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Rossetti’s: The chic corner of Lynn

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“Our job here at Rossetti’s is to make sure that all guests are treated like kings and queens,” states Chris Rossetti, the youngest partner of the new family-run eatery, situated in downtown Lynn. With superior hospitality, a classic Italian menu with a modern twist, and a posh, yet comfortable atmosphere, guests are certainly treated as such. In fact, frequent diners suggest that Rossetti Restaurant is the epitome of the North Shore dining scene, and has contributed to the revitalization of Lynn’s city center. On the corner of Sutton and Liberty St., Rossetti’s industrial chic interior, complete with a craft cocktail ...

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Malden’s Hidden Gem: Ristorante Serena

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There is perhaps no other restaurant that fits the term “hidden gem” quite like Ristorante Serena, located in Malden’s lively, working-class Maplewood Center. With its front entrance obscured from a passerby’s view, a little help from locals will guide newcomers down a lateral hallway through neighboring Panda Palace to find the highly acclaimed Calabrese eatery. Ristorante Serena, named after chef and owner Giovanni Longo’s eldest daughter, has been ranked as the city’s preferred locale for Italian fare, seafood and catering for the last six years. With an intimate dining room setting and traditional cuisine from Longo’s native Calabria, Ristorante Serena ...

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Santarpio’s Pizza: Eastie’s Finest

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From the rusted green overpass of Route 1A in Eastie, passersby catch a glimpse of perhaps the most iconic landmark in all the city — the unchanged and seemingly only remaining joint with an old school atmosphere that is so categorically “Boston.” Santarpio’s — referred to as “Santaaapio’s” or “Tarps” by locals — is not only hailed as Boston’s best pizzeria, it’s listed among the tops in the nation. With wood paneled walls adorned with boxing memorabilia, mint green dividers between booths, and East Boston’s old timers perched at the bar, there is nothing fancy about this spot, and that’s ...

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Nanni & Tata Brings Taste of Naples to Lawrence

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Ah, bella Napoli — one of Europe’s oldest and most flavorful metropolises, the very heart of empires past. With its bustling center built upon rich volcanic soil alongside a bountiful sea, and home to archaeological treasures, Naples boasts a flavor unlike any other in Italy. Behind Naples’ aging façades is a city very much alive. In crevices of the urban sprawl, down alleyways rife with scooting Vespas, one can discover a profound humanity, rich culture, and unexpected culinary elegance. Gaetano and Annamaria Migliaccio, recent newcomers to the United States, and proud owners of Nanni and Tata in Lawrence, Massachusetts, are ...

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New Deal Fruit, Old School Vibes

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“There is nothing better than working with family,” says Yano Petruzzelli, who owns and operates the New Deal Fruit Company located in Revere, Massachusetts, along with his two brothers, Nicholas and Domenic Petruzzelli. The New Deal Fruit Company, which can be categorized as a hybrid produce market, Italian specialty store, and deli, has been a family affair for over fifty years, and seemingly will be a mainstay in this North Shore city for a very long time. A visit to New Deal is a history lesson in itself, as the band of three Petruzzelli brothers keeps the distinctly old school ...

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Pugliese abundance at Vico Ristorante

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Rarely does a restaurant achieve notoriety in its fledgling stage, but such is the case with Vico Ristorante Italiano, which officially opened its doors in June 2014 in Norwood, Massachusetts. Conveniently located just off Norwood’s central common, Vico has become one of the town’s most popular locations for those seeking fine Italian cuisine in an inviting setting. From the common, the restaurant is hidden from plain sight, but its simple sign beckons customers down a “vico” to its entrance. Once inside, first time diners as well as regular patrons can sense a personal welcome that is almost familial. This is ...

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Avellinese Pride and Plentiful Dishes at Danny De Simone’s La Vita Mia

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Tucked away in the most unlikely location just outside Saugus center is a treasured spot for Italian fare. Sandwiched in between a bustling convenience store and a Dunkin Donuts, La Vita Mia’s unassuming exterior has kept the restaurant a hidden gem, and that’s just how the locals prefer it. Owner and Head Chef Gaetano “Danny” De Simone’s quaint eatery is packed with Italian flavor, which has landed La Vita Mia on the North Shore’s list of local hotspots. With family photos displayed tastefully on the walls and family recipes appearing on the menu, diners are continually reminded of the significance ...

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Marblehead’s Casa Mia: A Home Away From Home

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In Italian, Casa Mia translates to “My Home,” and for both Marblehead’s chic and trendy and the local fishermen alike, home is where you’ll be at once you enter this new Calabrese eatery. Twenty-five year old Raffaele Scalzi and his brother Luigi (Gino) Scalzi, opened the brand new restaurant on July 1, and have already been met with unparalleled success. Nestled alongside The Barrelman and the hopping Five Corners Kitchen, Casa Mia is a stellar contribution to Marblehead’s catalog of dining locations. I arrived at Casa Mia with a particular curiosity, anxious to see what such young culinary entrepreneurs had ...

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Honoring culinary traditions at Caffe Paolina in Swampscott

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In the eyes of a passerby, the small Caffè Paolina, tucked discreetly in the corner of a quaint strip mall on Swampscott’s main road, does not beckon customers in. Once inside, however, diners feel an unusual sense of comfort and welcome. Greeted by the proprietor, herself, in a true Calabrese fashion, with open arms and a thick Italian accent, Paolina sets the tone for an authentic Italian meal. Paolina’s personality and presence are an integral part of the dining experience at this family-operated locale. Born and raised in the Calabrese hilltop town of Palermiti, she learned much of what she ...

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Piccola Napoletana: A real Neapolitan pizzeria in the heart of Beverly

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Sculpting, painting, and architecture are some of the most notable art forms that come to mind when we reflect on Italia’s expansive history and the nation’s role in artistic developments. Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Brunelleschi will, undoubtedly, forever remain implanted in our minds as being the Italian “greats” of art. But sculpting and painting are not the only artistic expressions that are noteworthy; Italians have a way of transforming seemingly simple tasks into grandiose art forms, even when it comes to making pizza. The Neapolitan preparation of pizza is often the most highly regarded, and for good reason. It boasts a ...

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Tuscan State of Mind: Bottega Fiorentina’s Andrea Ferrini

Bottega Fiorentina owner Andrea Ferrini (photo ©Nicola Orichuia)

Firenze, Florencia, Florence — no matter where you’re from, or how you pronounce the name, this Tuscan city is one of the most enchantingly beautiful in all of Italy. Firenze is like a painter’s palette, vibrant with color from all the periods of its lengthy history. From cobblestone alleyways shaded by medieval facades, to visions of the revered Duomo, and finally to the Ponte Vecchio, the bridge that connects the city divided by the Arno River, visitors can’t help but get lost in its magic. But among the grandeur, there is a certain solace that exists, a particular tranquility that ...

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The Frozen Bliss of The New Art of Gelato

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As we meddle through spring, with summer fast approaching, we ask ourselves: “Is there any better way to satisfy our taste buds than with a cold, confectionary treat?” Although we all tend to become increasingly more aware of our figures during this time of year, we can’t help but associate warmer weather with frozen desserts that help cool us down. But with so many options — traditional ice cream, the seemingly ubiquitous frozen yogurt, slush, and gelato — which does one choose? It seems, yet again, that all we must do is turn to our Italian neighbors across the ocean ...

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