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DePasquale Ventures
Commitment to Excellence

Frank DePasquale Frank DePasquale

First and foremost I would like to thank everyone who has supported DePasquale Ventures over the past 30 years. It has always been a lifelong commitment of mine to create a company that was incomparable to anything else in Boston, and with the help of my family, friends and employees, I feel I have succeeded.

I created DePasquale Ventures Magazine to give readers insight as to why and how I began my adventure as a restaurateur and entrepreneur. Please enjoy as I take you along my personal journey, from my beginnings as a child growing up in Italy to where I am today. Your support all these years is immensely appreciated and I will do my best to continue giving Boston everything DePasquale Ventures has to offer.

Frank DePasquale dreamt about bringing his Italian culture to America ever since he was a young boy growing up in a small town under Mount Vesuvius near the Amalfi Coast. At four years old, DePasquale and his family traveled to Boston to start a new beginning doing what they knew best: promoting the Italian way of life. Things did not go as planned in America and shortly after their arrival DePasquale moved back to Italy with his family.

After a few years home, they decided to give it another go and once again made the journey across the Atlantic. This time, instead of bringing their Italian business of selling confetti to America, DePasquale's parents took jobs that were in demand at the time and were successful doing so. When DePasquale became of age, he took on three jobs of his own and attended Suffolk University in Boston. After college, DePasquale decided it was time to start doing what his family had always wished, to bring the Italian way of life to America. His first business venture was an Italian clothing and shoe store on Newbury Street. The store was a success, but DePasquale still longed to make his mark on Boston and it was then that he decided to shift his focus to the city's culinary scene.

DePasquale's first restaurant venture began in 1987 with a tiny neighborhood sandwich shop. With the help of his family, DePasquale ventured into the culinary world and opened his first establishment in the North End, a sandwich shop named Il Panino, meaning "the sandwich" in Italian. Patrons kept coming back for his signature Panino sandwich; a simple creation consisting of Parma prosciutto, imported Bufala Mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil. Il Panino became an instant success and DePasquale never looked back. To date, he has started over 32 different corporations up and down the east coast, all promoting the Italian lifestyle.

Soon after, he made the decision to turn the small lunch spot into a classic Italian trattoria -- Boston's first -- and it was there that he gave people a taste of his homeland on Italy's Amalfi Coast. Voted immediately as "Best of Boston" by all publications, this once 20-seat restaurant became the standard of what Italian cuisine should be in New England. The trattoria serves cuisine from Italy's Amalfi Coast and boasts a large selection of authentic specialty pastas and fresh shellfish. Trattoria Il Panino offers casual dining combined with a fine dining experience. The quaint first floor and new downstairs dining room are reminiscent of an authentic Italian coastal trattoria. The restaurant's outdoor garden patio is open year round to provide a serene setting for a romantic dinner and an alfresco dining experience.

Trattoria Il Panino is the only restaurant in Boston to boast a nearly all Italian wait staff. Their knowledgeable recommendations are helpful for first time diners who are unfamiliar with authentic Italian Mediterranean cuisine. Traditional favorites include the Mozzarella Caprese salad (made with fresh Bufala Mozzarella flown in weekly from Italy), Costada di Vitello Milanese, Gnocchi alla Sorrentina and Paccheri ai Frutti di Mare.

Il Panino's success has led the way for numerous offspring up and down the East Coast. Some of the finest chefs in the U.S. and Italy started out as apprentices at Il Panino, which led to successful careers around the country. A true gem in the North End, Il Panino is cherished as much by neighborhood locals as it is by the rest of the country.

DePasquale Ventures is:

Ristorante Bricco

Serving a modern interpretation of regional Italian dishes in Boston's historic North End, Bricco is a complete contemporary boutique Italian dining experience. Inspired dishes are complemented by their award-winning wine list, featuring a vast selection of European and California wines. A late-night menu is available from 11:30 pm, making Bricco a captivating evening destination. The swank enoteca serves enticing cocktails in an elegant ambiance and always with a warm welcome. Join us for extraordinary cuisine, a lively late-night scene, and experience a slice of Italy.

Bricco  •  241 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113  •  617-248-6800  •  gift cards

Bricco  •  241 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113
phone 617-248-6800

Mare Oyster Bar

Italian for 'sea', Mare showcases the natural flavor of fresh seafood. Enjoy crudo and seafood from the world-class raw bar, elegantly prepared to feature distinctive coastal flavors. Tucked away from busy Hanover Street, Mare is an urban oasis with skyline views of downtown Boston on the breathtaking terrace. Relax by the fire pits, or lounge in plush outdoor seating while dining al fresco. The stunning indoor dining area is a change of pace for the neighborhood, as grey and white marble walls give way to spectacular floor to ceiling windows. Come see for yourself, Mare is one of a kind.

Mare Oyster Bar  •  Mare Place  •  223 Hanover Street / 3 Mechanic Street  •  617-723-6273  •  gift cards

Mare Oyster Bar  •  Mare Place  •  223 Hanover Street / 3 Mechanic Street
phone 617-723-6273


Two friends, turned two brothers through the passion for food and the ultimate in hospitality. They met in Boston's North End as friends and their Italian roots brought them together as family. Both acclaimed Italian restaurateurs throughout Boston, now coming together to present Fratelli. A world class Italian restaurant and an unparalleled experience in the Encore Boston Harbor.

Due to Fratelli's location on the casino floor, patrons must be 21 years of age or older to dine with us.

Fratelli  •  Encore Boston, One Broadway, Everett, MA 02149  •  617-420-8833

Fratelli  •  One Broadway
phone 617-420-8833


Located on Boston's historic Freedom Trail, just steps from the Paul Revere House, AquaPazza is the newest Depasquale venture in the North End and serves contemporary Italian seafood, oysters, and crudo, along with an extensive list of fine wines and specialty cocktails.

AquaPazza  •  135 Richmond Street  •  857-350-3105  •  gift cards

AquaPazza  •  135 Richmond Street
phone 857-350-3105


Italian for four, Quattro features the best of DePasquale's restaurants all in one location. A contemporary grill, pizzeria and rosticceria, Quattro serves artisan pasta, handmade one block away at Bricco Salumeria and Pasta Shop, fresh-baked bread made across the street at Bricco Panetteria. Inspired pizzas are baked at 900 degrees in an authentic Marra Forni wood-burning oven, from Naples, Italy. The rotisserie turns out roast legs of lamb, ribs of beef, pork loins, and whole chickens. The menu also boasts grilled meats and the freshest seafood. Stop by our corner, where tradition meets the contemporary.

Quattro  •  264 Hanover Street at Parmenter Street, Boston, MA  •  617-720-0444  •  gift cards

264 Hanover Street at Parmenter Street, Boston, MA
phone 617-720-0444


Assaggio is the Italian word for 'taste', and this newly-opened Prince Street restaurant brings the cuisine of Positano and Italy's Amalfi Coast to Boston's North End, with takes on both traditional and modern dishes. It's a new concept in North End dining that everyone will love.

Assaggio  •  29 Prince Street, Boston, MA  •  671-227-7380  •  gift cards

29 Prince Street, Boston, MA
phone 671-227-7380

Trattoria il Panino

Boston's first authentic trattoria, the newly-expanded Trattoria Il Panino sets the standard in Italian cuisine in New England, where Frank DePasquale shares a taste of his homeland on Italy's Amalfi Coast. Featuring handmade pastas and fresh shellfish, casual dining is melded with a fine dining experience. The first floor and new downstairs dining room are reminiscent of Italian coastal trattorias for the ambience and the authentic cuisine. The heated outdoor garden patio is open year round, the perfect setting for al fresco dining.

Trattoria il Panino  •  11 Parmenter St / 280 Hanover St, Boston, MA  •  617-720-1336  •  gift cards

Trattoria il Panino
11 Parmenter St / 280 Hanover St, Boston, MA  •  Phone 617-720-1336

Bricco Suites

An exquisite new concept in hospitality, Bricco Suites is an extended stay residence offering all the comforts of home in 25 luxurious suites. With all new features, top-notch amenities, and a warm, dedicated staff, we have created a new level of hospitality. Located in the heart of Boston's historic North End, Bricco Suites sits along the Freedom Trial, steps from Downtown Boston, the financial district, the theater district, Back Bay shopping, Boston Harbor, Boston Common, the New England Aquarium, and TD Garden. Stay close to Boston attractions while experiencing luxury accommodations like never before.

Bricco Suites  •  241 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113  •  617-459-1293

Bricco Suites  •  241 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113
phone 617-459-1293

Bricco Salumeria +
Pasta Shop

A tribute to the Sundays of Frank DePasquale's youth, Bricco Salumeria and Pasta Shop hand makes pasta, just like his mother did in Italy. The Salumeria also carries the best imported Italian meats and cheeses, olive oils, vinegars and tomatoes. Everything you need for a homemade meal is at your fingertips here, available both for wholesale and retail.

Bricco Salumeria + Pasta Shop
11 Board Alley (behind 241 Hanover Street), Boston, MA 02113  •  617-248-9629

Bricco Salumeria + Pasta Shop
11 Board Alley (behind 241 Hanover Street), Boston, MA 02113
phone 617-248-9629

Bricco Panetteria

A full-service bread bakery, Bricco Panetteria bakes fresh artisan bread daily. Everything is done by hand, with love and passion. The Panetteria provides all of the bread for DePasquale Ventures restaurants as well as retail to the public. You can take an authentic taste of the North End home with you. Stop by our neighborhood Panetteria to add a true oven-baked experience to your table.

Bricco  •  241 Hanover Street (rear), Boston, MA 02113  •  617-248-9859

Bricco  •  241 Hanover Street (rear), Boston, MA 02113

SCENE Magazine

SCENE Magazine married evocative prose with stunning photography to, in equal parts, inform and indulge readers. Published six times a year, SCENE ensures that readers are kept up to date about Boston's trendiest restaurants and hottest styles. Featuring the best in food, wine, fashion and culture, plus coverage of important current events around the city, SCENE Magazine is the comprehensive Bostonian lifestyle publicaton for residents and visitors alike.

Scene Magazine  •  2256 Hanover St, Ste #7, Boston, MA 02113  •  617-570-9199

Scene Magazine  •  2256 Hanover St, Ste #7, Boston, MA 02113
phone 617-570-9199