line: the Fredduras, of North End Daily Catch fame, own the place and have been trying without success to sell it for the past few years. Meanwhile their son, Basil Freddura, just graduated from Johnson & Wales culinary institute and persuaded them to reopen it under his direction.

            From the TAB article: "Freddura said he plans to keep the classic Daily Catch menu — known for its black squid-ink pasta — and spice it up with his own inventions, with weekly specials inspired by the seasonal produce and fresh seafood. His second day in business, Freddura was serving a cod croquet with lemon caper sauce and a ricotta ravioli with lobster, roasted tomatoes and spinach in a cream sauce. He’s also considering bring back the family’s black pizza, and wants to experiment with a Sicilian-influenced sushi dish."

            Sicilian influenced sushi? With all the historic influences already present in Sicilian cuisine that could be just about anything. Stay tuned!

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            1. re: BobB

              You had me at "black pizza"....swoon....

            2. So, checked the place out this week. Initial impression - OK, but not all that. Wife and I shared a fried calamari appetizer - very respectable, nicely tender, served with a nothing-special marinara dipping sauce.

              After our many wonderful experiences with spaghetti alla vongole in Sicily we both went for the Daily Catch's whole-clams version of this. The pasta they used was a thinnish linguine, perfectly cooked and a nicely reasonable (i.e., not humongous) portion, but the clams (cherrystones) were overcooked and chewy.

              But the real disappointment was the overwhelming load of garlic in the dish. There should be some, sure, but this was over the top. I know a lot of people like this and have come to expect it, but it is NOT authentic. Reminds me of a line from an interview in the Globe last year with Marcella Hazan:

              Q: What is the biggest mistake we [in the US] still make in cooking Italian food?
              A. Too much garlic! Too much ruins everything. We say in Italy that what you keep out is as important as what you put in.

              For the record, my wife is one of those "no such thing as too much garlic" people, so she loved it (except for the overcooking part). But that doesn't make it right. My quest continues for a local version anywhere near as good as those we ate in Sicily.

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              1. re: BobB

                Sounds like the garlic was added later than optimal so it tasted too strong. Thomas Keller says if you taste salt, it's too salty. With garlic, it's if it tastes like too much garlic then you haven't been gentle and long enough with it.

                1. re: BobB

                  Garlic level sounds same as it was in the old location.

                  1. re: Taralli

                    I had eaten at this location years ago (before its extended hiatus) and was similarly unimpressed. But I had higher hopes for the place with the new generation in the kitchen.