MAST' Chef Is Sailing Over From Mamma Maria

By Scott Kearnan  |  April 8, 2014
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Well, this could be awesome.

We've been waiting on more news about MAST' Restaurant and Drinkery, an upcoming downtown Mediterranean with a penchant for apostrophes. (Actually, the name is derived from the Neapolitan slang term "O'mast," which means "the master of one's craft.") Now we know the chef for the restaurant: Chef Celio Pereira, a 17-year alum of the elegant Mamma Maria, one of the North End's top-rated restaurants by Zagat surveyors. Pereira has been immersed in Italian cooking since 17, when he began making pastas, breads and desserts for Caffe Paradiso owner Antonietta DiStefano. "Now At 46, I embrace the opportunity to helm the kitchen of MAST', and am dedicated to making it a stand-out leader in Boston's culinary community," he tells Zagat.

It looks like MAST' might be a standout for another reason too: Its design. Here's what we know: The 4,000 square foot space will have 120 seats, seasonal al fresco seating on a 30 seat patio, a DJ booth, and an interior designed by Restaurant: Impossible and HGTV personality Taniya Nayak, who has already brought her style to many Boston restaurants. (Including Bostonia Public House, another downtown entry opening this month.) In addition, owner Marco Caputo has uploaded a slew of images (one seen here) captioned "steampunk style" to a MAST' page on Pinterest, featuring a lot of decorative gears, birdcage chandeliers and submarine porthole-style windows. A rep for restaurant says that they're only inspiration shots, not renderings of MAST' itself; the eatery will boast some "steam punk flourishes," but don't expect to be immersed in a full-on Jules Verne-meets-Tim Burton experience. Still, an intriguing development as to where the team's head is at.