Community Daily Briefs

Notable News: “The Godfather” Archive, Yelp’s Best 100, DiMasi Pension, and More!

There was no shortage of articles about the North End / Waterfront, just take a look at the number of posts published in the past week!

Chef Jose Duarte of Taranta, photo by Jonathan Wiggs, The Boston Globe.
Chef Jose Duarte of Taranta, photo by Jonathan Wiggs, The Boston Globe.

Appliance retailers turn to chefs to sell kitchens

Shopping for kitchen appliance’s is shifting from sales personnel in a showroom, to utilizing chefs like Jose Duarte, the chef and owner at Taranta in Boston’s North End, to conducted a cooking demonstration using quinoa in Yale Appliance’s showroom, continue reading the story at, The Boston Globe.

BRA approves new West End tower

Despite the objection from neighboring residents about traffic concerns, the BRA board yesterday approved a $350-million, 44-story apartment building behind the Boston Garden. UniversalHub has more on the development that will bring 470 apartments and 775 parking spaces in an underground garage.

Sal DiMasi to ask SJC for state pension payments

Former Massachusetts House Speaker Sal DiMasi is asking the state retirement board to pay him $127,000 in pension payments. His retirement payments were halted in September 2011 when the judge sentenced him to prison, but DiMasi is arguing that his conviction did not become “final” until he exhausted all his appeals, read the full article at, MassLive.

The famous lobster roll at Neptune Oyster. Photo by, The Boston Globe.
The famous lobster roll at Neptune Oyster. Photo by,
The Boston Globe.

This Boston seafood restaurant made Yelp’s best 100 in the country

Neptune Oyster House on Salem Street made Yelp’s top 100 places to eat in 2016 and was the only Massachusetts restaurant that made the list. has more on the, “notoriously hard-to-get-into but worth-the-wait” seafood restaurant that ranked at number 79.

Marion Mainwaring, 93; scholar completed Wharton’s novel

North End resident, Dr. Marion Mainwaring completed Edith Wharton’s unfinished novel “The Buccaneers,” in 1993, bringing loads of scrutiny for bringing “no typographical way discriminates between her words and Wharton’s.” Before Dr. Mainwaring got the financial windfall from the novel, she was living in cold water flats or sharing a bathroom with another apartment in the North End, read the story at, The Boston Globe.

Mike's Pastry tops the list, photo by Sheryl Lanzel,
Mike’s Pastry tops the list, photo by Sheryl Lanzel,

These are the most popular places in Boston

Using data from Swarm, an app from Foursquare that allows you to “check in” to restaurants and bars via your smartphone, take a look at the most frequently visited places in Boston.  With Mike’s Pastry taking the number one spot, and and Thinking Cup making the top 10, read the full list at,

Government Center T station to reopen March 26

The project that has been under construction for the last two years is set to open at the end of March. The Government Center T station has remained on schedule throughout construction, making it a “good example” for the type of projects the MBTA hopes to do, read the article at.

Mario Puzo’s 1965 Olympia typewriter with manuscripts and versions of both Godfather I and II screenplays. Photo courtesy of RR Auction, The Boston Globe.
Mario Puzo’s 1965 Olympia typewriter with manuscripts and notes. Photo courtesy of RR Auction, The Boston Globe.

Startling truths about ‘The Godfather’ in Mario Puzo archive

Mario Puzo’s archives of “The Godfather” contains thousands of pages of drafts, notes, and versions of the manuscript for the novel that produced the iconic movie series. Revelations as to whom was to play Don Corleone’s character, the collection is held in Boston’s North End, The Boston Globe has the story.

Engaging desserts help suitors pop the question

Nick Varano, the restauranteur and owner of Strip by Strega was hoping to make someones Valentine’s Day special this year, even though he has witnessed unsuccessful propo­sals at his restaurants over the years. One Valentine’s Day at Strega in the North End, a poor fellow’s proposal over dessert was met with long awkward silence and then tears as the young woman stormed out of the restaurant. Read more at, The Boston Herald.

Lucic Returns to Boston

Former Boston Bruins favorite, Milan Lucic. made his return to the TD Garden last week, this time playing for the Las Angeles Kings. Expecting to feel butterflies, Lucic spoke about his love for the Boston, saying: “Boston: Thank you. For everything.” Read the article at, The Players Tribune.

102 Years Young: Sal Santoro Celebrates Birthday with Family and Friends

Last week, Sal Santoro celebrated his 102nd birthday at the Senior Center in East Boston, crediting his longevity to the fact that he never smoked, drank or did drugs. Santoro was born in the North End of Boston back on February 4, 1914, at a time when the Ford Model T had just been introduced, continue reading the Revere Journal.

Famed boxer Tony DeMarco still brings swagger at age 84

The North End’s Tony DeMarco was welcomed with open arms at the Long Life Fighter Gym on Patrick Lane in Las Vegas, Nevada. DeMarco, along with his crooked nose, spoke about the eight world championships that he fought in, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has the story.