Reminiscing about 35 years at Lucia Ristorante, the Frattaroli family hosted a grand celebration on Hanover Street on Wednesday evening. Lucia owner Donato Frattaroli and brother Filippo served classic Italian favorites including a huge pancetta (pork roast) to hundreds of friends in attendance. Sister Anna was also on hand from the family as was Arturo, husband of Lucia, after which the restaurant was named. Representing the next generation and continuing the family tradition is Philip Frattaroli, current owner of Ducali Pizzeria.
Dignitaries attending the event included Bob Sweeney from the Boston Bruins Foundation and local officials, State Senator Anthony Petruccelli, State Representative Aaron Michlewitz and City Councilor Sal LaMattina. Both City and State commendations were presented to the Frattaroli family.
Bringing the fun as only he can was Herb Chambers, arriving in a Bugatti Veyron, the most expensive car to ever grace Hanover Street. John Lucco and Frank Zarba were on hand to entertain while the decor showed off some of Lucia’s most well-known guests including James Taylor, Julia Child, Ryan Seacrest, the Kennedy family, Robert Parish, Kobe Bryant and many more. Most of all, owner Donato Frattaroli said, “was the chance to honor the people that have made the restaurant so successful through the generations.”
In recognition of the anniversary, the restaurant has been featuring a special “A Taste of the Times” with its original menu from 1977 and the decor reflecting its opening days. Continuing a long history of charitable giving, the Frattaroli family is donating a portion of proceeds to the Massachusetts Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation and the Boston Bruins Foundation.