Karen Akunowicz’s Fox & the Knife is now open in South Boston

The chef debuted her first restaurant over the weekend.

Chef Akunowicz's highly-anticipated first restaurant is now open. Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

After months of anticipation, James Beard Award winner and “Top Chef” alum Karen Akunowicz quietly debuted her first restaurant, Fox & the Knife, with a soft open on Saturday. After closing on Sunday to regroup, the restaurant officially opened for aperitivo and dinner on Monday night.

The former Myers & Chang chef has created a cozy Italian enoteca in Southie, with dishes that were inspired, in part, by her time spent in Modena, Italy, where she developed her pasta-making skills. Located in the former Maiden space across from the Broadway T stop (and outfitted with a bold “Stay Foxy” neon sign), Fox & the Knife offers aperitivo starting at 4 p.m. and dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m., seven days a week.


Fox & the Knife’s aperitivo — the pre-dinner Italian tradition akin to happy hour or cocktail hour — includes small bites like house-made ricotta, prosciutto, fried chili chickpeas, and harissa-marinated olives. The dinner menu follows a traditional Italian format with pane, antipasti, primi, and secondi categories, and boasts everything from focaccia and Caesar-style broccoli to stick-to-your-bones tagliatelle bolognese with wild boar, saffron spaghetti with clams, and harissa-braised lamb. Antipasti range from $9 to $14, while primi and secondi dishes range from $20 to $29.

Akunowicz is joined by executive sous chef Molly Dwyer, sous chef Tessa Bristol, and GM and wine director Alexandra Hayden, who has put together a list of amari, aperitifs, and mostly natural wines.

Reservations for Fox & the Knife can be made on Resy. Check out the full menu below.

Opening menu at Fox & the Knife.

Fox & the Knife; 28 W. Broadway, Boston; Aperitivo: Daily from 4 p.m.–5:30 p.m., Dinner: Sundays–Thursdays from 5 p.m.–10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m.–11 p.m.;