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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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Taking a trip to Salem’s Bella Verona

Elise Balzotti with Giorgio Manzana

Elise Balzotti meets with Giorgio Manzana, owner of Bella Verona restaurant in Salem.

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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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Mucci Imports Unearths Lesser Known Italian Wines

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Mucci Imports, owned by Nick Mucci, is a Boston based Italian wine importer specializing in unique Italian varietals from producers he has hand picked throughout his travels from living in Italy and developing special relationships with the winemakers. Mucci started the company in 2013, towards the end of the summer. When I first met him, he was introducing his wines to folks at Ball Square Fine Wines in Somerville and I was intrigued by his selections when I saw the announcement. Being an Italian wine blogger, I love the opportunity to try Italian wines, especially those that are unique to ...

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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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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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Spreading the Italian Language – Sabrina Amadei

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Verona native Sabrina Amadei has been teaching Italian language and culture from her home for over 20 years.

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A Family Farm in Tuscany – Fattoria Poggio Alloro’s Sarah Fiorini

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At a recent wine tasting, I had the privilege to meet Sarah Fiorini from Fattoria Poggio Alloro, who was visiting the United States. Accompanied by Paul Turina of Due Fratelli Imports, we met at one of my favorite wine shops, Lucia’s Bodega in Windham, NH. Paul brought along his family’s wines from the Lake Garda region of Lombardy: A wide range of the area’s indigenous varieties, including a marzemino, which was one of Mozart’s favorite wines. Sarah is the author of the cookbook “A Family Farm in Tuscany,” which not only shares the wonderful traditional recipes that she enjoys cooking, ...

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MIT Oceanography Professor Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli

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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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Weymouth’s Masciarelli Wine Company a Global Powerhouse

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I recently had the pleasure of receiving an invitation and meeting the President and CEO of Masciarelli Wine Company, Roberta Masciarelli-Spagnuolo, and her husband, Joseph, at their grand portfolio tasting at the Boston Harbor Hotel. It was a wonderful presentation of all their wines, but of course I was there to explore their Italian portfolio and to experience what the many wineries of Italy had to offer. They had some great obscure grapes from Puglia, Sardegna and Sicily that I featured on my blog, Vino Travels, along with some of the most highly respected wines in Italy, including Barolo, Barbaresco, ...

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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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