Pasta Beach, an Italian restaurant that opened on the Boston waterfront (30 Rowes Wharf) in 2010, has closed since the September 2019 fire that reportedly started in the building’s sewers and caused approximately $350,000 in damage. After nearly three years, it’s finally reopened – June 25 – and a strikingly tropical remodel, per the teaser photos the restaurant shared on social media.
“When I return to Italy, each time over the past three decades I find something new ‘in the old’; two time periods, new and old, come together in a perfect whole,” wrote co-owner Susie Ropollo. “That’s the best way I can describe the charm of the new Pasta Beach in Rose Wharf.”
Susie and her husband, Gianni Ropolo, lie behind Basta Beach, which is also on an older site in Newport, Rhode Island, and a newer site in Providence, Rhode Island; Susie is a native of Rhode Island, while Gianni hails from Turin, Italy, where he is said to have worked as an oral surgeon. Business is truly a family affair: their son Tyler Ropolo made the lighting fixtures for the renovated Boston restaurant in collaboration with artisans from Turin.
Susie Ropollo said in a 2017 interview with the Boston Voyager website that the restaurant was inspired by “the endless dish of spaghetti pomodoro that you find in every corner of Italy.” night.
Pasta Beach – the motto “Life is a Beach” – offers a menu that travels around many Italian regions, particularly in the north of the country, with dishes such as cicchetti, small bites notably served in Venice; Entrees such as Piedmont-style braised beef and Chicken Milano; classic bolognese tagliatelle and lasagna; and more.
There’s pizza, too, which has been a bit of an under-the-radar hit for Boston’s patrons and restaurant industry folks. In a 2014 interview with Eater Boston, chef Dante, Il Casale, and co-owner Dante de Magistris shouted Pasta Beach as his favorite local pizza, and recommended ordering it well (a good pizza move in general). “Most people here consider it burnt,” he said at the time. “However, I consider it perfect and how I remember eating it a million times in Naples.” He noted that Pasta Beach uses an “accurate recipe for Neapolitan pizza dough,” resulting in a crust that is “thin, light, pressed and slightly crunchy” and an overall “delicious and satisfying” pizza that leaves room for beer and more food.
In an interview with the same piece, North End restaurateur Frank DePasquale praised the Pasta Beach pizza. “It’s delicious with simple flavours, and it still fits the definition of pizza,” he said at the time.
The renovated site will also feature Pizza Pinsa, a Roman-style pizza with an airy crust made from a blend of four flours.
Keep an eye on Pasta Beach’s social media for more updates ahead of this weekend’s reopening.
Starting June 25, Boston’s Pasta Beach location — better known as Pasta Beach Rowes Wharf or Pasta Beach RW — will be open Wednesday through Sunday, starting at 4:30 p.m. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.
Update June 22, 2:25 p.m.: This article has been updated to include additional details about the reopening of Pasta Beach, including notes on a pina and an additional photo.