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Tonno Restaurant to Open in Gloucester June 17th

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BOSTON, MA (June 7, 2016) – Famed North End restaurateur and chef, Anthony Caturano (Prezza), will open the doors to his new Gloucester restaurant, Tonno, on June 17. Italian for “tuna,” Tonno will be housed in the former Blackburn Tavern space and will feature coastal Italian seafood and other treasures from land and sea. Seating 99 people, Tonno has partial ocean views and is open year-round. After undergoing a full renovation this winter, the renewed 4,000 square foot space is outfitted with a dining room, a lounge with a cocktail bar and a private events room. The lounge area features communal ...

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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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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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Santarpio’s Pizza: Eastie’s Finest

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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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Pugliese abundance at Vico Ristorante

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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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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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Chef Francesco Gargiulli Mixes Innovation and Tradition at Mast’

Executive Chef Fracesco Gargiulli standing in the patio area of Mast'. (photo by Stefano Salimbeni)

Francesco Gargiulli looks like a kid and has the enthusiasm of one. Under a thick bush of dark curly hair, his eyes light up in sparkles when he talks about… anything, really! And he does talk — a lot and fast — about many things, at times three or even four different subjects at a time, jumping from one to another without ever losing the thread. In short, everything about Gargiulli evokes youth, but what he says carries the weight of experience. After all we’re talking about someone who started working full-time at the age of 16. A few minutes ...

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Andiamo Restaurant To Open Second Location In Chelmsford, MA

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Chef and owner of Andiamo Restaurant in Newburyport, MA, James Rogers, will be opening a second location in Chelmsford, MA. The new location will be at 18 Boston Post Road, in a new building called “Chelmsford Town Center.” Construction will start in September. Rogers excitedly revealed that he gets to build a custom restaurant. It will feature an open concept kitchen, with a wood fire oven. The restaurant will have 160 seats inside and 40 seats for “al fresco” dining. He also gets to custom-build the menu. Diners can expect carefully perfected signature dishes as well as traditional Italian dishes. ...

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Taking a trip to Salem’s Bella Verona

Elise Balzotti with Giorgio Manzana

Elise Balzotti meets with Giorgio Manzana, owner of Bella Verona restaurant in Salem.

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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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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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The DiCenso Family – Rino’s Place in East Boston

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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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