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Boston Globe: Cook’s Tour — An Italian Garden Feast Takes Shape on a North End Roof

by Carol Stocker, Globe Staff

Michele Topor is of Polish ancestry, but she became an ardent Italophile when she moved to the North End 25 years ago. “I didn’t know anything about Italy or anything Italian when I first moved in here,” she says.

“But I found that because of the warmth of the people here I have an extended family. Learning about the foods made me want to learn more, so I started traveling to Italy.’

Topor made herself an authority on Italian cooking and today teaches classes and leads market tours in the North End under the name L’Arte di Cucinare. (more…)