About Taste of the North End

Now in its 27th year, Taste of the North End will hold a virtual event on Wednesday, September 29th.

A food festival founded by the Frattaroli family in 1993 and emceed by radio personality and TV host Billy Costa, the annual event draws upwards of 1,000 attendees each year who share in celebrating the historic neighborhood’s rich culture while feasting on samples of world-famous Italian cuisine. More importantly, the event benefits the North End Waterfront Health Center’s critical medical and social service programs, as well as other local organizations such as: the Eliot School, St. John School, Harvard-Kent School, North End Against Drugs, North End Athletic Association, the North End Music & Performing Arts Center and more.

The Taste of the North End was originally created as a benefit for Casa Monte Cassino. A family from Italy came into the Frattaroli’s North End restaurant one night for dinner; they was staying at the Casa Monte Cassino, a religious organization founded in 1987 as a refuge for the families of Italian children awaiting treatment at Boston’s medical centers. The family’s four daughters were receiving medical attention at Boston’s Children’s Hospital in Boston. Touched by their story and inspired by the mission of the Casa, the Frattarolis sprung into action.

Together with their vibrant and thoughtful North End restaurant community, the inaugural Taste of the North End was born in the basement of St. John’s School where guests sampled dishes from fifteen North End eateries. The success of the event has been incredible since. What started in St. John’s moved to the local Coast Guard Base, the New England Aquarium, and finally to the DCR’s Steriti Rink on Commercial Street, where it will be held on April 26 with more than forty-five restaurants, bakeries and distributors.

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Billy Costa Master of Ceremonies
Vanessa Salvucci Vocalist/DJ

The Picariello Family
Britain W. Nicholson, MD

Donato Frattaroli Founder, Taste of the North End
James Luisi CEO, North End / Waterfront Health Center
Zach Goodale Event Coordinator
Donato Frattaroli, Jr Event Committee
Gianni Frattaroli Event Committee
Daniel Leonard Event Committee
Mary Wright Event Committee
Patrick Lyons Event Committee

Current & Past Honorees

The Picariello Family
Britain W. Nicholson, MD

Pam Donnaruma
Paolo D’Amore

Sal Dimasi
Jose Duarte

Lt. Governor, Karyn Polito
John McGee

Angela Menino
Filippo Frattaroli
Joseph Giangregorio

Carla Gomes
Traci Walker Griffith
David Taylor

Barbara Summa
Matt Conte
Mayor Thomas Menino

Ted Tomasone
Dennis Seidenberg
Billy Costa

Andrew Ference
John Romano
Dick Flavin