Frank DePasquale and Nick Varano to Open Fratelli at Encore Boston Harbor Resort and Casino

by Marc Hurwitz

Two big names within the local restaurant scene are teaming up to open a dining spot in the upcoming casino complex in Everett.

According to an article in The Boston Globe, Frank DePasquale and Nick Varano are planning to open Fratelli, an Italian restaurant that will be located off the main gambling floor of Encore Boston Harbor resort and casino (formerly Wynn Boston Harbor) along the Mystic River. The post says that the dining spot will have seating for 135 and will offer such items as pizza, calzones, house-made pasta dishes, grilled meats and seafood, panini, and burgers. This will be one of 13 restaurants to open at the complex, with another Italian restaurant with a Frank Sinatra theme to it coming as well. Encore Boston Harbor plans to open next June, so it is possible that Fratelli could debut around that time.

Frank DePasquale heads up DePasquale Ventures, which includes such spots as AquaPazza, Assaggio, Bricco, Mare Oyster Bar, Quattro, and Trattoria Il Panino; Nick Varano is behind the Varano Group, which operates such places as Strega North End, Strega Prime, Strega Waterfront, STRIP by Strega, NICO, and Caffe Strega.

The website for Encore Boston Harbor can be found at

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