Hot & Now

By Paul Giorgio

Open one, close one. We are told that Il Forno in Westboro will be closing its doors but opening at a new location in Ashland. The new location gives them more space and the ability to offer catering and function rooms, according to our sources. No word if another restaurant will be moving into the Westboro spot. Their closing will certainly help Ziti’s, which is just down Route 9.

New restaurant in Aglio’s. Word has it that a new restaurant will be moving into the space once occupied by Aglio’s on Route 12 in West Boylston. No word yet on a name or concept, but we will keep you posted. Look for a summer opening.

Another opening. We are told that a new restaurant will be opening on Hamilton Street in the space that was once home to the Hamilton Bistro and ~ briefly ~ to Alice’s Kitchen Rose-Ellen Padavano will be opening Rosalina’s Kitchen. The BYOB establishment will feature an eclectic Italian American menu with several chicken, fish and pasta offerings nightly. They plan on an April opening.

Café Manzi to open at night. Café Manzi, a breakfast and lunch spot located in what was once Scano’s bakery on Worcester’s Shrewsbury Street, will soon be open in the evening. Starting on May 1, Café Manzi owner Brian Manzi will be opening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and serving both Middle Eastern and American food. It will be BYOB.

First Brew Woo. The DCU Center in Worcester will host its first ever Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, April 23 from 3-9 pm. Over 30 craft brewers will participate with samplings and seminars. Tickets can be purchased at the DCU Center Box Office. Consolidated Beverages, distributors of Budweiser, is helping with the event.

The Italian Baker teaches you to cook. John Grosse, owner of Shrewsbury Street Bread and Pizza, has started to teach cooking classes on Tuesday nights at the Bakery. The next classes, which are limited to eight people, will be held on Tuesday, April 13th & 27th. You can learn everything from cheese making to creating dinner entrees. Call (508) 755-5310 for details.

Wine & Chocolate. The Bridge of Central Massachusetts will be hosting a wine and chocolate fundraiser on April 28th, starting at 6pm. The wine will be provided by State Liquors of Worcester. Tickets are priced at $45 per person. The event will be held at the Ecotarium on Worcester’s Harrington Way. Call 508-755-0333 ext. 245 for details.

More Shrewsbury Street news. Kenichi is the name of the new sushi restaurant that will be opening shortly in the space that once was home to Zipango. One of the owners was the former bartender at Ping’s Garden.

And speaking of Sushi. We noticed a new sign go up next to Smokestack Place on Harding Street in Worcester’s Canal District. The sign is for Sushi Rock, a Rock & Roll Bar. We are going to presume that it is a club that also features Sushi. We will keep you posted.