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Sorriso Reopens as Bel Ari

There's a new concept and new renovations for Les Zygomate's sister restaurant, the former Sorriso.

Photo: Bel Ari, with a piece of art by Janice Eve Dale/Facebook

Tonight marks the official opening of Bel Ari, a revamp of Leather District Italian restaurant Sorriso. Earlier this year, Sorriso and sister restaurant Les Zygomates were bought by Anthony Botta and Mark Tosi. Botta is a veteran of the restaurant industry out in Las Vegas, while Tosi, Botta's brother-in-law, is president of Pastene, an Italian food importer based in Canton, Massachusetts. At the time, the duo promised that they "hope[d] to preserve what the regulars like most about the two restaurants," but they did say that they'd renovate Sorriso and change the name.

According to a press release, the new restaurant aims to "exemplif[y] the modern renaissance feel of the 'LD' and its emerging urban-chic persona." To that end, "figurative" art pieces were commissioned from area resident Janice Eve Dale. Botta and Tosi collaborated with the Food Network's Taniya Nayak as well as Red Door Hospitality restaurant developer Travis Talbot on the new design and concept.

Robert Fathman, an alum of Grill 23, Legal Sea Foods, and more, is executive chef, serving a menu that touches on regions "all over the boot" of Italy. Here's a peek at some of the food.

Bel Ari is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays.
· Bel Ari [Official Site]
· All coverage of Bel Ari on Eater [EBOS]

Les Zygomates

129 South Street, Boston, MA 02111 617 542 5108

Sorriso Trattoria

107 South Street, Boston, MA 02111 617 259 1560 Visit Website

Bel Ari

107 South Street, Boston, MA 02111