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Birthday bash celebrates Ovid and Sulmona

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Boston celebrated the 2,000th anniversary of Publio Ovidio Nasone’s birth in style. On March 17, a group of students from the Abruzzese town of Sulmona (Ovidio’s birthplace) held a special presentation at Filippo Ristorante in the North End, where over 100 representatives of the community gathered to hear more about the Certamen Ovidianum Sulmonense. The Certamen is an Italian national competition in Latin among high school students, focusing exclusively on Ovid, the famous Roman poet who lived during the reign of Emperor Augustus. “Our goal is to promote the works of Ovid,” said Professor Caterina Fantauzzi, who accompanied a group ...

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The Classics from Abruzzo – Fundraiser concert for AP Italian

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When: Sunday, April 10, 2016 – 2 to 5 p.m. Where: Maxwell Auditorium – Masonic Museum & Library – 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA The grand Lodge of Massachusetts O.S.I.A. and the Consulate General of Italy in Boston present the Italian Trio THE CLASSICS from Abruzzo performing Opera Arias & popular Neapolitan Italian songs. A fundraiser in support of the Italian AP Exam. Click on the image to purchase tickets:

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Fundraiser Concert Will Be Held At Dante Aligheri

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The Italian Heritage Committee of Massachusetts will be hosting a fundraiser concert at the Dante Aligheri Cultural Center On November 8, 2015.  “The Classics,”  an Italian trio from Ortona in the Abruzzo region, will be performing “Songs That Unified Italy.”  If you are interested in attending the event, you can call Lino Rullo at 617-447-0598, to purchase tickets. Tickets must be purchased in advance, as there will be a buffet with a cash bar after the event.

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The Magic Culinary Touch of Chef Marisa Iocco

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“Cooking is an act of love — an ancient primal gesture,” Executive Chef Marissa Iocco opines. “Like all acts of love, it is deeply gratifying and like all ancient primal gestures, it’s good for the soul.” Executive Chef Marisa Iocco is a cook at heart as well as by vocation, but she doesn’t look the part. Slender, tall, sporty and tanned to perfection, as she sits in the sun on a glorious morning at one of the wooden tables in Old North Square, she could pass for a cyclist on a break. She is, in fact, taking a break — ...

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Throwback Thursday: Abruzzo Grand Prix, circa 1930

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Prince and Princess of Piemont, heirs to the Italian throne, arrive to the Car and Motorcycle Abruzzo Grand Prix, circa 1930.

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Boston Visit Raises Hopes for More Discussion About L’Aquila Earthquake and Consequences

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The following letter was sent to Rosetta Romagnoli, president of the Federazione Associazioni Abruzzesi U.S.A, from Barnaby Gunning, after visiting Boston in March, 2013, to raise awareness of the persisting problems in L’Aquila four years after the devastating earthquake that shattered the city center. Dear Rosetta, […]I am writing to thank you for having persisted so tenaciously in organizing for me and my family to visit Boston this March and for having made the visit such a success for us. Our stay in Boston and then New York was tremendously inspiring on a number of levels and, I hope, it ...

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L’Aquila 3D, Inside the closed city Presentation

Filippo Frattaroli (right) presents British architect, Barnaby Gunning with an original Boston Garden seat at the conclusion of L'Aquila 3D, Inside the closed city. © Felix Cutillo

After nearly four years of painstaking work, British architect, Barnaby Gunning, assisted by a team of volunteer photographers, 3D modelers and Google engineers, brought the story of the closed city of L’Aquila to Boston, via MIT and FILIPPO Ristorante. L’Aquila, the capital of the Abruzzo region was damaged by a major 6.3 earthquake that struck at 3:32 a.m. on April 6, 2009 leaving thousands injured, 308 dead and their loving families broken. Images of hundreds of coffins, many of aspiring students and children, is an image that will stay in the collective memory of the compassionate forever. Most of the ...

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Filippo’s Ristorante Cooking Demonstration

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Filippo’s Ristorante in Boston’s North End welcomed Alberto Diplacido from Sulmona (Abruzzo), Italy. Alberto prepared a four course meal for guests who were encouraged to participate in the cooking process. His style of cooking is a blend of old-fashion with modern techniques; sharing some of his culinary secrets, he joked that his grandmother would probably be upset with him for altering recipes. However, as you will see in photos, the guests enjoyed his cooking! If you want to catch Alberto’s other talents, check out Italian Music Night at Filippo’s where he will host a night of Italian karaoke.

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Five Massachusetts Residents Receive NIAF Scholarships

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Five university students who reside in Massachusetts have received National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Scholarships. The students are John Savino of Milton, Thomas Nunan or Attleboro, Daniel Giovacchini of Acton, Alexandria Cijeka of Westfield, and Brandon Sepe of Medfield, Mass. “NIAF has awarded $10 million in scholarships and grants across the country since its inception,” said Matthew J. DiDomenico, Sr., chair of the NIAF scholarship and grants committee and NIAF senior executive vice president. “The NIAF Board of Directors is extremely proud of the high caliber of students and their achievements.” NIAF celebrates its 37th anniversary this year. The scholarship ...

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