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Boston Globe Magazine Names Davio’s Steakhouse Best Place To Work In 2015


On November 13, 2015, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse was named “One of the Top Places to Work” in Massachusetts in Boston Globe Magazine’s 8th annual employee survey. It received the 11th rank in the Large-Company category. Steve DiFillippo, owner, believes that “our philosophy was to always take care of everyone in the company.”

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Pugliese abundance at Vico Ristorante

Vincenzo and Maria Loffreddo

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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Tiramisù (photo by © Francesca Bruzzese)

Alright – I have something to confess. You might want to sit down for this. Seated? Okay. Here it goes: despite priding myself on being a good cook and being very skilled in Italian cuisine, I had never, ever – up until this post – made tiramisù, the most well-known Italian dessert and arguably one of the most popular Italian recipes. How did that happen, you ask? Perhaps it’s because I knew that I could always get a good tiramisù in any restaurant here in Rome; perhaps it can be chalked up to all the different components needed to assemble ...

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Frittata with Zucchine and Prosciutto


In the first year I was learning to cook, I decided to plan a brunch for a group of friends back in Rhode Island. As I do when orchestrating any dinner party, I spent days carefully planning the menu, torn between pancakes or French toast, what kind of fruit to include in the fruit salad (does anyone even really like honeydew melon?) and whether I should serve the maple syrup cold or hot. After much deliberation, I decided on pancakes, bacon, omelets and fruit salad. I imagined myself serving up stacks of golden brown pancakes and fluffy omelets to my ...

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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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Osteria Nino To Host “Pop-Up” Farm Dinner

Image Courtesy of Osteria Nino.

Osteria Nino will be hosting a ‘pop-up’ farm dinner at Pleasant Valley Gardens in Metheun, MA. The dinner will take place on September 19, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. The event will feature Italian, family-style meals alongside local beers and wines. Osteria Nino is hosting this event to remind diners that its mission is to use as many products of the land as possible. This is one of several events that will take place at farms throughout New England “to gather a deeper understanding  and respect for its abundant soils and livestock.” If you are interested in attending, make a reservation ...

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Osteria Nino To Host First Pairings Dinner

Image Courtesy of Osteria Nino.

Burlington restaurant, Osteria Nino, will be hosting their first pairings dinner on September 16, 2015. The event will feature Marsuret Prosecco, teamed up with the delicious food offered in the Roman kitchen. The restaurant’s head chef, Walace Benica, designed a menu that transports diners back to the Old Country, “honoring cucina italiana.” The event features a four-course meal served in Osteria Nino’s private dining room.   If you are interested, you can make a reservation at https://marsuretatosterianino.eventbrite.com. Reservations are required. The event starts at 6:30 PM with cocktails and follows with dinner at 7:30 PM.

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Swordfish with tomatoes, olives, pine nuts and raisins (Pesce spada alla siciliana)

Pesce spada alla siciliana (photo by ©Francesca Bruzzese)

Though I love to cook and am always up for trying out new recipes – whether it be homemade gelato or pizza from scratch – I’ve realized that I generally gravitate towards pasta, risotto, and dessert. As a result, I make an awesome ragù, a great risotto with peas and pancetta, and all sorts of cake and ice cream from scratch. While my repertoire of carbohydrate based dishes is ever expanding, this tendency has left me slightly unbalanced as a cook. The few secondi that I know how to make are meat based – I can probably count on one ...

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No hassle summer recipe: Basil pesto

Basil pesto (photo by ©Francesca Bruzzese)

As you can probably all gather by now, I derive great joy from cooking. Almost nothing gets in the way of my reveling in the preparation a good meal, whether it be an unusually small kitchen, a dinner for picky eaters (I like the challenge!) or, most difficult of all, a –gasp–vegan. Note however that I used the word almost. This is because I find on a yearly basis that my desire to cook begins to wane with the arrival of summer, or rather, the unbearably hot weather in Rome. My apartment has no air conditioning (most apartments here in ...

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Fiorella’s To Celebrate Fifteenth Anniversary

Image courtesy of https://www.fiorellasnewton.com/

Fiorella’s in Newtonville is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in August. Throughout the month, it will be offering delicious dishes for $15. The dishes will vary and rotate daily. Some of the meals they are offering are Lobster Ravioli Florentine, Chicken Limoncello, Pork Chop Madeira, and etc. If that isn’t incentive enough, they are offering another appetizing offer. In August, every $100 gift certificate purchased will be rewarded with a $15. You can purchase the certificates in store or online and they are accepted at the restaurant and the three express locations.

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From one Palm to a whole grove: The story behind an 89-year-old two-family restaurant business

Guests enjoying a meal at The Palm in New York (photo courtesy The Palm Restaurant)

It’s hard to believe that a clerical error blossomed into one the biggest names in hospitality across the country. Legend has it that in 1926, just six years after arriving to New York from Parma, Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi wanted to register their Second Avenue restaurant after their hometown. Their heavy accents gave the cleric registering their business the impression they’d said “Palm.” And so, a legend — and The Palm — was born. The steakhouse’s success wasn’t determined by the name, however, but by the hard work and dedication of its founders. “I spent a lot of time ...

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Andiamo Restaurant To Open Second Location In Chelmsford, MA

Image Courtesy of andiamo-restaurant.com

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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