The original Wellington railroad station, built in 1840, was the catalyst for what would become Belmont center. Prior to that, The Wellington Homestead and Tavern served as a popular stopping place for travelers between Boston and Concord. Today, we are re-establishing this neighborhood eatery as a warm community gathering place for all.
The Wellington is an everyday neighborhood eatery offering up an eclectic American cuisine, craft cocktails, and an extensive selection of local and imported beers and wines. We have an array of different dining spaces from a large bar to comfortable deep booths great for families and friends, and a large private dining space. We have TVs and will always be playing the game. But you may find yourself more interested in the familiar faces and lovely staff. We look forward to seeing you!
It all starts with family...
Dante, Damian, and Filippo deMagistris, three brothers, grew up atop their father’s hair salon across the street from The Wellington. They established The Wellington with the goal of providing a warm inviting space that feels like a homecoming for everyone, whether you drove in from Boston or Concord or from around the corner.
The deMagistris brothers began their restaurant ventures together in 2006 with Restaurant Dante, in the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge Massachusetts to critical acclaim from Food & Wine and O Magazine, as well as being named one of Bon Appetit Magazine’s “Hot 10 Restaurants” of 2006, Boston Globe Magazine’s “Best of the New” for 2007 and winning Boston Magazine’s coveted “Best of Boston” award for Best Italian Restaurant in 2008.
In April 2009, the deMagistris brothers opened il Casale, a traditional Italian experience, in their hometown of Belmont in a historic firehouse built in 1899.
At il Casale, Chef Dante deMagistris infuses the inspiration of his grandmother’s food and the techniques he learned in his years under the auspices of Michelen Star Chef Don Alfonso in Sant’ Agata sui Due Golfi atop the Sorrentine peninsula. The menu at il Casale is equal parts traditional Italian cuisine and exclusive family classics.
il Casale earned the attention and praise of national and local culinary critics, including being named in Esquire Magazine list of “15 Places Not to Miss”, and earning a three and a half out of four stars from the Boston Globe’s Devra First, an A- from the Boston Herald’s Mat Schaffer, and three Best of Boston awards from Boston Magazine.
il Casale was such a success, the deMagistris brothers opened a second one in Lexington Center in 2014, bringing the same traditional Italian vibe. Just like the Belmont location, il Casale Lexington has become a fixture in town, giving diners further out from the city a warm Italian home they can call their own.
Dante deMagistris - Chef, Co-owner
Damian deMagistris - Director of Operations, Co-owner
Filippo deMagistris - Director of Operations, Co-owner