Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Il Casale Is Opening in Former Nourish Space in Lexington

An upscale Italian restaurant in Belmont is going to be expanding, with a second location slated to come to a neighboring town.

The Lexington Patch is reporting that the folks behind Il Casale on Chandler Street are planning to open another spot in the location on Mass. Ave. in Lexington Center where Nourish has been since the summer of 2009. According to the article, the Lexington Board of Selectmen have already approved the transfer of a liquor license from Nourish to Il Casale, and that the new location of the eatery could be opening in the spring of 2014. Based on the menu at the original restaurant in Belmont, expect to see traditional Italian dishes made using fresh ingredients.

[December 5 update: A bit more info on the upcoming spot--a note from the restaurant indicates that the new Il Casale in Lexington will indeed be a second location (not a move) and that it will be more of an osteria-style place. [A post from The Restaurant Hub blog of The Boston Globe actually says that the new spot may be called "Il Casale Osteria," and it will have a similar menu to the original restaurant in Belmont.)]

[February 18, 2014 update: A new article from The Restaurant Hub blog indicates that the new restaurant in Lexington will apparently be called "Il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar," and that it will focus on cuisine from Campana, with a leaning toward Neapolitan food.]

[May 27, 2014 update: Food writer MC Slim JB mentions that the new Il Casale in Lexington has opened.]

The address for the new location of Il Casale is 1727 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA, 02420. The website for the original location in Belmont can be found at

Thanks to a poster on Chowhound for bringing this to our attention.

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