January 15th is the anniversary of the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 in Boston’s North End. The United States Industrial Alcohol Company constructed a faulty 50 foot high steel tank in 1918 on Commercial Street near where Langone Park is located today. Twenty one people were killed and another 150 injured when the tank ruptured and exploded on Janua...

Several months ago I was given a ride from an Italian woman who lives part time with her husband in a small town in Istria, but who works in a hospital in Trieste. As we made our way to the train station, one of us mentioned that the Chinese were investing in this or that feature of the city, probably the harbor; it is funny that it was one of thos...

It’s the beginning of a new year, and the “best of” lists are still coming. On Tuesday, Yelp released its annual list of the “Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S.,” a quirky roundup recognizing both fine-dining and ultra-casual eateries from across the country. Three Massachusetts restaurants were featured, including No. 49 Carmelina’s, a North End re...

We, sadly last month, lost yet another “Daughter of the North End.” With heavy heart, I share the news of the loss of Anna Moreschi of Malden via Hanover Street via Salem Street of Boston’s Little Italy, the North End. Anna passed away on Dec. 9 at 86 surrounded by the love of family. Her daughter Maria’s Facebook post spoke volumes: “The worst of...

Saturday December 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. I AM BOOKS, 189 NORTH STREET, BOSTON, MA 02113. Daniel Paterna’s Feast of the Seven Fishes: A Brooklyn Memoir on Food and Family celebrates the rich culinary bounty Italian immigrants brought to Brooklyn. A powerful meditative reflection in photographs and interviews on the emotional connections—food, famil...

The Italian Thanksgiving in New England was and still is a piece de resistance – a masterpiece of Italian and American cooking. It’s also a result of Italian cooks who successfully resisted do-gooders trying to Americanize their food habits. An Italian Thanksgiving in the Italian cities like Waterbury, Conn., or Providence, R.I., or Revere, Mass.,...

Italian Singer Carmen Consoli recently visited fourth graders at the Eliot School in Boston’s North End. The students have been learning about her musical legacy in Mr. M’s music classes as well as in Italian classes with Maestra Grasso and Maestra Pisani. Consoli answered questions from the students about her career, during which she has released...

North Italia opens Wednesday at The Railyard. It will occupy the front right corner of one of South End’s newest developments, just in front of where Rhino Market will open — talk about a corridor of good eats all in one place. If you’re like us, the most difficult part about your first visit to North Italia will be deciding what to get. And no, it...

After speaking to Jim Pasto’s class on the history of the North End at Boston University in October 2009, Jim and I sat down and discussed the amazing absence of a historical society for Boston’s most storied neighborhood. We wanted to promote scholarship on the North End, especially the Italian and Sicilian community. We also wanted to engage resi...

As white truffle season sets in, we find ourselves really missing Erbaluce, which closed on New Year’s Day. The Piedmontese restaurant was a festive mainstay for Italian truffles, which chef Charles Draghi sourced annually from his ancestral homeland of Alba. So we’re delighted to learn that Draghi has landed his first longterm chef job since shutt...