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A special day at the lobster bake

A special day at the lobster bake

Mike Petrucelli of Milford spent many years with the Milford Rotary and many years working at the annual lobster bake, which was held this past Saturday. But it had been awhile since Petrucelli managed to get to the event he had devoted so much time to because he's getting up there in age. He's 92, and it's getting harder for him...

Italian singers, meatball eating contest, ethnic foods planned for Southington’s…

Italian singers, meatball eating contest, ethnic foods planned for Southington’s Italian-American Festival

A meatball eating contest, ethnic food and a singing duo from Italy will draw crowds at this weekend's Italian-American Festival starting Friday. About 8,000 people attended last year's event, according to coordinator Joe LaPorte. He's hoping to draw an even bigger crowd this year with new features to the festival which has been an annual attraction for more than a decade.   The...

Saint Ann’s Club to Host Annual Feast Celebration

Saint Ann’s Club to Host Annual Feast Celebration

By Julia Gorman The St. Ann Club is set to host its annual festival this weekend in celebration of the feast of St. Ann with live entertainment, carnival rides, raffles and fresh Italian food. "The St. Ann Club is an Italian social club that helped immigrants when they came to the U.S. with housing, jobs, whatever they needed," said Pat Cutrone, chairman...

Two of Portland’s top chefs will team up to open Italian restaurant off the peni…

Two of Portland’s top chefs will team up to open Italian restaurant off the peninsula

Mike Smith, executive chef at Scales, one of Portland's hottest new restaurants, says he is leaving after just five months to work at a neighborhood restaurant that Chris Gould, chef/owner of Central Provisions, plans to open off the Portland peninsula this winter.   Gould and his wife and business partner, Paige Gould, have purchased the former Borealis Bakery & Bistro at 182...

Il Molo Is Now Open in Boston’s North End

Il Molo Is Now Open in Boston’s North End

A new North End seafood spot from some veteran restaurateurs officially opens today with plenty of pasta and fish dishes to go around. Donato Frattaroli and Donato Frattaroli Jr. debut Il Molo and the stylings of chef Pino Maffeo today at 326 Commercial St. in the North End, Boston Magazine reported.   Il Molo took over the space formerly occupied by Davide...

Review: Bar Sugo’s Seriously Italian Menu Goes Beyond the Sauce

Review: Bar Sugo’s Seriously Italian Menu Goes Beyond the Sauce

What makes Bar Sugo special among the Italian places in Norwalk is its chef's creativity, its two dozen small plates (plus half a dozen pizzas), and a focus on farm-to-table fare.   The menu from the chef and owner, Pasquale Pascarella, changes daily, depending on the market's availability. In a phone conversation after my visits, he told me that Bar Sugo is...

Springfield Chapter of UNICO National awards 2016 scholarships

Springfield Chapter of UNICO National awards 2016 scholarships

The Springfield Chapter of UNICO National awarded annual scholarships to five recent high school graduates last month at Storrowton Tavern.   Anthony Fimognari Jr., who graduated from Minnechaug Regional High School, won the $1,500 Brian Piccolo Scholarship Award. The award is given to a senior student-athlete who has exhibited excellence on the athletic field and in the classroom and who has displayed...

Boston Midsummer Opera offers boisterous, appealing Italian comedies

Boston Midsummer Opera offers boisterous, appealing Italian comedies

By Jeremy Eichler Things are looking up for Boston Midsummer Opera, which opened its 11th season on Wednesday night with continuity where it counts, plus a triple dose of new: one new venue, and two Italian operas that were new at least to many in the packed house.   The two one-act works presented were Donizetti's playful farce "Il Campanello" and Mascagni's tenderly...

Giulia Owner Michael Pagliarini Will Open Benedetto in the Rialto Space

Giulia Owner Michael Pagliarini Will Open Benedetto in the Rialto Space

Rialto closed last month after more than two decades at The Charles Hotel in Cambridge's Harvard Square, and today the hotel announced what would take its place: Benedetto, an Italian restaurant from Michael Pagliarini, chef/owner of Giulia (which will remain open).   Giulia opened in late 2012 between Cambridge's Porter and Harvard squares, and it has received rave reviews since then for...

Wakefield Italian Festival August 20

Wakefield Italian Festival August 20

On Saturday August 20, downtown Wakefield (a portion of Main St. and Albion St.) will become Wakefield's own personal Little Italy. The Event Planning Committee, organizer of the event, promises the vibe of an authentic Italian neighborhood street festival without leaving Wakefield. Italian food, street vendors, music, entertainment, Spin the Wheel, beer garden, La Piazza, shopping, and a host of children's...

DellaVecchias will be honored with mass at Italian Festival

DellaVecchias will be honored with mass at Italian Festival

During the annual Italian-American Festival that fills downtown Southington with the scent of sausage and peppers and pasta fagioli, festival-goers take a break from visiting food and craft vendors on Sunday morning when an outdoor crowd gathers at the festival's main stage, for a full Catholic mass. This year's mass will be held in memory of Arthur and Helen DellaVecchia, long-time...

Friends of the North End Hold Bocce Banquet

Friends of the North End Hold Bocce Banquet

by Arthur A. Lauretano The Friends Of The North End (FONE) held their summer bocce banquet at the Sons of Italy Hall in Winchester, MA on July 13th. Prizes consisting of a plaque and a bottle of wine were awarded to the winning team of Angelo DiGirolamo, Richie DeSantis, Bobby Carbone and Mario Antidormi.   This bocce season was very competitive and at one...

87th Annual Feast of St. Rocco

87th Annual Feast of St. Rocco

On August 12, 13 and 14, the Saint Rocco's Feast Association will celebrate 87 years of tradition during their annual "Grande Festa". Saint Rocco's feast is what locals call an "informal family reunion" while visitors join in on the fun that brings everyone together in Malden. Festivities begin on Friday August 12 at 6:30PM, with the annual procession led by the...

The Italian game of “Bocce” is becoming more popular in Western Massachusetts

The Italian game of “Bocce” is becoming more popular in Western Massachusetts

Italian-Americans who made Springfield their home many years ago brought the game of bocce to Western Massachusetts. Bocce is now more popular than ever thanks in no small part to bocce enthusiast Rico Daniele. The south end food store owner champions the game. He's been largely responsible for its continued growth here in the Pioneer Valley.   Daniele explained to 22News, "I wrote the...

Trattoria Orsini Brings Modern Italian Food to Salem This Week

Trattoria Orsini Brings Modern Italian Food to Salem This Week

A new restaurant will make its debut in Salem this week, opening in the space where another popular restaurant operated for more than 15 years. Trattoria Orsini took over the Grapevine space at 26 Congress St. and will bring a lineup of Italian specialties to the neighborhood when it opens on Wednesday.   Grapevine was sold last year to new owner William...

Springfield’s Italian heritage procession of the Madonna

Springfield’s Italian heritage procession of the Madonna

Springfield's rich Italian heritage was on full display in the city's South End neighborhood on Sunday. The procession of the Madonna has been a tradition in Springfield's south end since Italian immigrants first settled in Springfield more than one hundred years ago. Following the Sunday service at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, dozens of the faithful followed the Madonna statue...

Church does its part to sustain Italian traditions

Church does its part to sustain Italian traditions

Nina Iaconetti has been making fried dough for 52 years, bringing the tradition with her from the Calabria region of Italy. And she was at it again Saturday in 90-degree heat, stretching out rolls of dough and placing them in a fryer. "I make it every couple of weeks because my grandchildren enjoy it," said Iaconetti, standing in a small patch of...

Fascinating facts about Boston’s North End feasts

Fascinating facts about Boston’s North End feasts

By Marisa Dellatto   > 1903 — Year the first feast, for Madonna della Grazie, took place in the North End > 1910 — Year the Fisherman's Feast, the longest-running feast, started > 1919 — Year St. Anthony's Feast, the largest Italian religious festival in New England, began > 10 — Number of feasts celebrated in the North End at its festival peak in the...

Adjunct faculty, Italian - Fairfield University

Adjunct faculty, Italian - Fairfield University

Job Description: The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Fairfield University invites applications for a part-time faculty member to teach one section of Elementary Italian beginning fall 2016. The course meets on MWR from 8:00 am - 8:50 am.   Requirements:• Applicants are expected to have a minimum of MA in Italian or related field, native or near-native proficiency in Italian, and...

MET Class Asks: Is the North End Still Italian?

MET Class Asks: Is the North End Still Italian?

In James Pasto's summer course on the history and culture of Boston's North End, students explored the colorful neighborhood, famed for its Italian restaurants, bakeries, and religious street festivals, on foot and by studying a trove of firsthand written accounts. By the final class, which was capped with a seven-course feast at Bricco, the students felt a kinship with the...

Review: Marisa Tomei, in Extremis, in ‘The Rose Tattoo’

Review: Marisa Tomei, in Extremis, in ‘The Rose Tattoo’

Marisa Tomei, who stars in the Williamstown Theater Festival's buoyant new production of Tennessee Williams's "The Rose Tattoo," may at first blush appear to be literally a few sizes too small for the feisty, fiery central role of Serafina Delle Rose.   In describing the character in the text, Williams uses the word "plump" not once, not twice, but three times —...

Weston resident gets award from Boston's Sons of Italy

Weston resident gets award from Boston's Sons of Italy

Boston's Sons of Italy recently held its 28th annual Black Tie Ball at the Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy.   The organization's highest award, the Inspiration Award, was given to Richard DeVito Sr. of Weston for his remarkable business career. Three generations of the DeVito family were there to support him.   Source: http://weston.wickedlocal.com/  

Tazza Cucina & Bar: Putting A Twist On Italian Cuisine

Tazza Cucina & Bar: Putting A Twist On Italian Cuisine

Tazza Cucina & Bar owner Rob Furnari is no stranger to Newtown. As a resident for nine years, he has enjoyed a number of restaurants in town, but felt that something was missing. "I love the area," said Mr Furnari. "I felt Newtown had great restaurants and fun bars, but not the combination of both. So, that was my goal: to...

Our Lady of Mount Carmel feast in Springfield keeps tradition alive

Our Lady of Mount Carmel feast in Springfield keeps tradition alive

By Cori Urban   When Frank P. Magagnoli was growing up in Springfield in the 1960s, his family couldn't go on summer vacation until after the Our Lady of Mount Carmel festival. "Everything revolved around the feast.... You didn't do anything until the feast was over," he said.       On July 16, 1251, the Blessed Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared to St....

Italian-American Festival scheduled for July 29-31

Italian-American Festival scheduled for July 29-31

The 12th annual Southington Italian-American festival will be held July 29-31 this year on the lower portion of Center Street. The Sons of Italy, Southington UNICO, and the Chamber of Commerce once again will present this year's event with traditional festivities, along with some exciting new features.   Town Councilor Dawn Miceli described the festival as being fashioned after festivals in Italy....

Italian Renaissance Master Della Robbia Gets His First Major US Show

Italian Renaissance Master Della Robbia Gets His First Major US Show

An Italian Renaissance great will get his moment in the spotlight here in the US, as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will host the first major stateside exhibition of the glazed terracotta sculptures of Luca della Robbia (1399/1400–1482). "Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence," which opens in August, will feature about 50 works by the artist and...

How to Make an Authentic Maine Italian Sandwich

How to Make an Authentic Maine Italian Sandwich

By Nora Flaherty In the thick of Vacationland's summer season, many of us plan to spend some serious time sitting outside our local sandwich shops, enjoying the sun while eating an Italian sandwich. For people in most of the country, an Italian sandwich is a crusty sub roll with an array of Italian meats and veggies. It varies.   But in Maine, the Italian...

Hartford Man Honors His South End Roots By Tending To Family Fig Tree

Hartford Man Honors His South End Roots By Tending To Family Fig Tree

Al Marotta's roots in the South End run deep. That's far from a figurative observation. One of Marotta's passions, and the former city councilman and state representative has many, is tending the fig tree his father, Salvatore, planted at his childhood home on Preston Street.   That was about 1950, when the Sicilian expat rose early every morning to sell fruits and vegetables...

O Sole Trio - concert

O Sole Trio - concert

Date & Time: Friday, August 19, at 8PMWhere: The Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main Street, Stoneham, MACost: Only $42, checks made payable to OSIARSVP: Dr. Dean Saluti, 617-285-6565 or djsaluti@aol.comParking: Free parking on the street and at city lots   Don't Miss the "O Sole Trio" Performance at the Stoneham Theatre. "A Grand Lodge OSIA Culture & Historical Commission-Supported Event". Special thanks to Wakefield Lodge...

Haute Secrets Boston: Anthony Caturano

Haute Secrets Boston: Anthony Caturano

Anthony Caturano is best known for his beloved North End Italian restaurant in Boston, Prezza, but he has recently expanded his roster of restaurants to include the newly opened, Tonno in Gloucester. Italian for "tuna," Tonno features coastal Italian seafood and a variety of homemade pastas adapted from Prezza like shrimp fra diavolo with tagliatelle, spaghetti with clams and oregano and...

Pittsfield: UNICO chapter awards scholarships

Pittsfield: UNICO chapter awards scholarships

The Pittsfield Chapter of UNICO held its scholarship awards ceremony at the Italian American Club on June 21. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the Paul J. Capitanio Jr. Memorial Football Scholarship award ceremony.   The UNICO Scholarship Committee, chaired by Julie Salatino, awarded 16 scholarships totaling $15,000. The Paul J. Capitanio Jr. Memorial Football Scholarship committee, chaired by past UNICO president...

Medford's ITA 101 offers satisfying course in Old-World taste

Medford's ITA 101 offers satisfying course in Old-World taste

Here's the quick read on ITA 101, the Italian BYOB helping light up Medford's quaint Main Street: It's the kind of place where regulars not only tote along their best bottles, they also bring classy stemware from which to sip. Which is to say, the 40-seat dining room doesn't trade in fancy accouterments, but chef Kevin Maher's menu plays well...

Gigliola Staffilani and her parable to success

Gigliola Staffilani and her parable to success

By Lavinia Pisani Gigliola Staffilani is the only Italian woman teaching full time pure mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Originally from Martinsicuro, a town in the Abruzzi region, her future was supposed to be as a hairstylist.   "I am glad that I could be a role model for many girls who may be interested in becoming a professional mathematician," she...

More than $10.000 to support AP Program and Italian classes

More than $10.000 to support AP Program and Italian classes

Raised $5000 to support AP Italian Program thanks to the commitment of COMITES that, on this occasion, has opened a fundraising activity. The FAA/USA (Federazione delle Associazioni Abruzzesi) has replied positively this year, too. Gizio's, Paesani d'Italia's and Aprutium's contributions have made the AP program even stronger. An important contribution has also come from the Federazione Associazioni Italiane.   A special thank-you...

Thoughts on Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Thoughts on Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Just for a change of pace I thought I'd write about something apolitical and address one of my favorite subjects—religion. There's a wee controversy brewing in Worcester and in the Italian community about the closing of the venerable Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Mulberry Street in Worcester's Shrewsbury Street neighborhood. I left the Catholic Church many, many moons ago,...

My American life is courtesy of an immigrant

My American life is courtesy of an immigrant

On my computer desktop is a photo of my maternal grandmother and me on my wedding day, July 8, 1989. I am in a white gown with a face framed by obedient hair leaning my head into hers. She is 88, wearing a blue floral chiffon dress. Her eyes are sunken and her chestnut hair is grey, but we share...

Boston Midsummer Opera to Present Donizetti's IL CAMPANELLO & Mascagni's L'A…

Boston Midsummer Opera to Present Donizetti's IL CAMPANELLO & Mascagni's L'AMICO FRITZ

It's love, Italian style, as the Boston Midsummer Opera (BMO) presents two rarely performed one-act gems from the 19th century, Donizetti's Il Campanello and Mascagni's L'amico Fritz for its eleventh season. Three performances will presented, on July 20, 22 and 24, in a new location for the BMO, the Arsenal Center for the Arts, Mosesian Theater, in Watertown.   Il Campanello is...

Exploring the Italian Cuisine at Fiorentino’s Little Luigi’s of Cos Cob

Exploring the Italian Cuisine at Fiorentino’s Little Luigi’s of Cos Cob

Next time you find yourself in Cos Cob hungry for a slice of pizza, be sure to stop into Fiorentino's Little Luigis. Ralph Fiorentino, new owner and manager, has revamped the menu to include delicious pizzas and homestyle Italian dishes. The most popular pizzas are white, chicken parmesan, Sicilian style, and, of course, classic cheese.   Fiorentino's Little Luigi's is the kind of...

Hundreds of Italian Cars Parade Through West Hartford for Annual Concorso Ferrar…

Hundreds of Italian Cars Parade Through West Hartford for Annual Concorso Ferrari & Friends

Visitors flocked to West Hartford Center on Sunday, June 26, 2016, in order to get an up-close-and-personal look at more than 200 high-powered Italian sports cars as part of a fundraiser for Connecticut Children's Medical Center.   Admission was free, but via the sale of Italian Ice, posters, t-shirts, and a variety of silent auction and raffle items, the Concorso Ferrari &...

Register for "State of the Discipline: Italian Studies in the Early 21st Ce…

Register for "State of the Discipline: Italian Studies in the Early 21st Century" - Symposium at Wellesley College, October 1  - 2016

The Department of Italian Studies at Wellesley College, the Educational Office of the Italian Consulate in Boston, and MITA (Massachusetts Italian Teachers Association) are pleased to invite you to attend the: State of the Discipline: Italian Studies in the Early 21st Century. The first symposium, organized by Wellesley College in 2009, began a tradition of periodically examining the state of Italian Studies...

L'on. Nissoli alla Festa della Repubblica in Connecticut, USA

L'on. Nissoli alla Festa della Repubblica in Connecticut, USA

Grande Festa, sabato scorso in Connecticut, USA, a Stamford, per brindare alla Repubblica italiana e dare il benvenuto al nuovo Console Generale nella Tri-State Area, Ministro plenipotenziario, Francesco Genuardi. A promuovere ed organizzare l'evento è stata l'on. Fucsia Nissoli FitzGerald, deputata eletta nella Circoscrizione estera - Ripartizione Nord e Centro America, in collaborazione con la Signora Barbara Zichichi. La Festa è stata...

Albert B. Southwick: An Italian Worcester County saga

Albert B. Southwick: An Italian Worcester County saga

The Mount Carmel Church situation is another familiar chapter in the Worcester story – an ethnic group outgrowing its immigrant status and moving on to new outlooks, new horizons and new ways of life. It is doubtful that the aging parishioners of the church can reverse the trend. But they can reflect on the inspiring story of the Italians in...

10 New Must-Try Italian Restaurants in Boston

10 New Must-Try Italian Restaurants in Boston

Please place your carb-free diets on hold. Boston has seen a bevy of Italian restaurant openings over the last several months, and these plates full of pasta (and seafood, and sfizi, and...) definitely demand your attention. Here are some of the genre's hottest new openings, from the North End (naturally) to South Boston.   Antonio's Bacaro. The team behind Sophia's Grotto —...

Mount Carmel Feast draws crowds to Watertown in its 100th year

Mount Carmel Feast draws crowds to Watertown in its 100th year

In its 100th year, the annual feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel has found ways to keep people coming back year after year. Even those who haven't lived in the city for decades, like Kelly L. Parody, said the Italian festival was a required stop. On Friday, the Florida resident lined up to buy a bag of sweetened fried dough,...

Shy Guy Gelato Opens Burlington Shop

Shy Guy Gelato Opens Burlington Shop

by Julia Clancy   Gelato is not just "Italian ice cream." A scoop clings to the cone with a consistency approaching soft-serve; the temperature is slightly warmer, the body thicker. And many stateside versions of this edible export don't fit the bill. Shy Guy Gelato, a new, small-batch gelato business from Tim Elliott and Paul Sansone, is dedicated to getting it right. Two...

Italian-American Festival’s wine contest deadline July 27

Italian-American Festival’s wine contest deadline July 27

The Southington Italian-American Festival has scheduled its ninth annual homemade wine contest. The wine contest is free to enter, participants may submit more than one bottle of red and/or white as long as each entry is a different make and year. Bottled entries may be dropped off at Northeast Produce Regional Market in Hartford or Plainville, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to...

L'On. Nissoli organizza la Festa della Repubblica in Connecticut ed il "ben…

L'On. Nissoli organizza la Festa della Repubblica in Connecticut ed il "benvenuto al Console Generale, Genuardi"

Avrà luogo domani, in Connecticut, USA, la celebrazione della Festa della Repubblica, unita alla cerimonia di benvenuto al Console Generale d'Italia nella Tri-State Area, Ministro Francesco Genuardi, organizzato dall'On. Fucsia Nissoli Fitzgerald, deputata eletta nella Circoscrizione estera - Ripartizione Nord e Centro America. "Sarà l'occasione per condividere i valori della Comunità italiana del Connecticut - ha detto l'on. Nissoli - con...

MiVT: Leonardo's Gelateria

MiVT: Leonardo's Gelateria

What a better way to toast to the hot temps than with a sweet cold treat that's made in Vermont. Things are moving at Leonardo's Gelateria in Barre. mLoris Carlo DePrato was born and raised in Italy in a family that was passionate about gelato - ice cream's Italian cousin.   "My great grandpa started in mid-1800s," said Loris. When he opened up his...

PIB and Italian Consulate to Host Sailing Championship

PIB and Italian Consulate to Host Sailing Championship

Beginning on June 27, Professionisti Italiani a Boston will host two Italian students from the nonprofit sailing school "Scuola Vela Mascalzone Latino;" the teenagers will visit Boston, discuss motivational personal stories with local Italian professionals, and compete against young sailors from renowned Boston sailing clubs. On July 2, PIB and the Consul General of Italy in Boston, Mr. Nicola De...

"Fiorello!" at BTG is a musical for our time

"Fiorello!" at BTG is a musical for our time

He defended strikers and labor unions. He worked as a translator at Ellis Island in Italian, Yiddish and Croatian. He helped and represented newcomers in the city, and against the corrupt political machine of Tammany Hall they supported him when he ran for the House of Representatives — as a Republican.   Times have changed since 1916. Without television debates, he was campaigning...

The Best Italian Food in Boston's North End

The Best Italian Food in Boston's North End

Boston's North End is known as its Little Italy and is reputed to have not only some of the city's best Italian restaurants, but also some of its best places to eat regardless of ethnic heritage.   The North End's narrow winding streets ring with the sounds and smells of old Italy. You'll even hear people yelling "Ciao." and there is the...

Ode to the 'Greasy Pole'

Ode to the 'Greasy Pole'

When Deanne Leavitt saw "Greasy Pole, The Musical" a few years back, she was so enamored that she bought tickets to see it four more times during its three-week run.   Now Leavitt, of Gloucester, and her two children will be part of the fifth revival of the show about the annual St. Peter's Fiesta tradition when it opens Friday, June 17,...

Versace celebrates new Boston store with capsule collection

Versace celebrates new Boston store with capsule collection

The Italian fashion house is expanding its presence in the USA with its first Boston, Massachussetts boutique. To celebrate the opening of this new store, the luxury label's creative director, Donatella Versace, has designed a mini-collection in the colors of the American flag.   Designed in collaboration with the architect, Jamie Fobert, this new boutique in the heart of Boston combines Italian...

Missione del funzionario itinerante ad Hartford, Connecticut

Missione del funzionario itinerante ad Hartford, Connecticut

Si informa la comunità italiana residente nello Stato del Connecticut che il giorno 6 luglio 2016, sarà effettuata una missione itinerante per la rilevazione dei dati biometrici ai fini del rilascio del passaporto italiano.   La missione avrà luogo presso i locali della "ACAI" 506 Franklin Avenue, Hartford, CT a partire dalle ore 08:00. Si prega di recarsi presso i locali entro...

Backlash over Indigenous People's Day prompts vote for Italian Heritage Day

Backlash over Indigenous People's Day prompts vote for Italian Heritage Day

A week after replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day, Cambridge City Council acknowledged concerns of the local Italian-American community by naming Oct. 1 Italian Heritage Day. According to Councilor Tim Toomey, in the course of last week's vote, the council failed to recognize the contributions of Italian-Americans over the founding of the country. Toomey, along with Councilor David Maher, put...

Tonno Opens Today With Homemade Pasta and Fine Fish Dishes

Tonno Opens Today With Homemade Pasta and Fine Fish Dishes

The North Shore has a new dining spot as of today — Tonno is ready to debut its menu of coastal Italian seafood in Gloucester after months of extensive remodels to the restaurant space.   Tonno is the work of Anthony Caturano, the noted North End restaurateur behind the 16-year-old Prezza. Caturano crafted the menu around his favorite Italian dishes, including small...

Il Décor Brings Cattelan Italia to Boston

Il Décor Brings Cattelan Italia to Boston

This summer, the downtown furniture boutique Il Décor introduces original designs from the noted Italian manufacturer Cattelan Italia. Il Décor is thrilled to bring this elegant and affordable collection to Boston. These original designs capture the simplicity of domestic life without sacrificing grace or quality. Cattelan Italia's skilled craftsmanship fits seamlessly into every home, from the condos of Beacon Hill...

Time to eat: Italian fest July 29-31 in Southington

Time to eat: Italian fest July 29-31 in Southington

Local Italian women's club Sorelle d'Italia in America has joined with the Sons of Italy and Unico to make the 12th annual Italian American Festival, which returns July 29 to 31, bigger and better than ever. "We have been around for six years and this is our first year joining as co-sponsor," said club member Gianna Mennone. "As one of the...

Editorial: Goodbye, Columbus

Editorial: Goodbye, Columbus

Columbus Day, celebrated since 1792 and as a federal holiday since 1937, evolved from a remembrance of the discovery of lands of the Western Hemisphere into a celebration of all things Italian because the discoverer, Christopher Columbus, was an Italian from Genoa working for the king and queen of Spain.   The decision of the Cambridge City Council to designate Oct. 12...

Local woman named Plainville’s Teacher of the Year

Local woman named Plainville’s Teacher of the Year

Local resident Maria Fazio Colangelo is Plainville Community Schools 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year. Fazio Colangelo has been an educator for 37 years, and at Plainville High School for 25 of those, teaching Italian, reading and English as a Second Language.   Prior to that, she taught at East Catholic High School in Manchester, and at Saint Francis Middle School in New Britain....

Watertown Sons of Italy Distributes Nearly $10,000 to Scholarships and Charities

Watertown Sons of Italy Distributes Nearly $10,000 to Scholarships and Charities

This month, the Watertown Sons of Italy Lodge Piave Fiume #1036, an affiliate Lodge of the National Order Sons of Italy in America, distributed nearly $10,000 to deserving high school graduates and local charities.   These donations were made possible by the on­going fundraising efforts by the Sons of Italy throughout the year, including funds generated by the yearly motorcycle ride, the...

Italian jazz violinist Luca Ciarla in house concert

Italian jazz violinist Luca Ciarla in house concert

On Sunday, June 19 at 7:30 p.m., internationally-known Italian jazz violinist, Luca Ciarla brings his solo program "Bach into Myself" to Guilford! $15-$20 at the door. Luca is making a special trip to Vermont for a repeat performance between engagements in New York during his 2-and-a-half week coast-to-coast US tour this year. Luca Ciarla is simply one of the most creative...

Crew To Explore Andrea Doria Wreckage Off Nantucket With Submarine

Crew To Explore Andrea Doria Wreckage Off Nantucket With Submarine

An ocean exploration company will use a manned submarine to explore the wreckage of the Andrea Doria off of Nantucket. Seven divers have died in the area since 2005 while exploring the wreckage.   Stockton Rush, the CEO of OceanGate, said his company's use of a manned submarine to explore the area does not eliminate danger, but does make it safer than a...

No demolition: Diocese to repair Mount Carmel facade

No demolition: Diocese to repair Mount Carmel facade

The Diocese of Worcester said Friday it plans to make $120,000 in planned repairs to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, after the city Historical Commission declined Thursday to waive the city's yearlong demolition delay bylaw. But parishioners — many of whom are trying to raise money to help the 88-year-old Italian-American Catholic Church avoid the wrecking ball — won't see...

Cambridge Changes Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day

Cambridge Changes Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day

The Cambridge City Council has voted unanimously to change Christopher Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day. Councilor Nadeem Mazen, who proposed the idea, said it is important to reclaim October 11 as a day for Native Americans. Mazen said there was an overwhelming level of support from students, residents, workers, culture agents and thought leaders.   At the end of the discussion and...

Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro A Place For Everyone

Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro A Place For Everyone

Upon entering into Sal e Pepe, a smiling hostess waits by the door to greet guests. The restaurant offers a variety of seating; some may choose to sit at the bar just past the entryway, others decide to sit in the dining areas to the right and left of the entrance.   The room to the right doubles as a private party...

Miss RI Italia Announces 2016 Winners

Miss RI Italia Announces 2016 Winners

Miss Rhode Island Italia has announced the 2016 titleholders from the 3rd Annual Miss RI Italia Pageant that was held on May 22 at the Providence Marriott Downtown. The winners include Little Miss Rhode Island Italia Lola Paolissi, Miss Rhode Island Pre-Teen Italia Marie Balemian, Miss Rhode Island Teen Italia Jenna Rose Rambone, Miss Rhode Island Italia Ariana Salera, Ms. Rhode...

Graduation Congratulations to Christina Pellino

Graduation Congratulations to Christina Pellino

Frank Pellino, chef/owner of Pellino's Ristorante on Prince Street in the North End, shares a proud moment with his daughter, Christina Pellino, as she graduates from Seton Hall University School of Law.   While in law school, Christina was Vice President of the Italian-American Society, President of the Tax Law Society, and a Comments Editor on the Seton Hall Law Review, a...

Love main ingredient in Italian cooking, club told

Love main ingredient in Italian cooking, club told

The operator of an Italian restaurant in southern New Hampshire was the featured speaker at the most recent meeting of the New Hampshire Lakes Region Italian Cultural Club.   Speaking to the gathering at the Weirs Community Center, Dawn Rizza-Hunt, owner of Cucina Aurora Kitchen Witchery of Salem, spoke about her background growing up in an Italian household on Long Island in...

Torrington couple to receive ambassador award from Torrington Unico June 8

Torrington couple to receive ambassador award from Torrington Unico June 8

Unico National, Torrington Chapter, will present the Community Ambassadors Award to longtime residents Charlie and Pat Marciano at the club's scholarship awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 8. The event will be held at at Chatterly's Banquet Facility, starting at 5 p.m. The couple has been married for 46 years and both are lifelong residents of Torrongton.   Pat Marciano has worked for the...

Dining With Susan: Grimaldi’s Italian Kitchen

Dining With Susan: Grimaldi’s Italian Kitchen

Grimaldi's Italian Kitchen in Woodbridge (featuring a brick coal-fired pizza oven) opened October 2014. Local residents now have the New York Pizza from Grimaldi's (under the Brooklyn Bridge) right here in New Haven county.   From 1890-1930, Italians flocked to the United States, creating legendary Meccas in places like Brooklyn, New York and, of course, New Haven, Connecticut. With them came many...

Inspired Italian dishes at Cranston’s Avvio

Inspired Italian dishes at Cranston’s Avvio

By Don Fowler Cranston's Garden City has added a touch of authentic Italian with the opening of Newport Restaurant Group's Avvio Restaurante.   "Start" is the rough translation of the Italian word "avvio," and I immediately started to like it as we pulled into the nearby free parking space and watched diners enjoying themselves on the two outdoor areas, thanks to a warm...

Joseph W. Nigro Jr., 75, longtime IBEW union leader

Joseph W. Nigro Jr., 75, longtime IBEW union leader

By Bryan Marquard Though Joseph W. Nigro Jr. was born into a family of union electricians, his path to leadership wasn't foreordained. He was initiated into Local 103 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in 1960, a time when top offices were held by those who had lived through the Great Depression and served in World War II.   Youth and new...

Plainville High teacher honored with Teacher of the Year

Plainville High teacher honored with Teacher of the Year

Plainville Community Schools has named Plainville High School teacher Maria Fazio Colangelo as the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year. As Teacher of the Year, Colangelo will also participate as a candidate for Connecticut's 2017 Teacher of the Year program. Each district Teacher of the Year will be individually recognized at an awards ceremony later this year hosted by the Connecticut Department of...

I.A.C. To Announce 2016 Scholarships

I.A.C. To Announce 2016 Scholarships

The Italian American Celebration Honoring Christopher Columbus Committee is set to announce the recipients of the scholarship winners for 2016 at its annual fundraiser at St. James Church Hall. Organizers said the recipients will be selected by a scholarship committee, headed by Professor Dario Del Puppo of Trinity College, Hartford.   Seven $1,000 scholarships will be announced by Columbus Day Parade Grand Marshall...

two-of-portland-s-top-chefs-will-team-up-to-open-italian-restaurant-off-the-peninsulaMike Smith, executive chef at Scales, one of Portland's hottest new restaurants, says he is leaving after just five months to work at a neighborhood restaurant that Chris Gould, chef/owner of Central...
springfield-chapter-of-unico-national-awards-2016-scholarshipsThe Springfield Chapter of UNICO National awarded annual scholarships to five recent high school graduates last month at Storrowton Tavern.   Anthony Fimognari Jr., who graduated from Minnechaug...
the-italian-game-of-bocce-is-becoming-more-popular-in-western-massachusettsItalian-Americans who made Springfield their home many years ago brought the game of bocce to Western Massachusetts. Bocce is now more popular than ever thanks in no small part to bocce enthusiast...
a-special-day-at-the-lobster-bakeMike Petrucelli of Milford spent many years with the Milford Rotary and many years working at the annual lobster bake, which was held this past Saturday. But it had been awhile since Petrucelli...
versace-celebrates-new-boston-store-with-capsule-collectionThe Italian fashion house is expanding its presence in the USA with its first Boston, Massachussetts boutique. To celebrate the opening of this new store, the luxury label's creative director, Donatella...

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