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Northshore November 2019

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NORTHSHOREMAG.COM 66 NOVEMBER 2019 I N - D E P T H PHOTOGRAPHS BY JARED CHARNEY A restaurant's livelihood depends upon attracting diners night after night, year after year. Thus, many have created clever enticements beyond welcoming settings, su- perb food, and standout service. For example, several North Shore eateries have developed private wine labels. Working with domestic or international wineries, they're offering something their competition can't—specially crafted wines only available on their premises. North Shore restaurants offer signature wines. BY VICTORIA ABBOTT RICCARDI PRIVATE LABEL "It's like hiding Easter eggs of our family and culture on the wine list," says Philip Frattaroli, managing partner at Filmark Hospitality Group, which oversees his family's five restaurants, including Ristorante Lucia in the North End and Winchester. "We were probably one of the first in Boston to do a private wine label, because when my father, who came from Abruzzo, founded Ristorante Lucia in 1977 in the North End, he couldn't find the region's typical wine, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. So, he found a local vineyard near his hometown that was growing grapes on land his family formerly owned and got them to make Frattaroli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo to pair with the Abruzzo cuisine." Made from the Montepulciano grape, the rustic red sports the family's crest on its label, and with its signature oregano, pepper, sour cherry, and tobacco notes pairs beautifully, says Frattaroli, with the restaurant's guitar string–shaped pasta with sausage and truffle cream. The family also makes a fish-friendly white, Frattaroli Pecorino, since Abruzzo not only hugs the lush Apennine Mountains but also runs along the Adriatic coast. And it makes Collevento San Marco Prosecco and a dry rosé called Collevento Azalea, thanks to a small producer in Friuli. The family's fifth label, Trambusti Chianti Classico DOGG, is a rich, Sangiovese-based red with an image of Ristorante Lucia in the North End on the label and was developed in conjunction with Lucia wines include Frattaroli Pecorino, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, and San Marco.

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