9 Newcomers to Boston Restaurant Week

By Scott Kearnan  |  August 22, 2013

Special menus during Boston Restaurant Week make it a good time to revisit otherwise expensive old favorites. But it’s also the perfect opportunity to taste test new spots and see if they’re worth a return visit. Ready to broaden horizons? We pulled together a valuable list of participants that have opened since last summer’s Restaurant Week. Give these comparative newcomers a whirl.

  • Abby Lane

    Hell’s Kitchen alum chef Jason Santos opened his Theater District spot in November. If you still haven’t punched your meal ticket, now’s the time to give his elevated comfort food a try.

    255 Tremont St.; 617-451-2229

  • Aria Trattoria

    Weird but true: chef Massimo Tiberi had his baptism reception in this spot 30 years ago, back when it was Il Sole restaurant. Since christening the new restaurant in February as Aria Trattoria (a nod to his baby daughter), he’s been delivering old-world Italian with a modern sheen. Find out if you should be singing its praises.

    253 Hanover St.; 617-742-1276

  • BoMA

    The South End restaurant opened in October and switched chefs in May. Now it’s young gun Ryan Kelly, who got strong reviews during his brief time at Jamaica Plain’s Tonic, commanding the kitchen. If you’ve never tried it, go now. If you have, consider this take two.

    1415 Washington St.; 617-536-2662

  • Bronwyn

    Chef Tim Wiechmann’s new Somerville restaurant, inspired by the hearty yet refined fare of Germany and Central Europe, was one of the most anticipated openings of the year. It started serving bratwurst and more in June. Discover if it was worth the wait.

    255 Washington St.; 617-776-9900

  • Cinquecento

    The South End’s old Rocca restaurant was a neighborhood favorite, so expectations were high when the Aquitaine Group announced plans to replace it with this glossy Italian restaurant. Buzz suggests they got it right, so make an overdue reservation. Fretta!

    500 Harrison Ave.; 617-338-9500

  • Finch

    After extensive renovations, the former Bulfinch Hotel reopened in May as the Boxer Hotel. And it houses Finch, a new American restaurant and cocktail bar stirring things up in the West End. Haven’t been? Time to check in.

    107 Merrimac St.; 617-624-0202

  • Fogo de Chao

    Boston’s all-you-can-eat (and hopefully you can eat a lot) Brazilian churrascaria has been filling bellies in the Back Bay since November. Run over. Waddle home.

    200 Dartmouth St.; 617-585-6300

  • Ristorante Olivio

    This Arlington Italian restaurant recently completed some extensive renovations and is now offering lighter fare in a more laidback atmosphere. Okay, technically it’s not new. But it feels it.

    201 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington; 781-648-2300

  • Toscano Harvard Square

    The Beacon Hill favorite opened a second location in Cambridge in March, bringing its traditional Tuscan approach to the other side of the river. No Red Line ride required now. No excuses.

    52 Brattle St., Cambridge; 617-354-5250