The 23rd annual Taste of the North End, one of Boston’s most popular festivals of food, charity, and neighborhood, will be taking place on Friday, April 29 at DCR’s Steriti Memorial Rink. Bringing together the North End’s best Italian restaurants, The Taste of the North End raises money to support local organizations providing healthcare and social services to its community in need.
On Friday, April 29 from 7 to 10 p.m., guests are invited to sample a wide array of appetizers, cheeses, entrees and desserts from over 35 of the North End’s most popular eateries while sipping on libations from area wine and beer distributors. The event, emceed by Billy Costa of KISS 108 and NESN’s Dining Playbook, will also feature a high-end silent auction, a live band, and award ceremony honoring Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and John McGee of Mamma Maria.
Co-chaired by event founder Donato Frattaroli, owner of Lucia Ristorante, and James Luisi, CEO of North End Waterfront Health, the event will donate 100 percent of its proceeds to area non-profit organizations. Last year’s event raised over $100,000 for non-profit organizations including: North End Waterfront Health; The Eliot School; St. John School; North End Against Drugs; North End Athletic Association; North End Music and Performing Arts Center and more.
This year’s participants will include: Accardi & Son; Albert A. Russo Imports, Inc.; Antico Forno; Terramia; Aragosta; Aria Trattoria; Artu; Bricco; Mare; Il Panino; Cafe Paradiso; Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop; Espresso Plus; Filippo; Gennaro; Il Molo; Lucia; J. Pace & Son; La Summa; Lilly Pasta; Lucca; Mamma Maria; Massimino; Mike’s Pastry; Modern Pastry; Neptune Oyster; Paul W. Marks; Piantedosi Baking; Prezza; Rocco’s Cucina & Bar; Sail Loft; Strega; Taranta; The Living Room; Tresca; Union Oyster House; Vito’s; Carmelina’s; Ward 8; Fabrizia Limoncello; Fantasy Wines; Voga Italia Wines; Champy; and Harpoon Brewery.
Tickets are on sale now at a discounted price of $79. Tickets will be $99 after April 15. They can be purchased on www.brownpapertickets.com by searching “Taste of the North End 2016” or through the organization website www.totne.org.