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East Boston Times-Free Press - Sammy Carlo’s Catering Honored by Walsh and Boston Main Streets

East Boston TimesFree Press  Sammy Carlorsquos Catering Honored by Walsh and Boston Main Streets

Where the Salesians Boys & Girls Club parking lot is today on Bennington Street once stood Sammy Carlo’s corner store. It was there, in the 1950s that a family business started that would, after seven decades and two locations, become a staple of many diets in East Boston.

Now, one block away from its original location, Sammy Carlo’s Catering has become one of those go-to places for good-old-fashioned Italian comfort food.

Over the summer Sammy Scire’s son, Stevie Scire, has done a painstaking historical restoration of the sub shop’s facade–replacing the old wood shingles with clapboards, new windows and new signage.

Last Tuesday Mayor Martin Walsh and Main Streets traveled to Sammy Carlo’s to honor the Scire family as the Main Streets ‘Business of the Year’ and cut the ribbon on the business’s restoration.

“If you haven’t been inside and you haven’t eaten something, go in there and taste the food, and you’ll see why they’re the Business of the Year,” said Mayor Walsh last Tuesday. “We can talk about the beautiful new facade and the way it looks, but I tell you just go inside and taste the food. It’s absolutely amazing. It’s an old-school deli that were in all our neighborhoods years ago. It’s an amazing place with amazing food run by an amazing family. Stevie and Kathy (Scire) are active members of the community and always give back and I want to congratulate them on being awarded this recognition.”

Councilor Lydia Edwards said the soul of a community are local businesses like Sammy Carlo’s.

“They are the ones that give that first job to someone in the neighborhood, they are the ones that help out other organizations, they are the ones that help the community grow,” said Edwards. “Sammy Carlo’s is more than a local business, it’s a neighborhood institution.”

updated: 3 months ago