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North End Restaurant Dynasties Collaborate on New Venture at Everett Casino

Frank DePasquale and Nick Varano are teaming up for Fratelli

Frank DePasquale (left) and Nick Varano
Frank DePasquale (left) and Nick Varano
Cindy M. Loo [Official Photo]

Two North End restaurant dynasties will open a joint venture at a forthcoming casino in Everett. Frank DePasquale of DePasquale Ventures and Nick Varano of the Varano Group will open an Italian restaurant called Fratelli within the Encore Boston Harbor resort, according to the Boston Globe. (It’s the casino that was previously slated to be named Wynn Boston Harbor — the name was changed following sexual misconduct allegations against former chief executive Steve Wynn.)

DePasquale and Varano logically selected the name Fratelli, Italian for “brothers,” for this merging of restaurant powerhouses. (It’s not to be confused with the name of another storied Boston restaurant family, the Frattarolis, who also own restaurants in the North End and beyond.)

Fratelli will seat 135 people, spanning 5,200 square feet of space, just off the main gambling floor within the complex, and it will serve — what else — a menu of Italian classics, including brick-oven pizza, calzones, pasta made in-house, and entrees like lobster fra diavolo, veal Milanese, and gnocchi alla Sorrentina.

“We want our resort to be part of the personality and culture of the region when we open, which is something these two North End icons help us achieve instantly,” Robert DeSalvio, president of Encore Boston Harbor, said in a release. “Everyone loves the character and taste of the North End; they bring an authentic and colorful flavor of the North End to our resort.”

Fratelli will be among 13 dining and lounge options within the casino and hotel, which is under development from Wynn Resorts. The complex is slated to open in June 2019.

DePasquale Ventures has a decades-long history in the Boston restaurant scene, counting among its ranks Trattoria Il Panino, Bricco, Mare Oyster Bar, and other venues, while Varano’s group includes Strega Waterfront, Strega Prime, STRIP by Strega, and more.

North End Businessmen Team up to Open an Italian Restaurant at Everett Casino [BG]