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Cook opens in Needham; a taste of Sicily comes to Dorchester

Openings: Needham’s Cook restaurant has opened (109 Chapel St. at Great Plain Avenue). The 115-seat, family-friendly restaurant has something for everyone: tagliatelle and meatballs, flatbreads, lobster sliders, and chile-rubbed flat-iron steak. There’s also a Cook in Newton.

Momi Nonmi has opened at Cambridge’s old East by Northeast and WuBurger spot (1128 Cambridge St. at Norfolk Street). The modern izakaya, or gastropub, is helmed by Chris Chung (above), who has worked at Aka Bistro and Uni. As an earlier Globe report noted, 95 percent of the menu is gluten-free. Expect a mix of Japanese and Hawaiian dishes from the Honolulu native.

Coming soon: What do you get when you mix Craigie on Main with Island Creek Oyster Bar, Eastern Standard, and a dash of the East Coast Grill? We might soon find out.


Pedigreed hospitality figure Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli (above) will open Alcove in spring 2018 at Boston’s Lovejoy Wharf, says a representative. He became well known to local diners over the years at Eastern Standard, where he mixed drinks alongside cocktail guru Jackson Cannon, and as Craigie on Main’s bar manager.

He also served as general manager and oversaw the wine program at Kenmore Square’s Island Creek Oyster Bar — and worked in various positions for his uncle, Chris Schlesinger, at the old East Coast Grill.

A release promises that Alcove will be a culmination of those experiences.

Coming Soon: Zia Gianna Caffè is slated to open in Dorchester’s old Dot2Dot Café space (1739 Dorchester Ave. at Roseland Street) in early November. Relax over Sicilian entrees, coffee, and tiramisu at the bakery and café from architect-turned-owner Nino Barbalace (below), who moved to Cambridge from Messina, Sicily, several years ago to pursue his building career before pursuing his culinary dreams at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts.