A once in a generation celebration came to fruition for the 100th Anniversary of the Saint Anthony’s Feast as the gold-adorned statue emerged for its centennial to the faithful under the glory of confetti and streamers. The largest Italian festival in New England attracted hundreds of thousands over the weekend to honor San Antonio and participate...

On the night before the Red Arrows flew over Boston Harbor, it was a flight of a more spiritual kind in Boston’s North End with the annual Flight of the Angel capping off the grand finale of the 109th Fisherman’s Feast in honor of Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca. The 2019 Flying Angel was Victoria Carregal with side angels Mia Graffeo and Gianna Pu...

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...