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Massachusetts politicians and Boston’s mayoral candidates who used to scramble for a front row spot in Columbus Day parades are now slinking away from the holiday faster than you can say “Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria.” The October holiday, revered among Italian Americans, is now a pariah thanks to an effort by liberal groups and Native American grou...

You could forgive restaurateur Moe Gad if he had second thoughts about opening his latest venture, Villa Lulu. The decision to open the restaurant in a College Street space formerly occupied by the Samurai Japanese Restaurant was made before pandemic hit the state, sending a chill through the economy. But Gad, who in 2004 had bet on New Haven’s res...

Wellesley has barely emerged from a  years-long and often bitter battle over Indigenous Peoples Day vs. Columbus Day, which officially ended last spring when the Select Board voted in favor of replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day on the town calendar. It will be celebrated on the second Monday in October in Wellesley. But the discussi...

Pasquale Conte wants to welcome guests into his restaurants like he’s welcoming them into his home. “It’s all about hospitality. You have to feel comfortable,” said Conte, owner of the new Siena Ristorante with his partner Pietro Polini at Hotel Zero Degrees at 353 Main Ave. in Norwalk. It’s the restaurant’s second location, the first being in Stam...

Fresco, an Italian and American restaurant, will take over where Blackie’s Bulldog Tavern left off after plans to open a new restaurant at its old location, 181 George Washington Highway, were tossed in the midst of COVID-19. The restaurant, which boasts “exceptional cuisine and delicious spirits,” has several other locations in Rhode Island, inclu...

All road trips come to an end at some point. On Saturday, The best of car calls has been broadcasted for the last time on WBUR. Car call Started in 1977 as a local show on WBUR, with brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi from Cambridge behind the microphones. A decade later, the show went national and became a huge and enduring hit for NPR. Meanwhile, the...

October is Italian Heritage Month, and Today Springfield raised the Italian flag at City Hall. It was about celebrating Italian ancestry, and what better way to do it than raising the Italian flag. Mayor Domenic Sarno and other Italian-Americans came together to talk about their Italian ancestry, along with the Italian history in Springfield. The m...

Most chefs will tell you that trying to open a restaurant in the middle of an unpredictable pandemic—one that constantly upends construction schedules, hiring processes, supply chains, and countless other details—is like trying to cross a highway while dodging 18-wheelers. For chef Will Gilson, this metaphor is perhaps a bit on the nose. “I was wal...

Yale University says the decades-old debate over the authenticity of its controversial Vinland Map has been settled: It's a fake. The map was donated to the school in 1965, presented as a purported 15th-century depiction of the New World, which would have made it the earliest. At the time, scholars at Yale and other institutions considered it evide...

Downtown Milford, where the 17th-century green ends at the famous stone bridge, pulses with activity. Boaters pull up to sun themselves on different decks at Archie Moore’s and Flipside, enormous patios overlooking the waterfall at the headwaters of Milford harbor draw crowds in the thousands to Stonebridge, Eli’s and SBC. Shops and eateries should...

A former East Main Street bar is being transformed into an Italian restaurant and steakhouse by a longtime restaurateur from Brooklyn. Geppetto Osteriais expected to open by November, and will serve a variety of Italian specialties, along with 48-ounce steaks. Carlo Pulixi has worked on renovating O’Connor’s Public House at 26 E. Main St. all summe...

Celebrate Italian culture with flavorful food, drinks, artisans, artists, vendors, and music from italian musicians. Italian culture includes a wide range of categories from food to art and everything in between. The Italian Cultural Festival is a family affair, and there is plenty of excitement and entertainment for kids as well. Activities includ...