The space at 151 Hanover St. in Haymarket that’s been vacant since April is vacant no more, according to Boston Restaurant Talk. Casalinga — an Italian eatery specializing in pizza, pasta, salads, and sandwiches — has filled the space once occupied by Lulu’s Kitchen, a short-lived offshoot of Lulu’s Sweet Shoppe.
According to a public notice from the Licensing Board of the City of Boston, Casalinga applied for a Common Victualler’s license on September 28, 2017. An official with the mayor’s press office confirmed that the license was awarded. The restaurant debuted on October 16.
Casalinga’s fledgling Facebook page promises “authentic, homemade food,” with a post from this past Tuesday naming the day’s specials, including “a little twist to the classic lasagna,” beer-braised stuffed pork loin, eggplant rotoli, chicken parmigiana, and clam chowder. On Instagram, the restaurant has shared photos of focaccia and carbonara.
The business’ first Yelp review (five stars) has a photo of the menu, which includes an ambitious 30 pasta sauce choices, from bolognese to vongole. (The reviewer “highly recommend[s] the fettuccine with castello sauce.)
Though Casalinga is open for business, you won’t find permanent signage out front yet: It’s still waiting on a decision from the Boston Landmarks Commission. An official with Boston’s Environment Department said Casalinga’s paperwork is all squared away and that the hearing is simply a matter procedure.