Join me in celebrating the work of Joslin’s physicians

My son is a healthy young adult because of his Joslin doctor’s tremendous care

Shortly after his first birthday, my son David was admitted to the emergency room with an A1C of 800. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and doctors were not sure he would live through the night.
We prayed and cried and finally David did pull through. I was happy he was alive, but I barely had any knowledge of caring for someone with diabetes. But like any mother would, I was committed to making sure he could have an active childhood and healthy life.
Six months after his diagnosis, we came to Joslin where we met Dr. Lori Laffel, who has been his doctor ever since. From the first day we met her, Dr. Laffel always treated David as normal as possible. Never once did she make him feel like he is different because of his illness, and the doctor-patient relationship he has with her is as strong today as it was back when we first met her.
As a mother, I am so thankful for Dr. Laffel and Joslin Diabetes Center and I am happy to honor her today on National Doctors’ Day.
Today, David is a 6’3″ healthy 26-year-old who just got licensed as a Physician Assistant. He’s very responsible with his health. He works out daily and eats a very good diet of healthy foods.
I am not saying it has been an easy life for our family. There have been many changes and adjustments we had to make throughout his life. But, through the tremendous support of Dr. Laffel, eventually it did get easier, and worrying less about his health was a relief.
I know that my story is just one of many examples of how Joslin doctors have helped patients and their families live fuller, healthier lives.
I hope you will join me in saying “thank you” to all of them on National Doctors’ Day.
Please consider making a gift to the High Hopes Fund in honor of a Joslin doctors, or sharing your story with us before National Doctors’ Day ends at midnight.

Thank You!
Carla Gomes
Canton, Massachusetts

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Improper Bostonian: Dining Out to Conquer Diabetes CityFeast Event

On Sunday, Jan. 29, the 12th annual CityFeast: Dining Out to Conquer Diabetes, a unique dining event was held at various restaurants in Boston’s North End to benefit Joslin Diabetes Center’s High Hopes Fund. CityFeast guests enjoyed five-course prix fixe menus with wine pairings at a selection of restaurants, including Antico Forno, Aria, Trattoria, Bricco Ristorante, Lucca, Taranta, Terramia Ristorante and Tresca.


From Improper Bostonian

“Headed for Dinner at Terramia, North End” Painting

North End resident and artist Michael Dean shares his 24″x18″ oil painting of Terramia Ristorante on the corner of Salem and Bartlett Street. Headed for Dinner at Terramia, N.End is a commissioned piece Michael recently painted for former North End resident Matt Cook. The painting is a visual representation of Matt’s own charming North End story.

Matt spent over ten years living in the North End creating fond memories of the buildings and streets, as well as of his regular dinners and good times at Terramia Ristorante. Those memories include courting and, ultimately, proposing to his wife Jaimie, right there in the restaurant itself. Jaimie of course said, “Yes!” Read more

A little bit about a lot of things – Pasta Flight

Recently a childhood friend of mine got married in Italy. With a new baby at home, we unfortunately had to miss the wedding. So for the time being, the only Italian flight I’m experiencing is the pasta flight at Terramia. I loved the restaurant, it was cozy and inviting. While they have been recognized with awards for their food, Terramia still remains authentic (no tourist trap here!).

Every Monday night from 5pm -10pm, Terramia will be serving pasta flights for $25. Mix and match 3 pastas from the following list: Read more

Recent Hits – Boston Bites

Over the past few weeks, I’ve tried many new restaurants, but what jump out was Terramia.

flight_pastaOn Monday nights, head to Terramia in the North End, which hosts a weekly “pasta flight,” allowing you to select three of their beautiful, hand-made pastas.

Whether your opting for a classic Carbonara or feeling extravagant with truffle risotto, you can’t go wrong.

I tend to play it simple with Italian food, preferring the sauces and cheese to stand out the most, so I ordered the classic spaghetti con pomodoro, gnocchi amatriciana, and the aforementioned truffle risotto.

Each bite vividly reminded me of my days studying abroad in Italy.

lobster-frittersIf you can’t make it to Terramia on Monday, don’t be disappointed: any day you can order their famous, unique lobster fritters.

A decadent, tempura-esque dough is a pillowy cushion for fresh lobster.

With a sweet balsamic reduction and crispy sweet potatoes and leeks on top, this is a dish you didn’t know you can’t live without.

Prep of Boston

Hey y’all!

Prepare yourself for drool worthy descriptions of food…

Among the incredible streets of the North End lies an adorable restaurant with some of the most amazing food in Boston. Recently I was given the opportunity to go to Terramia, a well known restaurant in the city, to eat dinner. My roommate and I were treated like absolute queens and ate like them, too. The environment was filled with a mixture of couples, tables of women celebrating engagements, and tables of families. I love how restaurants in the North End tend to bring together a fun group of people, tourists and locals alike. Read more

Endless Pastabilities – The Boston Food Journal

The pastabilities are endless…no really, they are.

Terramia Ristorante on Salem Street in the North End is serving up one of the best pasta pairings around.

Spaghetti, rigatoni’s, campanelle’s – any die hard “carbo” will understand the complexities involved in choosing just one of many endless noddle types. But why choose one when you can choose multiple? With the ‘Monday Night Pasta Flight’ at Terramia, you can mix and match up to three pasta dishes from their varied menu offering. Read more

What 14 Boston Chefs Will Be Eating During the New England Patriots Game – Boston Common

We’ve been waiting all spring and summer to watch Gronk, Julian Edelman, and the rest of the Patriots hit the field, and now the first weekend of the NFL season is here. Naturally, our attention is spit between the gridiron and menu so we have asked Boston chefs to tell us what they will be eating during the game.


Carla Agrippino Gomes
Carla Agrippino Gomes
Carla Gomes, restauranteur of Antico Forno, Terramia Ristorante and Cobblestone

“Football Sundays are a favorite past time for my family. We have had season tickets to the Patriots games since 1978. My family and friends are over for an Italian feast for Sunday dinner which is usually early in the afternoon, and later in the day we are still eating left over pasta, meatballs and sausages etc. Late-night we usually have a bunch of pizzas sent over from Antico Forno along with trays of buffalo boneless chicken from Cobblestone because one meal is never enough!”




Eat Pasta and Help Italy

Local restaurants are fundraising for the Italian Red Cross in the wake of an earthquake

In the wake of the devastating earthquake that hit central Italy this week, chefs around the world are raising money for the Italian Red Cross by using spaghetti all’Amatriciana to fundraise. It’s the signature dish of Amatrice, a historic town that was largely destroyed in the disaster.

In the Boston area, a few restaurants have joined the fundraising efforts so far, we are one of them.

Terramia Ristorante (North End, Boston): The restaurant will be donating 50% of dinner sales on Monday, August 29 to benefit the earthquake victims. Make a reservation now!