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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...

Friday, July 12, 7:30 PM. Shalin Liu Performance Center. 37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966. Purchase tickets here. Recognized as one of the premier baroque ensembles in the world, Italy’s Venice Baroque Orchestra brings an all-Italian program, celebrating the rich musical history of their homeland. The Orchestra joins with Grammy nominated mandoli...

As 80-year-old Joe Dimambro took out his tape measure, players on the city’s over-55 bocce league waited during a recent game as he gauged which bocce ball was closest to the smaller, white “pallino” ball. While the seniors may not be cutthroat competitors, they still wanted to know who was the most accurate. However, the main draw for the bocce pl...

Beyond all else, Bob Rosmarino never wanted to let down his father. Roger Rosmarino came over from Italy at age 13 and worked tirelessly in the mills so his son could have a better life. A lot of Bob’s Holy Cross teammates were from well-to-do backgrounds, but the Rosmarinos had to scrap for everything. Roger would hitch-hike to Worcester to watch...

After six weeks of play, team #3 won first place in the tournament. The winning team was led by Captain Willie Celata along with players: Anthony Antidormi, Natale DeMarco and Mike Romano. As usual, the games were very competitive and challenging. It goes without saying that at times, the competition was not without some confrontational moments. A...

Comedian Maryann “Boom Boom” Maisano appeared on GoLocal LIVE where she spoke to the upcoming performance of the “Italian Chicks” in East Greenwich on June 15 — and the reaction the show got last time it was in Rhode Island.  “The people, the show we did last time — was so amazing. It’s like a wedding at the end of the show — there’s a reception li...

It was the kind of award, and meeting, that can change a life's trajectory. In 2011, Chiara Izzi won the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition for singers under 35 at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Quincy Jones was the head judge that year, so Izzi had an opportunity to speak with the legendary musician. He offered the young Italian voc...

A plethora of Boston Facebook pages have become a central setting in a global protest staged by Italian soccer fans against American ownership. James Pallotta, a Boston native, is the president and co-owner of Italian soccer club AS Roma. Fans are blaming Pallotta — a co-owner since 2011 — for the club’s recent decision to not re-sign longtime midf...

The Connecticut Lyric Opera is set to present Verdi’s ”Don Carlo.” The company will present the epic work in a production by Jan Mason and will star Daniel Juarez in the title role. He will be joined by Jurate Svedaite as Elisabetta de Valois, Galina Ivannikova as Eboli, Andrew Costello as Posa, and Steve Frederiks as King Philip. The role of the G...

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats leave New Jersey with a win, thanks to their 4-1 win over the Trenton Thunder on Wednesday morning. All four New Hampshire runs came off the bat of Albero Mineo, an 0-1 pitch that the Italian-born catcher took deep to right for the Fisher Cats’ second grand slam of the year. That would be all the offense New Hampshire...

Long before gracing the stage with Luciano Pavarotti, before taking music lessons from famed diva and city native Rosa Ponselle, opera singer Virginia Gordoni knew she would be a performer. “At 3 years old, I walked over to the piano and I knew it,” Gordoni said. “I knew that I was going to somehow or other be in music.” On Wednesday, Gordoni talke...

Comic Chris Distefano has never been to Portland, so his first question about the city was: Does it have a lot of hipsters? Being a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, he has some definite opinions of hipsters. “You see these people trying to decrease their carbon footprint by struggling with a paper straw. Either use a plastic one or just don’t use one...