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Donato Frattaroli Named Chairman of Mass. Restaurant Association

Donato Frattaroli named MRA Chairman of the Board

The Massachusetts Restaurant Association (MRA) announced at its annual board meeting last week that Donato Frattaroli, owner of Lucia Ristorante in Boston’s North End and co-owner of a second location in Winchester, has been inducted as the organization’s new Chairman of the Board. After spending many years as an active member of the MRA and most recently serving as the First Vice President, Frattaroli replaces former Chairman Mansour Ghalibaf, owner of Hotel Northampton in Northampton, Mass.  As the Chairman of the Board, Frattaroli intends to remain focused on the MRA’s key initiatives while actively expanding the organization’s membership.

As Frattaroli takes the helm, his strategy will be directed toward increasing overall awareness of the MRA. He plans to focus on making sure the younger generations are aware that the MRA is a unique organization within the food service industry.  As a primary resource for information and food service operation standards, the MRA provides its members with the tools necessary to succeed in the industry.  The MRA advocates on behalf of members to all levels of government, provides educational opportunities for future leaders and industry professionals, and offers cost-saving programs to improve bottom line of each and every business. In addition, the MRA provides members with a plethora of networking opportunities to help develop and maintain influential relationships. Out of more than 14,000 eating and drinking establishments in the state, 1,750 MRA members represent 5,500 of these restaurants. Frattaroli aims for this to be common knowledge among everyone in the industry during his term.

Frattaroli was born in Sulmona, Abruzzzo, Italy and immigrated to America at the age of 14.  In 1977, his family started the popular Lucia Ristorante in Boston’s historic North End. There are now two Lucia Ristorantes in 2015 that keep Frattaroli busy in the North End of Boston and in Winchester, Massachusetts, the latter of which is co-owned with his siblings Filippo and Anna Frattaroli.

Frattaroli is active in many professional, social and charitable organizations. In 1993, he founded the “Taste of the North End,” a non-profit organization which raises funds for children’s and elderly programs in the North End; and hosts the annual North End Bocce Tournament.

“The restaurant industry in Massachusetts is thriving and I am honored to be named the Mass Restaurant Association’s Chairman of the Board during this exciting time,” says Frattaroli. “As Chairman, my goal will be to develop opportunities to entice, enrich and establish the next generations of restaurateurs into the use of MRA services.”

Frattaroli was named Massachusetts Restauranteur of the Year (2006). He was named to the Massachusetts Restaurant Association’s Hall of fame (2009).

About the Massachusetts Restaurant Association:
Founded in 1934, the Massachusetts Restaurant Association (MRA) is a trusted not-for-profit trade association committed to the advancement of the food and beverage industry in our state. The MRA helps operators succeed by providing information, education, government advocacy, cost-savings programs, and networking opportunities. Together with the Massachusetts Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the MRA works to promote current and future industry leaders. For more information, visit

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