A year after Hartford removed its statue of Christopher Columbus from the shadow of the state Capitol, a task force is preparing to recommend the city join countless others around the state and country in replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Renaming the Oct. 11 holiday is just one of several potential changes the city task force wi...

The best compliment a customer can give new Strega restaurant owner Danilo Mongillo after tasting the food is to tell him, “I’m back in Italy,” as they recall the tastes and vibes of trips there. “It happens frequently,” Mongillo said. “We want to give the experience you get when you’re traveling in Italy. It’s something Connecticut deserved.”For M...

Micalizzi's Italian Ice in Milford has a 1960's peace and love-themed decor. But since the shop opened in late May, the crowds it has attracted are reminiscent of the 80s or 90s - when Micalizzi's retail business was truly booming in Bridgeport. "We have a big following in Milford and most of our customers and friends moved out of Bridgeport 30 yea...

Writer/Performer Frank Ingrasciotta treads the boards once gain performing his one-man play Blood Type: RAGU at the historic and newly-renovated Legacy Theatre in Stoney Creek, CT. This vintage theatre once housed Orson Welles renowned Mercury Theatre Company. Blood Type: RAGU will perform as a special event on Friday, July 9th and Saturday, July 1...

La Fenice opened its third location at 49 Main St. in Westport on Friday. The gelato and coffee shop's other two locations are in Greenwich and Rye, N.Y.   Simona Silvestri and Salvatore Scure run La Fenice, while their son Ricardo Galati manages it. La Fenice offers 24 flavors of gelato and sorbet and pastries such as scones and croissants. Almost...

One year ago, the Elm City took down its statue of Christopher Columbus, and the debate over what happened that day and what will replace it is still as divisive as ever. Hundreds filled this green to watch the statue come down a year ago today. Today, a much small group gathered, determined to get the statue back, but the mayor says the city is mo...

Six artists are competing to design a monument to Italian-American heritage to replace the now-removed Christopher Columbus statue in Wooster Square Park. The Wooster Square Monument Committee now faces the task of narrowing down the options. Wooster Square business owner Bill Iovanne updated neighbors about the project this week at the monthly Dow...

Less than two months after adopting a 2021-22 academic calendar, the school board has revised it to take into account two Jewish holidays and buck the trend as far as “Columbus Day” goes. Some school districts — Branford included — had moved away from recognizing the name of the federal holiday on the second Monday of October that honors the Italia...

I am raising money to honor Italian American Veterans, by engraving the Columbus Statue in New Britain, Connecticut to honor those veterans and their heroic deeds. The following is the text we plan to engrave, in English and Italian."Erected in 1941, this statue stands as an enduring witness to the courage, dedication, and faith of our New Britain'...

Southington's Italian Festival will be returning to Center Street this July. The festival, which was canceled last year due to covid-19, will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on July 24 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 25, opening that Sunday with a traditional Italian Mass and procession. Center Street will be closed to traffic for the duration of the festi...