The bites have been taken and the stomachs are full after the first annual “North End Best Meatball” competition held at this weekend’s Fisherman’s Feast. Hundreds of attendee votes brought the thirteen entrants down to five for the final round judged by local food celebrities, Joe Faro of Tuscan Kitchen, Dave Andelman of Phantom Gourmet and Joe Crugnale of Bertucci’s. Angela Peri of Boston Casting was on hand to emcee the public tasting event.
And the winner is … Tony & Elaine’s, a new Italian concept opening in October 2018 in the former Amici location at 111 N. Washington Street. Accepting the award was Chef Eric Buonagurio with restauranteur Nicholas Frattaroli and Manager Mike Wyatt. Although not open yet, the team is already well known for serving up its food and drinks. Frattaroli also operates Ward 8, North Square Oyster and Bodega Canal. Tony & Elaine’s is still a ‘working name’ for the new restaurant which may open under a different banner.
Participating restaurants in the meatball competition included: Antico Forno; Aria Trattoria; Bricco; Carmelina’s; La Famiglia Giorgio’s; La Summa; North Street Grille; Prezza; Riccardo’s; Limoncello; Strega; Tony & Elaine’s; and Tresca.