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How to eat spaghetti like a true Italian

When you think of Italian food, what comes to mind? For many, it’s probably a giant plate of spaghetti noodles, topped with a hearty meat sauce and a generous serving of juicy meatballs. Unfortunately, that dish you’re envisioning isn’t the least bit Italian. It may be a signature dish of many Italian restaurants in the U.S., but that dish doesn’t bear much resemblance to the Italian dishes that started our love for spaghetti, or the way true Italians eat the dish today.

I spoke with a few chefs and real-life Italians to get more of a feel for how it’s supposed to be done. What I learned was just how much we’re screwing it all up. Read more

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

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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.

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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!”

 

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Monday Night Pasta Flight

Terramia Ristorante Offers New Pick Three Pasta Menu

 

Who doesn’t love pasta? Yet, with so much variety in shape, sauce and add-ins, it’s so hard to choose just one! Beginning September 12th, 2016 Terramia Ristorante in Boston’s North End is ridding diners of the “pick one” pasta struggle, with its all new Monday Night Pasta Flight.

Terramia’s Pasta Flight allows guests to mix and match any three delicious pastas off of its new flight menu for $25 per person. From the hearty Rigatoni con Salsiccia, to the savory Spaghetti alla Carbonara, Terramia’s pasta flight offers up all of the favorites.

Terramia’s Pasta Flight will be available every Monday night from 5:00PM-10:00PM. Each flight is $25. Pasta options include:

Rigatoni con Salsiccia

Baked rigatoni with sausage & broccoli rabe, San Marzano tomato & basil sauce & Parmigiano cheese

Spaghetti con Pomodoro

Abruzzi style, spaghetti, San Marzano tomato sauce, basil & Parmigiano cheese

Gnocchi Amatriciana

Potato dumplings, buffalo Mozerella, red onion, basil, smoked pancetta, spicy Collina tomato sauce

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Spaghetti, smoked pancetta, sweet peas, egg & Parmigiano cream sauce

Pappardelle alla Bolognese

Pappardelle pasta, traditional ground veal, beef and pork meat, tomato ragù, basil & Parmigiano cheese

Risotto

Chef’s creation of the day

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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!

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The Ultimate Staycation Guide – jqlouise.com

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!

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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

Haute Secrets Boston: Carla Gomes of Terramia, Cobblestone & Antico Forno

Carla Gomes knows what it takes to make a restaurant in Boston stand out. After all, the North End native has been doing just that since she first opened Terramia in 1993 giving Bostonians an authentic taste of Italy.

Carla Gomes

Since then, she has the beloved restaurant known as Antico Forno to her credit along with the recently opened Cobblestone Cafe on Hanover Street.

We caught up with Gomes recently to find out what she loves most about Boston.

Where were you born?  North End, Boston

How long in Boston?  Most of my life, pretty much

Where do you live now?  Canton, MA

Occupation?  Restaurateur: Owner of Terramia, Antico Forno and Cobblestone

Favorite restaurant  I don’t have a favorite because I like so many…but if I had to choose because I love steak I would choose The Capital Grille

Best Sushi:  Douzo

Best Italian: Terramia

Best dessert:  Bread Pudding

Best place for a romantic date:  Bastille Kitchen

Best Sunday brunch: Ward 8

Best place for a power business meeting:  Antico Forno or Terramia

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Boston Yacht Haven which is right on the Harbor…just beautiful

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Love it all… whether it’s boutique shops in the North End or Charles St. or South End. But my all time favorite is Twilight on Fleet St. North End

Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:  E.B. Horn

Best Spa:  Mirbeau Inn and Spa at The Pinehills in Plymouth, MA

Favorite Charity Event:  Joslin Diabetes Center High Hopes Gala

Favorite Cultural Event:  North End Feasts…A tradition close to my heart and my upbringing and also watching football on Sundays if you can call that cultural

Favorite Cultural Institution:  Isabella Gardner Stewart

Best Steakhouse: The Capital Grille

Best Pizza:  When I’m not eating it at Antico Forno, I’d say Volturno in Worcester and Keste in New York

Best Gym/Athletic Facility:  Elite Health and Fitness Center in Stoughton, MA

Best Massage:  Bella Sante…the absolute best massage ever

Best Driving Service:  Myself, I love to drive

Best Museum/Exhibit:  Isabella Gardner Stewart

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: I have 2…Fenway Park and Boston Public Library…1st public library with a wealth of knowledge and original artwork

Describe Boston in three words: Three words is difficult….I love everything about Boston, and it being a “Walking City,” but I especially love the people…the way Bostonians band together in good times and bad is the best thing about this city.

All-around favorite locale in Boston, whether a neighborhood, restaurant, venue, or other: North End is definitely my favorite neighborhood

Best Aspect of Boston….The ocean…growing up in the North End and always having the ocean two blocks away. Now since its redevelopment you can walk the “Harbor Walk” on the waterfront which I love to do with my dog.

 

Haute Secrets Boston

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“The North End’s Salem Street has the exclusive privilege of hosting the famed Terramia Ristorante” – Just Luxe

Terramia Ristorante

The North End’s Salem Street has the exclusive privilege of hosting the famed Terramia Ristorante. The dining room is home to a mere dozen tables, guaranteeing an intimate ambience, aided by the calm and unwavering classicalism of the interior.

Terramia goes to great lengths to broaden the horizons of their clientele, with offerings that go well beyond the staple Italian menu items. While it is always changing, seasonal highlights include sesame and lemon trout and open-face raviolo.

The privilege of hosting the famed Terramia Ristorante