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St Peter's Greasy Pole

Greased up in Gloucester

When people picture the greasy pole, they often envision men scaling a vertical pole, as in Boston's Festival Betances.
Big Slick
By GREG COOK  |  June 24, 2011
italian restaurant review in saugus

Review: Victor's Italian Restaurant

The kind of tiny Italian-American joint only the cognoscenti seem to know  
The kind of tiny Italian-American joint only the cognoscenti seem to know  
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 24, 2011

Letters to the Boston editor, April 15, 2011

I'll admit that I'm one of the few degenerates in this world that genuinely enjoys marzipan.
Catch the pasty wave
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 15, 2011

Review: The Sicilian Girl

Marco Amenta turns the true-life saga of a 17-year-old Italian girl who testified against the Mafia in a famous 1992 trial in Palermo into a fictionalized, conventional, fairly diverting melodrama.
Interesting true story, conventional fiction
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 24, 2010

Beyond belief

One of the purposes of escapist reading is to feed our daydreams.
Three literary fantasies for summer — including a true one
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  June 18, 2010

Physics lesson for Diamon

Newton’s laws of gravity and motion are universally understood laws, not subject to anyone’s opinion.
Letters to the Portland editor, May 21, 2010


Bistro du Midi

Bistro du Midi purports to serve "authentic Provençal" cuisine, but Midi actually refers to all of southern France.
Fine, but not necessarily French
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 12, 2010

Review: Carmen Consoli at Regattabar

How Italian was the crowd at Carmen Consoli's sold-out Regattabar show? The language was everywhere. The couple from Methuen sharing our table were 50 percent, and the Italian husband estimated the room at 90 percent. (I was guessing 85.)
Carmen Consoli, Live at Regattabar, January 7, 2010
By JON GARELICK  |  January 15, 2010