Maggiano’s Little Italy, a national restaurant chain specializing in Italian-American cuisine, is aiming to open its second Massachusetts eatery at the former spot of the American Girl store in the Natick Mall. Memphis, Tennessee-based Brookfield Properties Inc., which owns the mall, is listed as the owner on an application filed last month with th...

The Feast of San Gennaro would have celebrated its third Boston iteration this year but has been canceled for this September, according to its North End organizers Frank DePasquale, Pasquale Trotta and Nick Varano who vow to bring it back in September 2021.  “It is with a heavy heart that we have to postpone our beloved Feast of San Gennaro this ye...

One of most affected countries by COVID-19 saw the most significant rise in deaths since the virus emerged about a month ago. On Saturday, Italy reported an increase of 793 deaths, the biggest rise in a 24 hour span since virus deaths were first reported, bringing the country’s total to 4,825. Italy has more deaths from COVID-19 than any other coun...

Retired Natick Chief of Police John Arena at the age of 97, lifelong resident of Natick and patriarch of the Arena family died at this home on the morning of March 20, 2020. He was born June 21, 1922 to the late Antonio and Grazia LaScala Arena who were Sicilian immigrants. John was a 1942 graduate of Natick High School and was inducted into the Na...

«Non sprecate mai le opportunità offerte da una crisi. Questa è l’occasione per reinventarsi». Carlo Ratti, 49 anni, architetto e ingegnere torinese, è rimasto a terra. Bloccato a Boston. In attesa, suo malgrado, di uno tsunami che negli Usa «avrà conseguenze drammatiche». L’ultimo aereo disponibile per l’Europa, dopo lo stop ai collegamenti impost...

An Italian restaurant in Lynn is dishing out free pizzas to families struggling to feed their children as schools shutter in response to the coronavirus. Alfredo’s Italian Kitchen has been serving pizza in Lynn for years and owners Thaer and Sara Demaidi said they were honored to give back to the community. “With the schools closing a lot of people...

For the last three-and-a-half years, James Beard Award-winning chef Ron Suhanosky has been cooking for small crowds at a pint-sized spot in the suburbs. Now, he’s broadening his ambitions—and getting a much larger restaurant to match. “When people think of Boston, I want them to think of Il Maestro,” says Suhanosky. That’s the name of the 125-seat...

On March 12, 2020, our little bookstore in Boston's North End neighborhood was closed for two weeks, to make sure our staff, our community, and our customers stay safe as the coronavirus pandemic puts everyone at risk. We hope to re-open on Friday, March 27. However, this is a tentative date, and if the situation in our area will still be critical,...

Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Mazza was watching a special 20 years ago on New York Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio when his older brother let him in on a little secret. “I was 9 years old and we were watching ESPN Classic and they were talking about the 56-game hitting streak and all of the sudden my brother goes, ‘You know that’s our cousin, right?’"...

In search of a new favorite Italian spot? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best high-end Italian restaurants around Boston, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fill the bill. 1. Mare Topping the list is Mare. Located at 223 Hanover St. (between Cross and Mechanic streets.) in North End, the It...