Fine Italian Restaurant Planned for Moody Street

Published by Chris Wangler - August 3, 2020.

Acclaimed restaurateur Dante Bellucci plans to open a new Italian restaurant called Vinotta in the former Red Bird space.

“Very simple food made with beautiful organic ingredients,” Chef Bellucci said Monday.

Produce will be sourced locally. Wild-caught seafood will come from Gloucester, and Dante plans an oyster bar on the weekends.

The city’s license commission recently approved the transfer of Red Bird’s seven-day all-alcohol license to Dante’s company for use at Vinotta Restaurant at 361 Moody Street.

He hopes to open the new place this fall.

Dante is the co-owner and executive chef at the award-winning Tartufo Restaurant in Newton Center, serving authentic Abruzzese seafood and homemade pasta.

A native of Pescara on Italy’s Adriatic coast, he has 34 years experience in the restaurant industry worldwide, including 20 in America. He cut his teeth stateside at Marino in Cambridge.

Vinotta will look similar to Red Bird. Dante’s Waltham attorney Mike Connors told the license commission that “The changes are cosmetic in nature.”

Commission chair Wayne Brasco, aware of Dante’s culinary reputation, said, “This is going to be quite a restaurant.”

In September 2019, Red Bird owner and chef Dan Stokes closed his restaurant after roughly five years. It occupied the former Tuscan Grill space.

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