Community Daily Briefs

Notable News: Strega Renovation, Pizza Campaign, Food Events, North Washington Street Hotel?

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The Boston Globe
Presidential candidate John Kasich eats a slice in Queens, N.Y., photo by Bryan Thomas, courtesy of, The Boston Globe.

Is pizza a window into a candidate’s soul?

The way a politician eats their pizza is becoming a “national obsession” and can often lead to some type of “pizza scandal.” Which begs the question, is the pizza eating style of Ohio Governor John Kasich a determining factor in his bid for the Presidency? A Pizzeria Regina worker from Boston’s North End weighed in on the question, at The Boston Globe.

10 Can’t Miss Food Events in April

Representing the restaurant-lined Italian-heavy North End is the Taste of the North End event that features over 35 participants along with beer and wine, and a silent auction. The proceeds go to benefit multiple North End non-profits, read more about the event and participants at, Zagat.

Photo by Eric Levin, read more on the renovations at, Zagat.

First Look at the Newly Renovated Strega

Strega, the North End restaurant on Hanover Street has seen massive success since it was opened by Nick Varano in 2003. Since that time, “the original location was looking dated and dowdy,” until the recent renovation that brought shimmering chandeliers, sumptuous leather banquettes and shiny wine displays along with paintings from North End artist Giovanni DeCunto, view the slideshow at, Zagat.

A New Haven Pepe’s loyalist seeks Boston pizza alternatives

The legendary Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana opening a location in Chestnut Hill, but can it stand to the North End pizza? The visit to try brought back memories of Circle Pizza, an old spot on Hanover Street, and of course the famous Regina’s. Read the full article and comparison at, The Boston Globe.


Rendering for a hotel proposal at 88 North Washington Street, courtesy of Boston Business Journal.

Developer proposes boutique hotel on North Washington St. parking lot

A proposal for a 15-story hotel at 88 North Washington Street was recently submitted to the BRA. The site is currently a 2,100-square-foot parking lot, which would be replaced with a 74-room hotel, complete with a lobby and cafe. Read the article at, Boston Business Journal.

Engagement Photography With Tatijana & Steve

Walking through the Financial District of Boston with a pit stop at the Boston Harbor Hotel, the rain could not stop this couple from braving the weather and running all around downtown Boston for some engagement photos. View the photos and read more on the couple at, Christian Pleva Images.