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Consul General of Italy in Boston, Giuseppe Pastorelli, at italianissimo! 2014
Consul General of Italy in Boston, Giuseppe Pastorelli, at italianissimo! 2014

Italianissimo! Gala Event Draws Supporters for Future Italian Cultural Center

Boston was awash in green, white and red on May 31, when the third italianissimo! gala organized by the Friends of the Italian Cultural Center was held. Set in the Burnham Building downtown, the event attracted hundreds of members of the community and beyond in a sign of support for establishing a new Italian cultural center in the city.

“It is a great project and I hope to see it come to life by 2016-17,” said Italian Consul General Giuseppe Pastorelli — the driving force behind a project that started over three years ago.

italianissimo! 2014 at the Burnham Building in downtown Boston

italianissimo! 2014 at the Burnham Building in downtown Boston

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, chair of the event’s honorary committee, praised Pastorelli for his work and said he looked forward to having the center in Boston.

“Cultivating our heritage is something we don’t do enough,” said Walsh. “I can’t wait to be at the groundbreaking and the ribbon cutting for this wonderful center.”

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh at italianissimo! 2014

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh at italianissimo! 2014

Walsh also thanked his predecessor, Mayor Tom Menino, for his support of the project. Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino, who was in town to meet with Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, also attended the evening’s gala,

Pastorelli and Anthony Pangaro of Millennium Partners have been eyeing an undisclosed location that, he says, will hopefully soon become a reality. (www.ficcb.it)

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Photos ©Bostoniano, Boston’s Italian American Voice

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