Carla Agrippino-Gomes, owner and general manager of three North End eateries Antico Forno, Terramia (Salem Street) and the Cobblestone (Hanover Street), was highlighted in a feature article in Scene Magazine, has a very successful businesswoman.
Born and raised in the North End, Carla’s key to running the restaurant is a hands on owner that cares. Leadership starts at the top and trickles down so she told the magazine.
Between the three businesses, Carla employs forty workers and she knows everyone of the and names.
Carla is well known in the neighborhood and she is very active in the community.
Though the stores have the same owner, their missions are different according to Scene. Antico Forno Cucina a Legna, which means “Old Oven, Kitchen of Wood” in Italian, is a unique style because of the wood oven Carla uses to cook her pizza. The wood oven was the first in the neighborhood. What’s more is Carla uses volcanic ash on the floor of the oven, which retains heat better than conventional ovens. Carla likens the dining atmosphere to eating in your mother’s kitchen, comfortable yet deliciously authentic.
Terramia brings Italy to you, literally. Mario Nocero, Carla’s partner and Executive Chef, was born and raised in Italy and brought the recipes he enjoyed from home.
Cobblestone Café is the latest venture with family at its heart. Cozy and casual,
the café offers flavored coffees (Snickerdoodle is Carla’s favorite), sandwiches, breakfast, burgers, salads, and more. With the help of her sons, Carla introduces traditional American fare into the predominantly Italian North End.