Ronsky’s is now open permanently at The Street, a Chestnut Hill retail development that’s home to Shake Shack, Rosie’s Bakery, Treat Cupcake Bar, and a variety of other dining options. While Ronsky’s has been around since September 2016, it was originally meant to be one in a line of temporary residents in The Street’s rotating culinary space, The Pop-Up, located at 3 Boylston St. A glowing Boston Globe “cheap eats” review from November 2016 hinted that Ronsky’s owner Ron Suhanosky was in talks with The Street to stay open permanently in that space, and now it’s officially happening.
Suhanosky won a 2010 James Beard Award for his cookbook Pasta Sfoglia, and his previous restaurant, Sfoglia, drew acclaim at its two locations (Manhattan and Nantucket). At Ronsky’s, an Italian-style cafe, he’s been serving up everything from breakfast sandwiches and ricotta doughnuts to panini and espresso, along with hosting small private dinners with dishes such as roasted branzino and osso buco. The restaurant pays tribute to family with items such as “Nonna’s meatball panini” and “Nonna’s zeppoli” (the aforementioned ricotta doughnuts), not to mention a communal table that once resided in his great-grandmother’s kitchen.
Ronsky’s features a number of local producers, such as Waltham’s New England Charcuterie (breakfast sausage) and Concord’s Slow Rise Bakery (bread for over a dozen types of panini). As the weather gets warmer, Suhanosky will be collecting herbs right outside the restaurant thanks to farm beds from Green City Growers.
In addition to Ronsky’s cafe-style breakfast and lunch offerings, Suhanosky will continue to serve small dinners as well. Taking place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, the dinners feature a four-course tasting menu for $75/person. It’s required to make a reservation in advance; there’s room for up to 10 people.
Aside from those dinners, Ronsky’s is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Keep an eye out for the sourdough bread pudding; it “might be the best one you’ll ever eat,” according to The Boston Globe’s Sheryl Julian.