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Half a Century of Magical Events at Lombardo’s

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There is something magical about walking through the doors of Lombardo’s in Randolph. The joy and happiness of countless weddings and conferences has permeated this historic function facility’s walls, as has the spirit of its founder, the late Sal Lombardo.

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Armando Petruzziello: An Italian immigrant Story of Success

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Italian-American Armando Petruzziello founded three successful ventures since immigrating to the US in 1971. He shares his story below. “I came in the USA on Saturday March 13, 1971 at the young age of 24,” explains Armando. “The first thing that made an impression on me was the big 18-wheeler trucks. I loved them so much that I told my wife I wanted to be a truck driver. While working in construction job supporting my family of 5, I went to school to get my truck driving license. Upon obtaining my Class 1 Driving permit, I applied for a job ...

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JoPino Scarcella, A Man of All Trades

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No one can say to JoPino Scarcella, “You could have been a contender.” Because the North End native – whose parents are from Calabria – was a contender. Or as they say in Boston, “a contendahh.” Quite literally. In 2004, Scarcella, who is built squat and strong like a bullet and is just as fast with his fists, was featured in Season One of the NBC reality show “The Contender” under the tutelage of Sylvester Stallone. He had the sultry good looks for the burgeoning reality show world and he had the boxing prowess as a New England Golden Glove ...

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Ristorante Limoncello owner Maurizio Badolato

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When I was a teen into my early 20s I, debatably, made the best espresso in Boston behind the counter at the long-defunct Café Roma in the North End. I learned how to use just enough coffee to create the creamy top; the difference between lungo and corto, and I can still fashion a fantastic tiramisù because of my years on Hanover Street. Café Roma is long gone, now part of the structure that is the fabulous Bricco. But my favorite customers then are among those who have stayed and kept the Italian spirit in the North End alive. One ...

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Wicked Peacock Founder Brings Italian Touch to Local Jewelry

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Silvana Costa has always been driven by the belief that “a handmade, statement piece of jewelry can totally transform your outfit.” After growing up in Medford, MA, the first-generation Italian opened in 2012 “Wicked Peacock,” a website that showcases and sells accessories made by Boston-based as well as other fashion and jewelry designers. Silvana was originally a jewelry designer herself. “I used to go to antique stores and buy vintage pieces, and then remake them into something completely different,” she says. “When I started my business as a designer, I went under the name of Wicked Peacock. The name was ...

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Massachusetts-Based ‘Adea’ Delivers Luxury Made In Italy to US Market

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Christina DiPierro created Adea after several years spent in Italy, where she discovered her passion for textiles and design.

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After 40 Years, Roma’s Bakery in Woburn Still Going Strong

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More than 4,000 miles separate Woburn from the Italian town of Gaeta. But there seems to be no distance between the baking customs of Gaetano Cafaro’s birthplace and the Boston suburb he has called home for over 40 years. Just before Easter, when we went to visit Roma’s Bakery on 312 Main Street, the shop was full of the season’s typical Italian specialties. Many of them, like struffoli and casatielli, are characteristic of the Naples area just a few miles south of Gaeta. Other seasonal specialties included pastiera, pizza ghena, pizza rustica and Easter bread. This year marks the 40th ...

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Fratelli’s in Quincy Puts Brotherly Love in Pastries

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After years working at other bakeries, brothers John and Pino decided to open Fratelli's Pastry Shop in Quincy.

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VienneMilano – A Boston-based “Made in Italy”

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The local company specializing in Italian tight highs (autoreggenti), has its products made in Milan, the country's fashion capital.

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A Slice of North End History at Parziale’s Bakery

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Parziale Bakery has been in the North End for 105 years, continuing the strong family tradition of bread making.

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East Boston’s Sterlingwear — Italian roots, American pride

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Sterlingwear of Boston is the classic American company. They are a solidly rooted family company, stable in their dealings, bold in their approach and committed to building one of the best American-made brands ever produced right here in East Boston, Massachusetts. In 1918 many Italians migrated to America in search of the “American Dream”. Lorenzo Fredella was one of them. Shipbound for America, his dream was to find work to support his family and make his mark in this world. As difficult as it was for Lorenzo and the millions of other immigrants that left their humble beginnings, Lorenzo made ...

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