Somerville’s Magoun Square neighborhood is getting a restaurant and music venue, and the space is huge. Premiere on Broadway will open sometime in July, and it will have a capacity of 400, including a 65-seat bar.
The kitchen at Premiere on Broadway will be headed by Eataly and Bisq alum Dan Bazzinotti, who plans to feature a number of house-made pastas on the menu, along with a vast selection of salumi and charcuterie. (As opening chef at Cambridge wine bar Bisq back in 2015, Bazzinotti was particularly enthusiastic about charcuterie.)
Bazzinotti grew up eating Italian-American cuisine, he tells Eater, and will look to the antipasti he ate at family parties — stuffed cherry peppers, chicken liver mousse on bread, marinated artichokes — for inspiration.
Bazzinotti describes the menu at the soon-to-open restaurant as “Italian-American cuisine with a traditional approach and local flare.” As such, Premiere on Broadway’s carbonara will be made Winter Hill-style, which is to say with locally sourced Irish bacon. “We’re on Winter Hill, so we should do it this way,” says Bazzinotti, who also plans to feature beers from Winter Hill Brewing Company and Cambridge Brewing Company, as well as bread from Winter Hill Bakery.
Premiere on Broadway is the brainchild of Charlie and Debbie Zammuto, as well as their children Dominic, Gigi, and Koryn. Bazzinotti tells Eater that the Zammutos are family friends of his. When they asked him to be a part of the restaurant, he jumped at the opportunity.
“I’ve been at Eataly for five years,” says Bazzinotti. “We’ve been doing some special stuff over there, and cooking on that wood-fired grill has been amazing ... But it was the right time for me to move on and to take a step toward doing something that’s more my own.”
Bazzinotti says he’s excited to get away from working inside a mall and back to working in a neighborhood. “I love Boston, the Back Bay is great, but I’m excited to be returning to a neighborhood place. And I think that particular neighborhood is calling out for a place like this.”
Alongside the Italian-American food, Premiere on Broadway will feature a number of classic Italian cocktails, including a Negroni, along with a vast array of other options. The bar program will be run by Beehive alum Martin Fernandez.
As far as entertainment goes, the venue’s ample stage — which will be 60 square-feet — will feature a schedule of local bands on the weekends and stand-up comedy on weeknights.