Philip grew up immersed in his family businesses, Lucia Ristorante in Boston and Winchester and Filippo Ristorante. He attended Boston College and Suffolk Law School with the intention of practicing business law. His plans drastically changed when his brother Mark was killed by a reckless driver. Seeing the neighboring restaurant space vacant in the depths of the 2009 recession, Philip opened Ducali Pizzeria & Bar to honor his younger brother‘s passion for the restaurant industry.
In 2013, Philip bought the East Boston property that his maternal grandfather, Oscar Forlani, operated Oscar Woodworking out of for fifty years. The property, in the Jeffries Point Section is now home to Cunard Tavern.
Chef Anthony Pino was born and raised in Jeffries Point on Webster St. As a young boy he rode in his father’s ice cream truck around East Boston, or stay with him in his ice cream shop on Sumner St while he created new flavors and made the neighborhood a happier place. Chef Pino is Johnson and Wales University graduate and as a young chef worked in a number of professional kitchens in East Boston. For the past decade he has lived and worked in New Hampshire but returned to Eastie to coach Basketball, run cooking classes, and support local charities. Even though I’ve been gone for a while, East Boston has always been my community.
"Cunard Tavern is located on the block I spent the first 20 years of my life. The opportunity to display everything I’ve learned in the culinary industry, from watching my father to Culinary School and traveling to experience different cuisines, is a dream come true!"