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Taste of the North End a Huge Success!

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The Annual Taste of the North End treated over 1,000 people to some of the best and finest cuisine from North End restaurants.

“Taste of the North End benefited the North End Waterfront Health, continuing the tradition of the North End restaurant community supporting North End charities. Proceeds will support the variety of programs and services offered by the health center, as well as other neighborhood charities for children and elders.

The Taste of the North End was founded by Donato and Nancy Frattaroli in 1993 as a benefit for Casa Monte Cassino. The Frattarolis became aware of Casa Monte Cassino when a family from Italy came into their North End restaurant. The family was staying at the CMC while their four daughters received medical attention at Boston’s Children’s Hospital Boston. The Frattarolis were touched by their story and inspired by the mission of the Casa; to provide a place to stay for impoverished families from around the world while their children receive serious medical attention in Boston. Over the next few weeks, as the Frattarolis developed the idea for the Taste of the North End to raise funds to help Casa Monte Cassino provide its invaluable services.

The Frattarolis, with the support of the North End restaurant community, held the First Annual Taste of the North End in the basement of St. John’s School. That first year, guests were able to try dishes from fifteen North End eateries. The success of the event has been incredible. What started in St. John’s moved to the local Coast Guard Base, the New England Aquarium, and finally to the DCR’s Steriti Rink on Commercial Street. The Taste of the North End currently features over fourty five restaurants, bakeries and distributors. Since its inception, the Taste of the North End has raised over $450,000 for Casa Monte Cassino and other local North End charities.”

Guests included:

Jenny Johnson Master of Ceremonies Vanessa Salvucci Vocalist Nick Scenna DJ

Recipient of the 2015 Awards

Angela Menino Taste of the North End Supporter

Filippo Frattaroli Restauratuer Supporter

Joseph Giangregorio North End Community Activist

Event Organizers

Donato Frattaroli  Founder, Taste of the North End James Luisi CEO, North End / Waterfront Health Center Philip Frattaroli Executive Director, Taste of the North End Marianne Aiello  Event Coordinator Donato Frattaroli, Jr Event Committee Gianni Frattaroli Event Committee Daniel Leonard Event Committee Mary Wright Event Committee

About Lisa Cappuccio

Lisa is an East Boston resident who works in the area of media and public relations. She is President of Italia Unita Inc. of Massachusetts, a non-profit organization that promotes Italian culture and heritage. Lisa worked and volunteered in the areas of public relations, community development, film, politics, and radio. Through Italia Unita, Lisa initiated the grass roots effort to have Comcast Cable add RAI television, which is now available as a premium channel. Lisa is the president of Boston Concepts, a full service marketing and public relations agency.