Somerville’s A4 Pizza will close permanently

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Somerville’s A4 Pizza (445 Somerville Ave. at School Street) will close in the wake of electrical issues, says owner Michael Krupp. The space initially closed in August. “I’m very sad and heartbroken to do this. I can’t stress this enough, it was a very special place for me,” Krupp says. All is not lost: He’s seeking a temporary and permanent Somerville home. In the meantime, Kendall Square’s Area Four remains open, and Krupp plans an A4 at the South End’s Troy Boston apartment building. He’ll also collaborate with Roxy’s Grilled Cheese mastermind James DiSabatino on an arcade-themed bar near Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


State Street Provisions — the latest from the Grafton Group, which runs busy Cambridge restaurants such as Park and Russell House Tavern — is slated to open in early December in the old City Landing and Sel de la Terre space at Long Wharf (255 State St. at Atlantic Avenue). Chef Tom Borgia, from Russell House, oversees a kitchen specializing in homemade breads, sausages, and preserves, a pickling program, and a raw bar. Fend off the cold with hot grogs that spotlight historically significant ingredients like smoked molasses and tea.

Osteria Posto, an Italian steakhouse, plans to open in Waltham on Nov. 23 (10 City Point). If the name sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the sister restaurant of Somerville’s popular Posto. (Restaurateur Joe Cassinelli also runs Rosebud American Kitchen + Bar and the Painted Burro in Davis Square.) Executive chef Robert Fathman comes from Legal Harborside, Les Zygomates, and Bel Ari. Cassinelli calls the steakhouse his “flagship” restaurant, with 300 seats and a three-season patio.

On Nov. 30, Blue Dragon’s Ming Tsai will host an industry night to honor beloved Tavern Road bartender Ryan McGrale, who died unexpectedly last weekend. All are welcome at 10 p.m. for specialty snacks and cocktails to benefit McGrale’s family (324 A St. at Melcher Street).



Kara Baskin can be reached at kcbaskin@gmail.com.