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Giuseppe Argentieri: The Ambassador of Italian cheese

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“I don’t like it when they call me the king of mozzarella. That title is loaded with pressure and responsibility,” Giuseppe Argentieri says with a smile as he supervises the production of the day’s batch of fresh burrata before shipping it to specialty stores all over the Boston area. Then, after swallowing a chunk of the white, chewy, still-warm product of a morning’s work and giving the nod to the cheese maker — who puts these balls of goodness together by hand — he suddenly becomes serious. “All I’d like to be considered is the one who makes the best ...

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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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Chris Zizza Receives 2013 Ellis Island Medal of Honor

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Chris Zizza, president of C & R Flooring in Needham, received the 2013 Ellis Island Medal of Honor on May 11.

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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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A song of the streets of Boston

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There is a reason that reality show producers from all over the country make Boston their first choice to mine new talent. Our city has a scruffy vitality, a vibrant underside, rambunctious characters who speak with salty language in an accent that is virtually impossible to master. There is no place like Boston to take in a kaleidoscopic look into real people: the shabby, the chic and everything in between. And Boston Italians are truly certainly among the most colorful. Listening to Italians debate, about who makes the best espresso (Some say Wy, the Chinese American who has worked behind ...

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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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Italian Company Vibram Opens Flagship Store on Newbury Street

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Known for its patented shoe FiveFingers, the Italian company Vibram is looking to make an impression on Boston shoppers.

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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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