Co-founders Luke Fetbroth (an alum of Tres Gatos, Sarma, and Giulia) and Claire Makley (whose background includes Hojoko and the Koji Club) live in Jamaica Plain, and, together with partners David Doyle and Mari Pérez-Alers, have sought to evoke the cozy neighborhood bars and restaurants just outside the center of Rome. Their space is relatively simply laid out with a bright feel; art like vintage Italian advertisements hangs from light-wood and white walls, offsetting marble tabletops and dark wood floors and chairs.
Tonino is serving Sicilian-style pizza — including a Philadelphia-inspired tomato pie based on Fetbroth’s childhood memories — and house-made pastas like cappelletti and chitarra with clams, a dish that pays homage to longstanding Naples restaurant Osteria da Tonino, on which the new Tonino based its name. There’s also an eclectic assortment of drinks, from the expected (wine) to the unexpected (sake, thanks to Makley’s aforementioned work helping open Boston’s first sake bar, the Koji Club at the Speedway in Brighton.)
Tonino is currently open Sunday and Monday 5 to 9 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 5 to 10 p.m., with plans to add lunch and aperitivo (3 to 5 p.m.) hours soon. You can make reservations through the website and see more photos on Instagram.