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The story behind the flag at Filippo Ristorante in the North End

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Maria DeNapoli

Where Filippo Ristorante in the North End.

What A large decorative flag that hangs in the first-floor dining room commemorating an annual jousting tournament in restaurateur Filippo Frattaroli's hometown of Sulmona in Abruzzo, Italy.

Whose Idea The Giostra Cavalleresca — a cutthroat jousting competition dating from medieval times — is held in Sulmona every year. Last year, many jousters traveled to the North End to visit owner Frattaroli as part of a cultural exchange over Columbus Day weekend. They presented him with this autographed flag commemorating the time-honored event. It’s one of many decorative objects in the restaurant unearthed from his hometown. Frattaroli moved to the United States from Sulmona in 1970, but his ties to Italy remain. “My dad goes back three or four times per year, and we operate a bed and breakfast as part of our house there. We’re still really active in the town, and he’s always eager to welcome visitors,” says his son, Phil.

283 Causeway St., North End, Boston, 617-742-4143, www.filipporistorante.com

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