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Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino Visits Boston, Mayor Walsh


On Friday, May 30, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh welcomed his colleague from Rome, Ignazio Marino, to City Hall to talk traffic and several other initiatives the two cities will work together on. After the meeting, Mayor Marino headed down to the BSA Space for a lecture titled “Traffic Advisory, From Rome to the North End: Life without driving“. Speaking to a room full of engaged listeners (at least half of which came by foot or bicycle), Marino addressed the goals and challenges his city faces, including dealing with a high number of cars per inhabitants (over 960 vehicles per 1,000 ...

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Breakfast with the St. Mark Society

The Saint Mark Society, 1910

The St. Mark Society -- or more properly, Societa Cattolica Italiana di San Marco -- was founded in 1884 by Italian immigrants from Genoa.

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Any one up for a quick game of “Cans”?


When I was a boy, one of my favorite games was called “cans.” We played a lot in the summer. All that was needed was a can for each player and a wall. Everybody who played had to have their own unique soda can — Coke, Pepsi, Ginger Ale, Orange, etc. There could be no duplicates because everyone needed to be able to identify their own can at all times. (And remember, back in those pre-aluminum days, the cans were a lot heavier and sturdier than they are now. They were heavy enough to toss a good distance, which was ...

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Italian immigrants and violent crime


On Sunday, Aug. 4, 1901, the Boston Globe invited five prominent Italians and Italian Americans to respond to the question: "Is the Italian More Prone to Violent Crime than Any Other Race?"

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Podcast Episode 8: Tra i Vini del Sud Italia a Boston e i Tragitti per le Cantine del Massachusetts

Wines from Sicily

Episode 8 of Corrieretandem's Italian language podcast takes us on a tour of Southern Italian wines, with the help of two local Italian experts.

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Podcast Episode 6: La Boston Moderna di Copley Square


Salve a tutti da Benvenuti a Boston, il podcast del Corrieretandem.info. Il magazine della voce italiana nella capitale del Massachusetts.

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My Christmas Commuter Caper


It was a perfectly lovely evening to get bus-jacked, I suppose. Since it was the day before Christmas Eve, I was in a particularly joyful and triumphant mood. The “Charlie Brown Christmas” soundtrack played softly on my iPod. It was snowing lightly and there was the perfect amount of crisp winter chill in the air. Unfortunately, there was a bit of chill on the bus as well. The heat didn’t seem to be working, which wouldn’t have been a big deal if the ride home had taken only its usual 30 minutes. However, the bus was crawling at a snail’s ...

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Milan’s marionette theater comes to Boston


Marionette theater has thrived in and around the capital of Lombardy for nearly 200 years, in no small part due to the renowned company Carlo Colla & Figli. Now, audiences in Boston will be able to experience this great Italian tradition when the company brings “Sleeping Beauty” to the Paramount Center from Nov. 13 to 17 as part of the Year of Italian Culture in the United States. Led by Eugenio Monti Colla — the latest in a long line of Collas to work in marionette theater — the production filters the fairytale through the Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, which was ...

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An Italian Thanksgiving Dinner


Thanksgiving and ravioli! Not Thanksgiving and Turkey, but Thanksgiving and ravioli: homemade ravioli; my father’s homemade ravioli. I remember that he would start to make them a few days before the holiday. I can still see the flour, eggs, water and other ingredients spread out on the kitchen table. I can see him mixing the dough, rolling it out, and then cutting it into sections to be filled with the cheese he had prepared. His ravioli were huge, and they were delicious. If you are like me and millions of Italian Americans (not just from the North End) your Thanksgiving ...

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The Legend of Johnny Martino


October is Italian Heritage Month, and I’m certain the pages around me will be filled with tributes to Italians and to the North End. There is certainly a lot to be proud of and a lot to display. But October is also the month of Halloween. A quintessentially American holiday with roots in the native Celtic religion, Halloween in the North End was a lot of fun. The streets were filled with kids in costumes, and there were so many buildings with so many apartments to get candy. And there were a lot of adults around, as always, to keep ...

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MFA Boston Unveils Piero della Francesca Masterpiece ‘Senigallia Madonna’


On Sept. 13, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts unveiled a single-work exhibition showcasing the rare Renaissance painting Senigallia Madonna, by Italian master Piero della Francesca. On loan from Italy, the work will be on view in the United States for the first time. Stolen in 1975, the tempera and oil on panel painting was recovered the following year by the Carabinieri Department for the Protection of Cultural Heritage (known as the Carabinieri Art Squad) — a branch of the Italian military police charged with combating theft, looting and illicit trade in works of art. Part of the MFA’s Visiting Masterpieces ...

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Mayor Menino Declares Prince Pasta Day, as Food Truck Campaign Kicks Off


This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of Boston’s most iconic brands, Prince Pasta. To celebrate this milestone and pay homage to the city of Boston and the people who gave the brand its start, the company kicked off a month-long celebration with a “Born in Boston” food truck that will hit different areas of the city all throughout the month of September. To mark the occasion, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino declared Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, Prince Spaghetti Day in Boston. “To my fellow Bostonians I say: Eat more pasta every day,” said Menino. Serving the first bowls ...

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