It is the end of an era in Boston’s North End with this week’s closing of Ida’s Italian Cuisine on Mechanic Street. Its iconic neon sign no glows on Hanover Street and a sign on the door announces the closing by owners Paul and Donna Bruno. Paul’s mother, Luisa, did most of the cooking along with his aunt Inex Caggianelli. Luisa died at 91 last December and Inex, now in her 80s, has had health problems so the family decided to sell the business and property. New owner of the building and restaurant, Frank DePasquale, recently explained his plans at a neighborhood meeting. He intends to continue the traditional cuisine under the name, Bricco Al Fresco, serving the 26 seats inside and a new 48 seat patio outside on Mechanic Court.
Photos by Matt Conti.