John Mancini attributes his grandmother’s longevity to more than good genes and a healthy diet. Gina Ravazzola Galvani, an Italian immigrant who moved to Framingham in the 1930s and raised a family here, had a vibrant social life. Kids and grandkids were always nearby, and Galvani and her husband, John, were surrounded by friends in their home in T...

Sunday, December 16 | 4:00PM. Kresge Auditorium - W16, 48 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139. Tickets in advance or at the door: $25, General admission; $15 students and seniors, or pay-as-you-are-able www.cambridgechorus.org Join the Chorus for an afternoon of uplifting music with an Italian flavor as Music Director Pamela Mindell leads us in...

There's no doubt food can keep memories alive. How many smell the aroma of bread baking and harken back to childhood days when mom baked every Saturday morning or smell the aroma of tomato sauce simmering and think about long-ago Sunday dinners? Many of Lauren Scibelli Mullin's food memories come from her family's famous restaurant, Ciro's, which s...

Norwegian Air again challenged Alitalia on routes to the US by launching the Rome Fiumicino-Boston route for next summer. From Sunday, March 31, the carrier will connect the Italian capital to Massachusetts 4 times a week, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. During the 2019 summer season, the long-haul low-cost airline will connect Rome Fi...

IAWA in Boston at I AM Books (189 NORTH STREET, BOSTON MA) Saturday December 8, 2018; 6pm to 8pm. Open mic signup 5:45! Featuring Lisa DeSiro and Camilla Trinchieri. Lisa DeSiro is the author of Labor (Nixes Mate, 2018) and Grief Dreams (White Knuckle Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies, and have been set to mu...

When the Southern Italian immigrants first arrived in Boston at the end of the nineteenth century, one of the few professions open to them was being a barber, and the North End had scores of barber shops. My maternal grandfather had a barber shop on Haverhill Street near North Station, and my cousin’s son has a barber shop today on Salem Street. It...

The Scholarship Commission of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts through the Charitable and Educational Trust will award a minimum of twenty (20) scholarships, at a maximum of $1,000 each to properly qualified students who anticipate entering college in the fall of 2019. Scholarship Awards are limited to members of the Senior Class of any secondary s...

Maria and Zissis Klisiaris are a husband-and-wife team who know what it takes to run a restaurant. “Food is the center of our universe,” Maria said recently as a worker climbed a ladder to install speakers in the dining room ceiling of Agostino’s Italian Restaurant at 23 Washington St. It’s one of the finishing touches that must get done before Mar...

Let’s go back in time for a moment, rewinding to what many would argue were the glory days of horror films — the 1970s. That decade gave us “The Exorcist,” “Halloween,” “Last House on the Left,” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Dawn of the Dead,” “Eraserhead” and “Carrie,” to name just a handful. And then there was this little low-budget Italian film, “...

It was a lovely drizzly evening on Nov. 5 when my dad, former AP Italian teacher Prof. Canetta, and I went to the Italian Consulate next to Boston Harbor. For months, I had felt anxious for the prestigious award ceremony that was about to happen. In May, I applied to the Eduitalia scholarship that pertained to any student who had taken the AP Itali...