Community Daily Briefs

Notable News: DePasquale’s New Restaurants, North End Angel, Angiulo Death Ends Mob Era, Nick Offerman and More!

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Frank DePasquale, president of DePasquale Ventures, Photo by W. Marc Bernsau Boston Business Journal.
Frank DePasquale, president of DePasquale Ventures, Photo by W. Marc Bernsau at the Boston Business Journal.

A North End power player readies to shake up, expand his restaurant empire

Frank DePasquale, the North End restauranteur is making a series of big moves in the neighborhood. He is planning to expand his Trattoria il Panino restaurant into space he is acquiring through his purchase of the restaurant Caffe Pompei (Hanover Street) which he will close. Other moves are in his seafood restaurant Mare and a new restaurant called Sfizi. Is that all? No! Continue reading the article at Boston Business Journal for more details and additional plans.

Frank Angiulo’s death marks end of North End Mob era

The Angiulos were the old Boston mob brothers who ran the Mafia from their tiny office in the North End from the 1960s to the 1980s. Frank, the last surviving Angiulo brother passed away this week at the age of 94. Besides his 14 year sentence in prison for racketeering (where he survived cancer and heart surgery), he lived his entire life in the North End. Even after prison, Angiulo continued to drive his old Cadillacs and spent most days sitting on the steps at 95 Prince Street. Read the article at, The Boston Globe.

Josh Reynolds for the Boston Globe.
Josh Reynolds for the Boston Globe.

Offerman addresses grads at North End woodworking school

Nick Offerman, the famous actor who played Ron Swanson on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” addressed graduating students from the North Bennet Street School. Offerman was “silly and serious as he lamented the culture of consumerism that puts a premium on profits at the expense of design and quality.” View video of his speech at Old North Church and read more at, The Boston Globe!

Drizly competitor brings one-hour alcohol delivery service to Boston area

The North End is one of the few neighborhoods chosen for the beta test of Ultra, a New York City-based company that delivers booze to your door within the hour. Similar to the Boston-based company Drizly’s which is also an alcohol-delivery model, except Ultra does not offer an app or mobile capabilities, it is strictly for desktop computers. Read more at, Boston Business Journal

Serina D'Amico stars in the 2014 Flight of the Angel (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe)
Serina D’Amico stars in the 2014 Flight of the Angel (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe)

A North End angel takes flight

North End native Serina D’Amico played the angel in flight at the 2014 Fisherman’s Feast this past August. The ceremony honors the Madonna del Soccorso, D’Amico is the third of her siblings to play the role, her older sisters Vitianna and Ciara also have had the honor in past years. Read the article at, The Boston Globe and see more details on the upcoming feast season.


Woman loses arm in Harbor incident; boat skipper arrested

A 19-year old girl lost her arm this past Saturday after it was severed by a boat propeller in Boston Harbor. The boat operator was taken into police custody while the victim was rushes to Mass. General Hospital with life threatening injuries. Originally reported by, UniversalHub read more details and developments at

Photo by Jason Turgeon, The Boston Globe.
Photo by Jason Turgeon, The Boston Globe.

Giant typewriter sculpture coming to the Greenway

The Rose Kennedy Greenway continues to bring unique art attractions to the famous public park and the plan for this latest attraction does not disappoint. It may not be a giant sculpture suspended from three giant buildings, but it is a massive interactive typewriter, continue reading at,  The Boston Globe.

The Greenway Farmers Market Is Back For The Season

Haymarket is open year around and in July, the Boston Public Market will be open year round as well, but the seasonal market on the Greenway is back open for the summer season. Selling everything from farm fresh produce, to meat, poultry, and eggs, continue reading the article at, BostInno.

A New Set Of Eyes On Government Center

The Center Plaza office and retail building is planning for some updates. The 1960s-era office and retail building that curls around Cambridge Street along the top of Boston’s City Hall Plaza was even utilized for the Boston Calling music festival. Read more at, Banker & Tradesman.

North End Alleys

The North End is home to small streets, cobblestone walkways, small side streets and narrow alleys. Did you ever stop and actually think about how many alleys are in the neighborhood?  Forgotten New York profiled the alleys in the neighborhood with a location and brief description.

Phantom Gourmet: Assembly Square Restaurants’

Check out Ernesto’s Pizza opening another location at Assembly Row in Somerville. The local North End pizzeria has been a staple on Salem Street, selling the “largest slice’ in Boston. Read the story and more details at, CBS Boston.

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