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!


The Ultimate Staycation Guide –

In today’s fast paced world, I think we all need to take just a little bit more time for ourselves and our loved ones. And you don’t need to travel across the globe (even though we like that too) to have a fun weekend out. So lets explore how to have the ‘stay-cation’ of your dreams!


Getting Started

For any successful staycation, you must plan it with the mindset that this is an actual vacation, but just in a place near where you live. Everything else about a vacation is the same, you will be trying new places, seeing new things and unplugging as much as possible from the real world. So calm down, open your mind and get started! Read more


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A Stop Along the Way: Terramia, Boston

I moved to the North End in Boston over a month ago, and last Thursday was my first experience eating Italian food in my new neighborhood. The North End is known for being home to the most incredible and fresh Italian food, so the fact I only just got around to trying what my area is all about is disappointing… at least I got around to it eventually, right?

Since I couldn’t risk being disappointed on my first experience, I had to find the best place in Boston to eat at. Located on the street parallel to my apartment, Salem Street, Terramia is tucked away on the lefthand side. Upon entering, you’ll immediately feel like you’re in Italy. The waiter greeted us, and we sat in the cozy corner seat overlooking the street. I wasn’t disappointed about not having a Valentine until I went to dinner here. If you’re on the hunt for a place to take your special someone, Terramia is the place. Make sure to reserve that corner seat!

Now, on to the food. One of my best friends from childhood, Claire, came to visit for the night, and she’s a huge foodie like me. Especially since she lives in Providence and works at a restaurant, the girl knows her food. Read more

CityFeast raises funds for diabetes with North End 5-course meals –

Oh, no! I’m too late to book my annual dinner at Terramia’s for CityFeast, the 11th annual fundraiser to benefit Joslin Diabetes Center’s High Hopes Fund. Terramia and Bricco are already sold out for the Sunday, January 31, event. But thankfully there are plenty of other choices, although with this popular event, it’s best to get your tickets ASAP.

This year’s line-up is:

Antico Forno, 93 Salem Street
Aria Trattoria, 253 Hanover Street
Bricco Ristorante, 241 Hanover Street
Lucca, 226 Hanover Street
Lucia, 415 Hanover Street
Strega North End, 379 Hanover Street
Taranta, 210 Hanover Street
Terramia Ristorante, 98 Salem Street
Tresca, 233 Hanover Street

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North End night out is gravy for Joslin – Boston Herald

Antico Forno restaurant in the North End, will be participating in this weekend's CityFeast to benefit Joslin Diabetes Center. Courtesy Photo by restaurant
Antico Forno restaurant in the North End, will be participating in this weekend’s CityFeast to benefit Joslin Diabetes Center.

Noshing on pasta and washing it down with wine doesn’t exactly paint a picture of healthy eating. But Sunday night, your gluttonous eating can help Hubsters living with diabetes thanks to CityFeast, a dining-out benefit for Joslin Diabetes Center.

Nine North End favorites — 
Antico Forno, Aria Trattoria, Bricco, Lucca, Lucia, Strega, Taranta, Terramia Ristorante and Tresca —will serve a five-course meal with wine pairings. A percentage of the proceeds will go to the world-renowned treatment center’s High Hopes Fund, which supports research, education and clinical care.

North End restaurateur Carla Agrippino Gomes (owner of Salem Street’s Antico Forno and Terramia) founded the annual event in 2005 after her son David was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Since its inception, CityFeast has raised more than $280,000 for the medical center.

Sunday suppah starts at 6 p.m. Tickets: $150, of which $100 is tax-deductible. Check out giving.joslin

Loren’s Badass Chick: Carla Gomes

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This week’s Badass Chick is Carla Gomes, a restauranteur who’s raised almost $280,000 for the Joslin Diabetes Center in honor of her son.

Almost 30 years ago, Carla was a dental hygienist and mother-of-two who, on a whim, came up with the idea of owning a restaurant. Carla spoke to her brother, a restaurant owner/manager, and asked him if one of his chef friends would want to partner with her on a restaurant. It was sort of a pipe dream, and a “this is probably never going to happen” type of suggestion. Sure enough, his friend did want to partner with her. And just four days after throwing the idea out there, the paperwork was signed and Carla was the proud owner of Terramia Restaurant in the North End. (Yup. FOUR DAYS.) She and her husband worked seven days a week for six months to get the restaurant off the ground, and it was so successful that she now owns two other properties in the North End as well! Read more