A fixture of North End dining will unveil his latest venture on the North Shore next week, bringing a lineup of coastal Italian seafood dishes to a newly renovated harborside spot. Anthony Caturano's Tonno — which is Italian for "tuna" and named after his Gloucester Harbor-based fishing boat — will spring to life next Friday, June 17 at 2 Main St., as Boston Magazine reported.
Caturano, who opened the upscale Italian restaurant Prezza in the North End 16 years ago, announced plans to take over the former Blackburn Tavern space in Gloucester last fall and immediately set about renovating the 4,000-square-foot restaurant to suit the needs of his new seafood-centric Italian restaurant.
The menu at Tonno features local catches and nightly specials in the form of appetizer-style sfizi and primi dishes, including crudo, octopus salad, arancini, and oysters, as well as cheese and charcuterie selections. There are also four homemade pasta dishes adapted from Prezza, available in half and full portions. Main courses feature both meat and seafood and include a grilled tonno steak, cioppino (fish stew), and a grilled pork chop.
Rounding out the menu with dessert, Tonno offers tiramisu, cannoli, and biscotti, plus cappuccino and espresso. The restaurant boasts an extensive beverage program, with 110 wines, a selection of cocktails, and craft beers.
Tonno will seat 99 and has a dining room, a lounge with high-top seating and a cocktail bar, as well as a private events room. It will be open year round, Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.