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

Joslin Patient, David Gomes, Inspired by his Diabetes

Following is a story from Joslin Diabetes Center featuring North End natives, David Gomes and his mother Carla, raising awareness for diabetes care and the upcoming 10th Annual CityFeast fundraiser on January 25th at ten North End restaurants.


Eye disease is very common among people with diabetes and yearly eye exams are critical. David Gomes, a patient at Joslin Diabetes Center who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 23 years ago, is pictured receiving eye care at Joslin’s Beetham Eye Institute. The Beetham Eye Institute has been at the forefront in researching how to treat and prevent diabetic eye diseases, and is currently running 24 clinical trials. As a result, eye care at Joslin includes the most advanced diagnostics and treatments available anywhere.

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Partake in the great Italian feasting tradition when CityFeast returns to the North End for its 11th year. The annual fundraiser features folks like Taranta, Tresca, Strega and more, offering five-course dinners to help support the Joslin Diabetes Center’s High Hopes Fund. You can mangia on the multi-course menus—with wine pairings, of course—by purchasing tickets online here for $150 each ($100 of which is tax-deductible). Raffle tickets for $25 each or 5 for $100 put you in the running for a dinner for six at CityFeast founder Carla Agrippino Gomes’ restaurants Terramia or Antico Forno. The culinary fun takes place on Sunday, January 31st at 6:00pm and tickets are on sale now so you can secure your feast.


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Sunday, January 31: CityFeast in the North End. Since Antico Forno and Terramia owner Carla Agrippino Gomes founded it in 2005, the neighborhood-wide CityFeast has raised over $280,000 for Joslin Diabetes Center’s High Hopes Fund; Gomes credits the Center for its treatment of her son, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. For one night only, a $150 ticket entitles you to a five-course, wine-paired dinner at one of nine participating restaurants, including Strega, Tresca and Bricco. Find the full list, and purchase your tickets, here.


CityFeast Returns to Boston’s North End for 11th Year- By

CityFeast takes place on January 31, 2016 at 9 restaurants in Boston’s North End

The 11th annual CityFeast event in Boston’s North End, to benefit Joslin Diabetes Center’s High Hopes Fund, will take place on Sunday, January 31, starting at 6 p.m. at of the North End’s Italian restaurants.  Tickets are $150 each, of which $100 is tax deductible, and include a five-course dinner with wine pairings at one of the participating restaurants.

Participating restaurants include Antico Forno, Aria Trattoria, Bricco, Lucca, Lucia, Strega, Taranta, Terramia Ristorante, and Tresca. Tickets include a five-course dinner with wine pairings at one of the participating restaurants

Founded in 2005 by Carla Agrippino Gomes, owner of Antico Forno and Terramia, CityFeast has raised nearly $280,000 for Joslin Diabetes Center’s High Hopes Fund. Carla started this fundraiser in the North End of Boston with her restaurants and several others as a way to support Joslin Diabetes Center and the life-saving care her son receives since being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 24 years ago. Joslin Diabetes Center is the world’s preeminent diabetes research and care organization, located right here in Boston.  

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Canton restaurant owner again leads Cityfeast – Wicked Local

WickedLocal.comCarla Agrippino Gomes of Canton again will organize the 11th annual Cityfeast at 6 p.m. Jan. 31.

The event is an evening hosted by nine restaurants in Boston: Antico Forno, Aria Trattoria, Bricco, Lucca, Lucia, Strega, Taranta, Terramia Ristorante and Tresca. Tickets include a five-course dinner with wine pairings at one of the participating restaurants.

Proceeds will benefit Joslin Diabetes Center’s High Hopes Fund, which supports research, education and clinical care.

Tickets are $150, of which $100 is tax deductible. Due to high demand, reservations are limited, and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Founded in 2005 by Gomes, owner of Antico Forno and Terramia, CityFeast has raised nearly $280,000 for Joslin Diabetes Center’s High Hopes Fund.

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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

Getting to know Carla Agrippino-Gomes

Tradition, Family and Passion

“I never thought I’d be where I am but now that I’m here, I love it.” – Carla Agrippino-Gomes

Getting to know Carla Agrippino-Gomes

Boston’s North End is a 0.36 square mile neighborhood that’s home to over 60 restaurants. Famous for Italian cuisine, the neighborhood has a plethora of day and evening spots for the curious visitor searching for a true taste of Italy. For some, the restaurant business is a paycheck. People come in, sit down, eat, drink, and leave. For others, the restaurant business is a passion. These people sell what they love, and the people who eat there love what’s being sold. Recently, I spoke with one of these people, Carla Agrippino-Gomes, owner and general manager of Antico Forno, Terramia, and Cobblestone Café.

Antico Forno

Terramia Exterior

“People don’t know I’m the owner when they see me on a Friday or Saturday night,” Gomes tells me. “Probably because I’m at the host stand seating folks or running around the dining room making sure the guests have what they need.”

The key to running a successful restaurant, according to Gomes, is a hands-on owner that cares. Leadership starts at the top and trickles down. “I have forty three employees between the three stores and I know every one of their names.”

Though the stores have the same owner, their missions are different. Antico Forno Cucina a Legna, which means “Old Oven, Kitchen of Wood” in Italian, is a unique style because of the wood oven Carla uses to cook her pizza. The wood oven was the first in the neighborhood. What’s more is Carla uses volcanic ash on the floor of the oven, which retains heat better than conventional ovens. Carla likens the dining atmosphere to eating in your mother’s kitchen, comfortable yet deliciously authentic. Terramia brings Italy to you, literally. Mario Nocero, Carla’s partner and Executive Chef, was born and raised in Italy and brought the recipes he enjoyed from home. Cobblestone Café is the latest venture with family at its heart. Cozy and casual, the café offers flavored coffees (Snickerdoodle is Carla’s favorite), sandwiches, breakfast, burgers, salads, and more. With the help of her sons, Carla introduces traditional American fare into the predominantly Italian North End.

North End Food

Carla exemplifies her philosophy of hands on. Twice a week she drives the van for Cobblestone and orders all the food. She doesn’t have any managers to pass the responsibilities to; however, she does rely on exceptional help in the kitchen. At the other restaurants, Carla does everything from bookkeeping, coordinating reservations, and even hosting fundraisers.

Carla’s philanthropy stems from the heart also. Her son, David, now 25, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on his first birthday. Held at Antico Forno, leading CityFeast: Dining Out to Conquer Diabetes benefits the High Hopes Fund at Joslin Diabetes Center, she is recognized as a Community Event Champion by the Joslin Diabetes Center for her fundraising, Carla has contributed enormously to the fight against diabetes.

A graduate of the Forsyth Dental Hygiene School at Northeastern University, Agrippino-Gomes practiced dental hygiene for a decade before having children. “It was a nice career and I enjoyed my time in dentistry but I wouldn’t want to go back. After I had kids, I knew I wanted to go back to work but do something different.” Her brother Bobby had a restaurant on the Cape with Chef Mario Nocero. Mario wanted to expand and start a new restaurant but Bobby wasn’t interested. Enter Carla. “I asked Bobby, ‘Do you think Mario would be interested in a female partner?’ I didn’t think much of it but Mario called me and we talked. That was on a Tuesday. By Friday, contracts were signed and I had a new career.” Thrust into a new world, Carla found her passion by trial. Three restaurants later, I asked Carla what’s next?

“I don’t know. I don’t want to change. I love what I do. I never thought I’d be where I am but now that I’m here, I love it.”

Tradition, family, passion; virtues personified in Boston’s North End by people like Carla Agrippino-Gomes. See for yourself at Antico Forno, Terramia, and the new Cobblestone Café.


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