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Someone in Greenwich, Connecticut, is grinning from ear to ear. Bugatti has begun the first worldwide deliveries of Chiron Pur Sport, a sportier rendition of the standard Chiron with a fixed rear wing, magnesium wheels, and a 217 mph top speed. Bugatti handed over the car to the brand’s official partner, Bugatti Greenwich, in West Putnam Avenue, Co...

When Billy Grant opened Restaurant Bricco in 1996, it was “edgy.” But consistency and commitment are what Grant said have been the keys to his success. A quarter century after opening its doors, Bricco is the longest-standing restaurant in West Hartford Center, and he still loves what he’s doing and remains true to his motto: Eat and live well alwa...

If you’ve been craving a whole lot of comfort food lately, you’re not alone. And chicken parmesan, whether served as a sandwich or a full-size dinner feast, definitely qualifies. The humble staple of Italian-American restaurants is easy to find at just about any sub shop, and let’s face it: It’s hard to screw up. It’s even harder, though, to offer...

Chef and owner Will Gilson’s sprawling new three restaurant compound at Cambridge Crossing is now complete, with Geppetto opening today. The Italian restaurant — which Gilson called Geppetto to give it an “Italian-ish” vibe — opens alongside sibling restaurants Café Beatrice and the Lexington. And like its siblings, Geppetto is only offering takeou...

A business employing nearly 60 people that has flourished in the same location for the past 75 years is a business tightly woven into the fabric of our community. The La Fiorentina Pastry Shop presents a model impression of what a small business can offer to the region. And it was more than appropriate they were presented the Key to the City to cel...

The word “freestyle” is thrown around a lot in reference to Giusto. It’s a term that allows chef-owner Kevin O’Donnell some liberties in a traditional Italian kitchen, as well as a marketing tool to announce something unexpected. It’s not entirely accurate though. Giusto is unexpected if you’re comparing it to Federal Hill but there’s nothing on th...

YOUR TRUSTY restaurant reviewer visited the newly opened eatery on Portsmouth’s Market Square on a chilly late afternoon and was seated (along with the Primary Dining Companion) on the very spot where a friendly Bank of America staffer once helped Our Gourmet wire money. It’s not the first bank to be converted to a restaurant on Market Square. Next...

A number of young protestors gathered outside New Britain City Hall Wednesday evening as city council members gathered inside to vote for the second time on removing the city’s controversial Christopher Columbus Statue. This time their voices went unheard as city council members did not have enough votes to overturn Mayor Erin Stewart’s veto. City...

A few weeks ago, Anthony Riccio sent me this picture taken in the North End and asked if I could identify the men. Anthony is writing a book about the North End that will be published later this year. The book will consist of pictures and interviews collected by Anthony when he worked at the North End’s senior citizens club back in the 1980s. He wo...

Louis Daigneault was 7 years old when he learned how to bread veal on top of tomato boxes in the cozy kitchen of Il Camino Italian Restaurant, and his older brother, Rick, was 12 when he and their other siblings were trained in making homemade pasta. “We were great at cracking eggs,” Rick Daigneault recalled last week. In 1970, the Daigneaults’ par...

Add the names Ernie Almonte and Thomas Peluso to the distinguished list of leaders for the prestigious Italo-American Club of Rhode Island. “Benvenuti!” exclaimed George Lazzareschi Jr., the Italian-American social club’s president, as he welcomed members and guests to the recent swearing-in ceremony inside the historic building at 477 Broadway in...

By the year 1870, a decade after Garibaldi’s conquest of the Two Sicilies and the year the young nation of Italy was at long last successful in the capture of Rome, several hundred families and individuals formally recognized by the United States as “Italian” could call Boston home.  The city had no “Little Italy”, as so defined, but many in the co...