History

Paul Freddura, son of Italian immigrants, was born and raised in the North End of Boston... wanting to own his own business, he learned the seafood trade from the ‘Old Timers’ on the docks and fish houses. Paul saw a niche he could fill by marketing squid which was selling for 15¢ per pound. Fried Clams were sky high and he started frying ‘calamari’ for $3.50 a box. He established The Daily Catch at its present location in the heart of the North End on Hanover Street, in a little shoebox storefront, in 1973. One wall offered fresh fish for retail – on the opposite wall you could sit at the counter and enjoy raw clams or fried fish offerings. In 1979, Paul met Maria Lombardo, a native of Troy, NY- she was raised in a restaurant family and was attending the BAC as an architectural student. They worked hard together and traveled along the east coast marketing Fried Calamari and other squid offerings at fairs & festivals.

The shoebox fish joint got a face-lift and became the ‘calamari café’ eatery it is today. The one-room open kitchen; stoves within arm length to the precious seats for just twenty!

They married in 1983, and welcomed their little blessings; Maximilian, Basil, Theo, Sage, Sebastian, Louis & Dominic, all sons - one right after the other. Paul and Maria have enjoyed the expansion of their concept
through the years... and like their marriage ‘for better or worse, richer or poorer’... some locations have thrived while others have not & one recently lost to urban rehab. Regardless, they prevail to offer New England’s freshest fish and shellfish prepared with imported olive oils, pasta and vinegar. Garlic simmered seafood, tomato sauces & fresh vegetables in their simple ‘Sicilian-Style’ recipes passed on from generations before.
All the boys have pitched in over the years learning and appreciating the family business and work ethic taught.

In 2017 the family opened a seafood processing and food production facility to function as commissary to the restaurant locations and seafood wholesale.

In September 2018 the family opened their fourth and most recent location in Woodstock, Vermont.

Other locations include the original North End location, Brookline location and Seaport location.

Maximilian is in the process of expanding the buiness up the east coast and works at the North End occassionally.

Basil graduated from Johnson & Wales in Providence in 2007 and is Plant Manager at the commissary.

Theo graduated from UMass Amherst in 2009 with a degree in Entertainment Management. Theo is currently manager at the North End location.

Sage graduated from UMass Amherst in 2010 with a degree in Operations Management. After managing the Seaport operation for four years, Sage has now been deployed to Vermont to open the new Woodstock location with Maria.

Louis graduated from UMass Amherst in 2013 with a degree in Finance. Louis is currently manager at the Seaport location.

Sebastian works in the food production and secret recipe labratory at the commissary with Basil.

Dominic is recently graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a degree in Entrepreneurship and moving home to join his brothers in expanding the business.

They have all pitched in where needed over the; bussing tables, salad pantry, the fry station, looking smart at the counters and recently expanding and opening new units.

Paul and Maria hope you enjoy their eateries as much as they have enjoyed providing consistent & without compromise their cooked-to-order seafood food for over 45 years...

MANGIA CALAMARI