Ristorante Damiano Offers a Welcome Break in Time for the Holiday Season

    Damien DiPaola brings an Italian tradition of the Merenda Happy    Hour to Boston’s North End just in time for the holiday season!


The North End’s Ristorante Damiano is showing its festive customer appreciation with a new Merenda Happy Hour – a daily, impromptu afternoon cocktail party open to the public, serving complimentary, light snacks as guests select wine and cocktails from the mindfully designed beverage list. Opening its doors an hour earlier than normal business hours, this new Merenda Happy Hour is meant as a pre-dinner taste to stimulate the appetite.

Just in time for the holidays, this is the perfect alternative for an otherwise pricey holiday party. Chef/Owner Damien DiPaola aims to make his space an approachable choice for small businesses, allowing them a more economical way to celebrate the season. He also recognizes the opening of many new and bustling boutiques, galleries and design studios in Boston’s North End, and hopes to provide guests with a warm and inviting place to unwind while shopping – or simply while passing through the neighborhood – and give them a chance to enjoy the magic of Italy’s aperitivi tradition. Also perfect for those on the way home from work or on the way to another meeting or function, these two hours will be the perfect break for just about anyone.

Ristorante Damiano invites guests to choose an aperitivi as they enjoy merende from a cocktail party-style buffet. Offerings will vary nightly, and may include:

  • Calamari Cannelli Bean Stew
  • Stuffed Sicilian Mussels
  • Baccala Cakes with Olives and Truffle Honey
  • Arancini
  • Sicilian marinated olives
  • Carpaccio crostini
  • Mozzarella in Carozza
  • Mini Spinach Calzone
  • Golden Potato Frittata
  • Wild Mushroom Crostini
  • Caprese and Sicilian Tuna Sliders
  • Mimmos Meatballs
  • Pasta Fazool
  • Octopus Stew
  • Chick pea stew
  • Imported cheese table
  • Giardiniera
  • Fried fish with agrodolce sauce


Begins Tuesday, December 6 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. daily

(Ristorante Damiano is closed every Monday)


Ristorante Damiano
307 Hanover Street
Boston, MA, 02213


Must purchase an alcoholic beverage to enjoy complimentary snacks. Merenda Hour can be rented out for private event. For more information, please call Ristorante Damiano at 617-742-0020 or visit www.ristorantedamiano.com.