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Viva San Giuseppe

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We just wrapped up St. Patrick’s Day, though it is argued that St. Patrick was Italian. It doesn’t matter to me, my Italian mother made a fabulous Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner and I enjoyed it very much! However, the holiday that is literally days away from St. Patrick’s Day is St. Joseph or San Giuseppe. St. Joseph is all about zeppole! Read on Everyone Wants To Be Italian

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Umbrian Easter

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Chef Lorena Autuori from Italian Cooking School “Percorsi con Gusto” is back in Boston! When: Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 1PM Where: Filippo’s Ristorante, 283 Causeway Street, Boston’s North End Following the successful events of last Christmas – including cooking lessons and a typical Umbrian dinner at Olive’s with Todd English – and after many request from the Boston community, Lorena is finally back in the city to share her magic in the kitchen. As Boston is home to many authentic Italian Chefs, it is only fitting that Chef Fillippo Frattaroli, owner of Filippo’s Ristorante in Boston’s North End, welcomes ...

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A Mozzarella Tasting in A Common Day

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An evening among friends quickly turns into a mozzarella-tasting contest. Find out the winners and the best mozzarella!

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Who’s the Winemaker

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I recently went to a show at Johnny D’s in Somerville, Massachusetts. Taken from the website “On any given night you may see Cajun fiddle masters from Louisiana, British folk stars, or some of Boston’s finest rockers.” I knew enough about Johnny D’s to know that it’s a hip indie music spot…but never did I imagine seeing the group CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO there. I was pleasantly surprised! Read on… Everyone Wants To Be Italian

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Not Your Average Pig Roast

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It’s cold, snowy, yes it’s winter. The holidays have passed and we look forward to events that occur in the winter…Valentine’s Day, Mardi gras, Groundhog Day (just kidding) and what we call in my family “Il Porco”. Every year my father takes the trip to the farm and chooses his pig. His purchased pig is prepared by cutting it up in four parts. That’s the easy part. The hard part begins at home. You might be thinking of piglet that is served over hot coals seen at pig roasts with an apple in its mouth. Thinking maybe pork chops or ...

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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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The Seven Fishes

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Christmas has come and gone for 2012. The world did not end as predicted. And the launch of a new Italian American magazine was released in Boston called Bostoniano. The creator, my friend Nicola Orichuia and I were discussing Christmas and the traditions in Italian homes. Nicola being a native of Rome never heard about the “Seven Fishes” on Christmas Eve until he moved to the States. Read more at Everyone Wants to Be Italian

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North End institution Angelo Cattaneo of Caffe dello Sport

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Angelo Cattaneo seems to have made all the right choices early in life — or a least the ones he sticks to. His wife of 55 years, Rosita, to start with; his neighborhood, the North End of Boston, where he has been living no-stop since 1962; even the choir he sings in, the one at St. Leonard Church (formerly Sacred Heart, then forced to move after the parishes consolidation in the early 2000s) he joined a couple of months after moving here. “I was walking down Hanover Street [the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare] when I heard singing voices coming out of ...

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MITaly Holds Italian Dolci Event

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MIT’s Italian student association, MITaly, hosted an event centered on Italian sweets and desserts on Thursday, October 18. Held at MIT’s Strata Center, the event featured several tables focused on regional specialties like sfogliatelle (Campania), ciambelline al vino (Lazio), panettone (Lombardia) and many more. Students and faculty looking for a treat were handed little maps of Italy at the entrance and were invited to vote for their favorite dolce. We visited the Strata Center and took some pictures:

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Emilia-Romagna Wines Make a Splash in Boston and Providence

From left: Emanuele Tozzi, Katia Di Felice, Barbara D'Agapiti, Filippo Atrioli, Angela Saraniti, Filiberto Mazzanti.

Over the past week, several representatives of Emilia-Romagna’s wine and food sectors visited Boston and Providence, Rhode Island, in an effort to establish partnerships and raise awareness of the Italian region’s quality products. “We are here to promote the wines of our region and lift them from anonymity,” says Filiberto Mazzanti, director of the Consorzio Vini di Romagna. “We also want to create a stronger territorial identity.” Mazzanti took part in a promotional tour focusing on establishing business realtionships between local distributors and wine producers in Emilia-Romagna, a region with a growing number of quality wines that are still somewhat ...

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Behind the Scenes of Italianissimo with Chef Filippo La Mantia

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On May 31, 2012, we had a chance to take a look behind the culinary scene that produced the amazing food for the italianissimo! gala event on June 1.

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Filippo’s Ristorante Cooking Demonstration

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Filippo’s Ristorante in Boston’s North End welcomed Alberto Diplacido from Sulmona (Abruzzo), Italy. Alberto prepared a four course meal for guests who were encouraged to participate in the cooking process. His style of cooking is a blend of old-fashion with modern techniques; sharing some of his culinary secrets, he joked that his grandmother would probably be upset with him for altering recipes. However, as you will see in photos, the guests enjoyed his cooking! If you want to catch Alberto’s other talents, check out Italian Music Night at Filippo’s where he will host a night of Italian karaoke.

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