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Casa B brings small plates, warm atmosphere to Union Square

A preview of new restaurants

photos by Yoon S. Byun/globe staff

Outside and in, Casa B in Somerville’s Union Square gives off a cozy vibe of communal dining. The food reinterprets traditional dishes of Latin America.

Husband and wife Alberto Cabre and Angelina Jockovich are architects who formerly ran a catering business. So their new Union Square small plates restaurant, Casa B, both looks adorable and has an appealing menu. (The “B’’ stands for Bobonis, the last name of Cabre’s maternal grandfather.)

He is from Puerto Rico, she from Colombia, and the food reinterprets traditional dishes of Latin America. Casa B’s offerings consist of tablas (boards meant to be shared by the table), pinchos (snacks on bread), hot and cold small plates, and recently added prix fixe dinners: pumpkin soup, salad, a seafood course inspired by Colombia’s Caribbean coast, and a meat course such as Puerto Rican pot roast with yuca gnocchi.

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Diners might also find a board of assorted ceviches, toasts topped with sherried chorizo and avocado, meatballs in guava sauce, salt cod fritters, and plantain tostadas.

The restaurant opened in December. It consists of a street-level tapas lounge and an underground taverna with communal tables. Decor is cheerfully modern, bright white with red accents, mirrors in ornate white frames, a wall covered in live plants, and an open kitchen. It’s designed to encourage interaction among fellow diners and chefs. When Cabre and Jockovich say the experience is geared toward sharing, they aren’t just talking about food.

Devra First can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @devrafirst.
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