Papa Razzi to Undergo Changes

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Big changes are underway at Papa Razzi, the Boston restaurant chain, says Newport Restaurant Group, which bought the chain two years ago.  They are now reintroducing locations one-by-one as Papa Razzi Metro, so as to “appeal to a wider demographic than we have before.”

On the menu side, look for fresh bread and pasta made daily on location, Italian sodas and house made limoncello and a variety of Italian sodas and the addition of a cured meats including salumi and cheese bar. There’s a “wider, more ambitious use of ingredients” says Paul O’Reilly, company president.

For what O’Reilly said is “a more updated, modern feel but still very rooted in classic Italian design,” the company turned to Peter Niemitz, a Boston-based restaurant designer responsible for the look of a number of local restaurants as well as in New York and other cities.

“We wanted to give it a fresher, cooler look,” Niemitz said in an interview.

The Burlington location has undergone a complete renovation including an upstairs private dining room.  Watch for the transformation of your local Papa Razzi including Boston, Concord, Framingham and Wellesley.