by Marc Hurwitz
A long-awaited Italian restaurant has come to Somerville, and as mentioned earlier, the person behind a now-closed North End spot is behind this place.
According to a post from Eater Boston, La Cucina Italian Eatery is now open at Assembly Row, with Jeff Malloy of Carmen running the restaurant which is currently just open for dinner (but will add lunch service in the next couple of weeks or so). Eater mentions that the new eatery honors the automotive history of the Assembly Row area, with pictures of the Ford Edsel displayed along with a vintage Ford logo on the wall, while the space itself has high ceilings, exposed brick, a fireplace, and both a dining area and a bar area along with a semi-open kitchen and a pizza oven. The dinner menu at La Cucina includes such items as roasted marinated olives, sausage soup with kale and potatoes, an antipasto, arancini with braised boar, linguine with clams, lasagna with seafood, rigatoni bolognese, spice-crusted tuna, grilled swordfish, and rack of lamb, while drinks include a variety of wines and cocktails.
Carmen resided at North Square in the North End for more than 15 years until closing in the summer of 2016.
The address for La Cucina Italian Eatery is 400 Assembly Row, Somerville, MA, 02145. Its website can be found at https://lacucinaassemblyrow.com/
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