If it weren’t true, the story of how actor Chazz Palminteri got the show he wrote, “A Bronx Tale,” made as a film would seem like a Hollywood fable. In the mid-1980s, Palminteri was acting but not getting the kind of roles he wanted. Taking his fate into his own hands, he penned a one-man play inspired by his childhood and the Bronx neighborhood wh...

I always wondered how it came to be that there were five churches within the geographic area of Wooster Square. One of them, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (now St. Paul and St. James), on the corner of Chapel and Olive streets, was actually a vestige from the time when the area was predominantly Yankee and Protestant. It is a beautiful stone church v...

Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way Productions has contacted Connecticut native John Scully, a former boxer and longtime trainer. Scully is training Band of Brothers actor James Madio to play Willie Pep, the late great featherweight champion who grew up in Hartford and Middletown. The Iceman, John Scully won Outstanding Boxer awards in 1987 and 1988 an...

A lifelong resident has teamed up with a local pizza expert to open up a new restaurant on Main Street called Primavera Pizzeria. Melissa Crouch-Arroyo was born and raised in Portland. Her first job was washing dishes at Manning’s, a now-closed restaurant that operated just a few doors down from the business she now owns at 222 Main St. This was th...

The vacancy left by Mediterraneo at Norwalk’s branch of Hotel Zero Degrees has a new occupant. Siena Ristorante—owned by Pasquale Conte, Pietro Polini, along with new partners in executive chef Foster Lukas and general manager and longtime bartender Jonathan Rodriguez—have been open since early September serving upscale Northern Italian food that t...

Walking into Giuseppina’s Italian Bakery on Sullivan Avenue, the aroma of freshly-baked cookies, pastries, and danishes wafts through the door, inviting guests to come in and try a bite of something sweet or savory. “We’ve been really busy the last four or five months with people going out,” owner Jenny Beaurivage said. “We’re getting a lot of larg...

Family dinners at Grandma Mary’s were a Sunday staple. Between 15 and 40 cousins, aunts and uncles would gather around the table to indulge in good home-cooked meals. Nicole Ball remembers this family tradition from years gone by and carries it on, albeit on a smaller scale, with her husband, Joe, and their three children — Joseph, 9; John, 7 and J...

A charitable organization made up of Italian-American women has sued the city, seeking to bring back the Christopher Columbus statue to Wooster Square Park. The American Italian Women for Greater New Haven claim in the suit that the city, through Mayor Justin Elicker and the Board of Parks Commissioners, among others, violated their rights to due p...

The Italian Center of Stamford (the IC) announced today that it has built four brand new state-of-the-art pickleball courts for members and their guests. The courts were built to meet the demand for this fast-growing sport. “We are delighted to announce the unveiling of our new pickleball courts,” said Jon Hoch, Executive Director. “We are one of t...

It’s been the site of countless outdoor concerts and the host of dignitaries and politicians alike, but there's more to the story of a Georgian Colonial on the market in Stonington. The street where this sprawling estate sits is named after the owner. Located on 91 Sergio Franchi Drive, the property is owned by the family of Sergio Franchi, a late...