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Cristiano Bonino: The Craft of Tasty Tours

Cristiano Bonino checking out seasoned Parmigiano Reggiano

Cristiano Bonino organizes food tours for a living: yet, as a foodie, he is not very credible – at least not at first glance. At 45, the shape he is in is associated with enthusiasts of diets and gyms, not gourmet regional specialties — especially after living in America on and off for the past 8 years (full time for the last four). As he leads me up the stairs to his Somerville top floor apartment it is hard for me to keep up with him; then as soon as we reach the kitchen/living-room – a sunlit open space nicely ...

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Making Logan Airport Efficient and Look Good: Massport’s Luciana Burdi

Massport Capital Program and Environmental Affairs Deputy Director Luciana Burdi

On a glorious May morning, Luciana Burdi greets me at the security desk of the Massport administrative building where she works, looking just as glorious. Her outfit is way more hip and stylish than one would expect for a regular Thursday at the office, and she transmits positive energy while navigating the building’s corridors with a sharp sense of humor and a smile that throughout our two-hour encounter never seems to fade away. “It’s been three years, and I love it!” she says, as we sit down in the office where she serves as deputy director of Massport’s Capital Program ...

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Boston Community’s Rising Star Giovanni Abbadessa

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“You have to look five years ahead.” Giovanni Abbadessa repeats this motto as a mantra and seems to apply it to the many tasks and roles he juggles in his busy, intense, on-the-verge-of-overbooked daily life. His phone rings, beeps or vibrates relentlessly during the two hours we spend in the gorgeous, elegantly and somewhat minimally furnished house in a western suburb of Boston he bought a couple of years ago. The results from the local COMITES election, in which he was a candidate, are just coming in that day, while kitchen renovation contractors in need of quotes and measures continuously ...

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Giuseppe Giangregorio: The Italian “Ambassador” Behind Green Cross Pharmacy’s Counter

Giuseppe Giangregorio of Green Cross Pharmacy in Boston's North End

Giuseppe Giangregorio and his brother Fernando have been running the North End's Green Cross Pharmacy since 1964.

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MGH’s Celiac Disease Crusader Alessio Fasano

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Professor Alessio Fasano‘s lab, at the MGH Center for Celiac Disease Research and Treatment, does not look much different than others found in the world-class medical research hub that the Boston area has become: same old bays, same old Petri dishes. Even his office — books on one side, large window overlooking other research facilities on the other — does not really differ from the typical one, exception made for a few Maserati calendars and mementos owned by Fasano, the Center’s director Yet, what stands out about this tall, thin, fairly long-haired Italian consummate researcher who after almost 25 years ...

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MIT Oceanography Professor Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli

Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli

Sitting in Professor Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli’s office at MIT, I forget for a few minutes what I am there for. We are discussing her passion for opera, and how she almost pursued a career in the arts as a young girl. A moment later, though, with a seamless transition she starts talking about climate change, and all of a sudden, her down-to-earth, somehow reassuring central Italian accent switches to a more professional, almost Venetian tone: “Warming is unequivocal, global warming, that is!” It’s the sign that my personal chitchat with MIT oceanography professor Malanotte-Rizzoli is over and the actual interview has ...

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A Wine Tour of Boston’s North End

City Wine Tours at Wine Bottega in Boston's North End.

Whether you are a local Bostonian, a New Englander or just someone visiting from another state or country, there is an excellent opportunity to sample some world-class wines while visiting some of the local Boston neighborhoods and local restaurants. City Wine Tours is a company that provides guided tours that explore multiple neighborhoods in Boston including the South End, the North End, Back Bay and the latest edition to their tour list: a sparkling wine tour of Harvard Square in Cambridge. The company provides an opportunity to tour each neighborhood, visit a few local restaurants and wine shops, with great ...

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Educator and Creator Mary Capozzi Delivers Lifestyle Lessons

Mary Capozzi

Through her own website and thanks to her Italian upbringing, Mary Capozzi has been able to give the gift of youth and wellbeing to the Boston community.

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Gianfranco Zaccai: Taking Innovation to the Next Level

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A native of Istria, Zaccai has always had a knack for changing and improving everything he sees and touches.

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DJ…Doctor… Professor of everything Italian!

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“Dr. Rocco Mesiti is a wonderful example of an Italian American who has a strong commitment to sharing Italian heritage and culture.” As a written by “The Republican Newsroom” for his award recognition. Rocco a recipient of the The Italian Cultural Center of Western Mass, 2013 Serviam Award. However it is his role as Host of Dolce Vita Radio in Springfield, Massachusetts that has garnered him an invitation to the annual San Gennaro Feast in New York City. For the third year in a row Dolce Vita Radio has broadcasted live from New York’s Little Italy. Several guests participated in ...

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Sondra Celli: Fashion Designer with that Special Bling

Sondra Celli in her studio (photo by Mark L. Johnson)

“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that bling” is Sondra Celli’s exclusive approach to fashion industry, and her Swaroski-glittered garments stand to prove just that. Celli’s elegant studio in Waltham is the epicenter of her unique and creative work. Since 2010, Celli’s fancy couture has even been recognized nationally on TLC’s hit “My Big Fat American Gipsy Wedding.” Fashion has certainly been Celli’s world since she was born. In fact, she is the daughter of dress diva Yolanda Cellucci. “My mother was always in fashion so I was raised in this kind of business.” she says. At ...

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Fashion icon Yolanda Cellucci

Yolanda Cellucci (photo courtesy bwme.org)

It’s been 46 years since dress diva Yolanda Cellucci transformed her dreams into a glittery and glamorous reality. From “rags to riches,” she emerged as a successful businesswoman and recognized queen of fashion. She is simply a living legend. I had the pleasure to meet with Yolanda at her chic apartment near Boston. I felt electrified by her charismatic and cordial personality. She kindly made me feel at home. A very influential personality in the Boston fashion world, Youlanda started out in 1967 by selling wigs, soon afterward opening her eponymous store in Waltham. Yolanda’s bridal boutique grew to include ...

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