Woburn-based Italian restaurant Tre Monte is planning to expand to Boston’s North End, reports Boston Restaurant Talk, taking over the Limoncello 2 space at 76 Salem St. Tre Monte’s owner and chef, Antony Contarino, confirmed the news to Eater, as did a representative for Limoncello 2.
Limoncello 2, which opened under a year ago, thanked its customers on Facebook, noting that the business had been sold and asking everyone to continue visiting the original location at 190 North St. (also in Boston’s North End).
Contarino opened his third restaurant, Tyngsborough’s Tre Monte Pizzeria, this past November, and he said he wasn’t exactly planning to open a fourth so soon after. (His second restaurant is another Tre Monte Pizzeria; that one is in Lowell.)
“The opportunity was there,” said Contarino. “To sign a deal to open another restaurant two months after opening the other is tough, but the space was great and my family is from the North End. I figured I ought to take the shot now while I have the opportunity.”
Contarino said the North End version of Tre Monte will be similar to his restaurant in Woburn. Diners can expect classics like littleneck clams in a spicy tomato broth, arancini, a Caprese salad, veal chops, and a wide array of pasta dishes.
Contarino has a meeting with Boston’s licensing board in early May to determine whether or not they’ll grant a transfer of Limoncello 2’s liquor license to Tre Monte. If all goes according to plan, Contarino plans to stock an extensive selection of wine. Tre Monte is on pace to open by the end of May.