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A New Somerville Hotel Restaurant Is Serving ‘Caipbeerinhas’ and Carrot Cake ‘Fries’

Plus, the Mass. Ave. Il Mondo is closed, and more news

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The lobby of the new Row Hotel at Somerville’s Assembly Row
The lobby of the new Row Hotel at Somerville’s Assembly Row
The Row Hotel/Facebook

Welcome back to AM Intel, a round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.

More Food at Assembly Row

As Somerville’s Assembly Row development grows larger by the day, it now has yet another food option, a restaurant called Reflections, in the brand new Row Hotel (part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection brand) at 360 Foley St. Located off the lobby, the restaurant is named for the lobby’s prism- and lens-filled art installation of “Magiscopes” by late artist Feliciano Béjar.

Reflections is open for breakfast (buffet and a la carte), lunch, dinner, and drinks, with a menu by chef Kenneth Lingle, who has worked at a variety of hotels and inns in New England and beyond. On the menu: a “New England soup duet” (lobster bisque and clam chowder), tuna crudo, a sirloin burger, lobster roll, and more. Dessert includes a carrot “cake” in the shape of “fries” with a cream cheese dipping sauce, and the cocktail list includes a “caipbeerinha” (get it?) made with Assembly Row neighbor Somerville Brewing Company’s Slumbrew IPA.

The Shutter

A duo of pizzerias is back down to one location. Il Mondo Pizzeria, a neighborhood slice and sub shop, has a bit of a confusing timeline: Owner Naser Othman, inspired by pizza he ate on a trip to Milan, Italy, opened the original Mission Hill location at 682 Huntington Ave., Boston, in 2004. He opened a second location near Berklee (182 Massachusetts Ave., Boston) in 2012, about a mile and a half from the original location. In December 2017, he closed the original Huntington Avenue location for a move up the street, opening in the new space (738 Huntington Ave.) in March 2018. Now, the Berklee location is closed “due to demolition of the building.” The newer Huntington Avenue location remains open.

Booze News

North End grocery store Going Bananas (65 Salem St., Boston) received solid neighborhood support — a 17-9 vote by the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association — to add beer and wine to its inventory. Owner Frank Scire told the group that customers had been asking for alcoholic beverages for years, and he only intends to add a small cooler. The association will send its recommendation to the zoning board, which must approve the plan.

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