BOSTON, MA (June 7, 2016) – Famed North End restaurateur and chef, Anthony Caturano (Prezza), will open the doors to his new Gloucester restaurant, Tonno, on June 17. Italian for “tuna,” Tonno will be housed in the former Blackburn Tavern space and will feature coastal Italian seafood and other treasures from land and sea. Seating 99 people, Tonno has partial ocean views and is open year-round.
After undergoing a full renovation this winter, the renewed 4,000 square foot space is outfitted with a dining room, a lounge with a cocktail bar and a private events room. The lounge area features communal high-top seating, as well as an expansive marble top bar with a mirrored back and dueling TVs. The lounge overlooks a cozy fireplace, with a prize tuna that hangs above. The dining room boasts traditional seating with windows looking out into the charming fishing community.
Chef Caturano’s culinary program at Tonno has been designed to showcase Italian seafood classics with nightly specials that reflect the catches of the day from the local waters. The menu starts with an array of sfizi and primi options ($2-16), including seafood standouts like Tonno Tartare, Octopus “La Plancha” with tomato and fregola, Stewed Clams with white beans, pancetta and grilled bread, and fresh raw bar specialties. There also are more traditional Italian offerings like a daily selection of cheeses and cured meats as well as Meatballs with ricotta, Risotto with red wine and fontina, and Arancini.
The quartet of homemade pastas come in half and full portions ($12-24), and have been adapted from Chef Caturano’s North End restaurant, Prezza: Shrimp Fra Diavolo with tagliatelle; Spaghetti with clams and oregano;Rigatoni with pecorino and black peppercorn; and, Cavatelli Bolognese.
The secondi courses present signature pesce and carne dishes ($25-38), with highlights like the Grilled Tonno Steak with white beans; Cod Oreganatta with creamy leeks and potato; “Cioppino” fish stew; Grilled 16oz Bone-In Rib Eye with braised escarole and roasted potato; and, Veal Milanese .
The beverage program consists of classic Italian and house-barreled cocktails as well as a selection of craft beers. From the vine, there will be a curated list of about 110 wines that are mainly focused on Italian varietals.
Tonno will open at Two Main Street in Gloucester on June 17. Tonno will be open for dinner service Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. For more information, please visit www.tonnorestaurant.com. Follow Tonno on Facebook and Pinterest.