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The news that Russo’s market will be closing hit many people hard, and sparked plenty of memories. None more so, perhaps, than for a pair of daughters of a man who worked at the Watertown institution for just short of half a century. Susan Amatangelo and Anne Korte shared just a handful of memories of their father Phil Amatangelo with Watertown New...

What do New York City, Miami and Ibiza all have in common with Providence? The cities all have the Cipriani stamp on them. Providence is getting ready to welcome the city’s most luxurious hotel yet on September 1: the Beatrice, complete with a Cipriani-branded restaurant, which will open soon after. The high-end hotel accommodations are the latest...

As a member of St. George Men’s Group (SGMG), Steve DePalma has happily—and handily—headed up the fried dough pizza booth at SGMG’s Italian Festival since its inception. After a year’s hiatus due to COVID, the eighth SGCMG Italian Festival is back to make a saucy splash this Friday, Aug. 27 and Saturday, Aug. 28 behind St. George Church in downtown...

Hunger sometimes keeps Catherine D’Amato awake at night, but the suffering is not her own. Empathy – and feeding hungry people – come naturally to D’Amato, who is president and chief executive officer of the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB). As the granddaughter of Italian immigrant farmers and the daughter of restaurateurs, she has always known tha...

Team Saint Rocco’s 81st Feast and Festival is now in the books and as Co-Chairman Richard Montella offered Monday afternoon: “This was one to remember; for as long as I have records, this was our most successful event to date.” A record, Montella said with a wide smile on his face, “which was achieved despite many variables we can’t control.” Team...

The first Italian stonecutters in Vermont came in the 1880s and worked at the Vermont Marble Company in Rutland. These were skilled marble carvers from Carrara. Italians came to Barre mostly in the period from 1890 to 1910, whereby in 1910, about 14 percent of Barre's population was Italian. During the 1920s Burlington’s Urban Core (the area border...

Teresa and John Sullivan, co-founding directors of Connecticut Academy For The Arts (CAFTA) in Torrington have just returned from several weeks in Rome where they received a scholarship at the Centro Linguistico Italiano Dante Alighieri Institute for professional development as teachers of Italian language, arts and culture. The scholarship is awar...

A Connecticut school board has reversed the district’s decision to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day on the 2021-22 school calendar after hearing criticism about the move made back in June. The Stonington Board of Education voted 3-2 last week to restore the name Columbus Day, at least for the time being, with some members arguing that...

Stories flowed, eggs flew, a 1945 family portrait topped a sheet cake and four of the original 11 siblings were on hand, beaming. "Can you imagine if my mother and father were to see all this here?" Judy DiTocco Tempesta, 84, of Weymouth, asked in delight. "Aren't we gorgeous!" 88-year-old Joan DiTocco Flaherty, of Randolph, attested, looking at a...

Local shoppers are in disbelief after learning that Watertown's beloved market, Russo’s, will be closing permanently this fall. Russo's began as a family farm more than 100 years ago. Tony Russo has worked at the market for more than 70 years and is retiring, according to a company statement. The family farm evolved into a well-known market drawing...

The third annual Italian American Police Society Car Show was held in Norwalk Sunday. This year's show is dedicated to a former Westport police officer who died of a heart attack in December. There were hundreds of cars behind St. Ann's Club in Norwalk, from antique to newer versions, that are bringing the community together and supporting a Westpo...

The City of Boston extended its heat emergency through Saturday. But while cooling centers stayed open until 6 p.m., plenty of people flooded the North End for the Fisherman’s Feast, which is the city’s oldest Italian festival. “It’s good, I’m enjoying the food,” said one woman at the event. Saturday’s temperatures reached the high 80s, with what f...