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Chef Walter raising money for Italy earthquake victims

Chef Walter raising money for Italy earthquake victims

by Tony Gugliotta   A relief effort for the victims of the Italian earthquake is already being started in Cranston by Chef Walter Potenza. "It makes you very uneasy. You can't go back to your own home. Just to think, someone died this morning," Potenza said. Chef Walter is offering Bucatini Amatriciana -- a dish created in the town at the epicenter of the...

Cettina Donato - Allegro Concert Series 2016/17

Cettina Donato - Allegro Concert Series 2016/17

WHEN: Friday, September 9, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT). WHERE: I AM Books - 189 North Street, Boston, MA 02113, United States   Born and raised in Sicily (Italy), Cettina is a classical and jazz piano player, composer, arranger and conductor. She graduated in Jazz Composition and Performance at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA). She's also graduated in...

Confusion reigns over fundraising efforts for Mount Carmel Church

Confusion reigns over fundraising efforts for Mount Carmel Church

by Tom Quinn   For decades, Our Lady of Mount Carmel has served in the dual role of religious structure and Italian-American community gathering place. The Catholic Diocese of Worcester shut down the religious aspect of the building when it shuttered the damaged building in May, but the Italian Festival this year brought parishioners and others to the parking lot by the...

Exhibition reception - Nicole Alexandra Cacchiotti

Exhibition reception - Nicole Alexandra Cacchiotti

Please join us for the Opening Reception, Thursday, September 8, from 6-9 PM, at I Am Books, 189 North Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Nicole Alexandra Cacchiotti, "Scenes of Italy" Fine Art Photography Exhibit coming to I Am Books, September - October, 2016. Capturing the warmth, beauty and majesty of the Italian countryside, Cacchiotti, an internationally recognized award winning photographer, displays over 25...

Italy’s Roberta Vinci advances to quarterfinals at Connecticut Open

Italy’s Roberta Vinci advances to quarterfinals at Connecticut Open

by David Borges   While Roberta Vinci made quick work of her opponent in a round-of-16 match on Wednesday afternoon, her mind was, in part, on her native Italy. A powerful earthquake ravaged a mountainous region in the central part of the country earlier in the day, killing at least 120. "Not an easy day for Italy, for the Italians, for sure," Vinci said.   Fortunately...

Book launch event - "Not My Mother's Kitchen"

Book launch event - "Not My Mother's Kitchen"

Tuesday September 6, from 5,30 pm to 7 pm EDT - I Am Books, 189 North St, Boston 02113 "When life gives you lemons, make limoncello! Not My Mother's Kitchen is a funny, loving and oh so useful manual on food, family and survival when your mom is a terrible cook." —Mo Rocca, host of "My Grandmother's Ravioli"   Award-winning chef Rob Chirico learned to...

Sacco and Vanzetti-- Author's Discussion

Sacco and Vanzetti-- Author's Discussion

Sacco and Vanzetti-- Author's Discussion - Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Author Robert Knox will be discussing his recent novel, Suosso's Lane, about the Sacco & Vanzetti case. La Marcia del Delore, rare footage of the funeral, will also be shown.   Tuesday, August 30, 2106 - 7:00 pm at: I AM Books - 189 North Street, Boston - (857) 263-7665 Presented by the Sacco Vanzetti Commemoration Society   Source: Dante Alighieri Society...

Bocce, lasagna, Philly cheese steak — all at Italian Fest in Guilford

Bocce, lasagna, Philly cheese steak — all at Italian Fest in Guilford

By Lisa Reisman   Anyone who's traveled through the center of Guilford at various times in the past year or so cannot have missed the purple emblazoning its churches, schools, and businesses. With its popular Italian Festival on Friday night, Aug. 26 and all day Saturday, Aug. 27, the St. George Men's Group will do its part to highlight Project Purple, an effort...

Della Robbia: The Greatest Family Of Italian Sculptors You’ve Never Heard Of

Della Robbia: The Greatest Family Of Italian Sculptors You’ve Never Heard Of

by Michael Levin   Okay, I get it. By the time you got to Florence, on your 11-country, 12-day European tour, you were hot, tired, a little sick of museums and cathedrals, and thinking mostly about the tavernas and pure white sand beaches on the Greek islands. Dutifully, you filed by the David and Botticelli's Birth of Venus, but by then you were pretty...

New Haven Celebrates Its Italian Culture

New Haven Celebrates Its Italian Culture

by Lori Mack   In the late 1800s, Italian immigrants moved into the Wooster Street area of New Haven, bringing with them the flavors and music of their homeland. This weekend, the city celebrates its Italian culture with a new event called Opera-Palooza. The New Haven Green's outdoor stage will showcase some of Connecticut's rising opera stars as the city celebrates all things...

R.I.'s Nick Albanese draws on Italian roots for one-man show

R.I.'s Nick Albanese draws on Italian roots for one-man show

by Channing Gray   In the two decades since Nick Albanese got a theater degree from the University of Rhode Island, he's tried his hand at standup, even started a theater group doing one-act plays. But he seems to have found his niche with a one-man show about growing up Italian in Providence's North End. He opened "The Last Sicilian" last November at...

Feast Poll: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?

Feast Poll: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?

Boston's North End Italian Feasts are entering their peak season during August, as they have been for roughly the past 100 years depending on the founding of the original religious society. Many residents take part in the festivities while others purposely schedule their vacations to be far away from the noise, traffic and occasional chaos.   Among the largest Italian festivals in...

Sicilian-American Theatre Troupe Comes to Watertown

Sicilian-American Theatre Troupe Comes to Watertown

By Alex Newman   A Sicilian-American theatre company is bringing its inaugural production to Watertown, an original piece titled La Storia di Colapesce. Trinacria Theatre Company created the story during a four-week residency in Sicily; its cast of eight American theatre artists is using the production as a means of promoting Sicilian history, heritage and culture at home and abroad.   La Storia di Colapesce...

Lawrence native named General Manager of Sicilian Football team

Lawrence native named General Manager of Sicilian Football team

Lawrence Ma. native Alfred M. Zappala was named General Manager today of the Elephants Catania American football team in Catania, Sicily bringing decades of experience to one of the most storied franchises in the Italian Football Federation (IFL). The Elephants play in the Second Division of the IFL and he was brought in to help reorganize the team into a Division...

Mount Carmel fundraisers face tough challenge

Mount Carmel fundraisers face tough challenge

by Mark Sullivan   Our Lady of Mount Carmel's pastor has issued a message to parishioners committed to reopening the shuttered, crumbling church: If you want it repaired, you'll have to pay for it yourselves. "I made very clear to them the ball is in their court," said Monsignor F. Stephen Pedone. "They have their work cut out for them." Monsignor Pedone said he...

Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration

Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration

Tuesday, August 23rd, is the 89th anniversary of the execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. Sacco and Vanzetti were Italian immigrants and committed anarchists whose trial is regarded as one of the great miscarriages of justice in American history.   You are invited to a commemoration at: Encuentro59A Hamilton Place, BostonAugust 23, 7:00 pm Click here for details   Source: Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts  

Amid battle to save Mount Carmel Church, Italian Festival goes big

Amid battle to save Mount Carmel Church, Italian Festival goes big

It will be hard to ignore the giant stone building looming in the background. Indeed, for four days later this month, the thousands of people expected to flock to the Italian Festival at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church will likely give more than a passing thought to the now-closed church, which celebrated its last Mass on the first day...

Our Lady of Mt Carmel Festival Day Processional in Springfield's South End

Our Lady of Mt Carmel Festival Day Processional in Springfield's South End

In anticipation of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in mid-July, members of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society carried a statue of the Blessed Mother through the streets of the South End to their headquarters, where they provided a free brunch and music for the community.   As it was carried outside the church, the procession paused so...

Volunteers bake thousands of cookies for St. Peter's Italian Bazaar

Volunteers bake thousands of cookies for St. Peter's Italian Bazaar

Thousands of cookies were made fresh Wednesday in Portland. Seven thousand cookies to be exact. Dozens of volunteers at St. Peter's parish hall baked and decorated the cookies to get ready for the 91st St. Peter's Italian Bazaar this weekend.   They say they used about 83 dozen eggs and 150 pounds of flour to bake all those Italian cookies, and that's more than...

Deana Martin leads roast of ‘Sopranos’ actor Vincent Pastore

Deana Martin leads roast of ‘Sopranos’ actor Vincent Pastore

by Tim Leininger The banquet hall in Figaro's Restaurant was packed tighter than an Italian sausage Thursday night as 140 people attended a riotous roast targeting actor Vincent Pastore that was hosted by singer Deana Martin. Pastore, 70, who's known as Vinny to his friends, was running discos and owned a rock 'n' roll bar in New Rochelle, New York, when he...

Annual Italian festival held in Enfield, Connecticut

Annual Italian festival held in Enfield, Connecticut

by Rachel Fazio   An Italian festival drew thousands to Enfield, Connecticut on Saturday. For three days, an annual Italian festival hosted by the Catholic American Cultural organization offers all sorts of family fun and entertainment, and, of course, lots of homemade Italian food.   For 91 straight years, the Our Lady of Mount Carmel society has thrown an Italian festival in Enfield, CT....

A Slice Of Italy In Enfield

A Slice Of Italy In Enfield

This year, the Mount Carmel Italian Festival will be entering its 91st year. Despite the festival being 91 years old, it still has plenty of new festivities to offer people, including the largest collection of Dean Martin memorabilia – which is a special addition to the festival this year. "[The goal of the festival] is to carry on a culture of Italian...

Quattro Eroi Lodge to celebrate 90th anniversary

Quattro Eroi Lodge to celebrate 90th anniversary

The Quattro Eroi Lodge No. 1414 Order Sons of Italy in America, of Franklin, will celebrate its 90th anniversary on Sept. 24 at the Coachman's Lodge, 273 Wrentham Road, Bellingham.   There will be a social hour from 6 to 7 p.m. with a full-course dinner to follow. Dancing will take place until 11 p.m. Music will be provided by Power Play of...

49th annual Italian Festival at Ansonia’s Holy Rosary starts Thursday

49th annual Italian Festival at Ansonia’s Holy Rosary starts Thursday

The annual Holy Rosary Italian Festival will kick off its 49th year Thursday with a weekend of food, amusements and music. Festa 2016 will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Featured will be such homemade Italian specialties as soffrito, baked lasagna, calamari, porchetta as well as friend dough, zeppole and cannoli.   Rainbow Amusements will provide Midway rides. On...

Northampton psychologist explores how Italian American daughters grieve dads By …

Northampton psychologist explores how Italian American daughters grieve dads By Anne-Gerard Flynn

Several area women, including Anna Daniele, owner of La Fiorentina Pastry Shop, are featured in the recently published book, "Daughters, Dads and the Path through Grief: Tales from Italian America."   The book is co-authored by Northampton resident Lorraine Mangione, who holds a doctorate in psychology and teaches at the New Hampshire campus of Antioch New England, and Donna H. DiCello, a...

Tuscany comes to Andover

Tuscany comes to Andover

Can't afford a trip to Italy this summer? Don't sweat it. Italy is coming to Andover Township on Saturday, August 27 at the 2016 Tuscan Sunset Dinner fundraiser at Sunset Vista Farms.   Linda Grinthal, owner of Sunset Vista Community Garden & Learning Center Inc., is American Italian and an Italophile. Once a year she teams up with award-winning restaurateur John Vitale...

LaStoria Trattoria in Stoughton closes after 20 years

LaStoria Trattoria in Stoughton closes after 20 years

A once-bustling Italian restaurant just outside downtown Stoughton has closed its doors. LaStoria Trattoria recently closed after 20 years in business. "With regret, due to declining sales, we are no longer open. Thank you for 20 years!! — Joe," the hand-written sign on the door read.   Joseph G. Lastoria purchased the restaurant, which was under different management, in 2003 from the Bornstein Fiduciary...

Pittsfield UNICO Chapter Awards Scholarships

Pittsfield UNICO Chapter Awards Scholarships

The Pittsfield Chapter of UNICO held their scholarship awards ceremony at the Italian American Club in June inin conjunction with the Paul J. Capitanio Jr. Memorial Football Scholarship award ceremony.   Since 1987 the Pittsfield UNICO chapter has given out over $285,000 in scholarships throughout Berkshire County. The ceremony was the culmination of the chapter's fundraising efforts throughout the year which included a...

Greenwich group heads to sister city in Italy

Greenwich group heads to sister city in Italy

Like many in town this summer, a group of 13 Greenwich citizens will be departing this week for some time abroad. But this trip to Italy is no ordinary vacation. It's retracing the steps of people who helped build the community.   The group of residents are traveling to Rose, which since 2013 has been a sister city with formalized relations to...

Ansonia church’s 49th Italian festival opens Thursday

Ansonia church’s 49th Italian festival opens Thursday

For nearly 50 years, the crowds have been flocking to Holy Rosary Church, feasting on some of the freshest Italian food, prepared with love by parishioners. The church's 49th annual Italian festival, Festa! 2016, kicks off Thursday and runs through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. on the church grounds, located at 10 Father Salemi Drive. Admission is free.   "It's the food....

Andiamo! Enfield’s 91st Annual Italian Fest

Andiamo! Enfield’s 91st Annual Italian Fest

The problem with eating a home-cooked Italian dinner is that three days later you're hungry again. Fortunately, Enfield knows how to throw a four-day party. From Thursday to Sunday, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel hosts its 91st annual Italian Festival for family, friends, and anyone who wants to check out the "world's largest collection of Dean Martin memorabilia" (that's on...

Monica’s Mercato & Salumeria: Boston’s Home for Italian Specialties and Incr…

Monica’s Mercato & Salumeria: Boston’s Home for Italian Specialties and Incredible Sandwiches

"You can't take a bad thing and turn it into a good thing, but you can take a good thing and turn it into something delicious," says Jorge Mendoza. Jorge is one-third of the team that runs Monica's restaurant group, which includes Vinoteca di Monica, Monica's Mercato Pizza, Trattoria di Monica, and Monica's Mercato & Salumeria in the North End.   The...

Chamber of Commerce names Roberto’s Restaurant Business of the Year

Chamber of Commerce names Roberto’s Restaurant Business of the Year

The Monroe Chamber of Commerce awarded Roberto's Restaurant, Monroe, Business of The Year for 2016, during the Chamber's recent Annual Meeting. The award is given every year to the business that not only supports the community but other businesses in town as well. It is a true example of a successful and responsible business.   In 1982, Luigi and Stella Giansanti arrived...

Eataly Is on Track for a November Opening in Back Bay

Eataly Is on Track for a November Opening in Back Bay

Eataly Boston is still on track for a late 2016 opening, and it's been a long time coming. Back in November 2013, news first came out that the Eataly team (which includes the B&B Hospitality Group — Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich, and Mario Batali) had been eyeing Boston real estate for more than a year, including spots in the Quincy...

Friends of the North End Announce 44th Annual Reunion

Friends of the North End Announce 44th Annual Reunion

On Saturday, September 24, 2016 the men of the Friends of the North End will celebrate their 44th annual reunion at the Sons of Italy Hall at 117 Swanton Street in Winchester, MA starting at 5 pm.   Anyone interested in attending can send a $60 check made out to Sam Viscione and mailed to him at 20 Hillcrest Road, Burlington, Ma....

World soccer power AS Roma is in the US and you probably didn't even know it

World soccer power AS Roma is in the US and you probably didn't even know it

This week, one of the most famous soccer teams in the world, AS Roma, was training in Boston, next to Harvard stadium. About 200 fans showed up every day to watch the star-studded team train. For a world-famous team like Roma, used to huge crowds, it probably felt like a vacation.   Roma's two most famous players are Daniele De Rossi and...

Italian Restaurant in Waltham Opens a Second Spot in the Watch Factory

Italian Restaurant in Waltham Opens a Second Spot in the Watch Factory

By Dana Hatic   An Italian restaurant in Waltham just added a second location to the mix — and it is located within a mile of the original. Brelundi debuted its new restaurant at 185 Crescent St. on Wednesday with Southern Italian cuisine, according to Boston Restaurant Talk.   The new spot is located in the historic Watch Factory, situated on the Charles River....

Italian-American Festival opens with sun, good food

Italian-American Festival opens with sun, good food

by Brian Johnson   Despite a rainy morning, sunny skies shone over Center Street Friday as people flocked in to sample the best Italian food the town has to offer. The highly-anticipated Southington Italian-American Festival got off to a great start, said Antonio Cusano, president of UNICO, which sponsors the festival along with the Sons of Italy and Sorelle d'Italia. "We couldn't ask for...

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...

chef-walter-raising-money-for-italy-earthquake-victimsby Tony Gugliotta   A relief effort for the victims of the Italian earthquake is already being started in Cranston by Chef Walter Potenza. "It makes you very uneasy. You can't go back to your...
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...
cettina-donato-allegro-concert-series-2016-17WHEN: Friday, September 9, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT). WHERE: I AM Books - 189 North Street, Boston, MA 02113, United States   Born and raised in Sicily (Italy), Cettina is a classical and...
confusion-reigns-over-fundraising-efforts-for-mount-carmel-churchby Tom Quinn   For decades, Our Lady of Mount Carmel has served in the dual role of religious structure and Italian-American community gathering place. The Catholic Diocese of Worcester shut down...
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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