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On the Cheap: Lizzy's

After Prohibition was repealed in 1933, an Italian barber walked into an East Cambridge shoe building and turned it into a bar: Pugliese's.
Comfort grub in a landmark East Cambridge Watering Hole
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  January 20, 2012

Brian Zink, Marisa Martino, and Robin Mandel

Zink's new show, "Assembled" at Howard Yezerski Gallery (460 Harrison Ave, Boston, through February 7), features handsome, hard-edged abstractions assembled from mod, jitterbugging patterns of flat Plexiglass tiles.
By design
By GREG COOK  |  January 13, 2012
Help Get Joe Donovan Out of Jail This Saturday in Cambridge

Help Get Joe Donovan Out of Jail This Saturday in Cambridge

As many of you know, one of the more heartbreaking stories that the Phoenix ran this past year was about East Cambridge native Joe Donovan,...
By Chris Faraone  |  June 10, 2010


I guess the experimental-chef thing isn’t over, after all. At least not at Somerville’s Bergamot, the chosen sobriquet of which is “progressive American cuisine and a warm neighborhood setting.”
A perfect complement to Somerville — or, for that matter, anywhere
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 21, 2010

2009: The year in cheap eats

In the wake of the Bush Recession, it's been gratifying to spend 2009 noting how many good budget-priced restaurants Boston has.
A good year to dine 'On the Cheap,' for many reasons
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 25, 2009

2009: The year in dining

This was an unusual food year for me, in that the recession did not have the expected effect on the local dining scene.
My year in food
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 25, 2009


Hacking pact

On an unheralded fall weekend right before Thanksgiving, a roomful of amateur hackers and Web rock stars gathered in East Cambridge for a historic convention that could dramatically reshape the way we get our music.
With big record companies willingly bucking technology, musicians and software types gathered in Cambridge to revolutionize the industry.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 04, 2009

IBEW pressures Stop & Shop

Folks driving past suburban Stop & Shop locations this week might wonder why laborers are suddenly concerned about food safety.
Power Play Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 27, 2009

The Snack Bar and O Senhor Ramos

Despite frequenting East Cambridge, I’m abashed to admit I overlooked the Snack Bar for years.
Soul-satisfying, authentic Azorean specialties — oh, and sub-shop fare, too
By MC SLIM JB  |  October 30, 2009
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The punch that took two lives

What started out as a lazy late-summer school day for Joe Donovan and Yngve Raustein ended in the murder of the latter. Below, we trace Donovan's steps, from the point he first hooked up with the duo who would end up his cohorts in crime to the spot wh
Nearly 17 years ago, Joe Donovan initiated a tragic chain of events with a brutish act of machismo. But should he be in jail for life?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 07, 2009

East Side Bar and Grille

Back in the day, a certain brand of bar-restaurant served Greater Boston neighborhoods well with plentiful food: fried seafood, steaks and chops, and usually some Italian-American dishes.
What's old is new again — and still in style
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 01, 2009


Vanishing Boston

The Boston we live in today will be gone someday, but there's still time to get to know it in all its uniqueness.
A field guide to Boston's 'lasting' treasures — to be enjoyed before they're razed in favor of chain stores


Even a slice of zucchini makes you want more . . . zucchini. You are perhaps vegan? Order two of these and sneer at the carnivores of the world.
Off the charts, off the map
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 20, 2008

Eatin’ good in Boston’s ’hoods

Part of the backbone of any urban neighborhood is its small, independent restaurants.
15 joints, pubs, and bistros worth the trip
By MC SLIM JB  |  September 20, 2007

In plain English

He may have a culinary empire — including Olives, Figs, Bonfire, and Kingfish Hall — but that doesn’t mean you know Todd English. The most recognizable chef in Boston opens up about his goals, his fears, and the inevitable backlash that comes with being famous.
By TAMARA WIEDER  |  June 01, 2007

Greasy does it at the Atwood Tavern

It’s high noon on Saturday at Atwood’s Tavern, a dark cozy pub in east Cambridge, and there’s not one seat unoccupied. Slideshow: Scenes from the Atwood's Tavern Bacon Eating Contest
Pig outing
By MICAH BELLIEU  |  February 07, 2007



Dante surprises with a successful blend of culinary exploration and the meat-and-potatoes plates required of a major dining room in a large hotel.
Old Blu delights find a happy, new home
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 20, 2006

ID Check: Team Rekloos

It takes a special sort of artist to draw for both a children’s computer program and a porn mag, and Mike Lee is just that sort of artist.
Two-man art crew
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  March 08, 2006

Flashbacks: March 3

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Jessica McConnell.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  March 01, 2006