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Anticipated Italian Restaurant Tonino Opens Today in Jamaica Plain

Tonino’s menu includes house-made pasta, pizza, wine, and sake

An overhead image of five white plate-bowls, filled with different pasta dishes, on a white tablecloth, along with a couple glasses of wine and a couple candles.
A spread of pasta dishes at Tonino.
Brian Samuels Photography

Neighborhood Italian restaurant Tonino, one of this season’s most anticipated, is now open in Jamaica Plain, at 669A Centre St. (the former home of Little Dipper).

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.

Marble tables with black chairs are arrayed against the walls on both sides of a dark-wood walkway. The walls are light wood on the bottom half and white on the top half, with some pictures hung on them including a vintage Asti Cinzano ad. At the end of the walkway, part of the kitchen is visible as is a large mirror.
The interior of Tonino.
Brian Samuels Photography

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.


669a Centre Street, , MA 02130 (617) 524-9217 Visit Website