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Boston Harbor Sights for Children

For the past 5 years we have watched the Waterfront along Rowes Wharf develop from a “Ghost Town” we knew as children growing up in the North End, to the beautiful outdoor space known as The Rose Kennedy Greenway. As children, our neighborhood friends would play Hide and Seek amongst the empty warehouse buildings.

Now children play on the ship at the Boston Tea Party museum and tinker with the new inventions at the Children’s Museum’s new Tech Kitchen.

Spend an afternoon here and grab a pizza at Nebo Cucina, (regular or Gluten free) and have a picnic on the Greenway or sit outside the Aquarium watching the sailors on the water, while listening to the sound of the seals in the background. There are so many things to do in Boston during school vacation and Boston Harbor is the perfect place to spend a day or two exploring.

For us there is nothing more enchanting than standing on Nebo’s outdoor patio and listening to the sound of children’s laughter as they are eating meatballs or sharing an ice cream sundae. It’s as if we are watching an Italian movie where families are sharing lunch in a piazza in Rome!

Che Bella Vita !

Take the train to Aquarium or South Stations for your Waterfront adventure!

The Pallotta Family’s Traditional Italian Easter

Cooking for Your Family this Easter

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Easter is here and like all of our Italian friends and neighbors in the North End, all we can talk about is food! Where do you buy Ricotta Fresca for your Pizza Gana (Pizza Chiana depending on your dialect) What do you stuff your artichokes with? Do you know a recipe for Stufoli (fried dough balls drizzled with honey and candy sprinkles)? Are you making Easter Torta?

In the North End, Italians from different regions of Italy all have their own style of making the same dish. Our mother always made her Pizza Gana, a pie filled with Ricotta Fresca, prosciutto, and other salumi by cutting the salumi in 1-inch pieces while others used slices of salumi.

The artichokes were filled with an egg stuffing while our best friend’s mother stuffs her’s with bread stuffing. You can always tell which part of Italy each family came from depending on how they cook their food.

Our Easter Routine

The week before Easter is a social get together in every grocery store in the North End. Everywhere we go, we run into old friends. We stop in Caffe Vittoria, drink an espresso, share a pastry and reminisce about our Easter’s of years gone by; the days when we would dress up in our finest clothes, go to church and drop by our neighbors and relatives’ houses. Each home would smell like Sunday Gravy (meatballs, braciola and pork ribs in a fresh tomato sauce)!

Our Mother would welcome her morning guests with a big piece of Torta (sweet Easter Bread), some strufoli, and an espresso with a shot of Sambuca. At the end of the day, she sent them home with a piece of Pizza Gana, of course.

Some people might think the tradition is foolish, but we are so fortunate that our friends and neighbors still realize just how lucky we are and continue to celebrate Easter like our mothers and grandmothers did. In our house, food is love and there was a lot of love going around on Easter Day. Buona Pasqua!  

Get Our Easter Recipes!

If you want to cook an Italian meal for your family this Easter, follow our recipes for two dishes all your guests will love! Click here for our Pizza Ganna and find our Pani Pasquali (Easter Torta) here

Italian Easter Recipe- Pani Pasquali (Easter Torta)

Making Pani Pasquali (Easter Torta)



6 eggs (beaten with fork)
6 cups of flour
6  tbls of baking powder
1 cup oil
1 cup sugar
1  teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4  extra eggs

Heat oven to 350°
In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and sugar. Add 6 beaten eggs, oil and vanilla extract. With hands, mix well. Remove to a wooden board and knead until smooth.
Divide in half and cut a 3-inch chunk off of each half.  Form each half into a 12-inch log. Join logs at ends to form a ring. Make 2 tablespoon size indentations in each log, on opposite sides. Place an egg in each indentation. Using the extra dough to form a cross over each egg to hold in place. Secure with a little water brushed on each side of dough.Bake for 40 minutes or until light golden brown.
Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Making the Glaze


6 cups of powdered sugar
1 cup of milk (use as needed)
1/2 tsp of vanilla
Candy sprinkles

Place sugar in a glass bowl. Add vanilla slowly, then add milk, stirring until smooth but not runny. Add only as much milk as needed!
Using a spatula spread over baked Easter Bread covering top completely. Do one half first and sprinkle with candies before frosting dries. Do the same with the other half. 

Italian Easter Recipe- Pizza Gana

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Some people call this Pizza Gana, some people call this Pizza Chiana depending on what dialect your town in Italy speaks. Either way, it’s Easter Pie. Growing up, our mother made this on Good Friday but because it is a holy day that no meat is allowed to be eaten, we couldn’t taste it until Saturday and it was well worth the wait! Until this day, at 81 years of age,  she is still making 5 or 6 pies and delivering pieces to family and friends.
This recipe serves 8. 



  • 2 lbs flour
  • 2 tbsp  oil
  • 3 tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 7 large eggs
  • 7-8 oz warm water (or as needed)


  • 1 lb ham, cubed
  • ¾ lb prosciutto, cubed
  • ¾ lb soppressata salami, cubed
  • 1 lb fresh cheese, drained (can substitute farmer cheese
  • 2 lbs ricotta cheese
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  • ¼ cup grated Romano cheese
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • Do not add salt! The meats are already salty enough!

Special Equipment

  • 12″ round enamel pan

Preparing the Pizza Gana


  1. Preheat oven to 350º
  2. Grease and flour a 12″ round enamel pan
  3. Roll out 2 rounds of dough
  4. Place one round in the bottom of the pan
  5. Fill ¾ of the way with the filling
  6. Top with other dough round
  7. Poke 4 holes on top, make small dough cross ( if religious) and
    place in the middle.  Bake 10 minutes
  8. Beat 1 egg and brush dough. Bake 1 hour more

Hosting Private & Semi-Private Events in Boston, MA

Nebo Dining Room

Finding the perfect place to host your corporate event, birthday dinner, anniversary celebration, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower or baby shower can be difficult but look no further! Nebo Cucina & Enoteca located at 520 Atlantic Avenue in the Downtown Financial Waterfront area of Boston is the perfect venue for any function you’re hosting!

Nebo Cucina & Enoteca offers a variety of options to choose from to tailor the environment, food, and drinks to your liking. Whether you’re looking to host an intimate dinner with a set menu or a bigger function with a private space, our event planner will happily assist you to create the perfect function.

Wondering what makes us special? Read more benefits of choosing us for your next function:

  • Book our Chef’s private table and share our “Chefs Choice” Italian dinner from the Puglia region of Italy.
  • Book a cocktail hour where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway surrounded by Boston’s beautiful downtown skyline. This option is perfect for entertaining your clients or coworkers with no hassle while allowing us to serve you our favorite family recipes!  Whether it’s a cocktail hour with appetizers or a 4-course dinner, Nebo Cucina & Enoteca will entice you with choices of antipasti, artisan pizza, hand rolled pasta and classic Italian food. Feel free to view our full dinner and cocktail, wine & spirits menus for more.
  • Dishes such as our award-winning Food Network featured “Bobby Flay Lasagna”, Buratta Pizza, Veal Milanese and Salumi board with imported Italian meats, cheeses, house made peperonata and famous savory jams are a foodie’s dream.
  • Nebo’s extensive Italian wine list, rare Bourbon, Rye and Whiskey list will impress any cocktail aficionado.
  • We host functions for any time of day. Book your special event for lunch, dinner or cocktail hour and allow us to make it a truly memorable event.
  • Our extensive gluten-free menu will allow everyone to enjoy a fine Italian meal.


Interested in hosting your next event with us? Fill out a contact form here and we’ll get back to your shortly!

Nebo Cucina & Enoteca: Boston’s Best Outdoor Seating Option


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Are you looking for Boston’s best outdoor patio for drinks or dinner? Look no further! Nebo Cucina & Enoteca offers our full drink and dinner menus to visitors and locals looking to sit outside in a crossroads of downtown Boston and the harbor. What makes our patio so special? We’re glad you asked!

Our outdoor seating includes:

  • With 75 seats outside, we have plenty of room to host both large groups and more intimate dinners.
  • Sitting outside at Nebo won’t limit your dining options; we offer our full lunch, dinner and drink menus on our patio, not to mention our impressive gluten-free menu!
  • Who doesn’t love people watching? At a crossroads of several popular sites in the city including South Station, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston Aquarium, and Boston Harbor, outdoor seating at Nebo Cucina & Enoteca is the best place in Boston to have a drink, an authentic Italian dish and people watch as you enjoy your meal!
  • Our location also makes us easily accessible. Instead of traveling far for a good patio seating option, hop on any major subway line and get to us in no time. Click here for directions!
  • Right next to the ocean, Nebo’s patio is the perfect place to cool off this summer with a nice breeze. Our patio features umbrellas so you have the option of avoiding the summer sun while still enjoying the outdoors and for those rare, cold summer nights, we have heaters to keep you comfortable.
  • If you’re looking for a good date night option, look no further. Nebo is the perfect option for drinks or dinner with your significant other and if you want to impress on a first date, our extensive list of fine Italian wines will do the trick.
  • Outdoor seating can be tough to find in the afternoon but Nebo’s patio is open all day! Swing by for lunch between 11:30-2:00pm Monday – Friday or order off our full dinner menu any time after 2:00pm Monday – Friday / Saturday service begins at 2:30pm.


Our outdoor patio seating has been featured in several local magazines and news stories. View a few here:

Boston Guide- Dine Out: Ten Patios in the Hub

BeeLine- Outdoor Seating and Patios in Each Boston Neighborhood 20 Restaurant Patios Worth Dining On in Boston

Boston Chefs- Boston’s Best Outdoor Dining

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