NEWS FROM : NEW ENGLAND  

Lidia will be in R.I. at Dave’s Marketplace on Saturday. Anybody who loves food and watches TV has no doubt watched and listened to Lidia Bastianich. For years she’s been cooking with her mother or daughter, or alone, creating Italian dishes that can be re-created in the home kitchen. For those who don’t believe that, Bastianich and her daughter Ta...

Leon Panetta — a former White House chief of staff, CIA director and secretary of defense — will receive a lifetime achievement award, and eight military veterans from Rhode Island will receive distinguished service awards on Sunday, at the Rhode Island Italian-American Hall of Fame 30th anniversary event at The Veterans Memorial Auditorium. The Ha...

Brookline just dropped Columbus Day. After hearing arguments from both sides, including a Brookline High School student for the name change and a group of Italian-Americans from outside the town against the proposal, the legislative board of Brookline's Town government voted. The proposal to sub out Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day passed...

She may have come from humble roots, but Judy Cicero, born Judith Schwartz in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 10, 1938, was Provincetown’s version of a Renaissance woman, our Auntie Mame. She was active in local politics and town government, and she supported more than a few arts institutions and charities on the Outer Cape. She owned businesses in town an...

R.I.-born Luca Ciummo brings the trade home from Italy and works it hard in Cranston, specializing in custom pieces in a market that includes mega-yachts and commercial jobs. He’s built enough business to require a larger shop and possibly more people to work in what Ciummo calls “a great trade.” Luca Ciummo picked up the art of upholstery in Isern...

With so much sad news in the world today, it’s easy to lose track of all the love and kindness that’s still out there. It was almost overwhelming how much of it was squeezed into one little bookstore for one glorious day. For three years in a row, I AM Books has had the honor and privilege of hosting Tomie dePaola, whose books have filled the lives...

Michael Scelfo is serious about pizza. After a childhood spent savoring New York's top slices (not to mention a habit of embarking on pizza pilgrimages in his adult years), the chef had visions of a roaring, wood-fired hearth taking center stage at his first solo restaurant, Alden & Harlow in Cambridge, Massachusetts. But when he started the busine...

An Italian-American social club in Connecticut has set a new Guinness world record for the longest stretch of playing bocce. Members of the Prince Thomas of Savoy Club in Avon announced on its Facebook Thursday that Guinness World Records had officially confirmed the new record. The London-based organization's website now shows the record official...

The Rhode Island Italian-American Hall of Fame’s “Greatest Salute to America’s Bravest” induction event will occur Sunday, Nov. 19, at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, at 1 p.m. This is the group’s 30th anniversary event honoring eight local military veterans, former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Pa...

Last week, the Waltham High School Italian department, the Italian Consulate of Boston and Centro Attivita Scolastiche Italiane collaborated to host Italian Day at WHS. Students enjoyed pasta-making with master chef Federico Zampieri, a visit from a Lamborghini and a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata.” “This was a great day and one the s...

On Oct. 28, the Massachusetts Association of Italian American Police Officers, MAITAPO, presented Medford Mayor Stephanie Muccini Burke with the Guglielmo Marconi Award for Public Service. “It was a privilege and honor to be recognized by such a hardworking and philanthropic group, but the true honor is to be surrounded by such amazing men and wome...

Traffic on already busy Route 66 may soon be slowed by the overwhelming scent of fresh desserts, breads and coffee wafting from Mozzicato DePasquale Bakery when it opens on Washington Street in early January. The bakery is beloved around the region for sweet Italian confections: pasta ciotti, cannoli, biscotti, bigné shells filled with sweet ricott...