Chef & Owners: Maryann Saporito Boothroyd and Andrew Boothroyd
The husband-and-wife team of Maryann Saporito Boothroyd and Andrew Boothroyd blend their diverse talents with a mutual love for fresh and traditional flavors in their newest culinary creation, Hola Flatbreads and Tapas.
The arc of their careers includes a stint at Vintage, the first wine bar in the Cambridge area for Maryann, while Andy got an early taste of the restaurant industry at the storied Harvest Restaurant in Harvard Square. The couple met while working at Allegro Restaurant in Waltham under renowned restaurateur Jimmy Burke before striking out on their own with Saporito’s Florence Club Café in Hull in 1988.
At Saporito’s, the Boothroyds’ reputation for creative excellence grew rapidly. Widely admired for their innovative Northern Italian fare, they received high marks from diners and critics alike, and Zagat’s awarded the restaurant a nearly-perfect 28 out of 30 points for food.
After 16 years at the helm of this highly successful venture, the couple took a well-deserved hiatus, during which Andy worked as a carpenter and woodworker and Maryann taught cooking for Williams-Sonoma.
In 2008, they re-entered the restaurant business with Hola in Marshfield center. Focused on fresh, Spanish and Mediterranean inspired cuisine, the new venture quickly earned a loyal following for its distinctive menu of small plates or tapas, thin-crusted flatbreads, and daily specials that change with the seasons.
As Hola has grown, its reputation for excellence has spread. South Shore Living Magazine named Hola, “Best of the South Shore for Tapas,” in its Readers Choice Awards for five consecutive years. That publication also gave Hola its “Best of the South Shore for Appetizers,” award in 2010 and 2011. Called, “real affordable, real fun and really delicious… a very cool place,” by The Phantom Gourmet Hola has been favorably profiled in print and video by The Patriot Ledger, and Wicked Local Hingham, while The Globe South Section dubbed the restaurant, “lively,” and “pretty,” and said, “And, the food… the food is very saporito,” (flavorful).
The effects of Hola’s growing popularity are clear from its steady growth. Since its start, Hola has more than doubled its seating. A cozy, fireplaced patio and event room now provide new options for regular dining and private parties. No matter where you sit or what you eat, you’ll enjoy a warm hello and a memorable experience at Hola.
Sous Chef: Jon Jones
Vermont native Jon Jones was drawn to the restaurant business at the age of 15 and has grown with it since that time. He honed his culinary skills at the much-acclaimed restaurant, “The Belted Cow,” in Essex with chef John Delpha before joining Saporito’s Florence Club Café in Hull as Chef de Cuisine.
As Sous Chef at Hola, Jon’s love affair with Mediterranean cooking and international flavors has deepened. His culinary creativity plays an important role in the restaurant’s unique and ever-changing specials.