Sneak a Peek at the Tony & Elaine’s Menu

Now on track for a December opening, get an early taste of the North End red sauce joint this month at Ward 8.


Photos by Justin Power

There are plenty of spaghetti and meatballs to be had right now in the North End, but it will be another month before the classic Italian-American neighborhood gets a red sauce joint from the hip restaurant group All Day Hospitality. Tony & Elaine’s, the fourth concept from second-generation North End restaurateur Nick Frattaroli, is on track to open by the end of the year. Boston magazine has a sneak peek at the menu right now, while later this month, sister spot Ward 8 shares an early taste of it with complimentary snacks.

Tony & Elaine’s—named for Frattaroli’s parents, who were both servers in the North End for decades—will riff on requisites like lobster ravioli,
bolognese, and veal saltimbocca with house-made pastas and sausages, fresh vegetables, and well-sourced seafood. Eric Buonagurio is All Day Hospitality’s executive chef (also overseeing North Square Oyster and Bodega Canal), and he is behind the debut menu. Check it out below, though it’s subject to tweaking prior to opening day.

The vibe at Tony & Elaine’s throws it back to the the 1970s, the early days of Frattaroli’s parents’ North End careers. Justin Power, the interior designer also behind North Square Oyster and Bodega Canal, kept the original tile flooring in the second-floor dining room, and outfitted the space with red leather booths and wood-paneled walls. On the first floor, black-and-white checkered floors and exposed brick set the scene. Eater Boston has a look inside.

The restaurant will be open daily from 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., serving both lunch and dinner, including takeout sandwiches on braided rolls like meatball, chicken parm, and Italian subs. The bar will make use of a wine, beer, and cordials license.

Follow Tony & Elaine’s on Instagram and stay tuned for an opening date. In the meantime, big sister Ward 8 has a fifth anniversary to celebrate. On Tuesday, Nov. 27, the party starts at 9 p.m. with a DJ, specialty cocktails, and ice cream sandwiches from the Parlor Ice Cream Co., and the savory snacks will preview Tony & Elaine’s menu.

Tony & Elaine’s, 111 North Washington St., Boston; Ward 8, 90 N.Washington St., Boston, 617-823-4478, ward8.com.

Tony & Elaine's Italian sub

Italian sub. / Photos by Justin Power

Tony & Elaine's veal saltimbocca

Veal saltimbocca. / Photos by Justin Power

Tony & Elaine’s Menu

Appetizers

Antipasto Board
Prosciutto, coppa, mozzarella, pickled peppers, house-made giardiniera, toasted bread

Street Arancini
Peas, mushrooms, smoky tomato sauce

Seasonal Salad
Greens, shaved vegetables, basil croutons, balsamic vinaigrette, shaved Parmesan

Fried calamari
Sport peppers, tomato sauce, fresh parsley

Slow-cooked meatballs
Beef and pork, garlic puree, basil, Grandma’s sauce

Fried buratta
Eggplant caponata, red pepper puree, aged balsamic

Wild Maine mussels
Pancetta, white wine, herbs, butter, charred bread

Pasta

Cacio e pepe
Black pepper chitarra, Grana Padano, parsley

Sausage & Rabe
Fresh campanelle, house-made Italian sausage, broccoli rabe, chili flakes, white wine

Lobster ravioli
Freshly shucked Maine lobster, lemon-herb cream sauce, pea greens, fresh herbs

Bolognese

Risotto

Ricotta gnocchi

Frutti di mare

Entrees

Chicken and Eggplant Parm
Thinly sliced crispy chicken or eggplant, red sauce, mozzarella, seasonal salad, choice of pasta

Cod al Cartoccio
Local cod cooked under paper, roasted fingerling potatoes, broccoli rabe, blistered cherry tomato vin

Veal Saltimbocca

Dessert

Struffoli
Honey-glazed fried dough balls, whipped mascarpone, sprinkles

Cannoli

Gelato
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Sorbet
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