Find Tesoro Vintage Finds at 5 Short Street next to Caffe Sicilia in Gloucester, Mass., a close walk to Bananas and Cape Ann Auction.
(Adrift 284 Main Street on the East End closed.)
Mystery musicians and tenor soared through melodies on the West End by Caffe Sicilila and Short and Main, Gloucester, Massachusetts, for the downtown block party. I hope to add their names so I can credit the beautiful impromptu arias! Snippets of and ‘O sole mio
*post updated September 4th thanks to Good Morning Gloucester readers! Giovanni Formisano is the mystery tenor — remember that name!- and an excerpt from New England Tenors Weekly:
“A native of Torre del Greco (Naples) Italy, Tenor Giovanni Formisano, began his vocal studies in the United States. After joining the Opera Workshop at the Longy School of music in Cambridge Massachusetts, Mr. Formisano participated in various Opera programs such as the “Key West Summer Opera program” under the direction of Soprano Donna Role, the “Richard Crittenden Opera workshop” and the “New York Summer Opera Scenes” under the direction of Metropolitan Opera Conductor Joshua Greene. Mr. Formisano quickly gained recognition for his Italianate, legato and full lyric sound and was featured in roles such as Rodolfo in G.Puccini’s “La Boheme”, Alfredo in G. Verdi’s “la Traviata” , Ruggero in G.Puccini’s “La Rondine” and Cavaradossi in G. Puccini’s “Tosca”.
Because of his upbringing in the Naples area of Italy, Mr. Formisano also specializes in the Neapolitan song style and has participated in various concerts highliting this very quality…” as highlighted in the New England Tenors Weekly
street ‘o sole mio
Poster annotated TBD (quite the smokescreen)
Enjoying all these sunny sunflowers swaying downtown. Can you spot them all? Hint- Main Street and Pleasant Street (Patti Amaral’s garden stretch); on the West End of Main Street at legendary storefront Bananas; Washington and Granite Streets nearby Mother of Grace; and Centennial nearly bookended at both Washington and Western Avenue.
Italiano 64 Main Street Gloucester, MA (978) 559-7638
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Before photo and information Submitted by Fred Bodin:
51 Main Street (Cafe Bishco is there now).
West End of Main Street buildings, including the Cape Ann Savings Bank and the YMCA.
The second floor of the bank building became Gloucester’s first YMCA in 1858, one of the oldest Y’s in the U.S. The first YMCA was established in Boston in the Old South Church.
Fred Bodin Submits-
I just had to go the grand opening of Short & Main Tuesday evening. They’re at 36 Main Street, where Valentino’s used to be. Pretty packed by 8pm, but we found seats at the counter that faces the open kitchen. We sat in front of an iced tray of lobster, shrimp, clams, and oysters.They serve draft beer and have a full liquor license.
Amelia Monday shucked our oysters and placed them on an iced platter. Fresh and delicious!
This was the view from my seat. It’s fun to watch your food being prepared, and your pizza baked in the wood-fired brick oven. Very cozy and friendly place.
Janet and I shared a La Quercia Prosciutto pizza, made with arugula and Parmesan. It was quite tasty and unlike any pizza I’ve ever had.
Fred Bodin submits-
Walking to my car tonight, I heard a circular saw running behind the old Valentino’s restaurant on Main Street. One guy was working OT to get it together for the 4pm opening of Short & Main tomorrow. Here’s a view of the main dining room. New decor and lighting, with a long bar and open kitchen.
Looks inviting to me! They also own the Market Restaurant in Annisquam.
Fred Bodin Bodin Historic Photo
Here’s a video interview Donna Ardizzoni did last month as they were preparing to open-