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North End could get a pizza place

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to grant permission for a new pizza place on Hanover Street that would replace the flower store that replaced an old pizza place.

Warren Mustacchio also learns tomorrow whether the board has any spare beer-and-wine-licenses it could grant him for his proposed Ben Cotto at 361 Hanover St., which would have a closing time of 10 p.m.

The pizza place would replace a flower shop that replaced Circle Pizza, which had served up slices for 50 years.

The mayor's office and the offices of city councilors Sal LaMattina (North End, Charlestown, East Boston), Michelle Wu, Steve Murphy and Michael Flaherty all approved the request.

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im not sure the north end is really the right neighborhood for a pizza place

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I mean, a pizza place in the north end? what's next? A seafood place by the waterfront? What is this world coming to?!? *clutches pearls*

(a big /s here!)

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Does anyone else remember The European? When I was little it was a big deal to go there and get big antipasto platters followed by huge pizzas. For a few years after it closed I was convinced that another place like it would open but it doesn't look like that's going to happen.

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Their salami pizza was the best thing ever. I heard that some family members had opened a new "European" up in Lowell or Chelmsford a few years ago but I never got to check it out.

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as it was one of my parents' favorite restaurants. Some of my earliest memories as a kid were going into Boston on late Saturday afternoons so we could eat there - and walking under the elevated Central Artery to get to Hanover Street. In later years, when my buddies and I would venture into Boston on our own, we would always stop there to share a pie together.

As I recall, for many years, the European was consistently described as "The worst Italian restaurant in Boston, but the best pizza in Boston."

While it was inevitable that the European had to close, it's truly unfortunate that it was replaced with a chain pharmacy instead of another local restaurant.

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What the North End really needs is a huge meat market similar to that of Constantino's Venda Ravioli on Atwells Ave in Providence.

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The younger crowd wouldn't utilize it, they would just like the idea of it. The neighborhood gentrified and no matter how many young people fancy themselves cooks, it's unlikely a large specialty market like that would get enough business from locals buying there.

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Every new restaurant in Boston is being run by young chefs who specialize in a nose to tale philosophy. And the tables are are full of young people who are into food. The Boston restaurant/craft beer/cocktail scenes was lame until millennials became old enough to operate and visit such establishments.

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Most of the city's current best/hottest restaurants were started, have been run, and were 'discovered' by the Gen-Xers.

It's certainly a good thing that millenials have a more robust appreciation for this sort of thing than their parents (ie boomers), but the sea-change in Boston towards a more cosmopolitan dining culture can't really be laid at their feet.

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The most recent Minutes of the most recent Public Meeting of Boston Licensing Board's Liam Curran, Christine Pulgini, Keeana Saxon are available by email, request at
jean.lorizio at cityofboston.gov
http://www.cityofboston.gov/boardsandcommissions/

see also
page 3
"There is no requirement that the minutes be transcribed or approved before they are made public."
Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/pre/prepdf/guide.pdf
tel 617-727-2832
email
pre at sec.state.ma.us

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Please don't feel like you have to reply to every single last post I do about restaurants at the Boston Licensing Board with this. I get it. Other people get it. If somebody really wants the minutes of Boston Licensing Board hearings (do you?), I think at this point they know how to request them.

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? Besides UniversalHub.com what blog or other webpages cover Boston with depth similar to the rwinters.com blog for Cambridge

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You're precious.

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Mock what you don't understand.

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At least for the North End and the Waterfront. I think you can figure out the URL. As for the entire city? Nah, nothing comes to mind ...

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northendwaterfront is a great blog, but matt has sucked the life out of the comment section. it used to be an interesting dialogue about real issues in the neighborhood, but his policies have made it stale and boring and brought down the overall enjoyment of the blog.

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If you're referring to anonymous comments on NorthEndWaterfront.com, they're back! There were a few really bad situations before, so I locked down the comments for a while to those using real names. Adam actually moderated a panel on the issues surrounding anonymous comments recently. Anyway, I opened it up again about a month ago. It only took a few days for the yuppie vs old-timers debates to return.

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What about his business partners Rupert Goateeafino, Elvis Soulpachio and Neil Beardolotti? Shoddy reporting.

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n/t

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(One of these days, I need to figure out how to get the software to show somebody's entire name, rather than cutting it off after X characters).

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At one time there was a tiny Jewish burying ground in Boston North End maybe off Salem Street on one of the side streets like Jerusalem Place or another of those sidestreets. What other information is there about this tiny Jewish burying ground maybe attached at one time to a synagogue?

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