A few weeks ago, Anthony Riccio sent me this picture taken in the North End and asked if I could identify the men. Anthony is writing a book about the North End that will be published later this year. The book will consist of pictures and interviews collected by Anthony when he worked at the North End’s senior citizens club back in the 1980s. He wo...

By the year 1870, a decade after Garibaldi’s conquest of the Two Sicilies and the year the young nation of Italy was at long last successful in the capture of Rome, several hundred families and individuals formally recognized by the United States as “Italian” could call Boston home.  The city had no “Little Italy”, as so defined, but many in the co...

It's official. Quincy state Rep. Ron Mariano is speaker of the Massachusetts House. Mariano, 74, was elected to lead the House with 123 votes on Wednesday, Dec. 30, one day after Speaker Robert DeLeo, of Winthrop, stepped down from the role. The longtime Quincy state representative called the honor of getting the House's top job a culmination of a...

The existing site has already been rezoned for restaurant use and should complete their build-out soon. The petitioners were seeking support to transfer their all-alcohol license for use at the full-service Italian restaurant which will feature approximately forty-two seats within about 2,000 square feet. Proposed hours for this restaurant would be...

"I will remember 2020 as I had a dream, a bad dream. It was a nightmare for the whole world. There's one thing that gives me hope: After many months of silence, I've finally seen people talking to each other after a new president was elected. I now look at the year ahead with more optimism. "This year, nobody could have done things differently. The...

As we all know by now Covid-19 has taken a toll on all of us, it has forced a lot of us to take up new careers, get pets, or start new hobbies. Local entertainer Jimmy Celona was out most nights entertaining crowds with dinner shows and local entertainment venues, well we all know how the night club and large venues events has gone. This caused Cel...

The passing last week of Judge Joseph V. Ferrino marks the end of an era in the East Boston, Revere and Winthrop area. It is fair to say that there is no person who has been more impactful and was more esteemed in the communities over the course of the past 50 years than Judge Ferrino. He truly was a giant in so many respects and in so many varied...

The holiday gifting season is upon us, so here's our gift to you this Black Friday: get 20% off when you buy any two panettoni, gift boxes, or select wines, while supplies last! Only on November 27-29, 2020, get ready for your holiday season with this special offer on our best holiday picks. During Black Friday Weekend, seize the opportunity to get...

A boutique Italian hotel complete with a rooftop terrace and two new restaurants could soon take up residence along Cross Street where for decades the beloved Maria’s Pastry Shop stood. “The intent is to build an Italian-inspired boutique hotel pulling from the culture of the North End and essentially knitting back the fabric of the edge of the nei...

Italian retail and dining experience company Eataly will offer same-day delivery of food to consumers living in and around four American cities where the Italian market currently operates. Founded in 2007, Eataly operates 39 Italian markets in 11 countries around the world. Eataly locations offer an expansive marketplace, restaurant and even cookin...