Right off Hanover Street, in the heart of Boston’s North End is a narrow little alley. Most who walk by don’t even notice it’s here – but for those who do, for those who make their way down this narrow little alley, they’re transported to another time, another place.
“It takes you back, it takes you…like you’re walking a little cobblestone city in Venice or Rome and you almost feel like you’re in Italy without being in Italy.” -Anna Maria
So while you might still be in Boston, it certainly won’t seem that way once you experience the sights, sounds, and smells at Bricco Salumeria and Pasta Shop.
This old-world shop is the newest creation of North End restauranteur Frank DePasquale, who brought in the father and daughter team of Joseph and Anna Maria Losalento to run the place, and make sure customers could get all things Italian all under one roof.
“You come down the alley and you get intoxicated by the aromas of the salamis hanging from the ceiling, you have fresh bread being made for our sandwiches…fresh chicken cutlets that are just prepared as you wait…stuff that’s old world.” -Anna Maria
There are meats and cheeses, pastas and produce, olives and antipasti. And for customers, it’s always “abbondanza.”
The sandwiches at Bricco Salumeria are the star attraction. And building these beauties is a family-affair. Because the meatballs and chicken cutlet are made at Bricco’s restaurant at the top of the alley, and all the bread comes from Bricco’s bakery right next door.
“We’re transporting all of our goods in and out of the alley. You’ll see us coming out of the bakery with the bread for the sandwiches, and you’ll see us coming out of the kitchens with all the meatballs and chicken.” – Anna Maria
And once they’re put on that fresh baked bread, and smothered in sauce, you’ve got some seriously good sandwiches. All the cold cuts here are imported from Italy.
Bricco Salumeria really does have an old-world feel, especially when Joe is making a batch of fresh mozzarella – which he does, by hand, every day.
If you’d rather do your own cooking at home, Bricco has just about everything you’ll need, including incredible fresh, handmade pastas and all kinds of flavors, colors, cuts and shapes.
It’s that passion for discovering great food that leads people down that narrow little alley off Hanover street to Bricco Salumeria and Pasta Shop.
“We celebrate with food. Food is important in our life, it’s a major part of our existence – and we try to make you enjoy it as much as possible.” – Anna Maria