But we are getting Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar, a new Greek situation from Michael Schlow where you’ll dabble in whole fish and contemplate some giant pieces of modern art, expected to open Tuesday in Back Bay. (This is a slideshow.)
For a long time, this was Via Matta. Thirteen years long. But now that era of white tablecloths and pasta is a distant memory.
In its place: a wide-open space with wood floors and gray walls that could easily be mistaken for a random art gallery. Because it’s covered in original work by Schlow’s wife, Adrienne—from a 60-foot-long mural made of Pollock-esque drippings to a giant blue circle that says “Do Not Disturb My Circles.”
After not disturbing Adrienne’s circles, head to the wraparound zinc bar and acquaint yourself with some Greek wines before your date shows up. Just keep an eye on the raw bar. You’ll need those oysters and that Greek ceviche later.
In this case, later happens in a corner banquette. There will be whole fish. There will be roasted eggplant. There will be house-baked flatbreads and fava bean hummus.
Ah, there’s the hummus.