First Look at Orá Trattorizza in Copley Square

Check out the opening menu at the long-awaited trattoria and Neapolitan-style pizzeria.

Orá Trattorizza

Orá Trattorizza. / Photo by John Wilcox

The time is now for a long-planned Italian restaurant to open in the Back Bay. Well, nearly now. Orá Trattorizza—which translates to “Now,” and a portmanteau of “trattoria” and “pizzeria”—plans to open the week of July 16 in Copley Square.

First reported by Zagat as a highly anticipated 2017 arrival, Orá Trattorizza is the follow-up to Josephine Megwa’s 17-year-old Newbury Street wine bar, Piattini.

With Orá Trattorizza, Megwa is going for the comfort of her Italian-American upbringing (per her bio, she was the only one of 10 siblings born in the U.S.) combined with nearly 20 years’ experience as a Back Bay restaurateur, with dishes like herb bucatini; pan-seared chicken breast with capers, mozzarella, and basil-tomato sauce; smoked eggplant and house-made ricotta dip; and Neapolitan-style pizzas.

A gilded, Marra Forni brick oven anchors the main level, and cranks out the pies in less than two minutes. Gold, sleek white, and metallic design features also twinkle in the two-floor space, located next door to the Charlesmark Hotel. Megwa has partnered with the hotel on her latest venture, and Orá Trattorizza’s bar menu pays homage to the friendly neighbor with a lineup of familiar martinis and more cocktails. There is also a large list of wines by the glass and bottle, including house labels from Tuscany.

Orá Trattorizza has a 60-seat patio at its prime location at the Boston Marathon finish line, and will serve lunch and dinner every day. Look out for Sunday brunch to start soon, too. Stay tuned for an exact opening date.

Opening July 2018, 653 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston,, 617-247-1212.

This post was updated Monday, July 16, because Orá Trattorizza has delayed its opening by a few days.

A Marra Forni oven from Italy is the focal point of the room at Orá Trattorizza

A Marra Forni oven from Italy is the focal point of the room at Orá Trattorizza. / Photo by Kiley McMahon

Wines at Orá Trattorizza

Photo by Kiley McMahon