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Fairsted Kitchen bid farewell to Brookline on New Year’s Eve, but owner Steve Bowman has already replaced his beloved restaurant with a new one: Grassona’s Italian. It’s not that Bowman didn’t still love Fairsted — he loved it very much — but rather he felt it was simply time for a change. “Some restaurants — like the French Laundry, for example —...

The first Fra Angelico painting to reach the United States had a secret. In 1899, Isabella Stewart Gardner acquired Assumption and Dormition of the Virgin, one of four works in a series by the Italian Renaissance painter depicting scenes from the Virgin Mary’s life. Angelico, a 15th century friarwho specialized in religious frescoes, was renowned f...

One of the many Italian restaurants in Boston’s North End may soon have a new sibling nearby. The owners of Pellino’s Ristorante (2 Prince St., Boston) have purchased the property that previously housed a Pinkberry frozen yogurt shop (283 Hanover St., Boston) and are seeking permission to change the use of the space to allow for seating and a beer,...

IN THE KITCHEN Paul Katsarikas has been cooking Italian dishes and making his own pasta for 40 years, the last 29 at Bella Costa Ristorante in Framingham. The restaurant is known as a cozy place for date nights, get-togethers, and rustic Italian meals. Katsarikas brought in a rotating series of pianists a few years ago, because he wanted to hear mu...

WHO IS IN CHARGE “We’re making real, Italian food,” John Goldberg said of Mangia Sano in Milford, N.H., which he owns and operates with his wife, Kristin DeRosa. Goldberg is a former executive in the financial industry. He and his wife embarked on extensive research before opening the restaurant about six months ago. 

Unless you’ve been to Italy, you may very well have never experienced anything quite like the Damariscotta restaurant Osteria Bucci. The little gem is tucked away off a small alleyway, and the sign hanging beside the door is as small and unpretentious as the interior is. In fact, unless you happen to get a whiff of whatever is cooking inside on any...

We’d tried to visit Lucca’s once before but could not find parking space in the lot or street. The restaurant has been very busy since its recent opening, so the story wasn’t much different on our second try, although we arrived before 6:30 p.m. on a Tuesday. Let this be a warning: no reservations and it’s crowded. Lucca’s opened at the beginning o...

Wood-fired Neapolitan pizza arrives in Newton today, courtesy of the new Olivia’s Bistro, opening at 4 p.m. in Nonantum (136 Adams St.). With several familiar faces from Boston’s food and hospitality world involved, the restaurant brings a selection of Italian dishes to the neighborhood. Olivia’s took over the space that previously housed Ginger Ro...

So you’ve eaten your North End lunch (and maybe you’re a little drunk too), and now it’s time for your North End dessert. It’s maybe a bit of a cliché, but an eater in the North End could do worse than stopping at Mike’s Pastry, Modern Pastry, Bova Bakery, and Caffé Vittoria. Forget the cannoli wars, though: Get your cannoli at Mike’s — it’s good f...

It’s a typical bustling Sunday at J. Pace & Son on Main Street, and Rico Colangeli wants his special cut of fresh sirloin steak. Colangeli, of Medford, is a longtime customer of the Saugus Italian grocer, deli, bakery, caterer and hot-meals maker with roots tracing to the 1960s when Orsogna, Italy immigrants Nicolo and Rosaria Pace (pronounced “Pac...

With an identity chosen to reference Springfield's South End history -- a Ciro's Restaurant operated on Main Street for more than five decades -- Ciro's Italian Restaurant opened its doors last summer. Ciro's occupies a Main Street space that's been home to several earlier restaurant efforts. From those predecessors Circo's has inherited a slick co...

When Italian cuisine comes to mind, maybe you think of homemade pasta or freshly brewed coffee or pizza right out of a brick oven. All that and more is available to tantalize taste buds in Tewksbury. The town is home to four main Italian restaurants, each of which offers a cozy, family feel and quality eats. Tewksbury Sons of Italy President Debbie...