It is the season of 'Legends' on 'MasterChef'. The home cooks were involved in a cut-throat competition from the get-go on the culinary reality show. With only 15 white aprons available as opposed to the usual 20, the home cooks had no option but to put their absolute best foot forward and impress not only the regular judges -- Gordon Ramsay, Aaron...

When Dominic D. DiFrancesco was campaigning for American Legion national commander, one of his stops was in Massachusetts. It was there that Past National Commander John P. “Jake” Comer, knowing DiFrancesco’s Italian heritage, took his guest to the North End, known as Boston’s Little Italy. “He was a great lover of Italian pastries, and when he cam...

On the surface, Mary Cona was just another Italian girl from the North End. She was a devout Catholic, a supportive wife, a loving mother. However, diving into the details of her remarkable life through her eyes in her autobiography, “Destino: From Italy to Kansas City,” Mary was shaped through many hardships into an artist, entrepreneur, philanthr...

In a five-minute video posted to Instagram Tuesday, Damien DiPaola announced that his North End restaurant Domenic’s will permanently close. DiPaola, who also owns Carmelina’s in the North End, cited both the pandemic and a new perspective on life as the reasons for its closure. “I opened Domenic’s about seven or eight months before the pandemic, a...

Boston’s North End streets filled with thousands of visitors and the smell of delicious Italian food all weekend long. Sunday was the culmination of the yearly four-day festival for Saint Anthony’s Feast and St. Lucia’s Feast. After a year off due to COVID restrictions, the feasts were back in full force this year, bringing in projected crowds of o...

It is a reunion the likes of which neither you nor your progeny of several generations are likely to see again: a cycle of paintings by Renaissance master Titian commissioned by Prince, then King, Philip II of Spain on themes drawn from antiquity via Ovid. One of these is a central canvas in the collection of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Th...

After years of bankruptcy, the Italian government is finally replacing Alitalia with a new national airline, Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA). It remains to be seen how different the new airline will be from Alitalia, given that ITA intends to purchase some of Alitalia’s assets, potentially including the branding and planes. As of now the plan is for I...

Hunger sometimes keeps Catherine D’Amato awake at night, but the suffering is not her own. Empathy – and feeding hungry people – come naturally to D’Amato, who is president and chief executive officer of the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB). As the granddaughter of Italian immigrant farmers and the daughter of restaurateurs, she has always known tha...

In the list of the great Italian excellences who have found their fortune in America, one of the highest level names is that of Arturo Toscanini. A century has passed since an extraordinary event, an exceptional tour that saw him as a protagonist in America together with what would later become the orchestra of La Scala in Milan.  Today there is a...

Stevie Kim, Managing Director of Vinitaly International and the founder of Vinitaly International Academy, together with VIA faculty member Henry Davar, hosted media and trade for an exclusive happy hour tasting benchmark Italian wines and discovering the structure and impact of the VIA programme. During the event, Stevie Kim announced a new schola...