A two-alarm fire struck North End restaurant Trattoria Il Panino (280 Hanover St., Boston) during dinner on Saturday, February 2, reportedly starting in the kitchen ceiling and causing an estimated $150,000 in damages. The restaurant was evacuated, and no injuries were reported.
The Italian restaurant is on the ground floor of a five-story building; the apartments above Trattoria Il Panino are currently uninhabited as they are still under renovation following a deadly fire in late 2017 that was caused by a cigarette left in a bedroom.
The Trattoria Il Panino team will be assessing the damage today, per a rep for the restaurant, so they don’t yet have an estimated reopening timeline. In the meantime, many Trattoria Il Panino staff members will be placed in sibling restaurants. It’s part of the DePasquales Ventures group, which also includes Bricco, Mare Oyster Bar, Quattro, and several other North End restaurants.
Trattoria Il Panino, which bills itself as “Boston’s first original trattoria,” has been open for over three decades, celebrating its 30th anniversary a few years back by expanding into a neighboring space that was previously home to Caffe Pompei. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, along with a late-night menu. Trattoria Il Panino also features a popular covered patio in warmer months.
Stay tuned for updates regarding a reopening timeline.
• 2-Alarm Fire Strikes North End Restaurant [BG]
• Fire Shuts North End Restaurant [UHub]
• Fire Returns to Hanover Street Building at Il Panino Trattoria [NEWaterfront]
• Trattoria Il Panino Coverage on Eater [EBOS]