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Sportello becoming a wine bar; Brio Tuscan Grille comes to Chestnut Hill; new pizza on Newbury


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Reps for Chef Barbara Lynch tell us that she’ll transform her Fort Point restaurant Sportello (348 Congress St., Boston) from an Italian diner and bakery into a wine bar in honor of its fifth anniversary. Expect “trattoria-inspired Italian dishes alongside a supremely approachable artisanal wine list,” we’re told. Lynch says that Fort Point has “come alive” since Sportello opened and that the neighborhood now has plenty of prime options for coffee, bakery items, and sandwiches. Sportello will focus on fresh pastas, polenta, soups, and Italian wines from small vintners. The changes will happen during Thanksgiving week.

Love that dirty . . . pizza? Chowhound reports that Dirty Water Dough Company has replaced the Proper Slice at 222 Newbury St. (between Exeter and Fairfield) in Back Bay.

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