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By Megan Ginsberg   Vinny Marino's Brickhouse Cafe stands roadside on Route 109 in Dedham and with its warm light beckons those seeking dinner. Inside, the restaurant features a recently renovated bar area with supersize TVs and a small dining room with just 10 tables for dining in (reservations are a good idea). It has a cozy feel and an I...

In what he calls his "past life," Nick Yebba built a car rental empire, starting with 54 vehicles and expanding to more than 600,000 over 25 years. Seven years ago, the East Boston native teamed up with his son Nick Jr. to open Teresa's Italian Eatery in Middleton.   In October, they started building a new family empire, Teresa's Grille 19 i...

by Tamson W. Burgess   Even a century after the heyday of the Plymouth Cordage Company, the names Renazzo and Cento remain integral to the family histories of ever-growing numbers of Plymoutheans and residents of the surrounding communities. Monday, locals with ties to these now seemingly far away places can reconnect with their roots at th...

By Sheryl Julian  It's hard to cozy up to any North End restaurant. It seems like the area is so different than it used to be, crowded with tourists and shops, like Pinkberry, that are distinctly not Italian. You half except Goofy or Mickey to pop out of one of them. On a Saturday night, maneuvering the sidewalks takes effort. Long lines...

By Alison Goldman  "It's the best thing that's happened to Boston in a long time." That's how two-time James Beard Award-winning chef and Eataly Boston collaborator Barbara Lynch describes the Italian food emporium, which is slated to open November 29.   Eataly Boston, a 45,000-square-foot, multi-floor behemoth at 800 Boylston St....

by Jessica Selby   Saint Mary's Feast is well-known to many across the state, but thanks to a local woman, the annual event may just attract an even wider audience. Aly Migliori grew up in an Italian-American family that made it a tradition to attend the Cranston feast every year. She said even though she always enjoyed going on the rid...

After the Americans' victory in the Revolutionary War — and the unshackling of the colonies from the mercantile system of England — the first Congress under the new U.S. Constitution faced some daunting challenges.   America was still dependent on the manufacturing system of England for providing goods in exchange for raw materials. How coul...

I am one of the hearty Springfield transplants that now call the Boston area their home. We are a spirited phalanx, often with a geographic inferiority complex, yet deeply proud of our '413' roots. On the occasion we meet at networking events, bars, baseball games, or simply waiting for the T, a common icebreaker, appropriately, emerges.   "...

The 80th annual St. Mary of Carmen Society's Festival will take place from July 15-19 at Pellegrini Park, Hawthorn Street, Nonantum.The entertainment lineup:Wednesday, July 15 -- Italian Connection, 7 p.m.Thursday, July 16 -- Rock Salt, 7 p.m.; Living on a Bad Name (Bon Jovi Tribute Band), 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 17 -- The Legit Band, 7 p.m.Saturda...

by Julia Clancy   Gelato is not just "Italian ice cream." A scoop clings to the cone with a consistency approaching soft-serve; the temperature is slightly warmer, the body thicker. And many stateside versions of this edible export don't fit the bill. Shy Guy Gelato, a new, small-batch gelato business from Tim Elliott and Paul Sansone, is de...

by Ted Booker Childhood memories were rekindled this weekend for Italian-Americans who grew up in the Watertown neighborhood known as "the flats." Sunday evening from St. Anthony's Church, 850 Arsenal St., participants in the Procession of Mount Carmel marched on these familiar streets, where older residents remember watching the ceremony as...

by Pete Fontaine Did you ever wonder about your heritage? If you're an Italian-American and would like help tracing your family heritage, the ageless Pannese Society of Providence, dating back to 1909, may be able to help. On Thursday, July25, the Pannese Society will hold a unique cultural event entitled "Meet Your Surnames" at Ciara Re...