Boston, MA - Long-anticipated Italian restaurant set to open on Friday, July 20

The Back Bay has never been at a loss for Italian cuisine, and yet significant anticipation surrounded Josephine Megwa's latest creation, Orá Trattorizza, this last Friday, July 20th. Perhaps that's because Megwa is already the owner of the popular Piattini Wine Cafe on Newbury St.

With a menu that reflects Megwa’s decades-long experience as a Back Bay restaurateur, Orá promises to blend traditional Italian favorites with re-imagined, contemporary variations; all anchored by its highlight—traditional Neapolitan pizza baked in less than two minutes in a custom brick Marna Forni oven imported from Italy, alongside homemade pastas and antipast crafted from seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.

Megwa, who partnered with the next door Charlesmark Hotel in opening Orá, explained her philosophy behind the restaurant. “Orá means ‘now’ and it comes from the feeling that life is racing by. I see people on their cellphones while they’re having dinner, and they’re missing that eye contact and that conversation, which is why people go out. So I say, ‘Orá.’ Live now, eat now, be present now.”

The restaurant, which was first announced as far back as January of 2017, boasts of a sophisticated, European style decor offset by white brick walls and glowing, spherical lanterns; capable of seating 78 people in its dining room, with an additional 60 on its adjacent patio and a private 30 seat lounge.

“We wanted to evoke warmth,” Megwa explained. “We want you to feel like you’re not on Boylston Street, but like maybe you’re in Italy or Europe instead.”

The preliminary menu, which boasts of items such as butternut squash ravioli to a veal demi-glace, will also extend to wine offerings created especially for Orá by a friend of Megwa’s distilled from the fruits of his family vineyard in Montespertoli, Tuscany. The restaurant also plans on offering regular wine tasting events and classes.

“My whole hope with this restaurant is for people to live in the moment,” said Megwa. “I want people to learn how to slow down a little bit and enjoy the moment and enjoy the food.”

*Orá Trattorizza is located at 653 Boylston St in Boston, next to the Charlesmark Hotel. Hours are expected to be daily from 4-10 p.m. For more information, visit