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Birthday bash celebrates Ovid and Sulmona

Birthday bash celebrates Ovid and Sulmona

Boston celebrated the 2,000th anniversary of Publio Ovidio Nasone's birth in style. On March 17, a group of students from the Abruzzese town of Sulmona (Ovidio's birthplace) held a special presentation at Filippo Ristorante in the North End, where over 100 representatives of the community gathered to hear more about the Certamen Ovidianum Sulmonense. The Certamen is an Italian national competition...

Greater New Haven's 'Most Italian' Roots Run Deep

Greater New Haven's 'Most Italian' Roots Run Deep

In 1889, when Hartford resident Mark Twain wrote "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," the main character, Hank Morgan, already represented a waning demographic. The Irish had been crashing ashore in green waves for half a century, along with other immigrants.   But the 1890s would be the decade of the Italians, who surged into Connecticut in ever growing numbers. They...

Film screening: The Venice Ghetto, 500 Years of Life

Film screening: The Venice Ghetto, 500 Years of Life

When: Thursday, May 12, 2016 – 5:30 pm – 7:05 pmWhere: Museum of Fine Arts Boston – Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161), 465 Huntington Ave., Boston MA   The Venice Ghetto, 500 Years of Life by Emanuela Giordano (Italy/France, 2015, 54 min.). Italian & French with English subtitles. The rich story of the Jews of Venice is celebrated in this charming...

Glass art maestro Lino Tagliapietra on exhibit in Stockbridge

Glass art maestro Lino Tagliapietra on exhibit in Stockbridge

When: Public Opening Saturday, May 14, 2016Where: Schantz Galleries – 3 Elm Street, Stockbridge, MA 01262 This month, Schantz Galleries will be presenting an exhibition of works by Lino Tagliapietra, which incorporate the beautiful gold-like avventurine glass. Avventurine is a challenging material to work with, so these newest works are the result of the past years investigation on how to use...

Nardelli’s Grinder Shoppe opens on Old Gate Lane in Milford

Nardelli’s Grinder Shoppe opens on Old Gate Lane in Milford

The new Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe has the appearance of a polished national chain restaurant, but the big boss is called "Mama," described by her children as a "short, old-school Italian lady," 77, who pops in for taste tests at all the Nardelli's locations to make sure her recipes taste as they should.   "I just want to make sure it's all right,"...

Giovanni Russo receives citation from State

Giovanni Russo receives citation from State

The Massachusetts State House welcomed a very special guest on March 17. Receiving an official citation signed by Gov. Charlie Baker, Giovanni Russo was recognized for his 74 years of exemplary labor. His entire family was present at the ceremony inside the State Chamber, including his wife of 60 years, Lucia; his daughters Connie, Julie and Veronica; his grandchildren; and...

Springfield's Society of Our Lady of Mount Carmel adds $500 to reward for missin…

Springfield's Society of Our Lady of Mount Carmel adds $500 to reward for missing Anthony Scibelli sculpture

The Society of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, an Italian-American club in the city's South End, have added $500 to the reward fund for information leading to the conviction of whoever stole a bust of the late State Rep. Anthony M. Scibelli.   The donation brings the fund up to $1,100 with $500 already from City Councilor Tim Rooke and $100 from...

Italian American Historical Society Dinner

Italian American Historical Society Dinner

The Italian American Historical Society of Connecticut holds its annual Distinguished Service Award dinner on May 1 at Anthony's Oceanview at 450 Lighthouse Road, New Haven. This years honorees are Neapolitan singer Nina Pane Sanseverino (daughter of legendary Neapolitan singer, Giuseppina Pan), Tenor Aaron Caruso, and author Anthony Tamburri.   The festivities kick off at 1 p.m. with cocktails and hor d'oeuvres...

Frank E. Cicone, Baltimore County circuit judge, dies

Frank E. Cicone, Baltimore County circuit judge, dies

Judge Frank E. Cicone, former chief administrative judge of the Baltimore County Circuit Court, who had a second career as a settlement court judge, died of congestive heart failure Thursday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.   The Lutherville resident was 95. "Frank was loved and respected by judges all over Maryland. He was a giant among giants," said Joseph F. Murphy Jr., who...

Two-year position at Mount Holyoke College

Two-year position at Mount Holyoke College

The Italian Studies Program at Mount Holyoke College invites applications for a full-time, visiting faculty member in Italian to begin fall 2016. This is a two-year teaching position, with competitive salary and benefits. Particular attention will be given to candidates whose area of specialization is the Mediterranean and/or the Medieval/Renaissance period.   The teaching load for this position is five courses per...

Dine Out Maine: Roustabout in Portland

Dine Out Maine: Roustabout in Portland

A menu that features dishes like eggplant parm and garlic bread sounds like something you'd expect to find alongside red-checked tablecloths, candleholders made from straw-wrapped Chianti bottles – and maybe even a pair of cartoon dogs sharing a romantic plate of pasta in an alley. But in designing their new Washington Avenue restaurant, Roustabout, co-owners Kit Paschal (formerly of Portland Hunt...

Festa della Liberazione: A panel discussion on Italy’s Liberation Day

Festa della Liberazione: A panel discussion on Italy’s Liberation Day

When: Sunday, April 24, 2016 – 3:30 p.m.Where: I AM Books, 189 North Street, Boston MALight refreshments will be served   Keynote TalkProfessor David Ward from Wellesley College– Professor Ward will go over the civil war experience, the collective memory of it, and the importance it has in today's Italian anthropological identity.   Read more   Fonte: Bostoniano  

Spaghetti Spots In Massachusetts

Spaghetti Spots In Massachusetts

"A mano" means "by hand" in Italian and that's exactly how Chef Antonio Bettencourt makes the pasta at his A Mano Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria in Salem's Pickering Wharf.   "I love to take flour, water and eggs and then turn it from just a pile of stuff into a full meal," he says. "It still kinda fascinates me as a cook...

Hartford’s “Little Italy”, CT

Hartford’s “Little Italy”, CT

By Mike Messina   In the early 1900s, Hartford was a booming economic center. Italy, on the other hand, suffered both economically and socially. Hundreds of thousands of Italian men looked for unskilled work in other countries; many eventually headed to the United States. Hartford's potential job opportunities attracted Italians and soon the city's number of immigrants increased dramatically. Many of the...

A mix of Sicily and jazz: Cettina Donato comes to Boston (April 23)

A mix of Sicily and jazz: Cettina Donato comes to Boston (April 23)

When: Saturday, April 23, 2016 – 5 p.m.Where: I AM Books, 189 North Street, Boston MA(Parking validation for Parcel 7 parking lot, above Boston Public Market) Purchase tickets onlineOn April 23, Messina Conservatory's Cettina Donato will take part in the ongoing Allegro concert series by Sounds of Italy Festival in Boston. Born and raised in Sicily, Cettina is a classical and jazz...

Santarpio’s Pizza: Eastie’s Finest

Santarpio’s Pizza: Eastie’s Finest

From the rusted green overpass of Route 1A in Eastie, passersby catch a glimpse of perhaps the most iconic landmark in all the city — the unchanged and seemingly only remaining joint with an old school atmosphere that is so categorically "Boston."   Santarpio's — referred to as "Santaaapio's" or "Tarps" by locals — is not only hailed as Boston's best pizzeria,...

Boncore wins it on the ground

Boncore wins it on the ground

The race for an open state Senate seat in Boston and three adjacent communities was sure to shake up the status quo, with no Italian-American son of East Boston in the race — the profile that has defined the district's senator for 40 years.   But voters did not seem hungry for too much change, as Joseph Boncore, an Italian-American son of...

North End Movie

North End Movie

Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT). Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts - 41 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA 02139. Professionisti Italiani a Boston (PIB) and Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts are proud to invite you to a joint event to learn the fascinating history of the Italian immigration in Boston in the past century. No matter how old you...

Bust of former Springfield state Rep. Anthony Scibelli stolen from South End mem…

Bust of former Springfield state Rep. Anthony Scibelli stolen from South End memorial

by Brian Steele   The bust of former state Rep. Anthony M. Scibelli that stood outside the Mount Carmel Society social club was stolen over the weekend. The bronze likeness of one of the longest-serving lawmakers in American history, who died in 1998, was taken from outside the Italian-American club on Winthrop Street in the city's South End sometime before 11 a.m. Monday....

Phantom Gourmet: La Motta’s In Boston’s South End

Phantom Gourmet: La Motta’s In Boston’s South End

The parms, the pasta, the simple red sauce, all of that delicious Italian food you know and love. Now you can taste all of that goodness at La Motta's. Located on Washington Street in Boston's South End, La Motta's is a new restaurant that pays homage to the Old Italian American eateries of the 50s and 60s.   "This is meant to...

Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra Celebrates 30th Season with Italian Opera Gala

Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra Celebrates 30th Season with Italian Opera Gala

When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 – 6 p.m.Where: Dassault Systèmes, 175 Wyman St, Waltham, MA The Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an elegant fundraiser, "Italian Opera Gala," on Saturday, April 30. This event will include a cocktail hour, Italian dinner, and performances by noted soloists from The Bostonians and the Boston Latin School Chamber Choir. The gala...

Molested, beaten, taken hostage... and lived to tell the tale: Meet the war phot…

Molested, beaten, taken hostage... and lived to tell the tale: Meet the war photographer and mother at center of Steven Spielberg's new film starring Jennifer Lawrence

Her parents were hairdressers in a small town in Connecticut - so it wasn't exactly written in the stars that Lynsey Addario should become one of the world's best known war photographers. Even after her Italian-American family got her a Nikon camera for her 13th birthday, she thought 'photographers were crazy rich kids' with time on their hands.   But fate was about...

UMass festival shines spotlight on Italian madrigals

UMass festival shines spotlight on Italian madrigals

By Jenna Careri   Four hundred years after Renaissance music's fall from favor, Emiliano Ricciardi is on a mission to save it from extinction. Ricciardi has organized an Italian Madrigal Festival at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is an assistant professor of music history.   The two-day event, on Saturday and Sunday, will feature symposium sessions with leading madrigal scholars from around the...

John Ciardi: North End’s poet laureate

John Ciardi: North End’s poet laureate

"I was born June 24, 1916, at 25 Sheave Street in Boston's North End, which was then as now, though more so then, Little Italy ... . My mother, in the custom of her tribe, bore me in the same bed in which she connived me ... . " So wrote John Ciardi, renowned poet, translator and teacher. I had long...

2016 Sons of Italy road race and walk

2016 Sons of Italy road race and walk

Join us on Saturday May 28, 2016 for the return of the Methuen Sons of Italy 5k road race! Beginning at 11:00am from the Methuen Sons of Italy at 459 Merrimack Street in Methuen, shirts to the first 200 registered, post race refreshments, cash prizes to first 3 male and female finishers and awards across all ages groups to 80+,...

That's Lunch: Michael T's offers plentiful portions of Italian-American favorite…

That's Lunch: Michael T's offers plentiful portions of Italian-American favorites

This week's food review is about Michael T's Restaurant at 8390 Seneca Turnpike in New Hartford.Reporter Alissa Scott and copy editor Alex Caldas ate there recently and had this to say: About the Restaurant: Michael T's has been a local, family-owned Italian restaurant in New Hartford since 1983. The eatery offers a fully stocked bar, tables and comfortable booths. When seated...

Rossetti’s: The chic corner of Lynn

Rossetti’s: The chic corner of Lynn

"Our job here at Rossetti's is to make sure that all guests are treated like kings and queens," states Chris Rossetti, the youngest partner of the new family-run eatery, situated in downtown Lynn. With superior hospitality, a classic Italian menu with a modern twist, and a posh, yet comfortable atmosphere, guests are certainly treated as such.   In fact, frequent diners suggest...

Fate of cash-strapped, crumbling Mount Carmel Church appears sealed

Fate of cash-strapped, crumbling Mount Carmel Church appears sealed

"Gravity and a lot of prayer." That's all that's holding the facade of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church from crumbling into Mulberry Street, says Nino Giamei, a member of the parish transition committee mulling the future of the historic church. At a parish roundtable Sunday, members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Ann Parish continued to discuss the prospects of...

The Boston Marathon’s Italian roots

The Boston Marathon’s Italian roots

While the turn-of-the-century roots of Boston Marathon history are predominantly Irish via the organizing 129-year-old Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), there is an impressive Italian presence. Lawrence Brignolia, an Italian-American blacksmith from Cambridge, Mass., won the third race in 1899; and Gelindo Bordin of Vicenza, Italy, won the 94th Boston in 1990.   Read more   Fonte: Bostoniano  

Pasta al Ragù Challenge at Dante Alighieri

Pasta al Ragù Challenge at Dante Alighieri

When: Friday, April 15, 2016 – 7 to 9:30 p.m.Where: Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts – 41 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA Following the successful "Carbonara Night" event, the Consulate General of Italy in Boston is glad to present a new challenge for the Italian student associations from Boston University, Harvard, M.I.T. and Northeastern University competing in the preparation of the best...

One Dish: Kevin Cleary's Buono Bolognese

One Dish: Kevin Cleary's Buono Bolognese

You can get a fantastic plate of Bolognese in Burlington, but there's a catch: It's only available one day a week. At Vin Bar & Shop, Wednesday is Penne Bolognese night, and for pasta lovers, it's a fine way to mangia midweek.   Pasta expertise is nothing new from Vin owners Kevin and Kathi Cleary. For 12 years, the couple ran L'Amante...

Artistic Wonders of Parma from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance

Artistic Wonders of Parma from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance

Thursday, April 14 | 5:00pm | Harvard Law School |Boston College | 140 Commonwealth Avenue , Chestnut Hill. Artistic Wonders of Parma from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance. Boston College The Dept. Of Romance Languages & Literatures & The Office For International Programs present: A lecture in honor of the 20-year partnership between Boston College & the University of Parma. (A delegation from...

Richard Aliberti: The North End’s Artistic Soul

Richard Aliberti: The North End’s Artistic Soul

The North End is a place full of history and — nowadays — restaurants, but upon closer examination it is also a neighborhood full of art and culture. Anyone who has ever glanced up to take in the bronze statues or plaques that adorn one of the country's finest Little Italies will have encountered the skillful hand of Richard Aliberti,...

Homegrown verismo

Homegrown verismo

George Scigliano was the first Italian American elected to public office in Boston. His story was brought to life by Steven Puleo in "The Boston Italians." As Puleo notes, Scigliano fought hard to end the exploitation of Italian immigrants through the corrupt padrone system.   His death inspired the unsuccessful effort by James Donnaruma to rename North Square after him. Scigliano's work...

Vincent D’Errico, 78, of Shrewsbury

Vincent D’Errico, 78, of Shrewsbury

Vincent "Jim" D'Errico loved life and all his family and friends in it. He died peacefully Sunday, April 3, 2016 with family gathered around him. He was 78. Vincent Thomas D'Errico, lovingly known to many as "Jim," was born Nov. 21, 1937 in Worcester, a son of Italian immigrants Matteo and Isabel (Piccinino) D'Errico. He graduated from Major Howard Beal High...

Eataly Boston is coming this fall... but we're hiring now!

Eataly Boston is coming this fall... but we're hiring now!

Eataly offers exciting opportunities that will challenge your abilities, expand your skills and reward your contributions in an atmosphere that encourages both personal and professional growth. Additionally, Eataly offers competitive compensation, excellent benefits, and a positive work environment. EATALY BOSTON IS COMING THIS FALL... BUT WE'RE HIRING NOW! WE ARE LOOKING FOR STRONG LEADERS WITH EXPERIENCE IN THE WORLD OF ITALIAN GASTRONOMY: Retail General Manager; Restaurant General Managers; Executive Chefs; Human Resources Manager; Quick...

Malden’s Hidden Gem: Ristorante Serena

Malden’s Hidden Gem: Ristorante Serena

There is perhaps no other restaurant that fits the term "hidden gem" quite like Ristorante Serena, located in Malden's lively, working-class Maplewood Center. With its front entrance obscured from a passerby's view, a little help from locals will guide newcomers down a lateral hallway through neighboring Panda Palace to find the highly acclaimed Calabrese eatery. Ristorante Serena, named after chef and...

Long-awaited North End documentary premiers at Suffolk

Long-awaited North End documentary premiers at Suffolk

On Jan. 20, the North End Historical Society presented its long-awaited documentary "Boston's North End: An Italian American Story" at Suffolk University's Modern Theatre. It was mostly filmed and directed by Maureen McNamara of Kendall Productions in Cambridge, with post-production editing done John Balcom of John Balcom Productions in Los Angeles. "As the title indicates, it is not so much a...

Hungry for opera

Hungry for opera

Hungry for Italian opera? Me too. Conversely, Italian opera makes me hungry. As in ravenous for a full-course meal every time. I don't know whether it's something about the brilliant orchestra or talented performers or the musical compositions themselves that evokes my hunger. What I do know is, the little snack bar stocked with peanuts is never enough to satisfy...

Michela Musolino Brings Sicilian Folk to Allegro Concert Series

Michela Musolino Brings Sicilian Folk to Allegro Concert Series

When: Thursday, April 7, 2016 – 6 p.m.Where: I AM Books – 189 North Street, Boston, MA (Tickets available here)2 - MusolinoNew York-based artist Michela Musolino will be presenting her new CD, "Terra Sangue Mare," at I AM Books in Boston on Thursday, April 7.Michela Musolino has been carrying on a love-affair with Sicilian music for most of her life. Known...

Tonno Could Start Serving Pasta and Seafood in Gloucester on May 15

Tonno Could Start Serving Pasta and Seafood in Gloucester on May 15

Connstruction is well underway at a new venue in Gloucester, where Anthony Caturano, chef/owner of Prezza in the North End, will open a new "coastal Italian seafood" restaurant this spring. Tonno took over the former Blackburn Tavern location at 2 Main St., and after a complete gut job, crews began installing new appliances and getting the space prepped for Caturano's...

Campania Ristorante, Branford

Campania Ristorante, Branford

The most common way to monitor a local restaurant scene is to keep track of which restaurants occupy the available spaces. Some folk take a more sophisticated approach, tracking chefs and/or restaurateurs. But in our Italian-American restaurant community, it's necessary to track families.   Forget keeping up with the Jones. Greater New Haveners in the know keep up with the Abates, Anastasios,...

Italian volunteers continue to serve

Italian volunteers continue to serve

The local Sons of Italy Club was founded by nine Italian immigrants. They were Angelo Rich, Michael Manware, Charles Cari, Michael Maddelena, Robert Morelli, Michael DiNello, Sisto Salvatore, Vincent Salvatore and Alphonse Salvatore. They wanted to form a brotherhood of Italians and help immigrants from Italy. The club was organized socially on Aug. 21, 1910, at 40 Liberty St. and according...

Yolanda Brings Glamour to WPO Italian Opera Gala

Yolanda Brings Glamour to WPO Italian Opera Gala

The Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an elegant fundraiser, "Italian Opera Gala," on Saturday, April 30, at Dassault Systemes, 175 Wyman St., Waltham.   The event includes an Italian dinner with dessert, cash bar, and some of the world's most wonderful music, including works by Donizetti, Puccini, Rossini, Bellini, and Verdi, sung by guest soloists from The Bostonians...

Prime Minister Renzi signs €150 mn deal with IBM to create a Watson Health Europ…

Prime Minister Renzi signs €150 mn deal with IBM to create a Watson Health European Center in Milan

by Mario Platero   "The Italian government is strongly determined to take again a position of leadership in Italy and Europe in this sector," Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said in a speech during his visit at the IBM center for the Watson project in Boston, where he arrived yesterday. The prime minister signed an agreement to reuse some of the spaces and structures...

Luciano Monaco Guitar Performance Sunday, April 3, 2016

Luciano Monaco Guitar Performance Sunday, April 3, 2016

Guitar Solo performance by LUCIANO MONACO - April 3, 2016. Music By Italian Composer : Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco. CONCERT 4:00 pm-5:00 pm. Carriage House Violins - 1039 Chesnut St. Newton - Upper Falls 02464. Pre-concert film 3:45--Who is Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco?   Space is limited; to reserve your seat please call or email: Justin Davis at 1-800-359-9351 ex.103 justin@johnsonstring.com. Fundraising Event for BGFest Scholarship, NEC Guitar students. Suggested donation: $20, $30-couple, $10-students   Source:...

An altar boy walks the seven churches

An altar boy walks the seven churches

By Rocco M. Pugliese   The Town Plot neighborhood in Waterbury, from which I come, was overwhelmingly Italian-American and Catholic during the my childhood in the 1940s and '50s. To serve canned spaghetti was to invite derision; other ethnicities were aberrations, and a Protestant an oddity. The one Jew in the neighborhood was the best tipper on my paper route whose generosity...

Allegro Concert Series come to Boston

Allegro Concert Series come to Boston

Starting in April, Sounds of Italy Festival will be roaring back with a two-month-long concert series that will showcase some of the best Italian talent currently living and performing in the Boston area, as well as important guest artists from Italy. Co-organized and hosted by I AM Books, the country's first Italian-American bookstore, the concert series will feature 10 different performances...

Christopher Bronzo, Worcester Rugby Player, Dies at 29

Christopher Bronzo, Worcester Rugby Player, Dies at 29

By Charlene Arsenault   Christopher "Hilli" Bronzo, 29, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly due to complications of asthma on March 15, 2016. He leaves his mother Nancy Bronzo; his sister Jessica Bronzo, and her husband, Carl Marcustre; 2 nephews, Harley and Chase Marcustre, a brother, Adam Schmaelzle, his maternal grandmother Joyce Bronzo, his godparents, Mark and Janice Bronzo, many aunts, uncles, nieces,...

Italian Constitutional Justice in the Global Context

Italian Constitutional Justice in the Global Context

The Harvard Italian Law Association is glad to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Italian Constitutional Court with a conference. Tuesday March 29th - 12:00-1:00 PM. Harvard Law School, Hauser Hall,102 Malkin -1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge On March 29, 2016, please join Justice Cartabia and other Italian professors (Prof. V. Barsotti and Prof. A. Simoncini from University of Florence) for a discussion on...

Ricotta: The Italian Easter tradition that’s not a cheese

Ricotta: The Italian Easter tradition that’s not a cheese

By Lisa Zwirn Eggs might be the most visible — and colorful — symbol of Easter, but for Italian cooks, ricotta is a close second. Italian holiday traditions bring both sweet and savory ricotta pies, cakes, and cannoli.   Leticia Farrice, manager of Lola's Italian Groceria in the center of town here, grew up in New York and remembers her grandmother's Easter pies,...

Burlington Sons of Italy to host wine, cheese tasting

Burlington Sons of Italy to host wine, cheese tasting

The Burlington Sons of Italy Lodge 2223 will host its fifth annual Wine and Cheese Tasting event from 7 to 10 p.m. April 1 at the American Legion, 162 Winn St., Burlington.The Liquor Cabinet will provide wines and information regarding each wine that is sampled, and Roche Brothers Market will provide a variety of international cheeses. Hors d'oeuvres will also...

Italian American Women’s club to celebrate anniversary

Italian American Women’s club to celebrate anniversary

On Saturday, April 16, the Italian American Women's Club is celebrating its 70th Anniversary. There will be a mass in its honor, celebrated by Fr. Ron Gliatta with Fr. Peter Furgiuele, at 4 p.m., St. Joseph's Church, Winsted.   Followed by dinner to be held at the Franciscan Parish Center, 31 Oak Street, for members and their families. The dinner will be catered...

Parishioners feast on St. Joseph sweets

Parishioners feast on St. Joseph sweets

Parishioners of St. Joseph Church have their patron saint to thank for a sweet treat they indulge in just once a year. That would be zeppole, the rich Italian pastry churchgoers enjoyed Sunday in observance of St. Joseph's Feast Day, which occurred at the spring equinox on Saturday. Along with fathers, workers, the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Roman Catholic Church, St....

Palm Sunday service draws crowd to church

Palm Sunday service draws crowd to church

On Sunday, Rita Derubeis, 65, stood outside Sacred Heart Church with her friend Anna Gentile, 63, recalling growing up on the city's West Side as children who had immigrated from Settefrate, Italy. "We went through a lot of stuff," said Derubeis, who immigrated to Stamford in 1958 when she was 7. "We had to go to Naples for blood tests to...

Show reveals 'sad beauty' of immigrant's story

Show reveals 'sad beauty' of immigrant's story

Now playing at Contemporary Theater Company in Wakefield, "An Italian Wife" is an expansive theatrical exploration of an Italian-American family saga spanning the 20th century. Presented by Epic Theatre Company, the broad and oftentimes poignant treatment follows an Italian immigrant and her family over the course of her 100-year life. "An Italian Wife" is an adaptation of the book of the...

A Slice Of Parma, Italy Comes To Portland, ME This Month

A Slice Of Parma, Italy Comes To Portland, ME This Month

Giovianni Bianchi, owner of the famed prosciutto producer Pio Tosini of Parma, Italy is coming to Portland and will be slicing and serving his Parma ham (Prosciutto di Parma) at three locations this week.   Thursday, March 24 will find Giovanni at Middle Street Italian eatery Piccolo. Piccolo will be serving a five-course tasting menu with wine and beer from Parma's Emilia-Romagna...

La Motta’s Italian Specialties Brings Brunch to the South End

La Motta’s Italian Specialties Brings Brunch to the South End

WHAT: Beginning March 2016, La Motta's Italian Specialties in Boston's South End begins brunch and gives the neighborhood the perfect reason to spring into the warmer months. La Motta will serve brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00AM to 3:00PM, with a $9.95 prix fixe reward for early-birds dining from 10:00AM – 11:00AM.   Chef de Cuisine Justin Winters has crafted a...

Abington Community Library celebrates Italian-American immigrants

Abington Community Library celebrates Italian-American immigrants

The Abington Community Library is pleased to announce a partnership with SIAMO NEPA for a special event in honor of St. Joseph's feast day. St. Joseph is the Patron Saint of Italian-Americans and of immigrants. Come and enjoy a traditional Italian-American celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 19.   This St. Joseph's Day Italian heritage celebration will include a reading...

An evening with Sofia Loren - March 18 at 08:00 pm

An evening with Sofia Loren - March 18 at 08:00 pm

Synonymous with grace, beauty and artistry, Oscar®-winning actress Sophia Loren will captivate audiences with an intimate onstage conversation and Q/A.   The prolific career of this legendary star spans over five decades earning a remarkable array of notable accolades, including the first Academy® Award presented for a foreign language role with "Two Women." Decades later, in 1991, Loren received an Honorary Award...

A taste of Italy in downtown Andover

A taste of Italy in downtown Andover

A small flame lolls in the glass lantern outside the new Italian coffee shop — Caffe Nero's Inside, its fireplace blazes. The feel here on Wednesday, March 2, the first day of business at 77 Main St. is warm and convivial. The place is packed at 11 a.m., about 25 patrons chatting over coffee and pastries.   At one table among the dark wood...

Carando Gourmet Foods of Agawam to sell pot pies on QVC

Carando Gourmet Foods of Agawam to sell pot pies on QVC

Kathleen R. Carando, vice president of sales and marketing at Carando Gourmet Foods, traveled to Pennsylvania four months ago to demonstrate her company's pot pies for food buyers at retail television channel QVC.   "I didn't realize it, but I wasn't just showing them my food," Carando said. "I was auditioning to be an on-air guest." It is an audition that both she...

Italian American Historical Society of CT’s Distinguished Service Award Dinner

Italian American Historical Society of CT’s Distinguished Service Award Dinner

The Italian American Historical Society of CT's Distinguished Service Award Dinner will be on May 1, 2016 at Anthony's Oceanview Restaurant, 450 Lighthouse Road, New Haven. Cocktail hour begins at 1:00 p.m. and dinner at 2:00 p.m. This year's honorees are the well-known singers Nina Pane Sanseverino, (daughter of legendary Neapolitan singer Giuseppina Pane) and Tenor Aaron Caruso.   Also being honored...

Fincantieri and U of Rhode Island Sign Internship Agreement

Fincantieri and U of Rhode Island Sign Internship Agreement

Fincantieri and the University of Rhode Island, on behalf of its International Engineering Program (IEP), has signed an understanding, which establishes the beginning of mutual collaboration to develop academic and cultural interchange.   According to Fincantieri, the agreement, which has an initial duration of three years with renewal possibilities, will begin in the first half of 2017 and will be dedicated to...

Napoli Italian Market opens this week in downtown Waterville

Napoli Italian Market opens this week in downtown Waterville

Mayor Nick Isgro Friday pointed to a black and white photo on the wall of Napoli Italian Market. "This is my grandparents' first date," Isgro said, of the photo of his grandfather, Sam, and grandmother, Eleanor.   Another photo on the wall shows Sam, who was a Waterville city councilor many years ago, with Isgro's father, Jim, when Jim was a baby....

Springfield UNICO's Person of the Year gala honoring state Rep. Angelo Puppolo

Springfield UNICO's Person of the Year gala honoring state Rep. Angelo Puppolo

More than 100 gathered at the Storrowtown Tavern & Carriage House Saturday for the UNICO Club of Springfield's 2015 Person of the Year Ceremony.   This year, the honor went to state Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo Jr., who represents the 12th Hampden District, which includes parts of Springfield and Wilbraham.   Read more   Source: http://www.masslive.com/    

Italian American Enclaves & Little Italy Neighborhoods: South Hartford, CT

Italian American Enclaves & Little Italy Neighborhoods: South Hartford, CT

After a delightful trip to the New Haven Little Italy, our next stop is a neighborhood in South Hartford, Connecticut. This neighborhood's main strip runs for about a quarter of a mile along along Franklin Avenue.   Underlying our journey is one major curiosity. Coming from Brooklyn, where all of the Italian neighborhoods throughout our entire city are dwindling, we wanted to...

At Vespa, Italian Authenticity With a Contemporary Vroom

At Vespa, Italian Authenticity With a Contemporary Vroom

Vespa in Italian means wasp or hornet, both of which suggest a "buzz." Certainly a buzz exists at the newish Vespa restaurant in Westport, with its stylish décor, farm-to-table cuisine and genial atmosphere. And, at least when I visited, there wasn't a single Vespa, an Italian motor scooter, parked outside.   After my visits there, I asked Bobby Werhane, the owner, how...

Dining Review: Providence's Enoteca Umberto offers intimate Italian

Dining Review: Providence's Enoteca Umberto offers intimate Italian

Dining at Enoteca Umberto on Federal Hill is unlike any other experience you'll have in Rhode Island, short of eating at a friend's home. This intimate place with 18 seats, all hightop stools, offers the best you can imagine for homestyle, rustic and absolutely delicious Italian food. Chef Lia Bellini is truly a magician. She creates meals on two induction burners...

Browsing Italian Bookstores: Good for the Heart and Mind

Browsing Italian Bookstores: Good for the Heart and Mind

What could be better than strolling the aisles of a bookstore, where one may choose a selection from among hundreds, balance the weight of a hard or soft cover volume in one's hand, sniff the paper as one turns the pages, listen to the sheets softly ruffle with ample promise beneath his or her fingertips, knowing that the gem in...

Nanni & Tata Brings Taste of Naples to Lawrence

Nanni & Tata Brings Taste of Naples to Lawrence

Ah, bella Napoli — one of Europe's oldest and most flavorful metropolises, the very heart of empires past. With its bustling center built upon rich volcanic soil alongside a bountiful sea, and home to archaeological treasures, Naples boasts a flavor unlike any other in Italy.   Behind Naples' aging façades is a city very much alive. In crevices of the urban sprawl,...

C.A.S.IT. celebrates 20 years at fundraiser event

C.A.S.IT. celebrates 20 years at fundraiser event

Raising funds to support Italian language and culture programs in public and private schools throughout New England, the non-profit organization also celebrated its 20th anniversary, with honored guests such as the Consul General of Italy for New England, Nicola De Santis, and State Sen. Sal DiDomenico joining C.A.S.IT. founder Maria Gioconda Motta and Vice President Alberto Mogavero for the occasion.   DiDomenico...

Ciao, Johnny Shoes

Ciao, Johnny Shoes

"È finita la canzone," the song is over: it was the first quote by Johnny Shoes Cammarata that I ever put on television; many more followed.   The year was 1998, and I — 31 and hungry for the spotlight — had just begun telling Italian and Italian American stories for RAI, the Italian national TV network I still work for today;...

In Stoughton, Amelia’s focus is on Northern Italian cuisine and seafood

In Stoughton, Amelia’s focus is on Northern Italian cuisine and seafood

IN THE KITCHEN Marios Michalakis started working in food service when he was a college student trying to earn a little extra money. Two electrical engineering degrees later (from MIT and Northeastern, no less), he's the co-owner of three restaurants, the newest of which is Amelia's in Stoughton, an upscale Northern Italian restaurant that is open for dinner and private...

'Romeo & Juliet' Backdrop Honors Italian Ancestors

'Romeo & Juliet' Backdrop Honors Italian Ancestors

The mausoleum that serves as the backdrop for Hartford Stage's current production of "Romeo & Juliet" is etched with dozens of Italian names. Who are these people? Hartford Stage Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, who directed the show, reveals that "Colin McGurk, associate scene designer, got the names from a website called billiongraves.com.   He searched for graves in Italy with years of...

nardelli-s-grinder-shoppe-opens-on-old-gate-lane-in-milfordThe new Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe has the appearance of a polished national chain restaurant, but the big boss is called "Mama," described by her children as a "short, old-school Italian lady," 77, who...
birthday-bash-celebrates-ovid-and-sulmonaBoston celebrated the 2,000th anniversary of Publio Ovidio Nasone's birth in style. On March 17, a group of students from the Abruzzese town of Sulmona (Ovidio's birthplace) held a special presentation at...
a-mix-of-sicily-and-jazz-cettina-donato-comes-to-boston-april-23When: Saturday, April 23, 2016 – 5 p.m.Where: I AM Books, 189 North Street, Boston MA(Parking validation for Parcel 7 parking lot, above Boston Public Market) Purchase tickets onlineOn April 23, Messina...
greater-new-haven-s-most-italian-roots-run-deepIn 1889, when Hartford resident Mark Twain wrote "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," the main character, Hank Morgan, already represented a waning demographic. The Irish had been crashing...
prime-minister-renzi-signs-150-mn-deal-with-ibm-to-create-a-watson-health-european-center-in-milanby Mario Platero   "The Italian government is strongly determined to take again a position of leadership in Italy and Europe in this sector," Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said in a speech during his...

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