Ciao Bella Opens in the North End

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Say ciao to Ciao Bella. The North End’s latest newcomer is officially open as of Tuesday, June 4th at 5 North Square, serving up a selection of seafood-focused plates and housemade pasta along with chops, chicken and contorni (Italian side dishes). The opening comes just a month after the owners of the former North Square Oyster space announced a change in concept that was inspired by sister spot, Tony & Elaine’s.

“When we opened our most recent restaurant, Tony & Elaine’s, we were inspired by working within the notion of what an Italian-American restaurant could be. We’ve been overwhelmed by the response and having a lot of fun with it. With North Square, we knew we weren’t maximizing the opportunity provided by being a restaurant in Boston’s Little Italy. Ciao Bella will be an elevated alternative to the old-school, casual vibe of Tony & Elaine’s and North Square Oyster Bar allows us to continue on with a great restaurant that we’re very proud of. It’s the best of both worlds,” said Nick Frattaroli in a press release.

In addition to Tony & Elaine’s, this team also runs the West End’s Bodega Canal and nearby Ward 8. Come see the new set-up any night of the week for dinner between 4:30pm and 10:00pm, or swing past for lunch on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays beginning at 11:30am. Peep the full menu below, and follow along on Instagram for tasty previews of the plates.


Classic Antipasto 21
Clams Casino littlenecks 16
Fried Calamari cherry peppers, marinara 16
Shrimp Scampi garlic, capers, lemon 14
Beef Carpaccio* arugula, capers, parmesan 18
Prosciutto Melone canteloupe 12
Mozzarella Carrozza mozzarella, white bread 13
Meatballs ricotta 10


Caprese burrata, heirlooms 14
House Salad greens, herbs, italian dressing 12
Rucula arugula, pine nuts, lemon 12
Caesar* romaine, anchovy, parmesan 14


Spaghetti alla Limone lemon, cream, parmesan 18
Pappardelle Bolognese veal, pork, beef, lamb, sage 22
Spaghetti Carbonara* guanciale, egg, parmesan 21
Fusili alla Vodka tomato, cream, vodka 18
Lobster Ravioli squid ink, Maine lobster 26
Vongole spaghetti, clams, garlic, white wine 26
Fra Diavolo squid ink spaghetti, variety of local seafood 38

choice of chicken or veal

Marsala mushrooms, marsala wine 24/27
Piccata lemon, capers 24/27
Milanese arugula, lemon, parmesan 23/26
Parmesan mozzarella, basil 24/27


Rib Eye 16oz bone-in, green tomato jam 38
Pork Chop vinegar peppers 34
Veal Chop peach preserves 42


Funghi blend of domestic & wild roasted mushrooms 8
Potatoes fingerlings, vinegar peppers 8
Rabe olive oil, chili flake, fried shallot 8
Pasta choice of spaghetti, fusilli, or pappardelle 8


Gelato rotating flavors 7
Tiramisu 9
Cannoli rotating flavors 6
NY Style Cheesecake 7

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