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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...

Scopa Opens in Former Pomodoro Space in the North End

Scopa Opens in Former Pomodoro Space in the North End

A new Italian restaurant has made its debut in the North End, taking over the space where Pomodoro used to be. Scopa is now open, serving a range of Italian specialties and brick oven pizza, according to North End Waterfront.   The restaurant from Gennaro Riccio seats 22, as previously reported, and is situated just across the street from the famed Mike's...

Serenity now! Italian restaurant SRV brings Venice to the South End

Serenity now! Italian restaurant SRV brings Venice to the South End

Consider how wrong this could go. You're on a grand avenue in one of Boston's flushest enclaves, eating in a restaurant styled after a working man's bacaro — the hideaway bars that pepper the alleys of Venice — waiting for a stream of cicchetti (bite-size Venetian tapas) as conceived by two New England natives, surrounded by beautiful people in a cloud...

City of Springfield recognizes Immigrant Heritage Month

City of Springfield recognizes Immigrant Heritage Month

Mayor Domenic Sarno issued a proclamation recognizing the month of June 2016 as Immigrant Heritage Month in the city of Springfield.   Immigrant Heritage Month celebrates our country's immigrant heritage and the stories of individuals, families and communities who have contributed to the unique social fabric of our country. The effort is part of a nationwide initiative organized by Welcome.us to gather...

Newton's Newest Italian Restaurant Debuts this Weekend

Newton's Newest Italian Restaurant Debuts this Weekend

by Dana Hatic A popular Italian bodega in Coolidge Corner is getting ready to unveil a new outpost in Newton. Bottega Fiorentina will hold a soft opening for its new location on June 5, celebrating the occasion by offering free espresso.   The new restaurant from Andrea and Cristina Ferrini will open at 11 a.m. on Sunday after more than a year of...

Summer 2016 North End Italian Feasts & Processions Schedule

Summer 2016 North End Italian Feasts & Processions Schedule

by Matt Conti It's June in the North End! That means the beginning of the saint processions and feasts! First up is this Sunday, June 5th with the procession of Santa Maria di Anzano. The complete Summer 2016 Feast Schedule is shown below. Viva! North End. Italian Feasts & Processions. Summer 2016- June 5, 2016 – Santa Maria Di Anzano Procession. 2:00 pm Procession only...

Sicilian-American Society Donates to Foley Cancer Center

Sicilian-American Society Donates to Foley Cancer Center

Members of the recently disbanded Sicilian-American Society gathered outside the Foley Cancer Center to present a check for $38,150 to benefit cancer patients at Rutland Regional Medical Center.   Founded in 1927, the Sicilian-American Society was a formal way for Italian immigrants to provide support to those who recently immigrated to the United States. Long-time member of the club, Guido Rotella, 97...

After nearly 12 year fight, historic Catholic Church in Mass. closes

After nearly 12 year fight, historic Catholic Church in Mass. closes

On Sunday the final mass was held at Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in Scituate, Massachusetts. The church is closing after a nearly 12-year, around-the-clock vigil by parishioners who had tried to keep their beloved house of worship open. Named after the first Italian-American saint, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church has sat near the shore of Scituate, Massachusetts since the 1960s. Because of...

From arancini to gelato at Waltham’s Italian Festa

From arancini to gelato at Waltham’s Italian Festa

On June 4, Waltham Common will be filled with the smells and sounds of Italian-American culture when the Regina Margherita di Savoia Mixed Lodge #1094 of the Order Sons of Italy in America hosts its third annual Italian Festa. The order's mission is to preserve and promote Italian heritage, and for Festa chairwoman Carol Rossi, this begins with "familia" and...

NEMPAC celebrates 15th Anniversary Performance Season with Rossini’s La Cenerent…

NEMPAC celebrates 15th Anniversary Performance Season with Rossini’s La Cenerentola

When: June 23-25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.Where: Faneuil Hall, Boston MACosts: $25 per general admission - $20 per senior/student - $55 per VIP balcony or orchestraClick here for ticket information and purchase. The North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) invites guests and members of their community to Boston's historic Faneuil Hall, The Great Hall for a night of opera featuring Rossini's...

Anthony Sammarco - Book signing and presentation

Anthony Sammarco - Book signing and presentation

When: Domenica 12 giugno dalle ore 10:00 alle ore 12:00 in EDTWhere: I Am Books, 189 North St, Boston 02113, MA Referred to as the "Balzac of Boston History," Anthony Mitchell Sammarco is a noted historian and author of over sixty books on the history and development of Boston, and he lectures widely on the history and development of his native city....

Workers Won’t Be Forgotten

Workers Won’t Be Forgotten

The son of a garment worker found a tale of a long-forgotten strike buried in a corner of the public library, and decided more people should have access to the stories of working men and women who built New Haven.   Frank Annunziato made that discovery while working on his graduate school thesis back in the late 1970s. He discovered an extensive...

Satisfying the Fetish for Italian Shoes

Satisfying the Fetish for Italian Shoes

"Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world," goes a saying often attributed to Marilyn Monroe. M.Gemi, a 15-month-old e-commerce startup, has taken this proposition one step further: Sell beautiful, well-crafted, high-end shoes online without the luxury price tag, and you can conquer the girl. Armed with a team of data scientists, 15 Italian factories, and $32...

"Best Gelato in America" Now Available for Franchising

"Best Gelato in America" Now Available for Franchising

Morano Gelato, called "the best gelato in America" by Forbes, announced the launch of its franchise system. Morano Gelato is seeking franchisees to serve its products nationwide, modeled after the success of the company's New England shops.   Morano Gelato founder Morgan Morano has spent 15 years in the food industry and the past seven years studying the craft artisan Italian gelato,...

Giacomo's opens on Main Street in Melrose

Giacomo's opens on Main Street in Melrose

Doug Haynes and Hunter Dluznieski of North Reading were the second party ever to be seated at Giacomo's Ristorante in Melrose on Monday, minutes after the restaurant's highly anticipated 4 p.m. opening. Having eaten at Giacomo's in the South End, they were thrilled to learn about a more convenient location north of Boston. "They're great, the food is great," said Haynes. "We've...

Theatrical Improvisation: from the Italian Renaissance to the Modern Era

Theatrical Improvisation: from the Italian Renaissance to the Modern Era

WHEN: Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)WHERE: I AM Books - 189 North Street, Boston, MA 02113, United States   Demonstration/Performance by the Commedia dell'Arte troupe Pazzi Lazzi and the Italian improv group ImproNati. Introduction about Commedia dell'Arte, its stock characters and its level of improvisation. Demonstration scene "Law and Order – The Trial of Arlecchino" with Chiara Durazzini and Marco...

Former Stamford mayor Bruno Giordano dies at 86

Former Stamford mayor Bruno Giordano dies at 86

by Martin B. Cassidy The city's first Italian-American mayor — remembered most for the purchase of Sterling Farms during his one term in the late 1960s — died Friday at the age of 86. Giordano died of natural causes at Virtua Hospital in Voorhees, N.J., his daughter, Esther-Marie Giordano, said. Giordano, a former teacher and director of the Italian Center of Stamford, was...

Nuove collaborazioni tra il Friuli Venezia Giulia e il Mit di Boston

Nuove collaborazioni tra il Friuli Venezia Giulia e il Mit di Boston

Nuove prospettive di collaborazione tra il prestigioso Mit-Massachusetts Institute of Technology di Boston e il sistema accademico e di ricerca del Friuli Venezia Giulia. È quanto emerso nei giorni scorsi negli Stati Uniti, nel corso dell'ultima tappa della missione economico-istituzionale della Regione italiana. A guidare la missione negli Usa la presidente Debora Serracchiani. Accompagnata dal console generale a Boston, Nicola De...

Southington restaurant offers Italian buffet

Southington restaurant offers Italian buffet

Local chef Ralph Secondo has partnered with Lou's Breakfast and Lunch to offer Lou's Italian Buffet on Thursday and Friday nights. Each Thursday and Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m., the lights at the restaurant at 969 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike dim, and out come the checkered tablecloths and Italian music. For $15.99, customers are offered an all-you-can eat Italian buffet, along...

Worcester parish seeks to raze Mount Carmel Church without delay

Worcester parish seeks to raze Mount Carmel Church without delay

Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Ann Parish seeks a waiver that would permit the historic but crumbling Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church to be knocked down sooner rather than later, city officials said Thursday. Parish representatives will appear before the city Historical Commission June 9 to make the case for a demolition-delay waiver, which would mean the parish wouldn't have...

Bricco Comfort Food to replace Spicoli’s

Bricco Comfort Food to replace Spicoli’s

Maria Markonidis of Hudson, Mass., spoke fondly of her memories in Albion village at the former Spicoli's Bar and Grill where she would bring her son and his friends on the Providence Capitals hockey team to grab a bite to eat after games and practices.   It became the team's spot for the past three years, she said, and she fell in...

Goodbye Columbus Day?: Amherst Town Meeting OKs resolution to commemorate Indige…

Goodbye Columbus Day?: Amherst Town Meeting OKs resolution to commemorate Indigenous Peoples' Day

By a majority vote, Amherst Town Meeting on Wednesday night adopted a resolution to commemorate Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of Columbus Day.   Students in Matthew Venditti's eighth grade class brought the resolution after studying Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer who set the stage for European colonization of the Americas with four trips across the Atlantic Ocean under the Spanish flag in...

Bakers seek new law for Rhode Island’s beloved wine biscuits

Bakers seek new law for Rhode Island’s beloved wine biscuits

Bakers are asking state lawmakers to make it easier for them to mass produce an Italian-American treat. The state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to pass legislation that would create a special wine biscuit license allowing bakers to buy up to 2,000 gallons of wine a year from wholesalers.   North Providence baker and Town Councilwoman Kristen Catanzaro requested the bill. She said she...

Festa della Repubblica at Christopher Columbus Park

Festa della Repubblica at Christopher Columbus Park

When: Sunday, June 5, 2016 – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.Where: Christopher Columbus Park at Long Wharf, Boston MA The annual Festa Nazionale della Repubblica Italiana and "Piazza Italia" is scheduled for Sunday June 5, 2016, at Christopher Columbus Park on Atlantic Avenue in the North End of Boston. The event starts at 10 a.m. and runs through the afternoon with free...

Ronald Tarentino Jr. Massachusetts Police Officer shot dead

Ronald Tarentino Jr. Massachusetts Police Officer shot dead

By Ross Hinds   The man suspected of killing a Massachusetts police officer has been shot and killed by law enforcement. Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. was conducting a traffic stop on Rochdale Street in Auburn when an occupant of the vehicle opened fire on him as he approached the car early Sunday morning. Police say the shooter, identified as Jorge Zambrano, 35, fled the...

You Are What You Pronounce

You Are What You Pronounce

Robert Aiudi wants you to know that if you want to order bowtie noodles at an Italian restaurant, you may have to ask for farfalle. Or maybe strichetti instead.   Aiudi, who goes online by the sobriquet the Language Chef, is on a mission to enable people not just to taste their meals in this foodie society, but to pronounce them as...

Our Gourmet: An Italian favorite in a new location

Our Gourmet: An Italian favorite in a new location

Everybody in Salem, it seems, has their own favorite Italian restaurant. There are certainly plenty to choose from, more than in most towns, and many of them are decidedly top notch. Oddly, even as it established itself over 37 years in one location, we had never visited Ralphie's.   Now, with the bistro having moved a mile or so north (but still on...

Explorers plan June mission to Andrea Doria shipwreck

Explorers plan June mission to Andrea Doria shipwreck

Nearly six decades after 46 people died when the Andrea Doria sank to the sea floor following a violent collision with another ocean liner south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, explorers are preparing to do what 16 people have lost their lives attempting: get a good look at the wreckage.   A Washington state-based ocean exploration company is planning the first manned submersible expedition...

Comella's Has Opened a New Location in Hingham

Comella's Has Opened a New Location in Hingham

A staple of Italian food across Massachusetts has debuted its latest expansion in Hingham. Comella's is now open at 221 Lincoln St., bringing affordable cuisine to the area, along with retail and catering. It announced the opening on its Facebook page.   Comella's first opened in Wellesley in the late 1980s and has since expanded to Arlington, Belmont, Chestnut Hill, Concord, Marblehead,...

Boston’s North End – An Italian American Story, previewed by Friends of the Nort…

Boston’s North End – An Italian American Story, previewed by Friends of the North End

by Arthur A. Lauretano   The Friends Of The North End sponsored a viewing this week of the new movie "Boston's North End – An Italian American Story", at the Sons Of Italy hall in Winchester, MA.    The film tells the story of the Italian immigrant migration to Boston's North End from the late 1800's to the current time. Featured in the film...

Solo Italiano opens in the Old Port on Thursday

Solo Italiano opens in the Old Port on Thursday

Solo Italiano, a new Italian restaurant at 100 Commercial St., will open Thursday at 4 p.m. The restaurant replaces Ebb & Flow, which closed in March. Angelo Ciocca, president of Nova Seafood, still leases the restaurant space but is replacing Ebb & Flow, which served Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, with Solo Italiano, which will serve northern Italian cuisine.   The executive chef is Paolo Laboa,...

Tuscani Seafood and Grill brings Italian fare to Fall River dining scene

Tuscani Seafood and Grill brings Italian fare to Fall River dining scene

If there's one type of cuisine that's always mentioned as lacking in the city's dining scene, it's Italian.Paul Diogenes and Ernie Lafrenaye, owners of the recently opened Tuscani Seafood and Grill, are hoping to fill that void with a menu of Italian fare coupled with fried seafood plates, burgers and pizza. "We wanted to do something different in the city,"...

Giacomo's to open in Melrose on Monday

Giacomo's to open in Melrose on Monday

The wait is almost over: Giacomo's Ristorante will open for business in Melrose next Monday, May 23.Co-owner Richard A. Talieri confirmed the date to the Free Press on Tuesday, shortly after the location at 454 Main St. passed its building inspection. "Barring any unforeseen circumstances, yes," Talieri said when asked whether a May 23 opening was set in stone. The weekly hours...

Cumar’s Ivo Cubi: A destiny carved in marble

Cumar’s Ivo Cubi: A destiny carved in marble

No matter how hard he tried, Ivo Cubi could not have done anything else for a living. His last name, to begin with, in Italian literally means "Cubes." Plus he was born into a family that, in one capacity or another, has worked with marble for seven generations. The sixth of which, his father, did everything possible to keep his...

Pirandello Lyceum recognizes I Migliori

Pirandello Lyceum recognizes I Migliori

On April 9, the Pirandello Lyceum held its annual "I Migliori in Mens et Gesta" awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in East Boston. For 31 years, the Pirandello has been recognizing the best in mind and deeds in the community. This year's awardees included high-tech entrepreneur Charles Centore, who has grown his own electronic components company into a major player...

Carnevale Project by Pascal Gangi

Carnevale Project by Pascal Gangi

For the Fisherman's Feast in the North End in 2016, the artistic group is currently working in bringing a little taste of the Carnevale tradition from Sciacca to the North End. The Carnevale in Sciacca calls for the parade of the float accompanied by its traditional music, Dance group and a Comedia dell' Arte group. Just like the actual tradition, the...

Explore Your Italian Roots Seminar in Beverly, MA

 Explore Your Italian Roots Seminar in Beverly, MA

ORIGINS ITALY Founder and "Genealogy Roadshow" Host Mary Tedesco will present two Italian genealogy lectures at the Explore Your Italian Roots Seminar in Beverly, MA on 14 May 2016: "Roads to Rome: Locating Your Italian Ancestral Town" and "Andiamo in Italia: Italian Genealogical Research in Italy and from Home." Detailed lecture descriptions below. Objects and documents from the Beverly Historical...

These are the most popular Italian restaurants in Boston, according to check-in …

These are the most popular Italian restaurants in Boston, according to check-in data

When it comes to Italian food in Boston, the conversation usually starts and ends with the North End. Tourists and residents alike brave winding lines for well-known Hanover Street spots like Giacomo's and Panza, followed by a cannoli from Mike's or Modern Pastry if there's still room after a heaping plate of fettuccine.   At the same time, newcomers to the Italian...

The 17th Annual Federal Hill Stroll

The 17th Annual Federal Hill Stroll

Mangia Bene! The 17th Annual Federal Hill Stroll will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Stroll through one of Providence's most flavorful neighborhoods, while sampling signature cuisine or enjoying exclusive discounts at restaurants, shops and galleries. 

For one low price of $30 plus tax, you will receive an admission button, two free beverages...

Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Venice Ghetto

Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Venice Ghetto

The Venice Ghetto: 500 Years of Life. Film at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Venice Ghetto - Thursday, May 12, 5:30 pm - Museum of Fine Arts - 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston. Click here for more information   The rich story of the Jews of Venice is celebrated in this charming film, which uses an inventive mix of documentary and drama,...

Gardner Museum to host talk on Italian migration to Central Mass.

Gardner Museum to host talk on Italian migration to Central Mass.

Fitchburg State University Professor Teresa Fava Thomas will present a program on migration from Italy to Central Massachusetts at The Gardner Museum on Thursday, May 12. The presentation will explore traditional life in the mountains above Venice, Italy, and the reasons why people migrated to Central Massachusetts between 1880 and 1920. The talk will discuss the immigrants' work on the Wachusett...

Amica CEO DiMuccio named Verrazzano ‘Man of the Year’

Amica CEO DiMuccio named Verrazzano ‘Man of the Year’

Robert A. DiMuccio, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Amica Mutual Insurance Company, is the recipient of the Verrazzano Day Observance Committee's 2016 Man of the Year Award.   The award will be presented at the organization's annual dinner on Saturday, May 14, at the Venus de Milo restaurant in Swansea, Mass. DiMuccio, a resident of Cumberland, is a native Rhode Islander...

Parishioners vow legal action to save Mount Carmel from diocese-driven demolitio…

Parishioners vow legal action to save Mount Carmel from diocese-driven demolition

A movement started by Our Lady of Mount Carmel parishioners to override the wishes of the Roman Catholic Diocese has picked up supporters in high places, and organizers say they've talked with legal experts who have given them hope that they have legal standing to challenge any future demolition orders.   Mayor Joe Petty, At-large City Councilors Kate Toomey and Moe Bergman,...

Dealership unveils new Maserati Levante SUV

Dealership unveils new Maserati Levante SUV

The Kelly Automotive Group unveiled the 2017 Maserati Levante during a celebration at their dealership in Danvers last night. About 75 people stopped by the Kelly showroom to check out the latest 
Levante SUV, a model the dealership's owner, Brian Kelly, called "a beautiful vehicle" that he thinks will be "a real game changer for the brand."   Only 2,500 Levante models have...

Fausto Panizzolo: A “non-assisted” walker, down the path of research

Fausto Panizzolo: A “non-assisted” walker, down the path of research

For a living, Fausto Panizzolo develops devices to help people walk: better, faster and with a lesser amount of energy.   On the walk along his career path, however, he likes to rely, solely on his own: in fact in his native Italy – as well as elsewhere – "devices" (whether political, social or even merely economic) are often used to obtain...

shy-guy-gelato-opens-burlington-shopby 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...
local-woman-named-plainville-s-teacher-of-the-yearLocal 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,...
pib-and-italian-consulate-to-host-sailing-championshipBeginning 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...
italian-american-festival-s-wine-contest-deadline-july-27The 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...
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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