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Alba owner expands with Venetian restaurant in Quincy

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January 13, 2017

QUINCY - Almost 16 years after he opened Alba restaurant on Hancock Street, owner Leo Keka staged a quiet opening on Wednesday night for his newest venture, Zef Cicchetti and Raw Bar.

"We wanted to make sure things go right," Keka said. "People judge a restaurant in the first couple weeks, and I wanted to make sure it's what I wanted. We didn't have any accidents, which I think is rare in the restaurant business."

The new eatery, which Keka describes as Venetian food with Tapas-style dishes, opened for its first full day on Thursday and is located next door to Alba. Keka has owned the space for two years.

Zef Cicchetti and Raw Bar has the capacity to seat 195 diners. The bar is open on three sides and has five flat screen TVs, features that are supposed to cater to a younger clientele.

Keka said he hopes people come in and see the restaurant as a social setting, where they can have a glass of wine and enjoy small plates and appetizers.

"People get to share, people get to talk and interact and that's the kind of atmosphere we're trying to create here," Chef Keith Andersen said.

Zef, named for Keka's late father Jozef Keka, has a lower average price point than Alba. Keka hopes this will attract the young professionals that have moved into Quincy's newest developments.

Mary Whitfill, Patriot Ledger