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New England’s largest Italian festival, hosted in Boston’s North End, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. After consulting with the city, representatives of St. Anthony’s Society made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Saint Anthony and Saint Lucy Feast. “For over 100 years, Saint Anthony’s Feast has celebrated faith, family,...

Whether you’re craving pizza, roasted fish and vegetables, or a pile of pasta, Italian restaurants in Boston are innovating with tons of takeout options during the current shutdown of on-site dining. We’ve pulled together a list of some top options for consideration the next time a craving hits—and in the interest of planning ahead, remember: Fresh...

Linda and Michael Passaro own and operate Hawthorne’s Primo Amore, an Italian restaurant that hosted parties and banquets prior to the coronavirus pandemic which upended the restaurant industry.  In the days that followed, restaurants of all types had to rapidly reinvent themselves to stay afloat, offering take-out, delivery, and road-side pick up...

Tresca, located at 233 Hanover Street in Boston’s North End, recently donated trays of Italian food to healthcare workers at Massachusetts General Hospital. The food was delivered by hockey star Ray Bourque. The hospital workers replied to the donation with the message, “Thank you Ray Bourque and Tresca for fueling our #mghblake12icu night crew!! L...

La sfida dell’elettrificazione coinvolge tutti i player del settore automotive, nessuno escluso. Quando però a progettare il futuro è un produttore di sogni a quattro ruote come Lamborghini, il compito è se possibile ancora più arduo, perché impone di ripensare l’identità e il senso stesso di un brand unico, dei suoi prodotti all’avanguardia nella...

Everyone is craving a little bit of comfort right now. A nourishing meal that can be enjoyed at home, that’s accessible to both newfound cooks and seasoned chefs alike. When I think about foods that feel like a warm blanket, my mind immediately goes to all of the simple pantry ingredients that together, yield the beautifully rustic pasta dished tha...

In the epic Latin poem “The Aeneid,” written between 29 and 19 BC, the Roman poet Virgil coined the phrase “Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes ” which translated into English means “Be wary of Greeks bearing gifts.” The adage is commonly used to warn of a supposed gift or act of virtue that is a hidden threat.  This timeless warning has even more import...

As a first-generation college student and now professor, Michele Fazio discovers kindred spirits in many first-generation students she encounters at UNC-Pembroke. They share an instant connection. She knows the struggles and unique challenges they face. And like Fazio, many are from working-class families. In fact, the long-time literature professo...

In Italian, we say "sempre avanti" — always forward, no matter what. That is what we've been telling ourselves these past few days, even as we received bad news about the government's Paycheck Protection Program. We had applied for the loan on day one, sent all the requested documentation, and our application had been pre-approved. But on Friday mo...

Concerns over the new coronavirus pandemic have prompted officials of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society to cancel one of Enfield's largest summer events, the 95th annual Italian Festival. Society president Carl Sferrazza announced the cancellation Tuesday night, marking the first time the feast will not be held since its inception in 1926. He sa...

In the deeply Italian Newton neighborhood known as “The Lake," where funerals for elders traditionally draw hundreds, mourning a woman who was a “Nonna” to all was muted Saturday by COVID-19. For decades Pasqualina Lucchetti would walk down the block on Saturdays to get her hair done and pick up fresh bread — no matter what the weather was. But on...

When I order take out, I've been trying to order strictly from local restaurants and to tip handsomely. This pandemic is heartbreaking for so many reasons. But it will be even more devastating if when this is finally all behind us, we can't eat at our favorite local restaurants because they weren't able to stay afloat. When I saw that Patty B's in...