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A pasta dish made to order, crafted in front of your eyes inside a giant wheel of fine Italian cheese. Where can you find this slice of heaven? Right here in Connecticut. The sensational tableside preparation is available at a few Italian restaurants across the state. Keep these in mind the next time you’re looking for an extra-special pasta experi...

Gary Bimonte, the face of Pepe’s pizza restaurants for his generation of the nearly century-old New Haven pizza dynasty,died April 7 of a heart attack. It was Bimonte’s grandfather, Frank Pepe, who started the business on New Haven’s Wooster Street in 1925. By the 1950s, Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, which now regularly tops rankings of the count...

A college professor and native Sicilian, Angelo Glaviano is seeking to shed light on the contributions of fellow Italians, particularly Sicilians, in Middletown through a video and companion book project with colleague Daniel Nocera. “What brought me into this project was giving credit to Sicilians who came here and made this country a success,” sa...

Farmington UNICO DELIVERED 702 pounds of pasta and sauce to the Farmington Food Pantry . Farmington UNICO, founded in 1970, is a Chapter of UNICO National, the largest Italian-American service organization in the United States. Farmington UNICO members dropped off their donations of pasta and sauce at Franklin Jewelers and Farmington Jewelers. Geno...

Regardless of which side they were on, the one thing most people who spoke up at Monday's Select Board discussion of the replacement of Columbus Day could agree on was that it was a difficult and often painful decision. In the end, the board sided 4-1 with the voters who on March 2 supported a non-binding resolution changing the second Monday in Oc...

After the last blog post, I was reminded of another amazing place that I have visited about five years ago during Lent that was also a message of peace. After Easter dinner, I dug up some old photos from my visit to Saint Margaret’s shrine in Bridgeport, Connecticut. There was a significant Italian enclave surrounding Saint Raphael church in downto...

Maria Tamburri, Chair of the National Organization of Italian American Women announced that Patricia “Pat” Tinto, a long-term Connecticut Region member, has been named President of NOIAW’s National Board of Directors. The daughter of Italian immigrants and first-generation college graduate, Pat has served as the President of NOIAW’s Connecticut Reg...

Boston loves Italian food, and there’s no better neighborhood to find the stuff than the North End. In this hub of marinara, an eater can find handmade ricotta gnocchi, pizza Margherita, arancini, veal saltimbocca, and so much more. The old Italian proverb “chi mangia bene, vive bene” (which translates roughly to “those who eat well, live well”) is...

There’s no doubt about it, “The Shops at Quonset Point” is a busy place. There’s hustle and bustle aplenty; and folks are coming and going at this attractive shopping plaza anchored by both Dave’s Marketplace and Kohls. But this has always been a busy spot — prior to the plaza, this location was home to one of the largest all-wooden office building...

Frank Stella's name means star in Italian, and for decades that was the problem, the reason he stopped making them. "When I started out, I didn't really want to hear about, 'My name was Stella and I made a shape painting of a star.'" But then, computer design technology came along, and 3-D printing. Suddenly the star had possibilities. "It's pretty...

Michele Romeo, chitarrista siciliano, compositore, arrangiatore, music producer, ha da poco completato la sua laurea triennale in Professional Music al Berklee College e già lavora al suo terzo album, che lo vede impegnato sia nella scrittura musicale che nella produzione. Aveva dieci anni quando Michele inizia a suonare la chitarra con il maestro...

An experienced businesswoman, avid snowboarder and born-and-raised New Jersey girl, Alex Morano is bringing the taste of her home state to Essex Junction. This Friday, April 2, Morano is opening the doors of The Food Bar, a new restaurant on Park Street offering the food of an Italian deli and the atmosphere of a cocktail bar. The menu is brimming...