Food & Drink

Massachusetts Restaurant Association Honors Frank DePasquale

The Massachusetts Restaurant Association held its annual Awards Dinner this week celebrating five leaders in the industry, including Frank DePasquale of Depasquale Ventures as Restauranteur of the Year. A North End power-house, Depasquale is best known for his award-winning North End restaurant concepts that include Bricco, Il Panino Trattoria, Mare Oyster Bar and Quattro.

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Take a Peek Inside “Il Molo” (The Pier) Opening in Boston’s North End [Photos]

Il Molo (“The Pier”) Restaurant is having its Grand Opening this week bringing “Serious Seafood” to Boston’s North End / Waterfront at 326 Commercial Street. At the helm are the father-son team of Donato Frattaroli and Donato Frattaroli Jr. In the kitchen, veteran Chef Pino Maffeo is focusing on locally sourced seafood inspired by the Mediterranean and Read More…

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Donato Frattaroli Named Chairman of Mass. Restaurant Association

The Massachusetts Restaurant Association (MRA) announced at its annual board meeting last week that Donato Frattaroli, owner of Lucia Ristorante in Boston’s North End and co-owner of a second location in Winchester, has been inducted as the organization’s new Chairman of the Board. After spending many years as an active member of the MRA and Read More…

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Photo Gallery: Record Crowd at 2014 Taste of the North End

After 21 years and already the largest fundraiser in the neighborhood, the annual Taste of the North End event grew to record numbers this year at Friday night’s banner celebration. Initiated in 1993 by Donato Frattaroli, TONE  brings together hundreds of participants to feast on samplings of world famous North End cuisine – all generously Read More…

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Residents’ Association Supports Davide Restaurant Transfer With “No Bar” Provision [Video]

The North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) supported the transfer of an alcohol license at 326-328 Commercial Street from Davide Restaurant (Gesualdi Family) to Donato Frattaroli, longtime North End restauranteur and current operator of Lucia’s Ristorante. Mr. Frattaroli and Attorny Daniel Toscano presented the application that continues the 11:30 pm closing hour and the restriction Read More…

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Neighborhood Council Gets New President, Questions Cycle Track and Supports Alcohol License Transfer at Former Davide Restaurant

This post is a recap of the February 10, 2014 monthly meeting of the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) held at the Nazzaro Center in Boston’s North End. (1) NEWNC announced a new President, Philip Frattaroli, to replace Stephen Passacantilli who has stepped down now that he has taken a position as part of Read More…

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Evolution of the North End Neighborhood (WGBH Greater Boston Video)

For decades, the North End was a world apart, an isolated enclave whose streets felt more like a town in Italy than a neighborhood in Boston. But now, thanks to the end of the Big Dig construction and the push of gentrification, the old North End may soon be an old memory. Profiling the changing Read More…

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20th “Taste of the North End” Brings Community Together For Largest Neighborhood Fundraiser [Photos]

The 20th Taste of the North End brought out the several hundred people to the Steriti Rink for a night of charitable giving to benefit community non-profit organizations. The annual fundraiser is celebrating 20 years and featured over 40 of the North End’s best restaurants giving back to the neighborhood. There was also a high Read More…

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Frattaroli Family Celebrates 35 Years at Lucia Ristorante on Hanover Street

Reminiscing about 35 years at Lucia Ristorante, the Frattaroli family hosted a grand celebration on Hanover Street on Wednesday evening.  Lucia owner Donato Frattaroli and brother Filippo served classic Italian favorites including a huge pancetta (pork roast) to hundreds of friends in attendance. Sister Anna was also on hand from the family as was Arturo, Read More…

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“Taste of the North End” Presents Checks to Neighborhood Charities

It was a night of charitable giving on Tuesday as Taste of the North End celebrated with its supporters and community groups that benefit from TONE’s fundraising. Donato Frattaroli hosted the evening at Lucia Ristorante and credited the North End restaurants, cafes and food/drink suppliers that take part in the annual Taste of the North Read More…

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Photos: 2012 Taste of the North End Showcases North End’s Eateries

Bigger and better than ever was the 18th Taste of the North End, held on Friday, May 4, 2012 at DCR’s Steriti Rink on Commercial Street. Over 500 guests sampled from more than 35 popular North End eateries showcasing a wide array of delectable appetizers, cheeses, entrees and desserts, and sipped on refreshing libations from Read More…