Paul Turano is known for his straightforward dishes at Tryst, his Arlington eatery. Now he’s taken that approach to the next level at his new restaurant in Newtonville. When his family was mulling over names for the new spot, his toddler daughter piped in: “Daddy, you cook, right?” Thus, when the place opens in late August, it’ll simply be known as Cook.
“I wanted it to be a neighborhood place, doing approachable food, where it just is what it is. I thought that name said it all. We’re just going to cook really good food,” Turano says. Tryst stands as a neighborhood staple in Arlington, and he’s hoping to make the same connection with the Newton crowd. But the Newton bistro won’t just be Tryst–Take-Two.
“It’s going to have a very, very unique look. It’s got a lot of steel, high ceilings, a wood-fired pizza oven that you can sit at,” he says. “We got all reclaimed wood for our bartops from the Waltham Watch Factory.”
Cook will offer dinner to start, but plans are in the works to expand to lunch and brunch. The menu is broken up into six categories: snacks, cold, hot, crispy, grilled and wood-fired. All the American bistro standards make an appearance—burgers, pasta, steak frites—but there’s a dash of difference in a few offerings such as the tuna pizzette ($16) and soppressata flatbread ($14).
After spending seven years at Tryst, Anne Moynihan will be one of two co-executive chefs at Cook. Co-chef Anthony Welch has spent time as sous chef at the Four Seasons. Turano plans to split his time evenly between his two restaurants, but the “approachable” theme will be consistent. He promises no menu items will cost more
“I want the restaurant to be a place I’d want to eat,” Turano says. “I live on the South Shore, and I’m always looking for a place to eat, just like what we’re going to do here.”
Cook | 825 Washington St., Newton | 617-964-2665 | cooknewton.com