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Piccolo Nido’s Pino Irano Gets World Series Ring

Pino Irano showing off his new shiny ring and an official proclamation from the City of Boston for his more than 20 years of service.

Anyone familiar with the North End restaurant scene knows Pino Irano. The owner of Piccolo Nido restaurant has been in business for over 20 years, and has seen pretty much every single famous person in Boston dine in his restaurant at 257 North Street. Now visitors and Italian food lovers alike will have an additional reason to visit Piccolo Nido. In July, Irano became the first and only Italian-born person to ever own an official World Series ring, given to him directly from Boston Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino. A regular at the restaurant, Lucchino had the 2013 ...

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Red Sox Land Italian Rising Star Nicolò Clemente

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There’s a bright future for the Red Sox, and it’s colored in green, white and red. On July 2, young baseball star Nicolò Clemente signed a multi-year contract for the Red Sox, becoming the first Italian to ever join Boston’s roster. At 16, the native of Pianoro (Bologna) became the youngest Italian to sign for a Major League team, following last year’s signing of shortstop Marten Gasperini for $1.3 million with the Kansas City Royals. The amount paid for Clemente was undisclosed, but the right-handed pitcher hardly cared about money. “It’s my life’s dream,” he told reporters after signing his ...

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Bianco and Sons: Concessions maestri

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If you have enjoyed the spicy goodness of a hot Italian sausage before a Red Sox game while strolling down Yawkey Way, you are a faithful Bianco and Sons customer. Opening the retail shop in 1960, Joseph Bianco Sr. started a family business that is now the backbone of New England’s concessions. Boasting the highest quality meats and spices, Bianco’s Italian sausage has stood the test of time. The recipe has not changed a lick in almost 55 years of production. Joseph Jr. would never share their secrets either: “No way, it’s a family recipe.” The smell alone brings me ...

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