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Italian Fishing Tradition Lives on at Peter Zappa’s The Causeway in Gloucester

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Discussing Italian food always proves to be quite a curious concept, as conversations tend to invariably focus on what Americans would refer to as “Italian classics,” such as chicken parmigiana, pizza, and tiramisù. But what many fail to recognize is that these foods and fine pastas are not the only rudimentary dishes that encapsulate the Italian diet, but only represent merely a fraction of it. In fact, spanning across the twenty regions that make up the Italian boot and its islands, dishes found in each respectively can be very different. But for most Italians, the Mediterranean isn’t very far away. ...

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Petrillo’s Restaurant in Peabody – A Family A-Fare

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Welcome to “A Tavola,” Bostoniano’s newest food column, dedicated to taking readers on un giro culinario in search of Massachusetts’ prime locations for authentic Italian cuisine. It seems that Massachusetts is rife with Italian eateries, all of which claim to serve real “Italian classics,” but for experienced foodies and casual diners, alike, finding a spot that encapsulates not only the finest of Italian food, but the Italian experience as well, can be quite the challenge. But we are not only here to stake out hidden gems throughout Boston and its suburbs; we are here to celebrate the triumphs and successes ...

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The Magic Culinary Touch of Chef Marisa Iocco

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“Cooking is an act of love — an ancient primal gesture,” Executive Chef Marissa Iocco opines. “Like all acts of love, it is deeply gratifying and like all ancient primal gestures, it’s good for the soul.” Executive Chef Marisa Iocco is a cook at heart as well as by vocation, but she doesn’t look the part. Slender, tall, sporty and tanned to perfection, as she sits in the sun on a glorious morning at one of the wooden tables in Old North Square, she could pass for a cyclist on a break. She is, in fact, taking a break — ...

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Winthrop’s Cafe Rossetti’s: Where People Meet to Eat

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Tucked away in a seaside town, you can find a teeny tiny family owned restaurant that is worth the trek outside of the city.

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Bianco and Sons: Concessions maestri

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If you have enjoyed the spicy goodness of a hot Italian sausage before a Red Sox game while strolling down Yawkey Way, you are a faithful Bianco and Sons customer. Opening the retail shop in 1960, Joseph Bianco Sr. started a family business that is now the backbone of New England’s concessions. Boasting the highest quality meats and spices, Bianco’s Italian sausage has stood the test of time. The recipe has not changed a lick in almost 55 years of production. Joseph Jr. would never share their secrets either: “No way, it’s a family recipe.” The smell alone brings me ...

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Pauli’s North End – Wicked Fresh. Crazy Good.

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In the words of owner Paul Barker, Pauli's North End serves "wicked fresh food that always tastes crazy good."

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Sicilian Chef Salvo Gaglio and Chris Salerno Give Revere Top Italian Restaurant Volare

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Since opening in October 2012, executive chef Salvo Gaglio and co-owner Chris Salerno have found the secret to making Volare Restaurant in Revere successful.

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The Maione Family of Capitol Coffee House

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Right behind the State House there is a tiny shop called Capitol Coffee House that has just as much culture and history as its neighborhood.

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Tutto Italiano owner Angelo Locilento

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“If you love what you do, you don’t work a day in your life,” says Angelo Locilento as he somewhat reluctantly leaves his post at the counter of Tutto Italiano, where long lines of customers from all races, ages and walks of life wait to be served either some special product directly imported from Italy or some freshly made in-store treat. “Look! This is a fully functioning bakery that just finished making bread for the day,” he points out as we pass through the yeast-and-flour scented facility to his office. After a careful look I see what he means. The ...

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The DiCenso Family – Rino’s Place in East Boston

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In East Boston, masked by tripledeckers and tucked away on residential streets, you will find two primetime restaurants run by the DiCenso family. “It takes a strong-hearted family to run any type of business” says Anna DiCenso, Chef Tony’s wife and business partner. They are the second generation to run Rino’s Place and have turned this local institution into an international sensation. Cheryl, a 17-year veteran server at Rino’s, says that guests from all over the world have been coming in after seeing Rino’s Place and Chef Tony on “Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives.” “They have books, they plan their vacation ...

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Henry Zunino: Sculptor at Heart, Candyman by Profession

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Imagine a lobster on a stick: not a real one, but rather a small crustacean-shaped lollipop to take home as a souvenir of a trip to Boston, or — why not — after a real Lobster dinner with your kids. The lobster-shaped treat is not mass produced in China for some giant corporation, but rather crafted and created by local sculptor Henry Zunino, a self-made entrepreneur in his self-made artisanal laboratory in Everett, Massachusetts, where his company Strawberry Hill Candy started in 2009. The company’s flagship product, the Lobster (individual claws are also available), is really only one of many ...

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Sauces ‘n Love Founder Paolo Volpati-Kedra Talks of Past and Future

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When Paolo Volpati-Kedra first came to Boston in 1993 to study Economics, little did he know that 20 years later he would be running one of the state’s most successful pasta sauce companies. The founder and president of Sauces ’n Love hails from Monza, near Milan, and is proud to show visitors his Lynn-based facility, where three separate lines of production work on sauces ranging from Marinara to Alfredo, as well as pesto. “We recently were certified to produce kosher and organic foods,” says the 40-year-old entrepreneur. Volpati-Kedra has come a long way since starting the company in 2000. The ...

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