Summer is the festival season. In the United States there are more than 200 that celebrate Italianity, according to the list published each year by OSIA. Some of these were born many years ago, from the desire of Italian emigrants to celebrate their country of origin, sometimes their region, sometimes their city: and almost always their religion an...

By the early 1920s my grandfather, Nicola, had saved enough money to buy a small tavern at the corner of Lewis and Commercial Streets which he named Nick’s Tavern. Nonno Nick came to America as a stowaway and there is no record of him entering the country at Ellis Island or any other port of entry. He had to leave Italy in a hurry, one step ahead o...

The North End Columbus Day Celebration Committee is returning to the North End for the 2019 parade on October 13, and will be hosting an evening of celebration and commemoration the preceding Friday, October 11, at Ristorante Filippo. The reception will feature music, prizes, raffle items, refreshments and cocktails.Tickets are limited. They are $5...

Societa San Giuseppe di Riesi held their annual procession to honor the popular Saint Joseph on Sunday afternoon, July 28, 2019. Carrying the St. Joseph statue through the streets of Boston’s North End, the group was accompanied by the the North End Marching Band and the Northeast Italian-American Band.  On November 1, 2019, the society is planning...

Saturday August 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. I AM BOOKS, 189 NORTH STREET, BOSTON, MA 02113. Mary Tolaro Noyes shares the dream of finding her Sicilian family—from its origin as a child surrounded by the love of her Sicilian-American family, to its realization on a June day in 1989—and of establishing a lasting connection between them. As a result, the...

In celebration of the Centennial of the Feast of Saint Anthony, the members of Saint Anthony’s Society have announced the visitation of the Blessed Relics of Saint Anthony from the Pontifical Basilica Di Sant’ Antonio in Padua, Italy. Fr. Alessandro Ratti, OFM Conv of the Franciscan Friars of Padua, will travel with two major relics of the beloved...

Looking to chow down on some Italian fare? A new spot has you covered. Located at 5 North Square in North End, the fresh arrival is called Ciao Bella. Ciao Bella serves up homemade Italian dishes. On the menu, expect to see items like lobster ravioli, Caesar salad and meatballs. Dessert is also available. Ciao Bella has garnered rave reviews thus f...

After six weeks of play, team #3 won first place in the tournament. The winning team was led by Captain Willie Celata along with players: Anthony Antidormi, Natale DeMarco and Mike Romano. As usual, the games were very competitive and challenging. It goes without saying that at times, the competition was not without some confrontational moments. A...

I wanted to highlight this post in the NY Times comments section today. It was a response to an article on Kamala Harris and busing. It mentions the Eliot School and a beloved teacher and North Ender, Sandra De Luca. Here is the post, signed by Sherry: “As an elementary-aged Bostonian in the 70’s, I was bused. As referenced in the article, there wa...

A procession honoring Saint Padre Pio took place on Sunday, June 23, through the streets of Boston’s North End. The procession began at St. Leonard’s Church where devotees hoisted the statue of St. Padre Pio onto their shoulders and proceeded to carry the Saint around the neighborhood. St. Padre Pio was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002. Pius...