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PIB Saturday School registration open

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Professionisti Italiani a Boston (PIB) will kick off its Italian Saturday school on Sept. 24, with a preliminary meeting for parents and students set for Sept. 17. Classes will be held at the Cambridge Community Center. Registration and more information on the course can be found here: https://www.piboston.org/pre-registrazione-corsi-di-italiano-2016-2017/ Scholarships are available. For more information, click here. The PIB Italian Saturday School for Boston Children (Scuola Italiana del Sabato PIB per Bambini dell’Area di Boston) was launched to fulfill the high demand of full-immersion Italian classes for children who already speak Italian in New England. The first classes took place in ...

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Enrico Rennella makes his Boston Debut with his one man comedy show

Enrico Rennella

When: Friday, October 7, 2016 Where: Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA A life in comedy was probably in the stars from his April fool’s birthdate for Enrico Rennella. Born in Paris 30 years ago, Mr. Rennella, who moved to Naples at the age of one, performs in his native Italian. He said he tried to break into the comedy club scene in Naples as a teenager, but said it was “hard to organize a show with all th e mafia controlling the clubs. If you want to go here, you can’t go here, if you want to go ...

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Spazio di Gioco in Italiano (May 12 – June 29)

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Storytelling, art and crafts and playtime in Italian.

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Rossetti’s: The chic corner of Lynn

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“Our job here at Rossetti’s is to make sure that all guests are treated like kings and queens,” states Chris Rossetti, the youngest partner of the new family-run eatery, situated in downtown Lynn. With superior hospitality, a classic Italian menu with a modern twist, and a posh, yet comfortable atmosphere, guests are certainly treated as such. In fact, frequent diners suggest that Rossetti Restaurant is the epitome of the North Shore dining scene, and has contributed to the revitalization of Lynn’s city center. On the corner of Sutton and Liberty St., Rossetti’s industrial chic interior, complete with a craft cocktail ...

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Browsing Italian Bookstores: Good for the Heart and Mind

I AM Books (photo courtesy Renee Kristine Ricciardi)

What could be better than strolling the aisles of a bookstore, where one may choose a selection from among hundreds, balance the weight of a hard or soft cover volume in one’s hand, sniff the paper as one turns the pages, listen to the sheets softly ruffle with ample promise beneath his or her fingertips, knowing that the gem in your hand represents something akin to the mystery of turning wine into blood, or rather the transformation of ink into imagination? If you’re like me and enjoy perusing bookstores, a pastime that’s both comforting and stimulating at the same time, ...

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A New Year of Italy Uncorked

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Welcome to the 2016 of Italy Uncorked. Boy time flies. A new year and lots to look forward to. Italy Uncorked this year will be featuring more interviews with winemakers, wine shop owners and importers, featured wine events, discussing more wine regions within Italy and the unique wines grown throughout Italy that you may not be aware of. The goal of this column is to help you understand Italian wines better and to acquaint yourself with some of the top wine folks in the Italian wine industry in and around the Boston area. I’m not one for setting New Years’ ...

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Pugliese abundance at Vico Ristorante

Vincenzo and Maria Loffreddo

Rarely does a restaurant achieve notoriety in its fledgling stage, but such is the case with Vico Ristorante Italiano, which officially opened its doors in June 2014 in Norwood, Massachusetts. Conveniently located just off Norwood’s central common, Vico has become one of the town’s most popular locations for those seeking fine Italian cuisine in an inviting setting. From the common, the restaurant is hidden from plain sight, but its simple sign beckons customers down a “vico” to its entrance. Once inside, first time diners as well as regular patrons can sense a personal welcome that is almost familial. This is ...

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Tiramisù

Tiramisù (photo by © Francesca Bruzzese)

Alright – I have something to confess. You might want to sit down for this. Seated? Okay. Here it goes: despite priding myself on being a good cook and being very skilled in Italian cuisine, I had never, ever – up until this post – made tiramisù, the most well-known Italian dessert and arguably one of the most popular Italian recipes. How did that happen, you ask? Perhaps it’s because I knew that I could always get a good tiramisù in any restaurant here in Rome; perhaps it can be chalked up to all the different components needed to assemble ...

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Avellinese Pride and Plentiful Dishes at Danny De Simone’s La Vita Mia

La Vita Mia owner Danny De Simone

Tucked away in the most unlikely location just outside Saugus center is a treasured spot for Italian fare. Sandwiched in between a bustling convenience store and a Dunkin Donuts, La Vita Mia’s unassuming exterior has kept the restaurant a hidden gem, and that’s just how the locals prefer it. Owner and Head Chef Gaetano “Danny” De Simone’s quaint eatery is packed with Italian flavor, which has landed La Vita Mia on the North Shore’s list of local hotspots. With family photos displayed tastefully on the walls and family recipes appearing on the menu, diners are continually reminded of the significance ...

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The North End Connection

J & N Market, Corner of Prince and Salem Street (North End of Boston), 1980 ©Anthony Riccio

In February I wrote about what I called “The American Connection” and some people misunderstood what I meant. Some thought I meant that I grew up with doubts or confusion about my Italian identity. That is not the case. I want to clarify what I meant and then use it as a stepping stone to talk about “North End identity.” In that February article, I talked about my former BU colleague Patricia Park’s frustration at often being perceived as non-American because of her Korean ancestry and physical features, and of her own sense of not feeling fully American because of ...

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Wicked Good Italian Dialects

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A recent visit to my father’s hometown of Abbadia San Salvatore in Siena gave me interesting insight into the concept of dialect. Family had taken me to a local restaurant, and the cousins who’d moved out of town ordered “una latina di Coca Cola” or a can of Coke. Those relatives who still resided in town similarly ordered Cokes, but pronounced it much differently, dropping the hard C sound entirely, instead asking for “O’a-Ola.” As any native Bostonian knows, dropping a letter (like an R) gives the English language a certain flair all its own, and certainly gives the listener ...

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Swordfish with tomatoes, olives, pine nuts and raisins (Pesce spada alla siciliana)

Pesce spada alla siciliana (photo by ©Francesca Bruzzese)

Though I love to cook and am always up for trying out new recipes – whether it be homemade gelato or pizza from scratch – I’ve realized that I generally gravitate towards pasta, risotto, and dessert. As a result, I make an awesome ragù, a great risotto with peas and pancetta, and all sorts of cake and ice cream from scratch. While my repertoire of carbohydrate based dishes is ever expanding, this tendency has left me slightly unbalanced as a cook. The few secondi that I know how to make are meat based – I can probably count on one ...

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