New Wenham Pizza Shop and Beverly Restaurant Week Top Local Food Headlines

A look at restaurant news from Hamilton and Wenham plus neighboring communities and the North Shore in recent weeks.

Restaurant comings and goings, new businesses and the best dishes and recipes are among the items that have appeared on Patch sites here on the North Shore over the past month.

Below is a look at the restaurant and food stories that were recently covered on area Patch sites. Read through our round-up for the latest food news.


New Pizza Shop to Open in Downtown Wenham

Mangia Neapolitan Pizza plans to open in a previously vacant retail space along Main Street in Wenham.

Mangia licensee Derek Langone said the company takes a "measured approach" to choosing new locations said he feels Wenham will appreciate the company's focus on quality. Mangia has seven existing locations, including two in Boston plus Brookline, Cohasset, Hopkinton, Norton and Sharon.

Langone is the licensee of the Wenham location - and possibly some other future locations. Steve Fenerjian is the CEO of the Mangia Restaurant Group.

"We chose Wenham because it's a charming small town; Additionally our research indicated that there is a shortage of high quality food options available," Langone said. "We also heard from many local residents that they would appreciate a catering option for birthday parties and other special events."

Langone said Mangia plans to open in "mid-autumn." A more specific opening date has not yet been announced. Langone said Wenham town officials have been helpful outlining the process that Mangia needs to follow to get all the necessary approvals.


Finish Line in Sight for Tea House Liquor License

The Wenham Tea House moved oh-so-close to getting a liquor license on Tuesday night after getting an OK from the Wenham Board of Selectmen.

Nobody spoke about the license application in front of the Board of Selectmen during a public hearing at Wenham Town Hall. The entire hearing lasted less than 10 minutes.

The previous operator of the Wenham Tea House chose not to renew the lease and left last December. When Henry’s of North Beverly and its owner, John Koehane of Danvers, decided it wanted to take over the Tea House operations he said he also wanted to have a pouring license. The Tea House previously had a so-called “package store license” that allowed bottled wine to be sold.

The process of getting a pouring license for the Tea House has, so far, been a seven-month long process. Voters first approved sending the measure to Beacon Hill as a Home Rule Petition in a Special Town Meeting vote in February. It was passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Deval Patrick in June.


Restaurant Week Kicks off Sunday

Beverly Restaurant Week kicks off on Sunday, and several restaurants have already debuted their special menus to the public. 

Click through this PDF gallery to to view each restaurant's menu. We'll add menus as they're announced. 

Co-sponsored by the Beverly Chamber of Commerce and Beverly Main Streets, Restaurant Week will take place from Oct. 7 through 11 and again from Oct. 14 through 18.


Seasonal Flavors Spice Up Marino’s Cafe Menu

With the start of the new season, Marino's Cafe is bringing a fresh menu to the table.

Endicott College alum Torie Fansworth said she and co-owner, Beverly native Anthony Marino, chose to revamp the menu by chiseling it down and "sticking true to our convictions." Those convictions include signature seasonal items that will change throughout the year. 

Since the cafe sees many regulars, Fansworth said it's important to keep things fresh.

Before the changes, Fansworth said there were so many different menu options, and because everything is made-to-order, the wait time for customers was too long. 

"It's not overwhelming anymore," she said. 

Autumn specials right now include soups like french onion and potato and leek, and at the bar drinks like spiced sangria, apple cider bellini and spiced pumpkin ale. 

For the breakfast crowd, cafe beverages include a pumpkin, apple pie, or banana bread latte, Vermont maple cappuccinos, and a pumpkin pie smoothie.


Londi's Famous Roast Beef, Pizza and More specializes in roast beef, salads and calzones. But their extensive menu has many more choices, from subs and triple decker club sandwiches to specialty pizzas that owner Ted Londi has learned to guage what's popular according the season.

"Right now, we are selling a lot of roast beef and club sandwiches," he said. "But in the winter it's all steaks and dinners. But pizza is all the time, starting on Thursday through Sunday - it's all about pizza."

At 116 Water St. in the Danversport, Londi's was one of the first businesses to open after the infamous Thanksgiving Day Blast shook the neighborhood back in 2005.

This upscale takeout restaurant was designed with an open concept and plenty of seating. With an open kitchen in full view, Londi's customers are treated to an immaculately maintained dining room, family friendly atmosphere, efficient staff and great food to boot.


Su-Chang’s Adds Live Jazz to the Menu

Su-Chang's Restaurant is livening things up for its customers. The popular Lowell Street Chinese eatery received approval from the City Council last week for live entertainment on certain days, specifically up to a four-piece band.

An application from longtime owner Suzanne Waite said the intent was to bring in a jazz trio three nights a week. Televisions will also be added now and the band will take up space near the bar.

"I came before the council 20 years ago for a permit to build Su-Changs. It’s been very successful and now we want to add live music," Waite told councilors.

Her application asked for hours 6-10 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, but City Clerk Tim Spanos pointed out in the hearing that requests for live entertainment on Sundays needs to go through the mayor's office not the council.

Councilors then unanimously approved the license for just the two days. Waite did not say then if she would seek the Sunday license after all.


Now Open: The Village Tavern 

The wait is over — the Village Tavern Grill & Oyster Bar is open in Salem.

Salem's newest eatery, which is located in the former Lakay Island space, opened on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Parking will be validated for guests in the Museum Place Parking Garage for up to one hour beginning on Nov. 1, the business announced.

In August, Salem Patch featured the Village Tavern. Check out the story here.


Now Open: Terry’s Ice Cream

Terry's Ice Cream Shop reopened in their new space on Atlantic Avenue Saturday.

It's been more than a year since Terry's owner Carlos Rocha had to close his doors after an electrical fire left his former location on School Street with extensive water and smoke damage.

Earlier this month, Rocha was awarded a common victualler's license by the Board of Selectmen and was also granted permission to open early to serve coffee, bagels and donuts.

And while he said his primary focus will be on serving up ice cream for the time being - Rocha said he asked for permission to open at 7 a.m. so he would have the option of serving breakfast.

The new 1,300-square-foot space, located at 22 Atlantic Ave., is two times larger than his former business and is adjacent to Sweeney's Retreat, Shubie's Marketplace and Nuggets.


Warwick Place Will Have Outdoor Dining 

A request for an outdoor dining area adjacent to the high-end restaurant expected to open on the first floor of Warwick Place sometime next year was unanimously approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday night.

The meeting drew a crowd of town residents to the Selectmen's Meeting Room of Abbot Hall, many of whom spoke in favor of the outdoor seating area, which will be located in the building's rear courtyard.

Local attorney Paul Lynch presented board members with an updated plan calling for a 32-seat outdoor dining area. His request for a 40-seat dining area was shot down at a meeting in July when abutting neighbors and the owners of nearby businesses said they feared it would mean loud nights and limited parking.

Warwick Place is expected to open in early 2013 and will likely be home to a combination movie theater and restaurant, mini-theater for business conferences, a cafe selling breakfast and dessert, a retail establishment and small offices.


Casa Corona Hoping for BYOB

Unable to secure a liquor license of their own, the owners of the recently-opened Casa Corona Restaurant are now looking for permission to have their customers bring alcohol in with them.

A formal request for BYOB designation was read aloud at Wednesday night's meeting of the Board of Selectmen and members opted to refer the request to Marblehead's Town Counsel.

"We refer to town counsel, for further review of the appropriate procedures and guidelines for BYOB," Chairwoman Jackie Belf-Becker said.

The restaurant opened last month in the space next to Evan's New York Style Deli, which was formerly occupied by Trattoria Sablone.


J.P. Licks Ice Cream Coming To Lynnfield

JP Licks, a chain of ice cream shops headquartered in Jamaica Plain, will open three new locations in 2013, including one in Lynnfield.

This week, Rockland Trust announced $4.5 million in refinancing to help the company expand. According to the announcement, JP Licks was established in 1981 and currently has 11 locations.

The Lynnfield location is expected to open up in MarketStreet at Lynnfield when the development is complete in 2013. It will join other major announced tenants such as Whole Foods, Davio's, and Legal C Bar. The ice cream chain's other locations will be at Assembly Road in Somerville and 1106 Boylston St. in Back Bay.


North Andover had a food-filled September. First, local businesses gathered for the North Andover Fall Festival. Stachey’s was there raising money for the Santa Parade.

“You meet a lot of new people, new faces, and become friends with everyone,” Dave Holland of Stachey’s said of NAMA. “People want to come in and support the business just like you want to go and support what they do.”

Then,  which was a huge success. Dozens of restaurants in town offered great deals for customers as well as special menu items.

“I’ve been seeing a lot of new people coming in, a lot of new faces,” said Michael Saal, a manager at The Loft. “I’ve gotten good feedback on it, so I’d call that a success. The North Andover Merchants Association does a lot to help out local restaurants which Saal and his staff are thankful for.”

And Smolak Farms is so into the autumn food season, they even added a pumpkin tree.


Andover was given a couple treats in recent weeks.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt gave out free samples to many customers and encouraged customers to donate to Boston Children’s Hospital.

And Pizza Connection will be opening soon.

According to health director Tom Carbone, the owners have already gotten all construction permits from the town and are now working on preparing the interior of the store.

Carbone said as soon as they are finished with the inside construction, they plan to open.

"Hopefully, they’ll be open be soon," said Carbone.


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