With the combined experience of over 40 years in the culinary industry, Hector and Nivia Pina are well known in the hospitality and food industry in the city of Boston.
Every day our restaurants serve a very diverse ethnicity of clientele, who through our dishes, experience something that we have called “A Latin Dining Experience”, which takes them back to our roots. First, to have a professional Catering Service that has become the most prestigious and renowned Latino Cater in the state of Massachusetts.
We invite you to live this experience with us and feel welcome at Vejigantes. Take that trip back to the authentic flavors settled with the Puerto Rican sofrito and Adobo, the base of most of the Puerto Rican dishes. Experience the wonderful flavors of our cocktails and indulge your paladar with the rich flavor of pinneaple and cocunut of our Piña Colada!
In 1968, predominately low –income Puerto Rican community activists successfully stared down the bulldozers of urban renewal and strategically organized to gain control over the development of their neighborhood. These actions, which led to the formation of the Villa Victoria community are seminal moments in the history of affordable housing, civil rights, community organizing and Latinos in the City of Boston. Social historians recently have stressed the importance of documenting the history of marginalized groups in mainstream histories that have often excluded them. Boston’s history as “the cradle of liberty” is incomplete without the full inclusion of the history of Latinos in the city and the formation of Villa Victoria is central to that history.
The struggle to build Villa Victoria did not start with a pure focus on building a Villa Victoria community. Observers of history, however, have idealized this community process and have reached numerous incorrect conclusions. Speaking with the history-makers, the community’s activism focused on eliminating a dumping yard that was creating a nuisance in their neighborhood. Uniting with a broader community to meet a community-wide goal, the organizers claim that they had inadvertently laid the foundation for the coalition that would eventually be needed to gain control of a parcel of land and ultimately transform it from blight into what is now Villa Victoria. What has resulted today is a community with a strong fabric, a model for others, a focal point of pride in Boston’s disenfranchised Latino community, and a catalyst of new innovation.