The restaurant’s interior featuring the hand-painted mural by Sue McNally
Whether you’re meeting friends or enjoying alone time, there will always be friendly faces to greet you at Brookline’s newest Italian eatery, Bar ‘Cino. The latest concept, and first Boston location for the Newport Restaurant Group, is named for the word vicino meaning “neighbor.” The Rhode Island company set out to create a space meant for enjoying not only delicious food, but community.
They tapped Newport-based artist Sue McNally to design a mural to span the back wall. She painted faces that represent the actions and emotions of a busy restaurant, with just a touch of humor. “I’m interested in watching how people move through space and react to one another,” McNally says. “For this mural, I considered physical movement through a fast-paced environment, facial expressions and conversation.”
A Chinato Sour
The only challenge to eating here will be trying to get a word in edgewise between bites of the cacio y pepe made with the Ocean State’s clams, and the signature grilled pizza that’s cut tableside with scissors. 1032 Beacon St., Brookline, 617.608.3220
Bruschetta with cherry tomatoes
Photography by: Courtesy of Bar 'Cino