Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Update: Central Is Opening in Former Appetito Space in Newton Centre

[Ed note: This article was updated on July 27 to reflect a name change for the upcoming place.]

A brand new restaurant is on its way to Newton, and it will be taking over the space where another dining spot had been for 20 years.

According to a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, a restaurant tentatively called "It" is opening in Newton Centre in the former Appetito space, with a check on the spot's website indicating that the full name is apparently "It-Newton." A Yelp page for the Beacon Street eatery indicates that it may be featuring Italian, Spanish, and Mediterranean fare.

Appetito, which shut down in early 2014, was an upscale Italian restaurant that offered such items as frutti di mare, bolognese, gnocchi, rack of lamb, and pork tenderloin.

The address for this new restaurant in Newton Centre is 761 Beacon Street, Newton, MA, 02459. Its website will be at

[July 27 update: According to a new note from the poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants group page, It-Newton is now called "Central," and the website above now redirects to (a menu on the window said it was hoping to open last Friday, but it does not appear to be open yet).]

[July 28 update: A source tells us that Central is now open.]

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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

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Blogger Rick Kovalcik said...

Just to be clear, summer hours are Tues to Sat 4 PM to 1 AM but the kitchen closes about 10 PM (at least Tue-Thu). They apparently did "soft" open on about 7/22. I went by last time on a Monday which is why they appeared closed. I had a late dinner there last night.

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