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Santarpio’s Pizza: Eastie’s Finest

Frank Santarpio

From the rusted green overpass of Route 1A in Eastie, passersby catch a glimpse of perhaps the most iconic landmark in all the city — the unchanged and seemingly only remaining joint with an old school atmosphere that is so categorically “Boston.” Santarpio’s — referred to as “Santaaapio’s” or “Tarps” by locals — is not only hailed as Boston’s best pizzeria, it’s listed among the tops in the nation. With wood paneled walls adorned with boxing memorabilia, mint green dividers between booths, and East Boston’s old timers perched at the bar, there is nothing fancy about this spot, and that’s ...

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East Boston Kiwanis recognizes community leaders Ferrino, Lombardo and Nucci

Judge Joseph V. Ferrino (ret.) receives an honorary plaque from East Boston Kiwanis for his 50 years of service in the community.

On May 19, the Kiwanis Club of East Boston honored three long-time club members for their years of dedication and service to the community of East Boston and the children of the world. The honorees — Judge Joseph V. Ferrino Sr. (ret.) of Winthrop, Dennis Lombardo of Randolph and John Nucci of East Boston — were presented with Legion of Honors awards by the East Boston Kiwanis, a club founded in 1947 with the mission “to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.” Retired Judge Joseph Ferrino was recognized for his 50 years of service in ...

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Migliori in Mens et Gesta Awards 2015


On March 28, the Pirandello Lyceum held its annual I Migliori in Mens et Gesta Awards at East Boston’s Hyatt Harborside Hotel. The event marked the 30th anniversary of the organization’s annual gala. This year’s honorees included Josephine Cuzzi, who served as executive director of the East Boston YMCA from 2006-2014, expanding the child and adult care food and summer programs, and State Senator Sal DiDomenico, who has been representing the Middlesex and Suffolk Districts since May 2010 after serving four terms on the Everett City Council. DiDomenico is also president of the Sts. Cosmas and Damian Society Feast in ...

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Sterlingwear of East Boston Announces Partnership with L.L. Bean

Frank and Jo Fredella, with their granddaughter Gianna.

The new year started off with a bang for Sterlingwear of Boston, which recently announced a collaborative effort with clothing giant L.L. Bean. “This collaboration is representative of two iconic brands working together to offer customers some of the finest outerwear available anywhere,” said President and CEO Frank Fredella. “It is a wonderful marriage of two heritage brands that represent classic American styles and quality craftsmanship,” added Jack Foster, Director of Sales and Marketing at the East Boston-based company. Sterlingwear of Boston is in its third generation of business and is truly an All-American success story. Launched as Viking Clothing ...

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The DiCenso Family – Rino’s Place in East Boston


In East Boston, masked by tripledeckers and tucked away on residential streets, you will find two primetime restaurants run by the DiCenso family. “It takes a strong-hearted family to run any type of business” says Anna DiCenso, Chef Tony’s wife and business partner. They are the second generation to run Rino’s Place and have turned this local institution into an international sensation. Cheryl, a 17-year veteran server at Rino’s, says that guests from all over the world have been coming in after seeing Rino’s Place and Chef Tony on “Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives.” “They have books, they plan their vacation ...

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Half a Century of Magical Events at Lombardo’s


There is something magical about walking through the doors of Lombardo’s in Randolph. The joy and happiness of countless weddings and conferences has permeated this historic function facility’s walls, as has the spirit of its founder, the late Sal Lombardo.

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The Seven Fishes

Seven fishes

Christmas has come and gone for 2012. The world did not end as predicted. And the launch of a new Italian American magazine was released in Boston called Bostoniano. The creator, my friend Nicola Orichuia and I were discussing Christmas and the traditions in Italian homes. Nicola being a native of Rome never heard about the “Seven Fishes” on Christmas Eve until he moved to the States. Read more at Everyone Wants to Be Italian

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A song of the streets of Boston

Nick Argiro Buying his Daily Fruit on Salem Street (North End of Boston), 1982

There is a reason that reality show producers from all over the country make Boston their first choice to mine new talent. Our city has a scruffy vitality, a vibrant underside, rambunctious characters who speak with salty language in an accent that is virtually impossible to master. There is no place like Boston to take in a kaleidoscopic look into real people: the shabby, the chic and everything in between. And Boston Italians are truly certainly among the most colorful. Listening to Italians debate, about who makes the best espresso (Some say Wy, the Chinese American who has worked behind ...

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Contemporary Painter Marian Dioguardi


An exclusive interview with painter Marian Dioguardi, who recalls how she was influenced growing up in an Italian family in East Boston and her fascination with laundry lines... and Jell-O.

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Tribute to Domenico Conte


The following is a tribute to Mr. Domenico Conte, written by his son Frank Conte, editor of EastBoston.com. We posted these words because it not only eulogized a great man, it epitomizes the Italian immigrant who came to American in search of a better life and was proud to call America his home. Eulogy for My Father, Domenico Conte December 3, 2012 Sacred Heart Church East Boston, MA Many years ago, upon my first trip to Italia, my grandfather Francesco, a simple and wonderful man for whom I was named, recalled for me the story of how eager my father ...

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Boston Herald


Taken from The Boston Herald http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20221127century-old_history_at_our_lady_of_mount_carmel/srvc=home&position=4 The devoted vigil to save the shuttered Our Lady of Mount Carmel in East Boston reaches back generations to Italy itself. Parishioner Gina Scalicione said when she told an old Italian neighbor that she was immigrating to Eastie, he urged her to visit the church. “He told me ‘All that mortar that keeps those bricks and stone together I carried on a ladder,’ ” she said. If the Vatican goes along with the Archdiocese of Boston and allows the church to be sold, this beloved house of worship built in 1905 could be dust. The ...

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Mt. Carmel Parishioners Voice Concerns Over Church Closing


On Sunday, April 22, 2012, about 30 parishioners of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in East Boston gathered to protest the Boston Archdiocese's decision to seal the locks of the church.

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