Aurum Restaurant Opens Saturday in Hyde Square

Aurum Restaurant will feature Syrian dough pockets, fresh juices and more.

Hyde Square's newest business, Aurum Restaurant, will hold a grand opening event at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 18. The new restaurant is located at 377a Centre Street, the former Kennedy’s Fried Chicken.

The restaurant was developed by Jamaica Plain residents Andrea Belanger and Matthew Virzi.

The pair have revitalized the space over the last five weeks, adding a reclaimed oak counter and local artist's work on the wall.

Some of the menu items are described below:

Aurum Restaurant’s cuisine was a concept dreamt from a memory the two shared of eating lebanese meat pies at bakeries throughout their childhood. Belanger grew up in Fall River and Virzi was born in Worcester. These Massachusetts natives couldn’t think of a better idea than adopting that memory evoking dough and adding fillings with fresh and wholesome ingredients. “The Della” for example, is a meal with carrot, zucchini, red onion and portobello topped with a balsamic reduction and served over a bed of quinoa. The dish is named for Della O’Connor, an 86 year old, JP­-famous, poetry reciting woman that used to frequent Virzi’s previous place of work. “The Lu”, a spinach, lemon and garlic pie is named for Virzi’s mother Lucille. Other items on the menu include fresh juices such as The Beetnik, a tasty drink packed with beet, apple, carrot, celery and spinach. Sides include kale chips, beet chips, batter dipped deep fried cauliflower and crispy cauliflower­ carrot fritters and there are plenty more unique and delicious options.

Carol Galvin January 17, 2014 at 08:06 PM
Sounds like a very good menu. To much chicken and pizza around. This restaurant will do well. Good luck.


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