On Saturday, the 16th, the Friends of the North End celebrated its 45th annual reunion. 166 boyhood friends from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Maryland and California assembled at the Sons of Italy Hall in Winchester to relive growing up in their cherished neighborhood. As has been their custom since the...

Friday September 29, 6 PM EDT. I Am Books - 189 North St, Boston 02113. "In the Name of the Mother" examines the investment of black male writers and intellectuals in Italian immigrants and Italian Americans and the response of Italian American writers and artists to American blackness in the 20th century. Samuele Pardini links the African American...

Prepare for the annual return of the famous S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna-sponsored Italian chef congress Identita Golose, as it makes an exciting foray stateside this October. Increasing its American presence the haute cuisine congress will take on three USA cities this year: Boston, Chicago and New York. Unmissable masterclasses, seminars and dinn...

Sept. 21, 2017 will mark 200 years since the birth of Father Joseph Maria Finotti, who served in the Archdiocese of Boston from 1852 to 1876. Father Finotti was born in Ferrara, Italy, on Sept. 21, 1817. He entered the Society of Jesus at age 16, and in 1845 arrived in the United States to continue his studies at Georgetown College in Maryland. Whi...

Led by Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano, the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia tours to the United States this October for the first time in nearly 50 years, performing at Carnegie Hall in New York (October 20 & 21), The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Artsin Washington, D.C. (October 25), Symphony Hall in Boston (Octo...

Each summer, hundreds of thousands attend our historic North End festivals. I don’t use the term historic lightly, because that’s exactly what they are. They’ve become something bigger than you or me. The traditions demonstrated during these weekend events grow more impressive with each passing generation. The fact they’ve lasted over a century is...

At this point, Frank Vatrano is no longer a newcomer to the Boston Bruins. The East Longmeadow native has already logged 83 regular-season games in the NHL, and is set to enter his third pro season with his hometown team. Now a veteran of postseason battles, extended media circuits and numerous training camps, there isn't much that leaves the skill...

Janice Luongo can remember a time when the Saint Anthony's Feast looked a little different. When the men all wore suits and women wore dresses. "You didn't wear jeans," Luongo says. During a 12-hour procession alongside the holy statue of Saint Anthony, women walked barefoot around the North End as a show of sacrifice. "It's not like what it was wh...

Even when it’s not high season for all the various Saint-affiliated street feasts, visitors swarm the winding lanes of the red sauce-soaked North End for its Italian restaurants and quaint, historic streetscape. You could easily eeny-meeny-miny-moe your way through a dinner date among the tourist droves, but below, we’ve made some thoughtful dinner...

The Madonna del Soccorso Society of Boston recognized Patricia “Patte” Papa with their annual “Italian American of the Year” award during the Opening Night of the 107th Fisherman’s Feast in Boston’s North End on August 17, 2017. North Ender Patte Papa has been a key partner at Boston City Hall helping keep alive Italian American traditions such as...