Sunday nights on the South Shore are notoriously quiet. But 3 nights ago, 250 people gathered at a very glamorous launch party to celebrate Orta Restaurant and The Grotto in Pembroke. Inside the warmly lit, cozily decorated restaurant, the bass was thumping, the bartenders were pouring, and the exposed kitchen was pumping out app after app.
Revelers sipped signature cocktails designed by the creative bartenders who grace Orta each night. Photo bulbs flashed, capturing the excitement. Waitresses moved smoothly through the crowd, delivering savory delights, including pizza from the giant brick oven. Also being passed that night were salmon tartar, beef carpaccio, lobster risotto cakes, arancini, and artichoke tempura.
Guests were invited to explore The Grotto, a private event space located below Orta Restaurant, accessible from a separate outside entrance. The Grotto is a beautiful Italian dining room. Sunday night it was adorned with a sparkling blue and silver themed candy buffet, open to the guests. The Grotto is perfect for intimate events like baby and bridal showers, anniversary parties and holiday events. Recently there have been several small weddings celebrated there.
Orta has been a fine dining go-to spot on the South Shore for a while, but the level of quality has recently skyrocketed. Just a few months ago, Cara and Brett Williams purchased Orta Restaurant and the Grotto from previous owner and friend, Jimmy Burke. Prior to purchasing the restaurant, Brett, also Executive Chef, spent some time studying in Italy with other master chefs. He brings his expertise and new ideas to the kitchen at Orta, and the patrons are the ones who benefit.
But the patrons are not the only ones who are benefitting from Brett and Cara’s endeavor. Even as the party raged on, there was an air of purpose to the night. Cara lost her mother to ovarian cancer in 2003. As a tribute to Cara’s mother, Orta Restaurant and the Grotto has teamed up with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC). All proceeds from the Launch Party raffle, and 10% of all Loft New England jewelry sales that night were donated to the NOCC. In addition, for the month of September, restaurant guests are encouraged to donate five dollars to the NOCC. In return, they will receive a small bottle of Prosecco. Wait staff will wear teal bracelets, symbolizing their commitment to ending ovarian cancer.
Toward the end of the evening, Cara and Brett very graciously thanked everyone for coming, thanked their supportive friends, families and staff, spoke about the NOCC, and welcomed their guests to a new chapter in Orta’s history. It is evident that this restaurant will remain a well-loved part of the South Shore community for a very long time.