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Springtime means St. Joseph’s Day zeppole, the classic Italian treat. Not to be confused with donuts, Zeppole di San Giuseppe are often made using fried dough, but that’s where the similarities end. A traditional Rhode Island variety marries light and crispy pâte à choux-style dough with sweet cream filling, and is topped off with more cream, powde...

Family drama! Fame and fortune! Forgotten stories of World War II! This year’s Cinema Ritrovato on Tour in New Hampshire presents a dazzling international lineup of comedies, beautifully restored cinematic masterpieces, and documentaries sourced from Italian archives, including a U.S. premier and one very special engagement. All films are in their...

The Tasso in Music Project, directed by department of music and dance professor Emiliano Ricciardi, has received Honorable Mention in the Renaissance Society of America's Digital Innovation Award Competition. Based in New York City, the Renaissance Society of America (RSA) is the largest international academic organization devoted to the study of t...

For years, the celebration of Columbus Day went on without protest in Wellesley, which has a substantial population of people of Italian-American descent. But more recently, there has been a hard-fought battle to replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day. The March 2 ballot contains a referendum on the issue. "The referendum results are to inform the...

In our culture we have lost our connection to cooking,” says Teresa Lust, author of "A Blissful Feast, Culinary Adventures in Italy’s Piedmont, Maremma, and Le Marche" ( Pegasus Books 2020; $19.19 Amazon hardcover price). The book was The Readable Feast’s 2020 winner for Best of Food Memoir. Lust, who teaches Italian at Dartmouth University in New...

Michael Fiandaca married Mary Vinciguerra at Portsmouth's Immaculate Conception Church the day after Valentine's Day in 1942 while on leave from the military. The couple looks hopeful and happy in their wedding portrait. They were in the middle of a world war, but their close-knit family connections would sustain them, as is evidenced by their cont...

The Langham, a historic hotel in One Post Office Square situated in a former Federal Reserve Bank, will reopen this June after a lengthy renovation, and it will do so with an Italian restaurant called Grana. The restaurant will initially be open for breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch. Grana (which means “grain” in Italian, although there is also...

Durham’s authentic Italian restaurant Ciao Italia Ristorante + Mercato rebranded to Ciao Trattoria and Wine Bar and rolled out its updated menu this week. The challenges of running a restaurant in the climate of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have led owner Doug Clark to rebrand the restaurant and its style to both accommodate the Durham commu...

Sbarro is scheduled to reopen in Café Square at the Holyoke Mall after the coronavirus pandemic shut the location down in Holyoke. The pizza by the slice restaurant, Sbarro, will reopen in March. Sbarro is best known for its original XL New York style pizza, as well as other Italian food such as pasta and Stromboli. “We are excited to be reopening...

The recommendation by a city of Providence committee: the Christopher Columbus statue must go. For good. The statue had stood next to Elmwood Avenue in South Providence until last Summer. That's when the mayor had it temporarily removed and put in storage after it became a lightning rod for the social unrest sweeping the country. The at-first tempo...

The question of whether or not to rename the Columbus Elementary School had many residents tuning in the most recent School Committee meeting. The discussion, however, was pushed back to early March. “Clearly people thought we might be changing it,” member Pauline Van der Kloot said during the Feb. 8 meeting, in reference to e-mails and letters she...

For Carl Jung, a name was not just a name. In his 1960 book “Synchronicity,” the Swiss psychiatrist proposed that what you’re called may have a determining effect on your whole life, structuring your behaviors and your outlook in ways that resemble a secret compulsion. Someone called Herr Gross (“Mr. Tall,” in German) probably “suffers from delusio...