It looks like the future of a longtime favorite for Italian food could be in question, as a developer is apparently considering replacing it with a residential development.
According to an article in the Medford Transcript, developer Rick Welch of Mesiti Group has submitted an application to the Historical Commission that would demolish a strip of businesses in South Medford that includes Bocelli's Ristorante and would replace it with a 12-unit apartment complex with retail space on the ground floor. The post says that the Historical Commission voted last month that the Main Street structure--which is nearly 100 years old--is historically significant and that a public hearing on the issue is expected to take place on August 20, with a vote favoring that the building should be preferably preserved potentially keeping it from being torn down for at least 18 months. Mesiti Group has not yet submitted a formal presentation on the proposal, and Bocelli's owner Nick Catricala indicates that there is no longer a deal between him and Rick Welch, saying that "The restaurant Bocelli's is going to stay here."
Bocelli's is an old-school Italian restaurant known in part for its cozy basement dining room, with the spot residing in the space where the iconic DePasquale's restaurant had once been; our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) has featured it as an under-the-radar spot, with the review being found at this link:
The address for Bocelli's is 374 Main Street, Medford, MA, 02155. Its website can be found at http://www.bocellisrestaurant.com/