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Honoring culinary traditions at Caffe Paolina in Swampscott

Caffe Paolina in Swampscott (photo by ©Elise Balzotti)

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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