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Malden’s Hidden Gem: Ristorante Serena

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There is perhaps no other restaurant that fits the term “hidden gem” quite like Ristorante Serena, located in Malden’s lively, working-class Maplewood Center. With its front entrance obscured from a passerby’s view, a little help from locals will guide newcomers down a lateral hallway through neighboring Panda Palace to find the highly acclaimed Calabrese eatery. Ristorante Serena, named after chef and owner Giovanni Longo’s eldest daughter, has been ranked as the city’s preferred locale for Italian fare, seafood and catering for the last six years. With an intimate dining room setting and traditional cuisine from Longo’s native Calabria, Ristorante Serena ...

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Marblehead’s Casa Mia: A Home Away From Home

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In Italian, Casa Mia translates to “My Home,” and for both Marblehead’s chic and trendy and the local fishermen alike, home is where you’ll be at once you enter this new Calabrese eatery. Twenty-five year old Raffaele Scalzi and his brother Luigi (Gino) Scalzi, opened the brand new restaurant on July 1, and have already been met with unparalleled success. Nestled alongside The Barrelman and the hopping Five Corners Kitchen, Casa Mia is a stellar contribution to Marblehead’s catalog of dining locations. I arrived at Casa Mia with a particular curiosity, anxious to see what such young culinary entrepreneurs had ...

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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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Podcast Episode 8: Tra i Vini del Sud Italia a Boston e i Tragitti per le Cantine del Massachusetts

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Episode 8 of Bostoniano's Italian language podcast takes us on a tour of Southern Italian wines, with the help of two local Italian experts.

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From Calabria to Boston: Pianist Moira Lo Bianco

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A native of Calabria, Moira Lo Bianco came to Boston in 2011 after earning a scholarship for Berklee College of Music. Now, after more than two years here, the classically trained pianist is getting ready to release her debut album, “Lunaria,” which is a collection of 13 deeply personal and heartfelt tracks, including 11 original compositions. We recently sat down with Lo Bianco, who told us all about her new CD, what she loves about the piano and why she believes that “the beauty of a chord change will save the world.” Briana Palma: You started playing piano at a ...

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Who’s the Winemaker

Photo Courtesy of Felix Cutillo

I recently went to a show at Johnny D’s in Somerville, Massachusetts. Taken from the website “On any given night you may see Cajun fiddle masters from Louisiana, British folk stars, or some of Boston’s finest rockers.” I knew enough about Johnny D’s to know that it’s a hip indie music spot…but never did I imagine seeing the group CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO there. I was pleasantly surprised! Read on… Everyone Wants To Be Italian

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