Longtime North End restauranteurs, Frank DePasquale and Nick Varano, are teaming up in a new joint venture to open an Italian restaurant, Fratelli, just off the gaming room floor at the new Encore casino.

DePasquale and Varano have made a name for themselves over the years with over 15 restaurants combined. They had previous paired up for the former Ocean Club at Marina Bay. Now, the two embark on a new adventure to expand their culinary experiences in Everett.

Frank DePasquale and Nick Verano on site at Encore Boston Harbor. Photo by Cindy M. Loo.

Fratelli, which means “brothers” in Italian, will serve Italian dishes including pastas, brick oven pizzas, meats, seafood, and risotto.

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“We couldn’t be more honored and excited to be part of this incredible Encore Boston Harbor project,” said DePasquale and Varano, “With over 30 years of friendship, we are looking forward to this next venture. Fratelli will embody the true essence and culinary experience that both of us have been known to bring to the Boston restaurant scene for so many years.”

Nick Verano and Frank DePasquale tour the space at Encore Boston Harbor. Photo by Cindy M. Loo

In speaking about the new restaurant, Encore Boston Harbor President Robert DeSalvio referred to DePasquale and Varano as a “culinary dream team” and expressed his enthusiasm about bringing the “authentic and colorful flavor of the North End to the resort.”

DePasquale Ventures currently operates: Ristorante Bricco, Mare Oyster Bar, AquaPazza, Quattro, Assaggio, Trattoria Il Panino, Bricco Salumeria & Pasta Shop and Bricco Panetteria. DePasquale also owns Bricco Suites and SCENE Magazine.

For its part, the Varano Group has restaurants: Strega North End, Strega Waterfront, Strega Prime, STRIP by Strega, NICO and three Caffé Strega locations throughout the metro Boston area.

Frattelli will be the first locally-operated restaurant at the casino. It will be one of 13 dining options at Encore Boston Harbor, scheduled to open next June.


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5 COMMENTS

    • Good luck? Luck had nothing to do with this deal.They hit the Jackpot before the doors of the joint even opened.Along with wife of the mayor of Everett who got the DD franchise at the Casino?

  1. Good things happen to Good People !!!!! This Dynamic Duo happen to be the nicest, most generous and Hard Working gentlemen I have met in my lifetime !!! They both have been so very generous and sympathetic to the needs of our neighborhood and individuals who need ANY THING !!!!!!! Their restaurants are THE BEST~~~in appearance, taste, quality, service and cleanliness !!!
    Thank You Frankie and Nick~~~may you go on and prosper in all of your ventures !!!!

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