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Weymouth’s Masciarelli Wine Company a Global Powerhouse

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I recently had the pleasure of receiving an invitation and meeting the President and CEO of Masciarelli Wine Company, Roberta Masciarelli-Spagnuolo, and her husband, Joseph, at their grand portfolio tasting at the Boston Harbor Hotel. It was a wonderful presentation of all their wines, but of course I was there to explore their Italian portfolio and to experience what the many wineries of Italy had to offer. They had some great obscure grapes from Puglia, Sardegna and Sicily that I featured on my blog, Vino Travels, along with some of the most highly respected wines in Italy, including Barolo, Barbaresco, ...

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Tuscan Kitchen and Tuscan Market Opens in Burlington

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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

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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

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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

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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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Cumar’s Ivo Cubi: A destiny carved in marble

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Editor’s Note: In our magazine teaser item for this profile, we had Mr. Cubi actually roaming the hills of South America in search of precious metals as a young adult, rather than simply dreaming of it. His life has been adventurous enough without that erroneous excursion, and we apologize to the interviewee and author alike for the inaccuracy. No matter how hard he tried, Ivo Cubi could not have done anything else for a living. His last name, to begin with, in Italian literally means “Cubes.” Plus he was born into a family that, in one capacity or another, has ...

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The North End’s Connah Store

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There is no denying that us New Englanders, and especially us Bostonians, have a language all our own. We have an accent, an attitude, and a way of doing business that is specific to each of our neighborhoods. In the North End, the Connah Store is the place that everyone goes for late night snacks, iced tea and ice cream that speaks to tourists and natives alike. The North End holds a special place in the hearts of Suffolk students and Boston transplants as the place to go for a home-cooked meal when you are lonely, hungry or looking for ...

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Chris Zizza Awarded Chamber Member of the Year

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C&R Flooring president Chris Zizza – along with fellow co-founders, Lynn Bucossi and Kevin Ryan, of the Friends of the Valley Foundation – are the recent recipients of the 2013 Chamber Member of the Year Award, presented annually by the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce. The 2013 Annual Chamber Gala- held November 21st at the Grand Summit Hotel in West Dover, Vermont- honored and recognized exceptional chamber member organizations that have made a significant impact in the area. Nominations were solicited from across the community for the awards. The sold-out dinner was well attended by local business owners, employees, ...

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