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Two superstar chefs take on Newbury Street

Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer will open Faccia Brutta, a coastal Italian restaurant, this spring (plus a wine bar).

Chefs Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer at Little Donkey in Cambridge in 2016.The Boston Globe/Globe Freelance

Major news in the Boston restaurant world: chefs and restaurateurs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette — you know them from Coppa, Little Donkey, and Toro — will open Faccia Brutta, a coastal Italian restaurant at 278 Newbury St., this spring. It’s a geographic departure for the pair, whose restaurants are in the South End and Central Square.

The Back Bay menu will highlight dishes from Liguria, Sicily, and Sardinia. Bissonnette says he hopes to cook grilled whole baby zucchini with bottarga, green olive oil, and bread crumbs; scallop carpaccio with black truffle vinaigrette; roasted clams with green garlic and Calabrian chili; and house-made paccheri with rockfish, tomato, and saffron. Also of note: a large, lush patio.


Next door, the duo also will open Bar Pallino, a natural wine bar run in conjunction with Jodie Battles, their longtime beverage director. The spot is “inspired by the new generation of Paris wine bars,” says a rep, with lots of biodynamic and organic selections. Bissonnette, an avid punk fan, will provide a soundtrack from his personal vinyl collection.

Bissonnette and Oringer are both James Beard Best Chefs in America winners.

Kara Baskin can be reached at kara.baskin@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @kcbaskin.