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Frustrated North End Restaurant Owners Rally for Support [Video]

North End restauranteurs listened closely to details of Gov. Baker’s four-phase reopening plan and were frustrated to learn that it would be at least until mid-June before indoor dining would be allowed. Even then, only partial occupancy, perhaps 25-50%, would be permitted with the likely addition of strict new guidelines, including social distancing of 6-feet Read More…

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North End Restauranteurs DePasquale & Varano to Open “Fratelli” at Encore Casino

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 Read More…

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30 Year Anniversary: North End Restaurateur Frank DePasquale Presented with City Council Resolution by Sal LaMattina

In honor of his 30 year anniversary running successful businesses in Boston’s North End, restaurateur Frank DePasquale was presented with a Boston City Council resolution on Monday night by Councilor Sal LaMattina. As an entrepreneur, DePasquale started his first restaurant, Il Panino, on Parmenter Street. In one of his last citation presentations as councilor, LaMattina said Read More…

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Assaggio Re-Opens in North End Under DePasquale Ventures Ownership This Week

Industry veteran Frank DePasquale unveils Amalfi Coast-inspired concept on Prince Street Frank DePasquale of powerhouse North End restaurant group DePasquale Ventures has acquired North End institution Assaggio which will re-open its doors on Friday, August 11th. While maintaining its original name, Assaggio’s fresh new taste and feel will transport diners to the Amalfi Coast by way Read More…

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Massachusetts Restaurant Association Honors Frank DePasquale

The Massachusetts Restaurant Association held its annual Awards Dinner this week celebrating five leaders in the industry, including Frank DePasquale of Depasquale Ventures as Restauranteur of the Year. A North End power-house, Depasquale is best known for his award-winning North End restaurant concepts that include Bricco, Il Panino Trattoria, Mare Oyster Bar and Quattro.

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DePasquale’s Bricco & Mare Restaurants Receive Five Star Diamond Award

The Five Star Diamond Award was presented on June 23rd to Frank DePasquale for excellence in hospitality at his Bricco and Mare restaurants in Boston’s North End. The award comes from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS). Joseph Cinque, President and CEO of AAHS, unveiled the award on Hanover Street at Bricco Ristorante & Enoteca. Frank DePasquale thanked the Academy and credited his staff for Read More…

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Look Inside Frank DePasquale’s Reimagined and Expanded Trattoria il Panino

New to Boston’s North End in April 2016 is the reinvention of Trattoria il Panino by restauranteur Frank DePasquale. At the former location of Caffe Pompeii, DePasquale has expanded the Parmenter Street trattoria to 280 Hanover Street with combined seating up to 250 patrons. The two spaces share the same menu and connect through the rear of Hanover Street which Read More…

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Sfizi, Mediterranean Tapas Bar, Opens in Boston’s North End [Photos]

 Restaurateur Frank DePasquale, Manager Salvatore Capaldo and Chef Gianni Caruso have opened a new Mediterranean Tapas Bar, Sfizi, in the former Mare space at 135 Richmond Street in Boston’s North End. Mare Oyster Crudo and Seafood Bar recently moved into an expanded space at the former Ida’s location, 3 Mechanic Street, off Hanover. Sfizi is open daily 4pm-midnight. We stopped by for some Read More…

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Wednesday Night Dinner Group Honors Frank DePasquale

Numerous members of the Thacher Street Club Wednesday Night Out dinner group got together at Il Panino Restaurant on Hanover Street to recognize local businessman Frank DePasquale for his support and contributions to the North End neighborhood. Over 40 people participated in the first special event.

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Take a Look Inside Mare Oyster Crudo and Seafood Bar

We stopped in before the grand opening of the new Mare Oyster Crudo and Seafood Bar for some photos of the unique restaurant space with white marble, a patio lounge and fire pits. Every table inside and out has a view of the Boston skyline at the completely renovated and expanded location formerly occupied by Ida’s Ristorante. A passing summer thunderstorm Read More…

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DePasquale’s License Transfers for Caffe Pompei “Not Opposed” by Residents Association

Frank DePasquale and Attorney William Ferullo and were on hand at the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) monthly meeting on June 11, 2014 to present DePasquale’s plan to purchase Cafe Pompei, the restaurant located at 280 Hanover Street. With some adjustments to the building, layout and operation of the current 234-seat Pompei, they are hoping to gain approval primarily for four premises: Read More…

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Neighborhood Council Votes Unanimously to Support DePasquale License Transfers at Caffe Pompei [Video]

Frank DePasquale of DePasquale Ventures and his son, Joe DePasquale, have purchased Caffe Pompei at 278-282 Hanover Street. The new name of the establishment has not yet been determined, but will likely be some derivative of Il Panino according to the DePasquales. The formal buyer entity is named Trattoria Il Panino Hanover, Inc. Represented by Attorney Read More…