Oggi Gelato, an authentic international gelato shop with locations in Italy, Greece, Spain and Chile, recently opened its first U.S. location ever in Norwalk. Tucked away in a shopping center at 250 Westport Avenue, Oggi is located next to the popular Italian restaurant Romanacci, offering diners a chance to enjoy pizza and pasta dishes for dinner,...

New Haven is a pretty easy place to find Italian food and fairs, but what about films? The Institute Library is satisfying that craving this summer with their new film series, “Ciao, Bella!” On Thursday night the second film of the three in the series — 1962’s Mamma Roma, directed by Pier Polo Pasolini — was screened among the stacks of their biogr...

“Go Luca, go!” shouted someone in the crowd, encouraging the violinist Luca Ciarla to return to the stage for one final song. He obliged, walking back on as the audience clapped and cheered. The upbeat notes of the composition “Libertango” soon enveloped attendees lounging on the New Haven Green.  Ciarla took the Alexander Clark Stage on the New Ha...

The Summer of 2024 is underway, can you smell the fried dough yet? It's a little early in the season for harvest festivals, but the 2024 Italian Festival scene is heating up. Here a list of the upcoming Italian festivals scheduled around Connecticut this year. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on Highland Avenue in Waterbury will get things started with their...

Cingari Family Markets, the family-owned and operated Connecticut-based company, unveilled two remodeled stores in Stamford this week — the ShopRite of Commerce Street, and Grade A Market on Newfield Avenue. Located at 1990 W. Main St., the ShopRite of Commerce Street reopened on June 17 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The remodeled supermarket has...

Zuppardi’s Apizza is turning 90! The historic pizzeria, nestled in West Haven’s Union Avenue neighborhood, has been serving New Haven-style apizza, pronounced “abeetz,” since 1934. The fourth-generation business is one of the oldest family-owned pizzerias in the United States and was recently featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” according to C...

The Italian Heritage & Cultural Committee announced its scholarship winners for 2024. Four awards of $1,000 scholarships were given to high school seniors of Italian descent who practice community service and demonstrate a strong work ethic in and out of school, which “exemplifies qualities for a successful career,” stated a press release. The winn...

David Lee strummed a guitar while sitting on his front porch in New Haven. He lives two blocks away from Wooster Square Park, where the city installed a new sculpture representing an Italian American immigrant family, replacing a controversial one of Christopher Columbus which was removed by the city. Lee understands why the old statue means so muc...

“By day, an Arthur Avenue-style sandwich shop. By night, an elevated dining destination and private membership.”  So says the website for Josie & Tony’s, which has just opened the gourmet Italian delicatessen part at 20 N. Main St. in South Norwalk. The deli offers hot and cold sandwiches made on local breads from Wave Hill, alongside homemade mozz...

In 1889, members of the Italian community in Wooster Square, led by Paulo Russo, decided to establish their own parish instead of continuing to have to attend mass at St. Patrick's Church on Grand Avenue. They dedicated it to St. Michael the Archangel. The church occupied several sites before the edifice on Wooster Place, which had served as a Bapt...