Why It's Hot: Because its predecessor, Sorriso, was a Leather District destination for a decade. But this year the space changed hands. Chef-owner Ian Just passed along Sorriso and its even older neighbor, Les Zygomates, to co-owners Anthony Botta, an alum of the Vegas restaurant biz, and Mark Tosi, owner of the Canton-based Pastene. (Yes, that purveyor of canned tomatoes.) Naturally, long-time local diners have been curious to see how they've re-imagined the spot as Bel Ari. And we're still curious to see the developments in store for Les Zygomates.
Must-Order: New chef Robert Fathman is an alum of Grill 23 and Legal Harborside. His menu is a bit more contemporary, and features a wide selection of sfizi. Our favorite is the goat cheese-stuffed lamb meatballs ($8) in a smoked tomato sauce. For a bit more background, check out our primer here.
Insider Tip: If you find the new artwork lining the walls particularly stylish, there's good reason. They're the paintings of Hingham-based Janice Eve Dale, a former art director at Vogue. Her whimsical works hide small, dancing sprites in fanciful food images: a splayed gourd, a halved garlic clove, and of course, among cans of Pastene.
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