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Italian Restaurant and Nightlife Spot Umbria Is Back

Plus, Sally’s Apizza is coming to the Seaport next year — and more intel

A dark bar with plush beige seating around the outside and stairs leading up to a second-floor dining room visible in the background.
Umbria’s first-floor bar.
Erika Adams is the editor of Eater Boston.

Umbria, the downtown Boston restaurant and lounge that partied its way through the ‘90s and early 2000s, is back — in the North End. Frank DePasquale, the prolific North End restaurateur behind neighborhood mainstays like Bricco, Mare Oyster Bar, and Trattoria Il Panino, has revived the multi-level dining and nightlife spot in what used to be Restaurant Fiore, a 22-year-old Italian place that shut down after service on December 25 last year. Named after the central Italian region, Umbria goes deep on meaty pastas and steaks, although there is a caviar-flecked raw bar to start the night, too. Umbria is open every day from 4 p.m. until 1 a.m.

A New Haven apizza force sets its sights on the Seaport

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Sally’s Apizza — one of the three titans of the legendary New Haven-style pizza scene — will be expanding into the Seaport in 2024. No word yet on a specific opening date.

Turtle Swamp Brewing calls it quits in Jamaica Plain

After six years, Turtle Swamp Brewing is shutting down, according to Jamaica Plain News. The brewery was a reliable stop for lagers, ales, and a citrusy Orange Line IPA that was a local favorite. In 2021, it made headlines for suing to stop an affordable housing development for low-income seniors adjacent to its patio on Washington Street. The brewery’s last day of operation is August 19, according to a closing announcement on Instagram.

Get schooled in tinned fish next week

Anna Hezel, the senior editor of Epicurious and author of tinned fish cookbook Tin to Table, is doing a Tinned Fish 101 class on Thursday, July 27, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., at the Raw Bar, Island Creek Oysters’ new bar in Duxbury. Tickets are $75 apiece and include a copy of the book, a drink, snacks, and a tin to take home.