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A year from now, a new monument surrounded by four panels that trace the story of Italian immigration to the city starting in the late 19th century should be in place as a unified reflection on their contributions to New Haven. “We have learned so much about ourselves and each other,” William Iovanne Jr., chairman of the large Wooster Square Monume...

What makes a perfect Italian sub? Is it the softness of the bread? The ratio of salami to mortadella? The banana peppers? The anticipation you feel when your go-to sub guy hands over the gargantuan sandwich, wrapped in flimsy paper and slightly damp with olive oil? There are variations on an Italian sub, but in its most basic form it features a lon...

In researching restaurants that have disappeared from Rhode Island over the past 40-plus years, I have noticed that many of them were in and around the airport. Bertucci’s is the exception. The popular Italian/brick oven pizza restaurant at 1946 Post Road in Warwick replaced Ned Grace’s Monterey back in the late ’70s and has been packing them in ev...

Get your appetites ready, the Bravo Italiano Festival is likely to return to North Country this year.  The event that draws thousands to the Watertown fairgrounds arena for fried dough, Italian cookies, pasta, bocce ball and more is now in the planning phases for 2021. This is following the cancellation of the full event for the first time in the f...

In contrast to their present-day placement at the conservative end of the political spectrum, Italian Americans once played an under-appreciated role in the “Old Left” progressive movement. Such was the thrust of a recent presentation by Dr. Gerald Meyer, author of Vito Marcantonio: Radical Politician (1902-1954) to the New Haven Public Library. Th...

IMAGINE THIS: In 1840, 37 immigrants came from Italy to the United States. In 1907 — the year in which novelist Vincent Panella’s latest work, Sicilian Dreams, is set, 285,731 did so — the greatest number in history. Such an explosion of dreamers was eager to reboot here in America, among them, Panella’s family. Panella lives up on Augur Hole Road,...

Before COVID-19, every summer Boston’s North End would show its true colors - green, white and red. 2019 marked 100 years of Saint Anthony’s Feast, a four-day celebration at the end of August said to be the largest in New England, the feast of all feasts. The heart of the feast is a sacred ritual brought here by immigrants from the southern Italy h...

A Neapolitan pizza restaurant is coming to Hallowell, headlining three major business changes to the city’s downtown. Taking up residence in the former Joyce’s building at 192 Water St., Bruno’s Wood-Fired Pizzeria is planning to open in mid-May. Meanwhile, Maine Local Market is planning to open April 3 in the former location of Scrummy Afters Cand...

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Biagio “Billy’' Ciotto, a former deputy motor vehicles commissioner who became one of the most colorful state senators in a career that spanned seven decades in the state and federal governments, died Saturday at his home in Wethersfield after an extended illness. He was 91. An old-school Italian Democrat who lived a full life, Ciotto was known for...

To mark the septcentennial of Dante Alighieri’s death, the Dante Society of America is spearheading an ambitious podcast series that highlights the myriad ways in which the ‘Divine Comedy’ continues to resonate with modern readers.  Seven hundred years on, an urbanite contemplating how the pandemic magnified the difficulties of living in a concrete...

Just ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the Valley’s most popular fine-dining restauranteurs opened a little Italian spot in Longmeadow. Posto by The Federal is located in The Longmeadow Shops and serves “old-school new Italian” dishes. While Posto and The Federal share the same executive chef, Michael Presnal, Posto is more casual than the Aga...