On the surface, Mary Cona was just another Italian girl from the North End. She was a devout Catholic, a supportive wife, a loving mother. However, diving into the details of her remarkable life through her eyes in her autobiography, “Destino: From Italy to Kansas City,” Mary was shaped through many hardships into an artist, entrepreneur, philanthr...

In a five-minute video posted to Instagram Tuesday, Damien DiPaola announced that his North End restaurant Domenic’s will permanently close. DiPaola, who also owns Carmelina’s in the North End, cited both the pandemic and a new perspective on life as the reasons for its closure. “I opened Domenic’s about seven or eight months before the pandemic, a...

Boston’s North End streets filled with thousands of visitors and the smell of delicious Italian food all weekend long. Sunday was the culmination of the yearly four-day festival for Saint Anthony’s Feast and St. Lucia’s Feast. After a year off due to COVID restrictions, the feasts were back in full force this year, bringing in projected crowds of o...

The City of Boston extended its heat emergency through Saturday. But while cooling centers stayed open until 6 p.m., plenty of people flooded the North End for the Fisherman’s Feast, which is the city’s oldest Italian festival. “It’s good, I’m enjoying the food,” said one woman at the event. Saturday’s temperatures reached the high 80s, with what f...

If you live in New England, you probably recognize the iconic yellow-and-red labels of Pastene, the country’s oldest importer of authentic Italian foods and ingredients. Co-owners and brothers Mark and Chris Tosi represent the fifth generation of Pastene descendants who have helmed the Canton, Massachusetts–based brand for over 145 years. Founded i...

In celebration of their centennial year, the organizers of the Feasts of Saint Anthony and Saint Lucy are planning a special day of commemoration on Sunday August 22, in the North End of Boston. The day will begin at 12:00 Noon at Saint Leonard Church with a Special Centennial Mass celebrated by His Eminence Sean Cardinal O’Malley. The Mass will co...

Long-awaited and much-anticipated even in so-called “normal” times, the feasts and processions of the very Italian North End of Boston are summer staples that are not to be missed. Several of these religious-based processions dedicated to individual saints have already taken place, yet the ones with the aromatic, beloved street festivals surroundin...

Boston’s post-victory reputation was on display in the North End after Italy’s Euro Cup win filled the neighborhood’s streets with celebrations on Sunday night. Following Italy’s 3-2 victory over England, soccer fans stormed the streets Boston’s North End — a historically Italian neighborhood — for hours of flag-waving and “It-al-ia” chanting.

I headed to the North End (pronounced “Nah-th End”) in search of the apartment building where my paternal grandmother — whom I never met — was born in 1902. Even though I was on the hunt for my own family history, it’s impossible to avoid learning about the Italian American immigrant experience when in this Boston neighborhood. My grandmother died...

New England’s largest Italian festival, hosted in Boston’s North End is back on as coronavirus restrictions ease statewide. The event will take place from August 26th to the 29th and will feature parades, live entertainment, food vendors and religious services, according to a post on the organizer’s social media. The tradition which spans more than...