Planned Italian restaurant Tonino opens today in Jamaica Plain

One of this season’s most anticipated neighborhood Italian restaurants, Tonino, is now open on Jamaica Plain at 669A Center St. (Little Dipper’s former home).

Co-founders Luke Fetbroth (a Tres Gatos, Sarma and Giulia alum) and Claire Makley (whose background includes Hojoko and the Koji Club) live in Jamaica Plain and, along with partners David Doyle and Mari Pérez-Alers, sought to evoke the cozy neighborhood bars and restaurants just outside the center of Rome. Their space is relatively simply laid out with a bright feel; Artwork like vintage Italian advertisements hang from light wood and white walls, offsetting marble tables and dark wood floors and chairs.

Tonino’s interior.
Brian Samuels Photography

Tonino serves up Sicilian-style pizzas — including a Philadelphia-inspired tomato pie based on Fetbroth’s childhood memories — and homemade pastas like cappelletti and clam chitarra, a dish that pays homage to the restaurant’s long history. dates from Naples Osteria da Tonino, on which the new Tonino based its name. There’s also an eclectic assortment of drinks, from the expected (wine) to the unexpected (sake), thanks to the aforementioned work of Makley who helped open Boston’s first sake bar, the Koji Club at the Speedway in Brighton. .)

Tonino is currently open Sunday and Monday 5-9pm and Thursday-Saturday 5-10pm, with plans to add lunch and happy hour (3-5pm) soon. You can make reservations through the website and see more photos on Instagram.

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