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Tonno Restaurant to Open in Gloucester June 17th

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BOSTON, MA (June 7, 2016) – Famed North End restaurateur and chef, Anthony Caturano (Prezza), will open the doors to his new Gloucester restaurant, Tonno, on June 17. Italian for “tuna,” Tonno will be housed in the former Blackburn Tavern space and will feature coastal Italian seafood and other treasures from land and sea. Seating 99 people, Tonno has partial ocean views and is open year-round. After undergoing a full renovation this winter, the renewed 4,000 square foot space is outfitted with a dining room, a lounge with a cocktail bar and a private events room. The lounge area features communal ...

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Bottega Fiorentina to Open New Location Sunday in Newton

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This weekend, Brookline-based Bottega Fiorentina will open the doors to a new Newton outpost. On June 5, starting at 11 a.m., launch-day patrons will be able to drink free espresso or enjoy the regular Sunday and Wednesday special, pasta with any of over fifteen sauces for $4.99. Additionally, the regular fare will include a wide array of insalate, panini, antipasti, and gelati. This new location is the product of over one year’s preparation by Florentine owners Andrea and Cristina Ferrini, including construction of the interior and obtaining requisite approvals by the city. The menu will be the same as the ...

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The almighty pizza dough!

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As enthusiastic as I was when I first got in to baking and cooking, there were a few things that I never considered making at home. This list included gelato, bread and, the subject of today’s post, pizza dough. I assumed that the store-bought versions were probably just as good as what you could make at home and saved you time. I did make quite a few homemade pizzas when I began to cook; I experimented with all sorts of toppings, like pesto and goat cheese, eggplant and sundried tomato, ricotta and fig. These toppings were however placed on top ...

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Sunday Rigatoni with Beef Shank Gravy

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My love for Italian-American food really began when I married my husband in 1967. In those early days, we often visited his grandparents’ home in Richmond, Virginia for Sunday dinners. Ernesto and Elisabetta welcomed over twenty grandkids and relatives for these all-day family events. These were special times together sharing stories and enjoying delicious meals passed down by 3 generations of the Noviello, Greco, and Casazza families. Once I tasted the “Sunday Gravy” made by his mother, grandmother, and great grandmother (affectionately known as Big Mamma)… I was hooked. These 3 ladies first taught me how to cook many authentic ...

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Rosemary focaccia

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I’m guessing that although you’ve clicked on the link to this blog post, you probably aren’t considering actually making this recipe. After all, making your own bread must be difficult and time consuming, and unnecessary, because you can always buy bread at the supermarket, right? If you thought any or all of these things – hear me out! While I completely understand – bread from scratch can seem daunting – this recipe is actually super easy, not at all time consuming considering you’re making bread from scratch, and 1000 times better than any bread you will buy at the supermarket. ...

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Asparagus with Parmigiano and Prosciutto

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As some of you may know, I run a food blog – Pancakes and Biscotti – where, as the name suggests, I tend to focus on sweets and dessert. It is very much a place where butter, sugar, and chocolate reign supreme, and while there is nothing wrong with that – how could there be something wrong with that?! – the recipes I’ve posted for green, vegetable-y dishes are far and few between (and one of them would anyways be Basil Pesto which is served over pasta and thus doesn’t really count). That being said I find it’s nice to ...

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Laura’s Crostata di Marmellata

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When I was younger, my parents would bring my siblings and me to Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse for dinner about once a month. If you’re reading this article from New England, it’s likely that you know this chain restaurant, though I haven’t seen any in a while…. I wonder if they still exist. Going to Bugaboo was always a treat – I loved their chicken fingers and fries, the staff would sing to a funny song to you on your birthday, and there was a talking moose and pine tree at the entrance of the restaurant. Best of all however was ...

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Rossetti’s: The chic corner of Lynn

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“Our job here at Rossetti’s is to make sure that all guests are treated like kings and queens,” states Chris Rossetti, the youngest partner of the new family-run eatery, situated in downtown Lynn. With superior hospitality, a classic Italian menu with a modern twist, and a posh, yet comfortable atmosphere, guests are certainly treated as such. In fact, frequent diners suggest that Rossetti Restaurant is the epitome of the North Shore dining scene, and has contributed to the revitalization of Lynn’s city center. On the corner of Sutton and Liberty St., Rossetti’s industrial chic interior, complete with a craft cocktail ...

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Malden’s Hidden Gem: Ristorante Serena

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There is perhaps no other restaurant that fits the term “hidden gem” quite like Ristorante Serena, located in Malden’s lively, working-class Maplewood Center. With its front entrance obscured from a passerby’s view, a little help from locals will guide newcomers down a lateral hallway through neighboring Panda Palace to find the highly acclaimed Calabrese eatery. Ristorante Serena, named after chef and owner Giovanni Longo’s eldest daughter, has been ranked as the city’s preferred locale for Italian fare, seafood and catering for the last six years. With an intimate dining room setting and traditional cuisine from Longo’s native Calabria, Ristorante Serena ...

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Santarpio’s Pizza: Eastie’s Finest

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From the rusted green overpass of Route 1A in Eastie, passersby catch a glimpse of perhaps the most iconic landmark in all the city — the unchanged and seemingly only remaining joint with an old school atmosphere that is so categorically “Boston.” Santarpio’s — referred to as “Santaaapio’s” or “Tarps” by locals — is not only hailed as Boston’s best pizzeria, it’s listed among the tops in the nation. With wood paneled walls adorned with boxing memorabilia, mint green dividers between booths, and East Boston’s old timers perched at the bar, there is nothing fancy about this spot, and that’s ...

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Nanni & Tata Brings Taste of Naples to Lawrence

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Ah, bella Napoli — one of Europe’s oldest and most flavorful metropolises, the very heart of empires past. With its bustling center built upon rich volcanic soil alongside a bountiful sea, and home to archaeological treasures, Naples boasts a flavor unlike any other in Italy. Behind Naples’ aging façades is a city very much alive. In crevices of the urban sprawl, down alleyways rife with scooting Vespas, one can discover a profound humanity, rich culture, and unexpected culinary elegance. Gaetano and Annamaria Migliaccio, recent newcomers to the United States, and proud owners of Nanni and Tata in Lawrence, Massachusetts, are ...

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New Deal Fruit, Old School Vibes

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“There is nothing better than working with family,” says Yano Petruzzelli, who owns and operates the New Deal Fruit Company located in Revere, Massachusetts, along with his two brothers, Nicholas and Domenic Petruzzelli. The New Deal Fruit Company, which can be categorized as a hybrid produce market, Italian specialty store, and deli, has been a family affair for over fifty years, and seemingly will be a mainstay in this North Shore city for a very long time. A visit to New Deal is a history lesson in itself, as the band of three Petruzzelli brothers keeps the distinctly old school ...

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