The name means “ugly face,” but Faccia Brutta, the Newbury Street restaurant from Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer’s JK Food Group, draws inspiration from attractive locales: sun-soaked coastal Italian destinations like Sicily and Sardinia. The sibling to the ever-popular Toro, Coppa, and Little Donkey debuted in late May 2022, along with Bar Pall...

Pasta Beach, an Italian restaurant that opened on Boston’s waterfront (30 Rowes Wharf) in 2010, has been closed since a September 2019 fire that reportedly started in the building’s ductwork and caused approximately $350,000 in damages. Nearly three years later, it finally has a reopening date — June 25 — and an eye-catching tropical redesign, per...

Since opening in North Beach as a pop-up store specializing in Italian language books in 2017, Libreria Pino has outgrown several different locations in the neighborhood. Now, the bookstore’s starting a fresh chapter in bigger digs that will serve as its long-term home. For the past 18 months, owner Joseph Carboni has worked to transform the site o...

A new Italian restaurant and market is on its way to a village center southwest of Boston. According to several posts within the jobs section of bostonchefs.com, Neroli Ristorante & Mercato is opening in Westwood, moving into a space on Washington Street in the Islington section of town. The posts indicate that the restaurant will be a 250-seat fin...

You asked, we answered - Pasta Night is back! On June 23, join us for a summer night of pasta making, eating, and learning during this im-pasta-bly fun night. This ticketed event begins with a pasta-making class where you’ll learn about different pasta styles and then shape your own fresh pasta with the guidance of our expert pastai. After class, y...

When: Sun, June 26, 2022 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EDT - Where: I AM Books, 124 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113 - What: CARMEN MARSICO & ZAFARÁN explore music from the Mediterranean with a focus on the region of Basilicata as well as Gypsy migration patterns. Award winning Italian vocalist, songwriter and dancer Carmen Marsico hails from the mountaino...

When: Thu, June 2, 2022 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM EDT - Where: I AM Books, 124 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113 The Italian Prisoner is an engrossing tale of wartime love, family secrets, and a young woman’s struggle to chart her own course at an inflection point in American history. This debut work of inspired by a true but little-known story involvin...

Veteran chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s new restaurant and bar, Faccia Brutta and Bar Pallino, are all set to open at 278 Newbury St. on May 24.  “We are taking reservations for May 24, so we better be ready,” Bissonnette told Boston.com. “We’re just throwing caution to the wind,” he joked a week before the opening. “No, seriously, we’re...

It seems that the battle of who has the best cannoli in Boston has been going on forever. Some say that the best comes from Mike's Pastry while others claim that Modern Pastry offers better cannoli. While both are located on the same street in Boston, Mike's Pastry also offers multiple locations in Massachusetts. Mike's Pastry can also be found in...

The owner of Adriana’s Restaurant has opened a new “Italian steakhouse” on Long Wharf in the former home of Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale — on the future site of hundreds of planned new waterfront apartments. That new restaurant is called Il Gabbiano, Italian for “The Seagull.” On Monday afternoon, restaurant owner Valentin Stakaj joined dozens of friend...