After 50 years, Maria Merola has decided to retire and close Maria’s Pastry Shop at 46 Cross Street in Boston’s North End. The last day of business will be September 15, 2019. Tucked away on Cross Street, Maria’s was a local favorite with authentic, homemade offerings and a sanctuary from the Mike’s vs. Modern cannoli wars on Hanover Street. The 66...

August is feast season in the North End and this weekend is the biggest of them all — the feast of St. Anthony. It’s a time of celebration for locals and visitors alike, but this year is even more special as it is the 100th anniversary of the feast. If you are not familiar with the feast of St. Anthony, it is essentially a weekend festival put on i...

The 109th Fisherman’s Feast featured the second annual North End Meatball Contest with Strega Ristorante taking the win! The popular event crowns a new restaurant after last year’s winner, Tony and Elaine’s. Strega North End is located at 320 Hanover Street. John Romano was presented the 2019 Fisherman’s Feast Italian American of the Year award in...

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...