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Taste of the North End Celebrates 25 Years; Honors Pam Donnaruma and Paolo D’Amore

Celebrating 25 years, the annual Taste of the North End was a fabulous festival of food, charity and commemoration of the rich history of the neighborhood. Held on Friday, April 27th, the destination event set an attendance record with over 800 patrons coming out to the neighborhood’s largest fundraiser at the Steriti Memorial Ice Rink in Boston’s North End.

Pamela Donnaruma, publisher of the Boston Post-Gazette was honored for her community support. (L-R) Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, TONE co-founder Donato Frattaroli, NESN’s Billy Costa, Pam Donnaruma, Councilor Lydia Edwards, Sen. Joe Boncore and NEW Health CEO James Luisi.

This year’s Taste of the North End community honoree was Pamela Donnaruma. Pam is the third generation publisher of Boston Post-Gazette newspaper, working with her staff out of their office on little Prince Street. Also celebrated was Paolo D’Amore as the restauranteur behind Massimino’s on Endicott Street.

Of course, it wouldn’t be the Taste of the North End without showcase samples from more than 30 popular North End eateries with a wide array of delectable appetizers, cheeses, entrees and desserts. Revelers also sipped on refreshing libations from area wine and beer distributors. In a friendly participant survey at the event, Best Food went to The Living Room and Best Dessert to Modern Pastry.

25th Taste of the North End featured over 40 restaurants and suppliers donating their delicious food and libations

Billy Costa, radio personality and NESN’s Dining Playbook host, was the emcee for the milestone event that included a high-end silent auction with iconic local photographs, hotel and restaurant packages, tickets to Boston sports events and memorabilia.

The North End’s local politicians each took part including State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, State Senator Joe Boncore and Boston City Councilor for District 1, Lydia Edwards.

Billy Costa of NESN’s Dining Playbook is presented with a framed Boston Tall Ships photograph for his support as TONE emcee. (L-R) Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, Donato Frattaroli, Billy Costa, Councilor Lydia Edwards, Sen. Joe Boncore and James Luisi.
TONE co-founder Donato Frattaroli with host, NESN’s Billy Costa

Event organizers Donato Frattaroli of Il Molo and James Luisi, CEO of NEW Health co-chaired the event. Zach Goodale was the event coordinator with committee members Donato Frattaroli, Gianni Frattaroli, Daniel Leonard, Mary Wright and Patrick Lyons.

The money raised from the event benefits the North End Waterfront Health as well as several local nonprofit organizations in the North End including: the Eliot School, St. John School, North End Against Drugs, North End Athletic Association (NEAA), and North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC).

Thanking some of the founding committee members of Taste of the North End (L-R) Donato Frattaroli, Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, Marie “ReRe” Bamonte, Nancy Frattaroli, Pamela Donnaruma, Councilor Lydia Edwards, Sen. Joe Boncore and Jim Luisi

For 25 years, Taste of the North End has brought together the neighborhood’s best restaurants to celebrate its culture and to give back to local organizations providing health care and other social services to our struggling friends and neighbors. Founded in 1993 by Donato and Nancy Frattaroli – the annual event has raised over forty five thousand dollars for local North End charities and organizations. To learn more and see a full list of sponsors, see netaste.com.

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2 Replies to “Taste of the North End Celebrates 25 Years; Honors Pam Donnaruma and Paolo D’Amore

  1. Wonderful evening! So much energy and so many very generous restaurants and other vendors letting us sample their delicious food and drinks… all for a great cause.

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