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Author Archives: Nicola Orichuia

Nicola is an Italian journalist and media enthusiast living in the United States. He keeps an eye on the Italian-American communities across the country and is always looking for positive stories to highlight.

An open letter to the readers of Bostoniano

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Dear Reader, It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to let you know I have decided to close Bostoniano. This is a very difficult decision for me, as I have dedicated almost six years to this editorial project. Since launching the website bostoniano.info in Jan. 2011, and the print magazine on Dec. 22, 2012, Bostoniano has been a daily companion in my life, and I have invested time, energy and money into presenting you and thousands of other readers a magazine and a website you could be proud of. But these are very challenging times for the ...

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“Boston Stands with Italy” fundraiser to benefit Italian earthquake victims

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Click here to download official flyer On August 24rd, 2016, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit central Italy, leveling entire towns and resulting in devastating loss and the deaths of 298 people. The Italian Community in Boston along with some of Boston’s leading Italian restaurants have organized an event to raise funds for Earthquake Relief efforts and show solidarity with the residents of the Umbria, Marche, Abruzzo and Lazio regions. The Filmark Hospitality Group and the Italian Consulate invite guests to join them for a day of dining and drinking to benefit the Italian regions devastated by the recent earthquake. Participating ...

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Methuen Sons of Italy holds bocce tournament for earthquake victims

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When: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 — 9 a.m. Where: Methuen Sons of Italy — 459 Merrimack Street, Methuen, MA 01844 The Methuen Sons of Italy will be holding a bocce tournament on Oct. 15 to gather funds for the victims of the earthquake that struck central Italy in August. Event info: 4 Player Teams – $25.00 per person, includes Italian lunch, 12–1 p.m. TEAM NAME________________________ Player 1 (Captain) _____________________________ Player 2 _____________________________ Player 3 _____________________________ Player 4 _____________________________ All guests and members are welcome to join for the Italian Lunch between 12 and 2 p.m. for a cost of $15 per ...

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Giovanni DeCunto: Pioneering Expressionist

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Giovanni DeCunto realized he could live with his art at the tender of age of 12, when the mother of one of his best friends bought a painting for $35. “I thought I had a million dollars!” he recounts. Hailing from Lawrence, Mass., where his grandparents moved from outside Naples, the 67-year-old artist has come a long way since the days of selling art for a few bucks. Regarded as one of the nation’s leading expressionists, works by DeCunto can be found today in prestigious collections at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the ...

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Culture Clash

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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi recently visited Harvard University in Cambridge, where he gave an impassioned speech about several issues afflicting Europe today. I won’t go into detail on the various subjects he touched, but I would like to delve into one particular theme that is dear to him: Italy’s investment in culture. Renzi tied a widespread sentiment of fear and lack of solidarity to the rise of terrorism in Europe. “Culture is the target of terrorists,” he said. “You don’t think about death if you have a place to go to, if you have curiosity, if you have a ...

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Richard Aliberti: The North End’s Artistic Soul

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The North End is a place full of history and — nowadays — restaurants, but upon closer examination it is also a neighborhood full of art and culture. Anyone who has ever glanced up to take in the bronze statues or plaques that adorn one of the country’s finest Little Italies will have encountered the skillful hand of Richard Aliberti, an artist that has been in and out of the neighborhood for the past three decades, but who has left a lasting impression on it. “I wasn’t expecting to make a living off of art,” he explains as he thinks ...

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The power of the piazza

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I had a hunch before opening I AM Books, the country’s first Italian American bookstore. Based on the feedback I received from readers of Bostoniano, I felt there would be a need for a common place where people could start a dialogue about their shared heritage and their roots. Soon after opening the bookstore last year, I realized this was only one of the many elements that people appreciate about the bookstore. I think what really excites people is the physicality of it. As human beings, we need places we can anchor ourselves to. These are places we rely on ...

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Fiercely vocal – Chiara Civello returns to musical roots with show in Boston

Chiara Civello - A native of Rome, the singer-songwriter launched her career over a decade ago in Boston, where she shared an apartment with Tony Bennett’s daughter Antonia.

Chiara Civello will be performing at Scullers Jazz Club on Oct. 14, as part of the Sounds of Italy Festival. Chiara Civello doesn’t know how to stay still. The young Italian singer-songwriter has been traveling the world ever since the age of 18, when she took her bags and left her native Rome to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. “It’s a place that has given me so much,” she tells us in an exclusive interview. “I used to sing in all the North End restaurants with my ‘sister’ Antonia Bennett.” That’s right. Civello and Bennett — the daughter ...

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I AM Books — The First Italian American Bookstore in the Country

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Dear readers, Life has a funny and mysterious way of taking us by the hand and pulling us towards projects we never dreamed of until recently. That is how I feel right now, as I announce this big step forward in our goal to give the local Italian and Italian American communities a voice and identity they can be proud of. For several months, with the help of many people encountered through the years as editor of bostoniano.info and Bostoniano magazine, I have been working on creating I Am Books — a real, physical space that can bring the community ...

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Boston’s Towering Presence: Developer Don Chiofaro

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“But what if you could?” Sitting in their Belmont home, Don Chiofaro and his wife, Diane, considered her question as they contemplated his notes for a 1.8 million square foot development project that would one day become International Place. It was 1981, and the challenge was bigger and more audacious than anything Chiofaro had undertaken so far in his life: transforming a waterfront lot with 10 different properties and a garage into one of the most elegant and stunning buildings in Boston. “I thought of it as a movie,” he says. “And I wanted it to win the Academy Award.” ...

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Hiding in plain sight: Remembering Sacco and Vanzetti in the heart of Boston

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August 23 marks an important anniversary in the history of Massachusetts. It was on this day, in 1927, that Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed after being convicted for the death of two people during an armed robbery in South Braintree. I’m not bringing up this symbolic date to shine a light on the history of what happened. Many have done so before, and the story is so complex we would need a book to explain it all. What I do want to focus on, though, is what is left in our modern day metropolis to commemorate what happened ...

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From one Palm to a whole grove: The story behind an 89-year-old two-family restaurant business

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It’s hard to believe that a clerical error blossomed into one the biggest names in hospitality across the country. Legend has it that in 1926, just six years after arriving to New York from Parma, Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi wanted to register their Second Avenue restaurant after their hometown. Their heavy accents gave the cleric registering their business the impression they’d said “Palm.” And so, a legend — and The Palm — was born. The steakhouse’s success wasn’t determined by the name, however, but by the hard work and dedication of its founders. “I spent a lot of time ...

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