Adams Village Italian restaurant near approval

The Boston Licensing Board decides Thursday whether to grant a food-serving license to Jeffrey Cincotta, for an osteria for 789 Adams St. that will feature "Italian comfort food," including pizza from a wood-fired oven and fresh pasta and sauces.

Cincotta has proposed hours of 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. He's planning about 25 seats as well as take-out and delivery.

Asked to explain the "public need" for his restaurant, Cincotta said there are no other Italian restaurants nearby.

The mayor's office and several city councilors, including district Councilor Frank Baker, support the proposal.

Last month, Cincotta detailed more plans for the space, which he would rent from John and Peter Lydon, the father and son team who own the block in Adams Village.

Cincotta's initial license request did not include beer and wine. However, he would be eligible to apply for one of the neighborhood-specific licenses the state legislature authorized the city to give out in Dorchester and several other neighborhoods.

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