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Eataly officially coming to Boston’s Prudential Center

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International food powerhouse Eataly is officially coming to Boston. On June 2, the Boston Globe reported the signing of a lease between Eataly executives and Boston Properties to build a $20 million food emporium at Prudential Center, taking up the entire food court space. Boston would be the Italian mega-food store’s fourth U.S. location (Eataly currently runs two stores in New York and one in Chicago). The brainchild of Italian businessman Oscar Farinetti, who launched the first Eataly in Turin in 2007, the brand has expanded to other countries as well, including Japan, Dubai and Turkey. Thanks to a partnership ...

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Consul General Nicola De Santis’ veteran outlook

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Nicola De Santis has been Boston’s Consul General of Italy for little less than a year, but he already has set the wheels in motion to follow in his predecessors’ footsteps. After taking office at the end of last summer, De Santis quickly moved to improve the Consulate’s services, with a particular focus on reducing wait and responding to queries from Italian citizens seeking assistance from the Consulate. “Before anything else, you need to make sure the daily work here is being done right,” he says. Sitting in his beautiful 17th floor office overlooking the bustling Seaport District at 600 ...

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Making Logan Airport Efficient and Look Good: Massport’s Luciana Burdi

Massport Capital Program and Environmental Affairs Deputy Director Luciana Burdi

On a glorious May morning, Luciana Burdi greets me at the security desk of the Massport administrative building where she works, looking just as glorious. Her outfit is way more hip and stylish than one would expect for a regular Thursday at the office, and she transmits positive energy while navigating the building’s corridors with a sharp sense of humor and a smile that throughout our two-hour encounter never seems to fade away. “It’s been three years, and I love it!” she says, as we sit down in the office where she serves as deputy director of Massport’s Capital Program ...

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Taste of the North End a Huge Success!

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Photos © Felix Cutillo The Annual Taste of the North End treated over 1,000 people to some of the best and finest cuisine from North End restaurants. “Taste of the North End benefited the North End Waterfront Health, continuing the tradition of the North End restaurant community supporting North End charities. Proceeds will support the variety of programs and services offered by the health center, as well as other neighborhood charities for children and elders. The Taste of the North End was founded by Donato and Nancy Frattaroli in 1993 as a benefit for Casa Monte Cassino. The Frattarolis became aware of ...

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Finding Something Positive in Boston’s Worst Winter

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Most Italians know that when you lose something, you should pray to Sant’Antonio. This small act of asking for help usually works. As such, I have been sending him desperate pleas quite often these past few weeks; I hope by the time this story is published, he will have answered my prayers and the city of Boston will have found its lost sidewalks. Or at the very least, I hope we can back out of our driveways without performing the sign of the cross and whispering a silent prayer that we don’t get hit. I don’t think I’m alone when ...

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An Ice Idea — How an 18th Century Boston Entrepreneur Saw Value in Ice

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“This Winter [1740 – 1741] was the Coldest the Old People ever I remembered. Boston Harbour was Froze up twice. In Cold February’ was the deepest Snow we have had for 25 Years. There was a Tent kept on Ice between Boston & the Castle’ for entertainment. Horses Crossed Charlestown & Winimit Ferry Daily. Sleds loaded with Wood came from Charleston to Barton’s point. The Snow & Ice in some of Streets was 3 feet deep and lay in part till Middle of April.” These words were written in the diary of John Tudor, who lived in the North End ...

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Eva Respini Named Boston ICA’s Chief Curator

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Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art recently appointed Eva Respini as its new chief curator. The daughter of an Italian father and Norwegian mother, Respini will be leaving her post as curator of the Department of Photography at New York’s Museum of Modern Art to join the booming local cultural landscape. “I think the curatorial landscape in Boston is in transition,” she said, “with the newly opened Harvard Museums, the relatively new team at MIT’s List Visual Art Center and the MFA’s modern and contemporary wing — and I look forward to being a part of that.” Respini, 38, has lived ...

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Boston’s Harpoon Teams Up with Tuscan Brewer

Moreno Ercolani (left) and Charlie Cummings raise a glass to celebrate their collaborative efforts.

What do wine grape must, an afternoon of rock and roll, and an evening of sipping beer poolside in the Tuscan countryside have to do with beer? They were the inspiration behind the Harpoon Brewery’s newest limited batch offering, the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Tuscan Pool Party. This beer is a collaborative effort between Harpoon brewer Charlie Cummings and Italian craft brewer Moreno Ercolani of Birrificio L’Olmaia. Each spring Harpoon employees celebrating a certain anniversary (5th, 8th, 12th, etc.) are taken on a weeklong overseas “beer culture” trip. During these trips, the Harpoon group is taken on special tours of ...

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A Wine Tour of Boston’s North End

City Wine Tours at Wine Bottega in Boston's North End.

Whether you are a local Bostonian, a New Englander or just someone visiting from another state or country, there is an excellent opportunity to sample some world-class wines while visiting some of the local Boston neighborhoods and local restaurants. City Wine Tours is a company that provides guided tours that explore multiple neighborhoods in Boston including the South End, the North End, Back Bay and the latest edition to their tour list: a sparkling wine tour of Harvard Square in Cambridge. The company provides an opportunity to tour each neighborhood, visit a few local restaurants and wine shops, with great ...

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Boston Celebrates 200 Years of Carabinieri

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Italy’s Carabinieri are celebrating 200 years of history this year. The country’s military police has a long tradition of valor and courage, but has also been able to reach out to all corners of the globe and establish affiliated branches, like Boston’s Sezione Alberto Dalla Chiesa, founded in 2003. The Boston-based group held its 11th anniversary gala event on Sept. 7, celebrating the rich history of the armed forces. A special tribute was made to Carabiniere Scelto Francesco Moracci, a veteran who served in Iraq in 2004, as part of the Multinational Specialized Unit battalion under the Italian Joint Task ...

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Stolen Venetian Treasure Resurfaces in Boston

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7News Boston WHDH-TV A stolen Venetian swivel gun from the 17th century was discovered earlier this week by customs agents in Boston. Packed into a piece of heavy equipment, the canon-like weapon was not easy to spot at first. “They had to get out torches and saws, it looks like the arm of an excavator so they had to get into this and buried inside that was the cannon,” C. Shane Campbell from Customs and Border Protection told WHDH. Agents from Homeland Security got a tip that the antique gun was headed to the United States from Egypt on a ...

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Historic North End Quilt at North Bennett Street School Open House

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The Bicentennial quilt titled “Stitched in Time: Historic North End Memories” will be on display at the North Bennett Street School (150 North St., Boston) open house: Friday Nov. 14 and Saturday Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The quilt was created between 1976 and 1977 by a group of 32 Italian-American women from Boston’s historic Italian neighborhood, under the supervision of Frances Hutchins of the then-Waterfront Arts Council. Measuring 12 ft. by 12 ft., the project was funded by a 1976 National Endowment for the Arts grant, through the Old North Church. The following are the names ...

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