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The Columbus Day Parade will return to the city’s streets for its 111th year after the City Council agreed to resume paying the police overtime costs.Columbus Parade organizers moved 2018’s celebration to Shelton over a dispute about the public safety bill. “Losing that last year was not one of our best moments,” Council President Aidee Nieves said...

The sport of bocce is alive and well at the Santa Maria Di Prata Club on Walnut Grove Avenue in Cranston. On a recent summer night, Team Giovanotti – which is made up of Johnston residents – tested its mettle again Team Azzuri Di Prata on the clay courts located behind the Italian-American Society in what players like David Slinko called “a friendl...

The word “authentic” gets thrown around quite a bit in the culinary world. When Danilo Mongillo, the owner of Strega in Branford, lived in Italy, he was a police officer for the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies. It was his job to protect the integrity of any product that had “Made in Italy” on the label. Not only did Mongillo de...

Flowers showered the statue of the Madonna Della Strada as she was gently lowered on a table so marchers in the Italian-American Festival’s Sunday morning procession could crowd around to pin money to her and pray. After a Catholic Mass officiated in Italian, members of the Southington Sons of Italy Club lifted the statue and joined a procession fr...

Societa San Giuseppe di Riesi held their annual procession to honor the popular Saint Joseph on Sunday afternoon, July 28, 2019. Carrying the St. Joseph statue through the streets of Boston’s North End, the group was accompanied by the the North End Marching Band and the Northeast Italian-American Band.  On November 1, 2019, the society is planning...

In 1926, a group of Italian immigrants which had settled in the Thompsonville section of Enfield decided to share their native customs, forming the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society at 93 Park Avenue. This weekend, the 94th annual edition of the Society's Italian Fest promises three days of incredible food, outstanding entertainment and loads of fun...

All families have different dynamics, come from different backgrounds and have different traditions. But one thing nearly all of them have in common is asking each other the daily question: “What’s for dinner?” Marco Minieri is answering that question and educating customers along the way at Bottega Bocconi, an Italian market he recently opened wit...

Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Macbeth,” which closely follows Shakespeare’s original, centers on a man, his wife and their unquenchable — and doomed — quest for power. “What makes it great to me is the arc of the man Macbeth himself,” explains Helena Binder, who is stage directing the Opera North production.“It’s not a prophecy that makes him do what he...

The Padre Pio Prayer Group of the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette at 947 Park St. announces the 2nd annual Italian Cultural Festival on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Shrine. The day will be packed with cultural and religious events kicking off the day at noon with a 2-hour dance party featuring classic Italian songs an...

In the restaurant business people tend to fall into two camps: those who love it or those who hate it, observes Anna Frattaroli, co-owner of Lucia Ristorante in Winchester Center. “It’s very hard to be in between,” she says on a recent Monday night, sitting at a table in the dimly lit restaurant, as people trickled in for dinner. There is no questi...

The Francesco DeSanctis Lodge 1411 recently celebrated its Scholarship Ceremony at the Natick Sons of Italy. The scholarship committee awarded 10 scholarships totaling $10,000 to local graduating senior high students. The scholarship funds were provided by the lodge’s fundrasising events: Pasta Night, Porchetta Night, the annual Pig Roast and Natic...

Saturday August 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. I AM BOOKS, 189 NORTH STREET, BOSTON, MA 02113. Mary Tolaro Noyes shares the dream of finding her Sicilian family—from its origin as a child surrounded by the love of her Sicilian-American family, to its realization on a June day in 1989—and of establishing a lasting connection between them. As a result, the...