History Behind The Name


After 30 years in business, Pellino’s has closed its doors! The story continues at our sister restaurant, Casarecce, location at 285 Hanover Street in Boston’s North End!

The chef/owner, Francesco Pellino, was born in Naples, Italy, and at the young age of 9 emigrated to the United States.  At the age of 15, he took a position as a dishwasher and within 6 months was promoted to assistant night chef at a prestigious establishment in the late 1970’s known as Stella’s of Boston.   Throughout his school years, he worked 30-40 hours per week in the restaurant business while financing his college education.  Upon graduating college with an Accounting degree from Northeastern University with honors, Francesco Pellino realized that the restaurant industry, and not Accounting, was his true passion and calling.

In 1992, he opened his own establishment in Marblehead, known as Pellino’s Fine Italian Dining.  In March of 2012, after 20 years of business in Marblehead, Pellino’s moved to the Boston’s historic North End.  The food is regional, rustic Italian, with heavier accents towards Northern Italian with a Provencal style.

All of Pellino’s pasta and bread are made fresh on premise each day.

Pellino’s is committed to operating environmentally responsible.  We no longer use Styrofoam takeout containers or plastic bags.  Our takeout containers are made from 100 percent recycled material.