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Another Italian Restaurant Opens in the North End

North End chef Damien DiPaola closes his sports bar, Vito’s Tavern, and opens a new spot serving Italian-American and Calabrian-inspired fare

The facade of Vito’s in the North End. The space is now occupied by Domenic’s.
Vito’s was a popular sports bar on Salem Street in the North End
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Shocking news alert: The North End got a new Italian restaurant. Domenic’s recently opened in the space at 54 Salem St. that was formerly occupied by Vito’s Tavern, and it is reportedly owned and operated by chef Damien DiPaola, the same person who was behind Vito’s Tavern (and who is also behind Carmelina’s, also in the North End).

Vito’s Tavern was a popular spot for pub food like sliders, burgers, and wings (and some Italian-inspired options), and it functioned as the North End’s de facto sports bar. DiPaola’s, on the other hand, is reportedly focused more on Calabrian cuisine, featuring plenty of seafood. Staples in Calabrian cooking include swordfish, cod, sardines, lobster, and shrimp, in addition to vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplant, onions, potatoes, artichokes, and the beloved Calabrian chili peppers.

The restaurant is also serving Italian-American classics like veal chop Milanese, per Instagram, and dishes like grilled octopus puttanesca and carbonara are also making appearances.

Eater has made repeated efforts to contact Domenic’s and will update this post as more information becomes available.

Domenic’s Is Opening in Vito’s Tavern Space in Boston’s North End [BRT]