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 itallianissimo! 2016 (L-R) Sen. Joe Boncore, Angela Menino, Susan Fenton, Ettore Santucci, Silvio Micali, Tony Pangaro, Federico Cortese, Philip Frattaroli and Susan Angelastro
itallianissimo! 2016 (L-R) Sen. Joe Boncore, Angela Menino, Susan Fenton, Ettore Santucci, Silvio Micali, Tony Pangaro, Federico Cortese, Philip Frattaroli and Nadia Di Carlo

It was a celebration of “all things Italian” to benefit The Friends of the Italian Cultural Center of Boston (FICCB) at italianissimo! 2016 on November 19, 2016. Several hundred attendees were treated to a sneak peek at the new Eataly Boston on Boylston Street, before it opens to the public on November 29th.

The annual FICCB italianissimo! event honors the accomplishments of Italian-Americans of distinction and showcases the innovative ways in which FICCB has established their intellectual foundation. The evening highlight was the presentation of the 2016 Thomas M. Menino awards to Federico Cortese, Music Director for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and Silvio Micali, MIT Ford Professor of Engineering.

The pre-opening event at Eataly featured regional Italian dishes and desserts from a variety of Eataly restaurants, counters and cafes with live music performed by Quartetto d’archi musica barocca Italiana.

A special performance was headlined by legendary jazz pianist Alan Pasqua and jazz saxophonist Marco Pignataro. Other notable attendees include Nicola Farinetti, Eataly’s Chief Executive Officer; Ettore Santucci, FICCB President and board member; Anthony Pangaro, Chairman of the FICCB board, Alessandro Rollo, FICCB board member and Mass. State Senator Joseph Boncore.

FICCB seeks to create a 21st-century cultural institution which celebrates all of the contributions Italians have made and will make in science, academia, enterprise, art and culture, innovation, philanthropy and community service in the Boston and New England area. FICCB’s mission ranges from supporting the teaching of the Italian language to sponsoring public lectures, concerts and art exhibits; from showcasing Italian entrepreneurship, innovation, design and technology to celebrating Italian food and folklore.

Shown below are photos from the italianissmo! 2016 event in Boston. Photos by Matt Conti.

 Ettore Santucci, President, Friends of the Italian Cultural Center in Boston
Ettore Santucci, President, Friends of the Italian Cultural Center in Boston
 Eataly hosted italianissimo 2016
Eataly hosted italianissimo 2016
Legendary jazz pianist Alan Pasqua
Legendary jazz pianist Alan Pasqua
 Post Gazette Publisher Pam Donnaruma with Angela Menino and Susan Fenton
Post Gazette Publisher Cav. Pam Donnaruma with Angela Menino and Susan Fenton
 Piazza at Eataly
Salumeria at Eataly during italianissimo 2016
 Cav. Anthony Pangaro, Chairman of the Friends of the Italian Cultural Center in Boston
Cav. Anthony Pangaro, Chairman of the Friends of the Italian Cultural Center in Boston
 Italian Baroque music by Berklee School of Music String Quartet
Italian Baroque music by Berklee School of Music String Quartet
 Saxophone with the Berklee Jazz Trio
Jazz saxophonist Marco Pignataro
 Federico Cortese, Boston Yourth Symphony Orchestra Director and recipient of the 2016 Thomas M. Menino Award
Federico Cortese, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra Director and recipient of the 2016 Thomas M. Menino Award
 Socializing at italianissimo! 2016
Socializing at italianissimo! 2016
 Nicola DeSantis, Consul General of Italy
Nicola DeSantis, Consul General of Italy in Boston
 State Senator Joseph Boncore at italianissimo! 2016
State Senator Joseph Boncore at italianissimo! 2016
 Silvio Micali, MIT Professor and recipient of the 2016 Thomas M. Menino Award
Silvio Micali, MIT Professor and recipient of the 2016 Thomas M. Menino Award
 Berklee School of Music Jazz Trio
Jazz Performance
 IGT presenting sponsor
IGT presenting sponsor
 Ducali and Cunard Tavern owner Philip Frattaroli, Filippo and Lucia Ristorante owner Filippo Frattaroli and Union Oyster House owner Joseph Milano
Ducali and Cunard Tavern owner Philip Frattaroli, Filippo and Lucia Ristorante owner Cav. Filippo Frattaroli and Union Oyster House owner Joseph Milano
 Susan Angelastro, Chair of italianissimo! 2016
Nadia Di Carlo, italianissimo! 2016 Committee
 Eataly partners Adam and Alex Saper give a preview to italianissimo attendees
Eataly’s Dino Borri and Adam Saper give a preview to italianissimo attendees
 Ettore Santucci, President of the Friends of the Italian Cultural Center in Boston at Eataly
Ettore Santucci, President of the Friends of the Italian Cultural Center in Boston at Eataly

 

 Berklee School of Music Jazz Trio
Jazz Performance at italianissimo! 2016

Photos by Matt Conti.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Been waiting patiently Eataly to open here in Boston. Can’t wait to go try it now. Best of luck to the owners of this new business.

    • Visited Eataly in Manhattan and absolutely loved it! Was so excited to have one open up here in Boston. Will be visiting it soon.
      Good Luck.

  2. Eataly in Boston at last! With Mario at the helm it will be great (if not greater) than NYC which we have really enjoyed!

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