The North End knows how to throw a party. For those who don’t have enough date nights in a year to taste all that the North End has to offer, the 22nd annual Taste of the North End this Friday, May 1 will feature more than 35 restaurants from the North End along with live music, beer and wine.
Emceed by NESN’s “Dining Playbook” Jenny Johnson, this event will also honor the late mayor’s wife, Angela Menino.
Available for tastes will be appetizers, cheeses, entrees and desserts, and tastings from area wine and beer distributors. This is a charity event, so there will also be a high-end silent auction with hotel and restaurant packages, Boston sporting tickets, memorabilia, and more. Bring your dancing shoes, there’s a live band.
All proceeds from the event are split between multiple non-profit organizations in the North End including elderly, education and health programs — last year over $100,000 was raised. This is the fifth year that North End Waterfront Health has partnered with the Frattaroli family to put on and host the event.
The Taste of the North End was founded by Donato and Nancy Frattaroli in 1993 as a benefit for Casa Monte Cassino. The Frattarolis became aware of Casa Monte Cassino when a family from Italy came into their North End restaurant. The family was staying at the CMC while their four daughters received medical attention at Boston’s Children’s Hospital Boston. The Frattarolis were touched by their story and inspired by the mission of the Casa, which provided a place to stay for impoverished families from around the world while their children received medical care in Boston.
The Frattarolis, with the support of local restaurants, held the First Annual Taste of the North End in the basement of St. John’s School. Since its inception, the Taste of the North End has raised over $600,000 for Casa Monte Cassino and other local North End charities.
This year’s event co-chairs are event founder Donato Frattaroli, owner of Lucia Ristorante, and James Luisi, CEO of North End Waterfront Health.
This year’s participating restaurants include: Al Dente, Antico Forno, Aragosta, Artu, Bricco, Cantina Italiana, Carmelina, Ducali, Filippo, Fiore, Gennaro’s 5 North Square, Il Panino, J. Pace, La Summa, Lucca, Lucia Ristorante, Mamma Maria, Massimino, Mercato del Mare, Mike’s Pastry, Modern Pastry, Neptune Oyster, Pagliuca, Paul W. Marks, Piantedosi Baking, Quattro, Taranta, Terra Mia, Tresca, and Ward 8.
DCR Steriti Memorial Ice Rink
561 Commercial Street
Friday, May 1, 7-11 p.m.
Tickets are $99 and can be purchased in advance at totne.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 617-643-8105. For more information, please log onto www.tasteofthenorthend.org.