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With a barbecue joint, Southeast Asian restaurant, and standing room-only adult snack bar all on the same block, one might assume that Tiffani Faison has quite enough to keep her busy. On Monday, the chef and Big Heart Hospitality owner out-Fenways herself by opening Orfano, a “subversive Italian-American restaurant that does not bow to tradition.”...

The historic Homer Fitts department store building on Main Street in Barre is the new home of Vermont Salumi, a locally owned charcuterie company whose products are sold at various Vermont co-ops and specialty stores. Owner Peter Colman started in 2011 with a line of fresh sausages made at Cate Farm in Plainfield; he's been producing Vermont Salumi...

After more than six months of renovations and hard work, Fazzini’s, a new Italian restaurant in the former Brick House space on Diamond Hill Road, is now officially open to customers. Owners Bethany and Eric Marsland, who also own Champ’s Diner on Front Street, welcomed friends and family during a ribbon cutting celebration on Tuesday night that al...

After 50 years, Maria Merola has decided to retire and close Maria’s Pastry Shop at 46 Cross Street in Boston’s North End. The last day of business will be September 15, 2019. Tucked away on Cross Street, Maria’s was a local favorite with authentic, homemade offerings and a sanctuary from the Mike’s vs. Modern cannoli wars on Hanover Street. The 66...

For more than seven years, Anzio's Brick Oven Pizza has brought a little slice of Italy to North Grafton. Now, the popular restaurant is moving to a new spot at Northborough Crossing. Todd Harrington, owner and operator, wants to open in the new location by fall. The restaurant has outgrown its original location on Rte. 30, he said. "We would have...

Where the Salesians Boys & Girls Club parking lot is today on Bennington Street once stood Sammy Carlo’s corner store. It was there, in the 1950s that a family business started that would, after seven decades and two locations, become a staple of many diets in East Boston. Now, one block away from its original location, Sammy Carlo’s Catering has b...

Be afraid, Otto. Be very afraid. All the best pizza joints in Portland have some new, very stiff competition, and it’s on the corner of Washington and Ocean avenues. Monte’s Fine Foods has been open for about a month now, and it’s putting out some of the best pizza in the city. I hesitate to say the best because I haven’t tried the other new kid in...

Robert Kalish’s love of cooking, and a childhood spent in the North End, led him to bring a taste of Italy to the East Bridgewater area. Earlier this year, the 55-year-old East Bridgewater resident started “Bella Nonna,” an Italian food truck that he describes as “Hanover Street on wheels,” in reference to the popular street in the North End where...

The word “authentic” gets thrown around quite a bit in the culinary world. When Danilo Mongillo, the owner of Strega in Branford, lived in Italy, he was a police officer for the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies. It was his job to protect the integrity of any product that had “Made in Italy” on the label. Not only did Mongillo de...

All families have different dynamics, come from different backgrounds and have different traditions. But one thing nearly all of them have in common is asking each other the daily question: “What’s for dinner?” Marco Minieri is answering that question and educating customers along the way at Bottega Bocconi, an Italian market he recently opened wit...

In the restaurant business people tend to fall into two camps: those who love it or those who hate it, observes Anna Frattaroli, co-owner of Lucia Ristorante in Winchester Center. “It’s very hard to be in between,” she says on a recent Monday night, sitting at a table in the dimly lit restaurant, as people trickled in for dinner. There is no questi...

For the second year in a row, Florina Pizzeria and Paninioteca was declared the winner of the “People’s Choice” in the third annual Boston Pizza Festival on July 13 and 14 at City Hall Plaza. “It was such an honor to be voted ‘Best Pizza- People’s Choice’ for two consecutive years (2018/2019),” wrote Barry Proctor, who co-owns the pizzeria at 16 De...