“Parla is not a tourist-friendly restaurant. It’s geared toward locals,” managing consultant Vince D’Angelo says of his North End spot (230 Hanover St. at Richmond Street), which opened this week. “We had people come in for our soft opening, and they left because there wasn’t chicken Parm.” Instead, the 20-seat restaurant aims to be a speakeasy, says D’Angelo, designed as a bootlegger’s warehouse fashioned from 200-year-old reclaimed barn wood. Food is a twist on European and Italian cuisines. “We use a lot of monkfish, oxtail, wild boar, quail egg, tripe,” he says. Chef Eric Buonagurio is a disciple of chef Jason Santos; bar manager Morgan Mason, of Santos’s Blue Inc., will experiment with house-infused liquor like pear-vanilla rum and habanero-honey whiskey.
An all-star team will open what they’re calling the “Apple Store of food and sensorial experience” in Kendall Square on Oct. 30. Cafe Artscience (650 East Kendall St. at Linskey Way) is a collaboration among Harvard professor/entrepreneur David Edwards, Clio beverage director Todd Maul, Eastern Standard chef Patrick Campbell, and Commonwealth general manager Tom Mastricola. Edwards runs the Paris workspace/gallery Le Laboratoire, and hopes to bring the same innovative ethos to the 110-seat restaurant, food lab, and auditorium. He’s also working on WikiFoods: food wrapped in edible packages (think of, say, a grape skin used to package yogurt).
Bostonia Public House
Bostonia Public House opened this week for lunch and dinner in the old Kitty O’Shea’s space (131 State St. at Broad Street). On the people-pleasing menu: local seafood, lemon risotto, Angus rib-eye, and Berkshire pork loin. For the adventurous, tater tot poutine. Chef Kyle Ketchum worked at Boston’s Woodward at Ames.
Tasty Burger is slated to open in Back Bay Station (145 Dartmouth St., near Stuart Street) this summer. “It’s the first sit-down restaurant there and the perfect spot between two distinct neighborhoods: the South End and the Back Bay,” says co-owner Dave DuBois. This Tasty will have the same menu as others, including beer and wine. Fenway Park recently named Tasty its official burger, adding a stand on the Third Base Deck.