539 Commercial Street

539 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

539 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Paul Fanizzi, from Paul Fanizzi.

Paul Fanizzi, from Paul Fanizzi.

Dining at Fanizzi’s Restaurant by the Sea feels very much like dining at sea — without the constant rolling. At high tide, the main room seems to be surrounded by water. Though the windows are ample, the dimensions of the space are compact; as snugly efficient as if constructed for seaworthiness. A location as good as this — in what was almost certainly the old sail loft of Whorf’s Wharf — attracted restaurateurs for years before Paul Fanizzi (pictured) bought it in 2001. Going back at least to the 1940s, it was the Sail Loft restaurant. Eldred Mowery Jr., whom we met at No. 535, ran it in the ’60s. In the 1970s, it was Don’s Café, run by Donald Kline. Mary Donna Pucci and Tom Pucci, sister and brother, opened Pucci’s Harborside Restaurant and Bar here in 1980.


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