We stopped in before the grand opening of the new Mare Oyster Crudo and Seafood Bar for some photos of the unique restaurant space with white marble, a patio lounge and fire pits. Every table inside and out has a view of the Boston skyline at the completely renovated and expanded location formerly occupied by Ida’s Ristorante. A passing summer thunderstorm was no problem as a large retractable roof designed in Florence, Italy, covered the patio area until the sun came out. The new Mare was created by Frank DePasquale and his son, Joseph. The establishment is being managed by Amalia Korum.
Under the direction of Italian chef Nello Caccioppoli, formerly of Umbria Prime and Bricco, the new menu focuses on a locally-sourced oyster program, fresh and innovative crudo dishes including shrimp dishes, Alaskan king crab, a specialty octopus salad, and a signature hot or cold lobster roll served in a homemade brioche roll from De Pasquale’s Bricco Panetteria. The beverage menu contains a selection of organic wines as well as a beer list, focusing on local brews and cordials.
Mare Oyster Crudo and Seafood Bar is located at 3 Mechanic Street, off Hanover with a 60-seat dining room and a 70-seat patio lounge. The restaurant is open daily for dinner at 5pm and on Friday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. For more information on Mare and other DePasquale Ventures, see www.depasqualeventures.com.