A New York-based restaurant chain with one location in Boston’s Financial District has added a second in Back Bay. Serafina (237 Newbury St.) is now open in the former Scoozi space, serving a familiar menu of Italian dishes, plus beer, wine, and cordials.
In a prime location on Newbury Street, Serafina Back Bay features the restaurants familiar gold and yellow design accents. Designed by Petra Hausberger of Somerton Park Interiors — who also designed the first Serafina in Boston — the restaurant uses brass lighting, an oak bar, and vintage photos on the walls. In seasonal months, there will be two levels of patio seating available.
While the menu bears large resemblance to that of Serafina Downtown, Back Bay’s restaurant will have a handful of dishes unique to the location, according to director of operations Roberto Porsia. Selections at Serafina Back Bay include sea bass crudo, artichoke and avocado tartare, tortellini carbonara, quinoa and mushroom tortino, and potato and sausage pizza.
Serafina will operate on Newbury Street seven days a week for lunch and dinner, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with the bar open until 1 a.m. The restaurant will also soon offer weekend brunch. Both Serafina locations in Boston are owned by Seth Greenberg (Bastille Kitchen, Mistral), with executive chef Christopher Cahill at the helm.