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Tonno Restaurant to Open in Gloucester June 17th

Tonno - Grilled Tonno Steak

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

Bottega Fiorentina owner Andrea Ferrini (photo ©Nicola Orichuia)

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!


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

Sunday Rigatoni with Beef Shank

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

Focaccia 3

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


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


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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Boston Globe Magazine Names Davio’s Steakhouse Best Place To Work In 2015


On November 13, 2015, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse was named “One of the Top Places to Work” in Massachusetts in Boston Globe Magazine’s 8th annual employee survey. It received the 11th rank in the Large-Company category. Steve DiFillippo, owner, believes that “our philosophy was to always take care of everyone in the company.”

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Tiramisù (photo by © Francesca Bruzzese)

Alright – I have something to confess. You might want to sit down for this. Seated? Okay. Here it goes: despite priding myself on being a good cook and being very skilled in Italian cuisine, I had never, ever – up until this post – made tiramisù, the most well-known Italian dessert and arguably one of the most popular Italian recipes. How did that happen, you ask? Perhaps it’s because I knew that I could always get a good tiramisù in any restaurant here in Rome; perhaps it can be chalked up to all the different components needed to assemble ...

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Frittata with Zucchine and Prosciutto


In the first year I was learning to cook, I decided to plan a brunch for a group of friends back in Rhode Island. As I do when orchestrating any dinner party, I spent days carefully planning the menu, torn between pancakes or French toast, what kind of fruit to include in the fruit salad (does anyone even really like honeydew melon?) and whether I should serve the maple syrup cold or hot. After much deliberation, I decided on pancakes, bacon, omelets and fruit salad. I imagined myself serving up stacks of golden brown pancakes and fluffy omelets to my ...

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Osteria Nino To Host “Pop-Up” Farm Dinner

Image Courtesy of Osteria Nino.

Osteria Nino will be hosting a ‘pop-up’ farm dinner at Pleasant Valley Gardens in Metheun, MA. The dinner will take place on September 19, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. The event will feature Italian, family-style meals alongside local beers and wines. Osteria Nino is hosting this event to remind diners that its mission is to use as many products of the land as possible. This is one of several events that will take place at farms throughout New England “to gather a deeper understanding  and respect for its abundant soils and livestock.” If you are interested in attending, make a reservation ...

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Osteria Nino To Host First Pairings Dinner

Image Courtesy of Osteria Nino.

Burlington restaurant, Osteria Nino, will be hosting their first pairings dinner on September 16, 2015. The event will feature Marsuret Prosecco, teamed up with the delicious food offered in the Roman kitchen. The restaurant’s head chef, Walace Benica, designed a menu that transports diners back to the Old Country, “honoring cucina italiana.” The event features a four-course meal served in Osteria Nino’s private dining room.   If you are interested, you can make a reservation at http://marsuretatosterianino.eventbrite.com. Reservations are required. The event starts at 6:30 PM with cocktails and follows with dinner at 7:30 PM.

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