Qui, Si Mangia Bene


The Pirandello Lyceum was established by a group of professionals from the academic and business communities in Massachusetts, the Pirandello Lyceum exists to provide accurate accounts of these contributions for the international, and particularly American community.

Its activities and purpose have been recognized with support from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, the Consulate General of Italy, and private contributors. It is a non-profit tax-exempt organization.

The Pirandello Lyceum aims to encourage a greater understanding and appreciation of Italian culture among all people. Its various programs reflect the significant accomplishments of Italian thinkers in the areas of art, science, culture and humanitarianism. The Lyceum is committed to the protection and preservation of Italian/American heritage.

The Lyceum has recently established the “Qui, Si Mangia Bene” committee.  (translated “Here, you eat well”).  This committee has been charged with the responsibility of visiting and partaking in Italian cuisine as offered by the many Italian restaurants in Massachusetts. The committee will then make recommendations to the board to grant the restaurants with the “Qui, Si Mangia Bene” award recognizing the restaurant as one which “takes pride in presenting outstanding Italian Cuisine.

The program kicked off on Tuesday March 26th at Filippo Ristorante in the North End of Boston.  The management of the restaurant was unaware of the committee’s purpose.  We were cordially greeted by Alan Tromke the manager, who was wearing many hats that evening as he seated us as well.  He handed us off to the very attentive and accommodating Rachel, who was our server for the evening.   Filippo’s easily met all of the obvious conditions that one would look for in assessing a restaurant, but the true proof of excellence was in the food. 

We ordered a variety of appetizers, salads and entrees.  Each item was better than the previous, from bread to dessert.  At the end of the evening the committee presented the manager the “QUI, SI MANGIA BENE” award.   The kickoff was a great success at Filippo’s.  This writer would strongly recommend the calamari appetizer and the Veal Boston Garden.

     If you have particular restaurants that should be considered please feel free to email the information to pirandellolyceum@aol.com 

The Pirandello Lyceum offers many other Italian/American cultural programs including a scholarship program.  Please visit the website for further information.

             The Pirandello Lyceum is a non-profit cultural organization under the general laws of Massachusetts