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First Italian American bookstore in United States opens in North End

Ribbon-cuttingThe country’s first Italian American bookstore officially opened its doors on Oct. 29. Located at 189 North St., in Boston’s North End neighborhood, I AM Books holds Italian and Italian American literature, magazines, games, toys and many more gift items.

“When you walk into I AM Books, you might have a certain idea of Italy or of your Italian roots,” says co-owner Nicola Orichuia. “We’d like you to walk out with ten or twenty new ideas and a whole new perspective.” For co-owner Jim Pinzino, whose family hailed from Sicily, the store will give others the chance to live an Italian experience. “I’ve had the opportunity to reconnect with my heritage and found it so personally rewarding,” he said. “I wanted to offer that same opportunity to Italian American as well as the general public.”

The grand opening event was well attended, with many distinguished guests, including Italian Consul General Nicola De Santis, State Representatives Adrian Madaro, Paul Donato, Aaron Michlewitz, Angelo Scaccia, City Councilors Michael Flaherty and Sal LaMattina, Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins, Don Chiofaro, and author Stephen Puleo.





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