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On Hanover Street in the North End, the heady smells of pasta, pastries and sauces lead many into restaurants and cafes with Italian flags, friendly chatter and music. Tourists pose, take pictures and point at historical sites.  Locals pass them as they go about their daily lives, dodging a crowd of college students waiting outside a restaurant. Th...

Of the 16 restaurants in Wellesley, Massachusetts, in the late ’90s, 10 were pizza places. Peter’s Pizza was the Greek pizza place you went to get steak and cheese subs with pepperoni, Danny’s Pizza was the Greek pizza place you went to buy pot from that kid who dropped out of UVM, Mark’s Pizza was the Greek pizza place you went to get boneless buf...

CDR Joseph Marotta, U.S. Coast Guard, Ret., 84, passed peacefully surrounded by his family and friends, on Friday, Oct. 12th. He resided in North Reading, with his soulmate Annette, his wife of 53 years. Joseph was born in East Boston on August 13th, 1934, son of Mary (Russo) and Bert Marotta. He is survived by his wife Annette (Marcucella), his da...

Somerville’s options for decadent pizza continue to grow in the Davis Square neighborhood, first with the recent addition of Dragon Pizza on Elm Street and now with the arrival of the long-awaited Mortadella Head at 20 College Ave. (the former Deli-icious space). The latter comes to the neighborhood from the team behind Boston Burger Company, and a...

It was entitled “a reception”, the type of event Linda Folcarelli has hosted, chaired and worked on time and again during her unique and seemingly endless extraordinary career of community volunteerism. The event, though, was much different than those Folcarelli, who is a part-time civilian employee with the Johnston Police Department, has ever bee...

Rocco Mesiti believes that everything in life comes full circle, and his life exemplifies that. As a 30-year resident of East Longmeadow, Mesiti shared his background with Reminder Publishing: how when he was in college he started a deejay business and studied abroad in Italy, and how years later he found himself at the helm of Springfield Technica...

The Lobby, a family weekend go-to and popular date night restaurant at 7 Bakery Lane, closed last month. Stepping up to the plate with a new culinary undertaking are Matt Corrente ’06, previous head chef of Two Brothers Tavern, and Caroline Corrente, current owner of Haymaker Bun Co., located in Middlebury. Amidst a buzz of construction and activit...

There in the kitchen she sits, perfectly coiffed, dressed in one of her favorite Chico’s outfits: royal blue pants with a microfiber tank in teal and an artesian embroidered jacket in shades of blue and teal. Her face has smile lines from decades of a life well lived. And as you listen to her talk, for a moment, you forget she’s lived practically a...

A local business owner and a mechanical engineer accepted awards as Italians of the Year Friday night at the Italian Heritage and Cultural Committee of Norwich’s Columbus Day Banquet at Norwich’s Holiday Inn. Vincent Malerba of Norwich and John Marino of Preston were selected by an eight-member committee as the 2018 Italians of the Year. Malerba is...

For all of his accolades in the 13th Century, Christopher Columbus has had rough seas here in the 21st Century, as indigenous groups and many in the general public have begun to call for a change to the holiday that tends to skew towards highlighting the Italian culture more than the explorer himself. Add Mayor Carlo DeMaria to the list of defender...

This past Monday morning, under overcast skies and damp drizzle, nearly 50 Greenwich residents gathered outside of Town Hall for the St. Lawrence Society’s annual Columbus Day flag raising. Each year, the St. Lawrence Society traditionally honors only one member of Italian descent who has contributed greatly to the Greenwich community, by raising t...

Looking to satisfy your appetite for Italian fare? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Italian restaurants around Boston, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to achieve your dreams. 1. Carmelina's Topping the list is Carmelina's. According to its website, Carmelina's serves "traditional Sicilian...