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IBM Plans First Watson Health European Center of Excellence in Italy

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi witness the signing of an agreement for the planned Watson Health European Center of Excellence in Milan, near the country’s Human Technopole Italy 2040 research campus. The agreement was signed during a visit by Prime Minister Renzi to IBM’s new Watson Health global headquarters in Cambridge, MA. Seated from left to right: Erich Clementi, SVP, IBM Europe; Hon. Ivan Scalfarotto, Undersecretary at Italian Presidency of Council. Standing from left to right: Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO, IBM; Hon. Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of Italy. For more information, please contact Lorie Fiber, IBM, lfiber@us.ibm.com. For more information (Credit: Daniel Goodrich)

On March 31, IBM announced plans to launch its first Watson Health European Center of Excellence in Milan near the Human Technopole Italy 2040 research campus, supporting the government of Italy’s initiative to establish an international hub for the advancement of genomics, big data, aging, and nutrition. The Center is part of a long-term collaboration between IBM and the government of Italy. IBM plans to invest up to $150 million (€135 million) over the next several years and bring together Watson Health data scientists, engineers, researchers and designers to develop a new generation of data-driven healthcare applications and solutions. Further, ...

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Promoting Italian Technology solutions in USA: Opportunities for Cooperation


When: May 27-28, 2015 Where: Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) — 1 Broadway, 14th Floor, Cambridge The Italian Foreign Trade Commission (ICE), in collaboration with INNOVA and PIB, is organizing a training and promotional event on R&D, funding, startup acceleration and joint collaborations between Italy and USA ICE and INNOVA are pleased to invite you to half-a-day of: Panel Discussion – Italian Company Pitches – Italian Food & Networking This seminar aims to catalyze potential US-Italian partnerships in research and entrepreneurial business development through an educational speaker session and networking event. Click here to register and to find a complete schedule ...

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Blanchard’s Wine Tasting


REVERE EVENT When: Wednesday, April 22 2015 5:00-9:00PM Where: Blanchard’s Revere, 286 American Legion Highway (Route 60) Revere WEST ROXBURY EVENT When: April 29, 2015 6:00PM -9:00PM Where: Blanchard’s W. Roxbury, 418 Lagrange Street, West Roxbury Blanchards, Revere Visit Blanchard’s in Revere to taste over 100 wines from around the world and speak with the expert wine representatives about your favorite wines. It’s the event that all the wine lovers on the North Shore look forward to. Wines on display will be 20% off for the evening. Taste, learn, have fun… all for free.  Must be 21+ Our Grand Tasting is an opportunity to ...

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Boston’s Harpoon Teams Up with Tuscan Brewer

Moreno Ercolani (left) and Charlie Cummings raise a glass to celebrate their collaborative efforts.

What do wine grape must, an afternoon of rock and roll, and an evening of sipping beer poolside in the Tuscan countryside have to do with beer? They were the inspiration behind the Harpoon Brewery’s newest limited batch offering, the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Tuscan Pool Party. This beer is a collaborative effort between Harpoon brewer Charlie Cummings and Italian craft brewer Moreno Ercolani of Birrificio L’Olmaia. Each spring Harpoon employees celebrating a certain anniversary (5th, 8th, 12th, etc.) are taken on a weeklong overseas “beer culture” trip. During these trips, the Harpoon group is taken on special tours of ...

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Tuscan Kitchen and Tuscan Market Opens in Burlington


October 13 marks the official opening of Tuscan Kitchen and Tuscan Market in Burlington, Massachusetts. Located at 24 New England Executive Park, the new restaurant and market focuses on regional Italian cuisine and spans over 14,000 square feet, delivering a true Italian feel with imported limestone from Italy and reclaimed wood and bricks as accents. Guests are welcomed to the restaurant through Tuscan Market which hosts prepared foods including pasta and sauces made daily, fresh salads, panini, pizza, daily baked breads, artisanal meats and cheeses, fresh local produce, handmade gelato, pastries, Italian soda and house-brewed coffees, as well as hundreds ...

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Italian File Sharing Company Boole Server Opens Offices in Boston


Boole Server, a trusted provider of enterprise file sharing and data protection in Europe, recently announced the opening of its two North American offices in San Francisco and Boston, as an expansion into the U.S. market. Boole Server’s on-premise solution provides full military-grade encryption to secure data even beyond perimeter and device-centric controls, and keep it from falling into unauthorized hands. There are now as many as 729 different cloud applications in use at the average company, and many apps include confidential corporate data.1 Leading international companies including Barilla, UnipolSai, Giorgio Armani, Tod’s, and Versace are taking back control of ...

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Vino Travels’ Jennifer Martin Joins Bostoniano

Jennifer Martin

Ciao Bostoniano readers! I’m Jennifer Martin, your new columnist featuring monthly articles on the local wine scene. What better way to introduce myself than to introduce the company that I work for, PSP Imports. First, to brief you on my background, years ago, during the tragic 9/11 attack, I had studied abroad in Italy while I attended Bentley University. At that point in time I had never been overseas and even though I am of Italian heritage and appreciated the culture, I didn’t speak the language or have a love for Italian wine. Here I am thirteen years later where ...

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Piccolo Nido’s Pino Irano Gets World Series Ring

Pino Irano showing off his new shiny ring and an official proclamation from the City of Boston for his more than 20 years of service.

Anyone familiar with the North End restaurant scene knows Pino Irano. The owner of Piccolo Nido restaurant has been in business for over 20 years, and has seen pretty much every single famous person in Boston dine in his restaurant at 257 North Street. Now visitors and Italian food lovers alike will have an additional reason to visit Piccolo Nido. In July, Irano became the first and only Italian-born person to ever own an official World Series ring, given to him directly from Boston Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino. A regular at the restaurant, Lucchino had the 2013 ...

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Caffè Nero To Open First-Ever U.S. Location in Boston


Caffè Nero, the Italian-inspired chain shop that has hundreds of stores throughout the U.K., is planning to open its first U.S. store, in Boston. While Caffè Nero has not confirmed or denied reports of a venture onto U.S. soil, the company’s stateside real estate agency, Atlantic Associates, was too excited to hold the news in: The shop will be opening sometime after the first of the year right next door to the new Legal Seafood LX, slated to go online in the new Millennium Place complex on Washington Street. Millenium Place is a 625-foot-high, mixed-use residential condo and retail development ...

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Cav. Filippo Frattaroli Celebrates 60th Birthday


One of the North End’s most successful restaurateurs, Cav. Filippo Frattaroli recently celebrated his 60th birthday amongst his family, friends, and dignitaries.

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Sterlingwear of East Boston Announces Partnership with L.L. Bean

Frank and Jo Fredella, with their granddaughter Gianna.

The new year started off with a bang for Sterlingwear of Boston, which recently announced a collaborative effort with clothing giant L.L. Bean. “This collaboration is representative of two iconic brands working together to offer customers some of the finest outerwear available anywhere,” said President and CEO Frank Fredella. “It is a wonderful marriage of two heritage brands that represent classic American styles and quality craftsmanship,” added Jack Foster, Director of Sales and Marketing at the East Boston-based company. Sterlingwear of Boston is in its third generation of business and is truly an All-American success story. Launched as Viking Clothing ...

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Mike’s Pastry to Open Harvard Square Locations


Mike’s Pastry, which has been providing an expansive assortment of sweet treats in the city’s North End neighborhood for decades, is planning to expand to Harvard Square.

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