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Jul 1, 2011 06:13 AM

July 2011 Openings and Closings

Happy July, all! Any of you hear about any restaurants that are opening or closing this month? I know that Blue Inc. in the Financial District and the Salty Pig and Forum in the Back Bay should be opening in July. Also the Fore River Grille in Weymouth. Not sure about closings at this point...

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  1. I was in Newton so I checked out the village of Nonantum. Although it looks like parts of Melrose, it is actually somewhat of an interesting Italian American hamlet. I specifically wanted to check out Magni Bakery, but to my dismay, it was all cleared out with no letter or sign posted. Does anyone know when they closed? How long were they in existence? From the 2 reviews on yelp, it seemed interesting.

    The most curious place to me was Maria di Napoli, I talked to the man behind the counter, he says the woman, Maria, I suppose, is from Napoli and makes real Neapolitan pizza. Seems worth trying, as Gran Gusto in Cambridge is the only other place I can think of that does this. This place is not new most likely, sorry for sticking it in here.

    Gran Gusto
    90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

    120 Salem St, Boston, MA

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    1. re: tatsu

      No problem! I can tell you that the pizza at Maria di Napoli is probably in my top 5 in all of the Boston area, along with Regina's in the North End, Santarpio's, Picco, and maybe the Alumni Cafe in Quincy.

      1. re: tatsu

        Sorry you made the trip for naught. I was last at Magni about 4 years ago and as I mentioned on another thread, it had authentic Italian breads in a no frills little bakery. In that same neighborhood is De Pasquales for sausage and sundry Italian items.

      2. Sweet Potato Bistro in Newton 4 Corners is slated to open soon. No answer yet, though, trying to phone them. "Taiwanese Tapas" according to website. Other menu items look promising......fingers crossed and holding my breath.....

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          1. re: czarp

            Where did you hear that, czarp? Do they have a sign up for its opening? Their Facebook page has almost nothing on it.

            1. re: hiddenboston

              I've tried calling them a few times over the last week and no one has yet to pick up the phone. BTW, I have to say that I am a little annoyed by their homepage which quotes an over-the-top review from "Jimmy". If they haven't opened yet, how there be a review?!! Hopefully the actual food will live up to the claim!

              1. re: Science Chick

                Maybe they had a soft opening that was attended only by the people who work there. If I get there, I'll be sure to ask the waiter's name. :-)

        1. Did something other than El Paisa Butcher recently take over Carmen's location in East Boston or do I have my storefronts mixed up? I went to El Paisa restaurant a few weeks back and noticed a banner for something with a fairly anglo name (to my mind it was along the lines of Sally Ann's the bakery), but I didn't have a pen or chance to write it down before I forgot.

          1. I don't know if this was discussed or not already, but driving on Mass Ave on my way to Arlington I noticed a "new restaurant opening soon" sign on an empty store front two down from Yummy Thai (formerly known as Pho Kitchen). The internet tells me this used to be Bengal Cafe.

            The sign said something like, Italian restaurant with homemade pasta and homemade bread.

            I don't know if there were any details as to owner, opening date, etc.

            Approximate address 2263 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, MA 02140

            Edit: Woops, yes, Aromatherapy posted this in the June thread on the 11th, so I guess it might still be awhile before the as-yet-unnamed Italian place opens.

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            1. re: nurit

              Sign just went up. It's to be called L'Impasto. According to the City of Cambridge website, L'Impasto, will have a capacity of 30, including 6 seats within an outdoor patio area. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner, with hours being 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily.


              1. re: emannths

                I noticed this just today too and can I just say...what a horrible name for a restaurant!

                All it evokes in my head is "La Impostor." Somehow i dont think they intended their possible customers to think of them as a fake!

                1. re: myladyfae

                  Yeah, it's one of those words that doesn't sound good in the English context, even if the Italian is fine. To me it either sounds like a silly play on "pasta" (which it is, even in Italian), or impostor.

                  The manager's name is Riccardo Passini. I might have called it Cucina (di) Riccardo or something.


                2. re: emannths

                  Terrible, terrible name. As others have said, when I first saw the sign, I thought of two things: "Impostor", which is not a great association, and "Limp Pasta", which is even worse.

                  1. re: Boston_Otter

                    Maybe they could change the theme to a Southern comfort food place and call it "Limp Biscuit."

                    1. re: hiddenboston

                      I would LOVE a soul food restaurant in this neighborhood. I'd like to go to the fellas doing construction and say "Guys, seriously. The last thing we need here is fast-food Italian. Save your money, think hard about what you're doing and your silly name, and start over."

                      1. re: Boston_Otter

                        I agree on your first point, though as to Italian in Cambridge, well, Cambridge does seem to be lacking a bit in this category (Gran Gusto and East Side aside).

                        1. re: hiddenboston

                          Within a quick walk of L'Impasto, there's Gran Gusto, the Rosebud Diner, The Garden of Eat-In, Marco's Pizza, and Posto, not to mention Dave's Fresh Pasta. No shortage of places to get pasta in the vicinity :)

              2. this is actually a june opening but s&s market on broadway in malden has opened a small restaurant called biryani park. the menu is a mix of north indian, south indian, indo-chinese, and sri lankan specials

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                1. re: galangatron

                  nice. did you scope it out GT, and anything jump out at you from the menu ? i would like to take a stroll through biryani park.

                    1. re: Nab

                      i plan on trying it soon. the sri lankan specials (hoppers, pittu, kottu, etc) seem like the heart of the menu

                      1. re: galangatron

                        that's what i was hoping for. keep us posted !