Restaurant and bar Ward 8 offers warm comfort on the edge of the North End

Clockwise from above: steak tacos, maple-chili duck wings, and the signature cocktail, The Ward 8.
Clockwise from above: steak tacos, maple-chili duck wings, and the signature cocktail, The Ward 8.photos by Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

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WARD 8

It’s another snowy night in the middle of a cold spell that has made most sane humans reluctant to leave their homes. But in a brick-lined space where the North End and West End meet, a crowd has gathered. Ward 8 creates its own microclimate. The new restaurant is owner Nick Frattaroli’s first, but he grew up in the business. His family runs Lucia, Filippo, and Ducali in the North End. He clearly knew what the neighborhood was missing. Ward 8 doesn’t serve Italian food. It’s the kind of place one might find anywhere in the city, offering bistro-inspired food, craft cocktails, and modern-industrial decor -- only in a part of the city one doesn’t generally find that kind of place.

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