One of the many Italian restaurants in Boston’s North End may soon have a new sibling nearby. The owners of Pellino’s Ristorante (2 Prince St., Boston) have purchased the property that previously housed a Pinkberry frozen yogurt shop (283 Hanover St., Boston) and are seeking permission to change the use of the space to allow for seating and a beer, wine, and cordials license.
Owners Frank and Karen Pellino will attend a meeting of the North End/Waterfront neighborhood council on January 8, per NorthEndWaterfront.com, where they’ll address the change in use.
Pellino’s originally opened in Marblehead in 1992 before relocating to the North End 20 years later, in March of 2012. The restaurant serves regional Italian food with a focus on Northern Italian “with a Provencal flair,” per Pellino’s website. “The food is rustic, somewhat peasant and chic.”
The Pinkberry location closed down in September of 2016, part of a recent decline in froyo shops around the Boston area.
Update 1/18, 11 a.m.: The restaurant planned for 283 Hanover St. does not yet have a name, but it will focus on scratch-made and hand-shaped artisanal pasta, according to owner Frank Pellino. It will serve several lesser-known pasta forms, like casarecce, and there will be different recipes, some using egg and others not, along with some gluten-free versions. Stay tuned for further details on an opening timeline and a name.