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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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Australian Italian Singer ALFIO In Concert

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When: Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7:30PM Where: The Wilbur in Boston’s Historic Theatre District Italian-Australian Singer Brings His Dynamic Mix of Traditional and Original Repertoire to Boston ALFIO IN CONCERT Beloved around the world for his modern interpretations of Italian standards, classical takes on contemporary chart-toppers, and original compositions that bridge musical genres, Italian-Australian powerhouse vocalist ALFIO brings a new approach to the tenor tradition. Now, after the national debut of his first U.S. public television special and live CD, ALFIO IN CONCERT this summer, the charismatic crooner launches his first U.S. concert tour, coming to The Wilbur in ...

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Boston’s Towering Presence: Developer Don Chiofaro

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“But what if you could?” Sitting in their Belmont home, Don Chiofaro and his wife, Diane, considered her question as they contemplated his notes for a 1.8 million square foot development project that would one day become International Place. It was 1981, and the challenge was bigger and more audacious than anything Chiofaro had undertaken so far in his life: transforming a waterfront lot with 10 different properties and a garage into one of the most elegant and stunning buildings in Boston. “I thought of it as a movie,” he says. “And I wanted it to win the Academy Award.” ...

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Boston Real Estate: Now is the time!

Corrieretandem's new real estate columnist, Dino Confalone.

Boston and its surrounding area’s real estate market is the hottest it has ever been. The concept of being undervalued in relation to cities like San Francisco, Miami, New York and Los Angeles continues to fuel the cash infusion of global investors. In my opinion, the spring of 2013 was the game changer and Boston became a “Seller’s Market”. Have you invested in Boston? If not, what are you waiting for? This past spring, we could classify the real estate market as a “beast” and it truly was not for everyone. However, with historic low interest rates and steady appreciation, ...

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Boston’s Top Sommelier Todd Lipman on Italian wines

Todd Lipman winning the Best Sommelier in Boston award.

Voted Boston’s Best Sommelier a number of times — including 2015 — I wanted to interview Todd Lipman, who serves as the Head Sommelier of Bistro du Midi in Boston. After graduating from Boston University, Lipman decided to begin his wine education at BU’s Elizabeth Bishop Wine Studies program where he fell in love with the beverage business and knew this was where he belonged. He’s now a certified sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and continues his education currently listed as an Advanced Sommelier candidate through the same program. Even though Bistro du Midi is focused on French ...

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Hiding in plain sight: Remembering Sacco and Vanzetti in the heart of Boston

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August 23 marks an important anniversary in the history of Massachusetts. It was on this day, in 1927, that Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed after being convicted for the death of two people during an armed robbery in South Braintree. I’m not bringing up this symbolic date to shine a light on the history of what happened. Many have done so before, and the story is so complex we would need a book to explain it all. What I do want to focus on, though, is what is left in our modern day metropolis to commemorate what happened ...

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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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Salvatore’s Restaurant To Host “Chef’s Playground”

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Salvatore’s Restaurant, which has five locations around the Greater Boston area, will be hosting its first ever “Chef’s Playground.” And no, it does not involve chefs playing on the monkey bars. However, it does involve chefs digging deep into their creativity to prepare delicious dishes!  There are no limitations on what the chef can create, so be ready to take your taste buds for a ride! Each of the five locations will have various dishes, based on the chef’s culinary background, neighborhood demands for specific dishes, or seasonal menus. What makes this experience the most exciting is not knowing which ...

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Pauli’s North End To Host “Lobsta’ Challenge”

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Owner Paul Barker will be hosting Pauli’s first ever “Lobsta’ Challenge.” From June 1 to September 30, 2015, you can stop by Pauli’s to vote for your favorite style lobster roll. The restaurant has a “lobsta’jar” on the front counter where anyone-whether you’re a local, tourist, or just passing by- can drop they’re vote. Each “lobsta’ ballot” will be entered to win a “lobsta’cation” that was coordinated by Barker. Your “lobsta’cation” is a one-night stay for two in Ogunquit, Maine. Once chosen, the winner will stop by Pauli’s to claim their prize, and pick up a gas card and two ...

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Terramia Ristorante Hosting Multi-Course Tuscan Wine Dinner

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Located on Salem Street in Boston’s North End, Terramia Ristorante will be hosting a Tuscan wine dinner on Monday, June 29, 2015. The dinner will be celebrating the Frescobaldi family’s 700 years in the winemaking business. The Frescobaldi family is dedicated to serving only the finest quality Tuscan wines to their customers. The family’s history dates back to the 1300’s, where they served dedicated clients, including Renaissance artists and Papal Courts. They were the first family in Tuscany to offer Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Nero, and Chardonnay. In modern day, they are constantly finding new ways to change the wine ...

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July 14, 1863: The day the North End said ‘no’ to conscription

The North End riot happened one day after the bigger New York Draft Riots pictured above (picture courtesy https://clevelandcivilwarroundtable.com/)

The Boston Draft Riot of July 14, 1863, is remembered more as the “North End Draft Riot,” since it began in the North End and the worst part of it occurred in the nei. The context was the American Civil War and the resistance of many Irish immigrants to conscription into the Union Army. Immigrant resistance stemmed in part to the fact that the wealthy had the option to pay a $300 substitution fee, which was often purchased by the destitute to support their families, giving rise to the saying that the Civil War was “a rich man’s war but ...

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PA Italian Ice Company To Open In Boston

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Trevose, PA-based company, Rita’s Italian Ice, announced recently that it will be opening locations in the Boston area. Including Boston, New York, Connecticut, and its Pennsylvania locations, Rita’s currently has thirty operations. Rita’s first Boston location is expected to open in spring 2016. Rita’s expansion into the Commonwealth will create about one hundred jobs for the economy. The company is also looking to expand along the east coast and internationally. Rita’s first international location is in Shenzhen, China, where the company signed a large franchise agreement with Shenzhen XingFeHeng Trade Co. Ltd. Last year it signed a large franchise agreement ...

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