Beaver Street was officially declared the city’s own “Little Italy” by Mayor Erin Stewart in honor of the Festa Italiana that took place there Sunday. Visitors to the annual event enjoyed pizza, pasta, wine, bocce, dancing and other Italian delights. The day began with a ceremonial carrying of St. Ann’s Church statue from the parish on North Street...

The owner of a new Italian restaurant in Colchester said he launched the downtown business as the COVID pandemic lessened to give back to his hometown in a building known for hosting major events. Vito Fornarelli grew up in Colchester, and now he’s got a restaurant there “to give back to the town I grew up in.” Fornarelli’s Ristorante and Bar opene...

Back in 2019, I sang the praises of Grano Arso in Chester, an excellent Italian restaurant in a gorgeous building in a picturesque town. It was fairly new at the time but had already garnered raves in local and not-so-local media. I have since demanded dinner at Grano for most special occasions since and it has yet to disappoint. Now there’s even m...

Cugine’s Italian, located in Stamford’s Harbor Point community at 121 Towne Street, opened in June 2022 and has quickly garnered favor among foodies with dishes like fried calamari, spaghetti boia, and focaccia. Billing itself as an “inventive take on classic Italian cuisine,” Cugine's pairs its pizzas, pastas, and crudos with “refined” cocktails a...

Over two years after Mayor Joe Ganim's abrupt decision to remove the Christopher Columbus statue from Seaside Park and stick it in storage, an Italian American organization has asked the monument be transferred to its custody. "That statue has been lying in a barn  —  in a barn  —  where horses once were," former state Rep. Christopher Caruso of th...

Danilo Mongillo has expanded his effort to bring an Italian flavor to the city. The owner and executive chef at Strega Restaurant has now opened Strega Italian Market, where he says the variety of available products are all imported from his native country. “This market will represent Italy from the north to the south,” said Mongillo, who hosted th...

Libby’s Italian Pastry Shop celebrated 100 years of business grounded in the heart of New Haven’s Little Italy. City officials joined the pastry shop’s team, made up of generations of Italian-American heritage, at 135 Wooster St. Wednesday afternoon to recognize the centennial benchmark. “It’s one of those businesses that due to its reputation and...

Many of the societies rented storefronts for use as a clubhouse. This must have been a major accomplishment — providing a physical space in which the business of the organization could be carried out. But equally important, a place for men to socialize and share ideas and comment on the state of affairs. Not many immigrants were overtly political,...

Join us at the Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main Street on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. for a special author talk and book signing! Leo Marino, author of The house on Greene Street : life and times of a first generation Italian American will talk about his new book Wooster Place. Wooster Place powerfully portrays the lives of people who liv...

The lights are being hung as we speak, and history is about to be made in Danbury, CT. Well, the lights were hung, and then taken down but more on that later. The Galante family is working with the City of Danbury on the 1st annual San Gennaro Festival in Danbury. The Festival begins Wednesday September 7 and runs until Sunday September 11. The Ita...