11/15/2012 10:40:00 AM

Aquitaine Group to Open Cinquecento After Thanksgiving

An Italian trattoria, coming soon to the South End
The Aquitaine Group (Aquitaine, Gaslight Brasserie du Coin, Metropolis CafĂ© and Union Bar and Grille) announced it will open Cinquecento, a Roman Trattoria in Boston’s South End shortly after Thanksgiving.

The Italian restaurant is going into the space formerly occupied by Rocca.

“We envisioned a comfortable, inviting restaurant reminiscent of neighborhood trattorias found in Rome,” said Seth Woods, The Aquitaine Group’s founding chef and partner, in a statement. “The menu will be steeped in the Roman roots of simplicity, custom and comfort.” The chef de cuisine is Justin Winters (most recently of Sorellina).

Dishes like ricotta fresca (warm ricotta, olive oil, grilled bread) and gnocchi al sulgo di cinghiale, (wild boar with golden raisins, pinoli and Pecorino) will be on the menu divided into seven sections. Wine, beer and Roman-inspired cocktails are also part of the mix.

The two-level restaurant includes a 126-seat main dining room, a serpentine-shaped onyx bar with 22 seats; private dining room and a 60-seat patio. Ample parking is part of the allure. Cinquecento will be open seven days for dinner and Saturday and Sunday brunch.

500 Harrison Avenue


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