Summer is around the corner and for many of us that means adventures and vacation. For me, it usually means travel to Italy, but this year with things still a bit in the air — pun intended — a trip to Italy may not be in the cards. If traveling outside the U.S. is in question, but you still need an Italy fix, I’d like to recommend a visit to the ma...

An Italian restaurant in the heart of the North End has opened back up with a slightly different name, though the dining spot itself remains mostly as is. According to a press release, Ciao Bella has reopened as Ciao Roma, with its Italian-American comfort food offerings still being available, though new dishes such as artichokes alla romana antipa...

Boston loves Italian food, and there’s no better neighborhood to find the stuff than the North End. In this hub of marinara, an eater can find handmade ricotta gnocchi, pizza Margherita, arancini, veal saltimbocca, and so much more. The old Italian proverb “chi mangia bene, vive bene” (which translates roughly to “those who eat well, live well”) is...

Before COVID-19, every summer Boston’s North End would show its true colors - green, white and red. 2019 marked 100 years of Saint Anthony’s Feast, a four-day celebration at the end of August said to be the largest in New England, the feast of all feasts. The heart of the feast is a sacred ritual brought here by immigrants from the southern Italy h...

Michael Fiandaca married Mary Vinciguerra at Portsmouth's Immaculate Conception Church the day after Valentine's Day in 1942 while on leave from the military. The couple looks hopeful and happy in their wedding portrait. They were in the middle of a world war, but their close-knit family connections would sustain them, as is evidenced by their cont...

If you’ve been craving a whole lot of comfort food lately, you’re not alone. And chicken parmesan, whether served as a sandwich or a full-size dinner feast, definitely qualifies. The humble staple of Italian-American restaurants is easy to find at just about any sub shop, and let’s face it: It’s hard to screw up. It’s even harder, though, to offer...

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...

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...

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...