When Union Bar & Grill closed in December 2014, The Aquitaine Group (Metropolis, Gaslight, Cinquecento) developed a new concept to join its family of restaurants. La Motta's Italian Specialties, a nod to mid-20th century Italian-American restaurants, officially opens today, October 27, at 1357 Washington St. in the South End.
Chef Justin Winters directs La Motta's kitchen, which will crank out classic entrees like house-pickled giardinara, broccoli cacio pepe, meatballs, chicken parmesan, and a Bronx-style, thin-crust pizza.
"It is authentic Italian American cuisine that is rooted on regionalism and the accessibility that immigrants had on ingredients in America. This is an American food story," owner Seth Woods said in a release.
The restaurant is reportedly modeled to look like a rustic Italian bistro, with wood tables and chairs and reclaimed wood paneling, according to Boston Magazine. The dining area seats 70, with an additional 12 spaces at the bar and a 30-seat outdoor patio. There will also be a 28-seat family-style or private dining room. A wide selection of wines will be available, plus a few beers and a simple cocktail list.
La Motta's is open Sunday to Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight. It will also offer catering and take-out.