Long-awaited and much-anticipated even in so-called “normal” times, the feasts and processions of the very Italian North End of Boston are summer staples that are not to be missed. Several of these religious-based processions dedicated to individual saints have already taken place, yet the ones with the aromatic, beloved street festivals surroundin...

Boston’s post-victory reputation was on display in the North End after Italy’s Euro Cup win filled the neighborhood’s streets with celebrations on Sunday night. Following Italy’s 3-2 victory over England, soccer fans stormed the streets Boston’s North End — a historically Italian neighborhood — for hours of flag-waving and “It-al-ia” chanting.

I headed to the North End (pronounced “Nah-th End”) in search of the apartment building where my paternal grandmother — whom I never met — was born in 1902. Even though I was on the hunt for my own family history, it’s impossible to avoid learning about the Italian American immigrant experience when in this Boston neighborhood. My grandmother died...

Frank Pompei  is founder and CEO of Exergen, a maker of scanners, thermometers, and sensors. He credits his MIT education with equipping him to build a successful company, mindful of the possibilities created by his financial aid package. “My parents could never have sent me to MIT on their wages as factory workers,” he says.  Thriving at MIT and b...

Growing up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn in the 1960s and 70s, Daniel Paterna was well aware of the sweeping yet often inaccurate stereotype of his Italian-American enclave. “In my household, my parents frowned on the clichés of the Italian-American gangster or buffoon,” Paterna says. “It was an earnest way of life: no guns, no mafia, no dead bodies, no...

After a two-year renovation, The Newbury Boston made its Back Bay debut in mid-May, transforming the former Taj Boston into a sleek, modern hotel. On Tuesday, Contessa, the hotel’s highly anticipated rooftop restaurant and bar, opened to the public for dinner and drinks, with breakfast, brunch, and lunch service coming in the near future.  Helmed b...

227-0765. That's the phone number for Regina Pizzeria in the North End of Boston. Area code 617. I regularly forget which name belongs to each of my three kids when addressing them, and I don't always remember their cell phone numbers either. But that Regina number comes into my head without thinking.  I imagine I learned it before I was even a tee...

Adrew Biggio’s basement has been converted into a museum-of-sorts with display cases of war memorabilia, artifacts and other keepsakes that he has collected since serving his tours of duty as a US Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan. Biggio, who founded the Boston Wounded Vet Ride that would roar through East Boston and Revere every year to raise money...

There’s nothing like authentic Italian cuisine, and Jeveli’s Restaurant in Boston is just the place to get it. This spot has been catering to locals and visitors for nearly 100 years, and it’s easy to see why they have such a cult following. Here’s why you should make time to pull up a chair at Jeveli’s. Jeveli’s is an old-fashioned Italian eatery...

I believe in stories. More precisely, I believe in stories of people who overcome great obstacles to reach a goal, defend an ideal, uplift the spirit. I believe in well-written fiction, because it holds all the truths and emotions of reality and life. I AM Books, our little bookstore, has its own story. Not a long one compared to other businesses,...