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Taking a trip to Salem’s Bella Verona

Elise Balzotti with Giorgio Manzana

Elise Balzotti meets with Giorgio Manzana, owner of Bella Verona restaurant in Salem.

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Italian Fishing Tradition Lives on at Peter Zappa’s The Causeway in Gloucester

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Discussing Italian food always proves to be quite a curious concept, as conversations tend to invariably focus on what Americans would refer to as “Italian classics,” such as chicken parmigiana, pizza, and tiramisù. But what many fail to recognize is that these foods and fine pastas are not the only rudimentary dishes that encapsulate the Italian diet, but only represent merely a fraction of it. In fact, spanning across the twenty regions that make up the Italian boot and its islands, dishes found in each respectively can be very different. But for most Italians, the Mediterranean isn’t very far away. ...

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Petrillo’s Restaurant in Peabody – A Family A-Fare

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Welcome to “A Tavola,” Bostoniano’s newest food column, dedicated to taking readers on un giro culinario in search of Massachusetts’ prime locations for authentic Italian cuisine. It seems that Massachusetts is rife with Italian eateries, all of which claim to serve real “Italian classics,” but for experienced foodies and casual diners, alike, finding a spot that encapsulates not only the finest of Italian food, but the Italian experience as well, can be quite the challenge. But we are not only here to stake out hidden gems throughout Boston and its suburbs; we are here to celebrate the triumphs and successes ...

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