On a recent sunny and chilly January afternoon, Sarducci’s Restaurant founder and co-owner Carol Paquette relaxed by a front table and looked back on 25 years. Sitting alongside head chef and new co-owner Jeff Butterfield, Paquette marveled at surviving two-and-a-half decades in the restaurant business—a momentous achievement. This past weekend, th...

At 'This Place in History,' we're in Barre with Executive Director of the Vermont Historical SocietySteve Perkins. "We're behind the Old Labor Hall on Granite Street in Barre and we're going to be talking history and bread and an incredible new project that the Barre Historical Society is putting on. We're going to go inside and see Carolyn Shapiro...

Three months ago, Federica Brignone of Italy was on crutches after hurting her left knee in a training crash. It didn't take her long to get back up to speed. Brignone won a giant slalom for her ninth career World Cup victory Saturday, with Mikaela Shiffrin taking fourth as the American competed before a home crowd. On a windy afternoon, Brignone m...

Rutland was always a part of Andrea Mead Lawrence, and now her legacy in the city is carved in stone. The latest of the downtown marble statues, unveiled Friday on Merchants Row near the intersection with Center Street, depicts the late Lawrence in her prime, tearing down a ski slope. At its base is a quote from Lawrence that sculptor Steve Shaheen...

There is a new granite monument at Barre's Hope Cemetery not far from a string of headstones dating to October 1918 when what became known as the Spanish flu swept Vermont, killing about 1,700 people in the state in a matter of weeks and 50 million to 100 million worldwide over its nearly three-year pandemic. Among the Hope Cemetery headstones is o...

The spinoff of the Church Street Tavern that opened on Shelburne Road early last year has closed and will be replaced next month by an Italian eatery. Tavern II, which the owners of the Church Street Tavern brought to the South Burlington site in 2017, had its last day of business Sept. 8. A new restaurant, Sorriso Pizzeria and Bar, will open in ea...

The Lobby, a family weekend go-to and popular date night restaurant at 7 Bakery Lane, closed last month. Stepping up to the plate with a new culinary undertaking are Matt Corrente ’06, previous head chef of Two Brothers Tavern, and Caroline Corrente, current owner of Haymaker Bun Co., located in Middlebury. Amidst a buzz of construction and activit...

Donizetti’s comic opera “L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love)” is one of tenor Joshua Collier’s top-five operas. “Every aria, every duet, every ensemble is tuneful,” he said recently by phone. “Donizetti could spin a melody better than anyone. It’s all very accessible. It’s genuinely funny — unlike a lot of operas. It is romantic. It is charming....

A new Italian eatery is set to open next week. La Tavola Ristorante  will be open on Route 100 with an extensive wine list, full bar, authentic Italian menu and lounge. The owners, Fernando and Soa Uva, and manager Tony Lavalle run Tavola’s in Provincetown, Cape Cod, Rhode Island and Florida in addition to the new Vermont location. “We’re like rest...

My love affair with gelato began almost two decades ago. I was 23, backpacking alone in Italy, and got lost trying to find my way back to my hotel in Venice. After an hour circling the labyrinthine streets, I spotted a sign for a gelateria at the end of an alleyway. Ducking out of the sun, I tasted my first-ever gelato — a creamy, fresh cantaloupe...