A business employing nearly 60 people that has flourished in the same location for the past 75 years is a business tightly woven into the fabric of our community. The La Fiorentina Pastry Shop presents a model impression of what a small business can offer to the region. And it was more than appropriate they were presented the Key to the City to cel...

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...

Louis Daigneault was 7 years old when he learned how to bread veal on top of tomato boxes in the cozy kitchen of Il Camino Italian Restaurant, and his older brother, Rick, was 12 when he and their other siblings were trained in making homemade pasta. “We were great at cracking eggs,” Rick Daigneault recalled last week. In 1970, the Daigneaults’ par...

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...

Jan 24, 5:00 PM EST. Online Event - Lecture & Discussion. RSVP here. Registration required. Dante members:  FREE. Non-members minimum donation:   $ 8. Please Note: donations will fund the Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts 2021 cultural events and new website. How did Dante’s great poem come to be known as “La Divina Commedia” or, quite simpl...

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 Order of Sons of Italy in America Peter B. Gay Lodge No. 540 proved that a worldwide pandemic does not deter them from serving the community. This local chapter provided good cheer and a delicious holiday meal to members of CO-OP, a local nonprofit agency supporting individuals with disabilities. While the usual holiday party wasn’t possible th...

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...