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Not quite summer yet: Risotto with peas and pancetta

Risotto with peas and pancetta (photo ©Francesca Bruzzese)

While the Spanish have paella, the Chinese have fried rice and the Mexicans arroz con leche, risotto is rice done the Italian way.

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Petrillo’s Restaurant in Peabody – A Family A-Fare

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Welcome to “A Tavola,” Bostoniano’s newest food column, dedicated to taking readers on un giro culinario in search of Massachusetts’ prime locations for authentic Italian cuisine. It seems that Massachusetts is rife with Italian eateries, all of which claim to serve real “Italian classics,” but for experienced foodies and casual diners, alike, finding a spot that encapsulates not only the finest of Italian food, but the Italian experience as well, can be quite the challenge. But we are not only here to stake out hidden gems throughout Boston and its suburbs; we are here to celebrate the triumphs and successes ...

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A Tourist in Boston

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Living in Boston and having visited the North End hundreds of times, I never felt the urge to take a North End tour. When my friend Michele Topor invited me I figured why not? The three hour tour took us around Boston’s historic Little Italy, into many shops which I’ve visited many times. However, this tour isn’t just about the history of the North End, it’s a Foodie’s heaven. We visited Bricco Panetteria and Salumeria, Alba’s Produce, Maria’s Pastry Shop, Polcari’s spice and coffee shop, Monica’s Salumeria and Hanover Liquors. I grew up Italian and know a lot about food, but ...

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Tuscan Kitchen and Tuscan Market Opens in Burlington

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October 13 marks the official opening of Tuscan Kitchen and Tuscan Market in Burlington, Massachusetts. Located at 24 New England Executive Park, the new restaurant and market focuses on regional Italian cuisine and spans over 14,000 square feet, delivering a true Italian feel with imported limestone from Italy and reclaimed wood and bricks as accents. Guests are welcomed to the restaurant through Tuscan Market which hosts prepared foods including pasta and sauces made daily, fresh salads, panini, pizza, daily baked breads, artisanal meats and cheeses, fresh local produce, handmade gelato, pastries, Italian soda and house-brewed coffees, as well as hundreds ...

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Our Food… Italian, Italian-American, or American?

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Last month I wrote about the “eternal question” (gravy or sauce?), which is a very Italian-American question in the sense that most non-Italian Americans would have little idea of its cosmic significance. This despite the fact that most Americans today enjoy Italian and Italian-American food as very much part of ‘their’ cuisine, particularly spaghetti. This has not always been the case, of course. When Italians first came to the United States, Italian food was very much a strange cuisine. Here is Fredrick Bushee, a Social Worker of the South End House, describing the food of the Italians of the North ...

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