Business Featured

Monica’s Pasta Shop Opens on Richmond Street in Boston’s North End

Monica’s Pasta Shop is now open at 141 Richmond Street, on the Freedom Trail, and next to the longstanding Vinoteca di Monica. The homemade pasta story at Monica’s goes back to 1995 when Chef Jorge Mendoza Iturraide brought fresh pasta to the menu at the original Monica’s restaurant. Now, these pastas are available retail along Read More…

Health & Environment

North End Restaurants Ticketed for Trash Barrels

Boston code enforcement has begun ticketing North End restaurants that have trash barrels out in the morning after collection. Recently ticketed was former North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) member Jorge Mendoza of Monica’s on Richmond Street who received a $50 ticket at approximately 8 a.m. (Official cutoff is 7am, but has rarely been Read More…

Food & Drink People

Vinoteca di Monica Hosts Shriners Hospitals’ Alec Cabacungan

Alec Cabacungan, of Shriners famous “Love to the Rescue” commercial, was graciously hosted for lunch by Jorge Mendoza at Vinoteca di Monica, before visiting the Paul Revere House.  Thank you from the Aleppo Shriners and Shriners Hospital for hosting the private luncheon for Alec and his family.   Alec came to Boston from his hometown Read More…

Featured Police & Fire

Suspects Sought in Vinoteca Di Monica Break-in & Mike’s Pastry Robbery

There have been two troubling thefts this week of high profile North End businesses. On Monday, a Mike’s Pastry employee was robbed on Hanover Street while bringing nearly $10,000 in cash to the Citizens Bank across the street. Boston Police have street camera video (see below) of the robbery and continue to investigate the brazen theft Read More…

Food & Drink Real Estate

Amid Confusion, Residents’ Association Defers Vote on Monica’s Mercato Pizza

After a confusing debate regarding alleged zoning issues at Monica’s Mercato Pizza in Boston’s North End, the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) deferred its vote pending clarification from City Hall. This is a follow-up discussion to a January 2015 vote where NEWRA supported Monica’s new pizzeria operating in the lower level of 130-130B on Salem Street at the Read More…

Event Notices

Monica’s Mercato Pizza (130-130B Salem Street) on Zoning and Licensing Agenda for May 24th

The Zoning, Licensing and Construction Committee of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) has issued its agenda for its May 24, 2016 meeting, 7:00 p.m. at the Mariner’s House, 11 North Square. The public is welcome to attend.  

Community Daily Briefs

Three Things and a Photo Friday: Taste of the North End, Book Sale, St. Francis House & New Monica’s

TGIF! Welcome to “Three Things and a Photo”, something new we’re testing on! This is your daily post for all the breaking news, event updates and community tidbits. And of course, it wouldn’t be, without a neighborhood photo! Let us know in the comments if you like this type of daily rundown or have Read More…

Food & Drink

All-Alcohol License Upgrades Granted to Three North End Restaurants

The Boston Licensing Board granted three all-alcohol licenses to North End restaurants this week. The new awards come as part of the ten new citywide licenses up for grabs as a result of 2014 State legislation. The new licenses are ‘upgrades’ for existing beer and wine licenses. The latter will be returned to the city and eventually re-granted to other Read More…

Food & Drink

North End Restaurants Get a Jump on New All-Alcohol Licenses

Several North End restaurants presented their applications for one of the new all-alcohol licenses coming available in Boston this year. In 2014, the State legislature raised the city’s 970 limit by adding 75 new licenses. Sixty of the new licenses are being designated for underserved neighborhoods (Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, and Read More…


Eliot School Evening for Education Raises over $125,000

The Mendoza family of the North End’s Vinoteca di Monica generously hosted the seventh annual Evening for Education Tuesday night. Over 130 community members enjoyed delicious food and drinks in support of the Eliot School’s Deepening Enrichment initiative, focused on providing continuous enrichment and growth for all Eliot students. Members of the North End community came Read More…