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Celebrating Slow Food in the North End

From left: Rocco and Bartolomeo De Stefano, Carlos inside Boschetto Bakery (now closed).

The “Slow Food Movement” was founded in 1986 as an alternative to fast foods and with the goal to preserve and promote regional cuisines. Now an international movement, it was founded in Italy (of course) where it grew out of a protest against the building of a McDonalds near the Spanish Steps in Rome. Its “Manifesto,” initially endorsed by delegates from 15 countries in 1989, reads in part: A firm defense of quest material pleasure is the only way to oppose the universal folly of Fast Life. May suitable doses of guaranteed sensual pleasure and slow, long lasting enjoyment preserve ...

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