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Italian rebellion at Ribelle

Photos by Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

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Ribelle is a new Brookline restaurant from chef Tim Maslow, best known for helping turn his father’s Watertown sandwich shop, Strip-T’s, into a dining destination. The name -- pronounced “ri-bell-ay” -- is Italian for “rebel.” Expect dishes such as rigatoni with octopus, fennel, and smoked tomato and scallops with eggplant, chocolate, and herbs, presented by a team with serious chops. Maslow was formerly a chef at Momofuku in New York, and the staff at Ribelle has collective experience at the likes of Oleana, Craigie on Main, New York’s Gramercy Tavern, and San Francisco’s Quince. Friends and strangers eat elbow to elbow at communal tables. Here are young and old, food bloggers and well-heeled locals, a man with a bun, a chef from another restaurant.

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