One of the themes of Rosemary and Bob Connelly’s married life was to “live cheap and make art.” The couple always enjoyed traveling and knew that when they did retire, they would want to visit many exotic places, leading them to live frugally while living and working in Phoenix in order to be able to spend their retirement years making art and trav...

“Anybody have a guess?” Laura Parisi asked, brandishing a a metal artifiact of the old Grand Avenue. Parisi, president of the Italian-American Historical Society, brandished the artifact — a “cutter” — and challenged members of the crowd to identify its use as she joined heads of four other local historical societies in Lenzi Park on Jefferson Stre...

Connecticut-based Constantino's of Greenwich will host a grand opening event on May 15. The family-owned pizza and ice cream shop was founded by husband-and-wife team Michael and Robyn Bordes, who are opening their pizzeria in partnership with digital platform Slice, according to a press release. "We are honored to partner with Slice to open Consta...

Stamford restaurateurs John and Morgan Nealon today announced the opening of Cugine’s Italian in Stamford’s Harbor Point community at 121 Towne Street.  The restaurant, expected to open later this Spring, will feature alluring, well-plated Italian cuisine, coupled with refined cocktails and a robust wine list. “Our goal with Cugine’s is to offer no...

Mamma Bella Cucina & Pizzeria officially opened on Sunday, May 1 at 19 North Water St. in Norwalk. Joe Giuliano and Anthony Sandolo are the co-owners. Giuliano said opening a restaurant was always a dream of his, and he and Sandolo jumped at the opportunity to open their own place. Giuliano said his father previously owned a restaurant, so he grew...

The only surviving son of Anne and Anthony Zambrano, Bernard Zambrano was a model of a young man, according to his relatives. On Monday, a plaque was installed on the Little Italy arch on Wooster Street, honoring the only known casualty of the Vietnam War from the Wooster Square neighborhood. But a gap in his college education — he was studying to...

The Waterbury Chapter of UNICO National announced that 14 students from the greater Waterbury are are scheduled to receive $1,000 awards at Unico’s annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony. Since 1922, high-school graduates of Italian descent have been recognized for their excellence in scholastic and community activities. The 2022 recipients are Ava And...

Suburban restaurants, not dependent on the return of office culture in the city, have fared better in the pandemic than Hartford eateries. Carbone’s and Thomas Hooker Brewing have seen that, as their suburban locations thrive while their urban locations still struggle. Fornarelli’s has seen it, too. The Asylum Street location is scraping by, Vito F...

God, saints, angels — and the most famous outstretched hands in world history — are reaching out to you, larger than life in “Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition” at the Connecticut Convention Center. The art exhibit, billed as “a life-size, up close, never before seen perspective,” opened Thursday night and will be in Hartford through June 26. Created...

Damn Mattatuck Museum, you are shooting through my heart with one of your latest exhibits. I am of Italian-American descent. My great-grandmother and great grandfather were both born in Avellino, Italy and immigrated to Waterbury, Connecticut around 1900. There's a new exhibit - The Immigrant Suitcase Project: Italians of Waterbury on view in the H...