Hartford will celebrate its first Indigenous Peoples Day in place of Columbus Day next month, the city council decided Monday in a vote that may set the stage for changes to other city memorials and monuments to the controversial Italian explorer. The Court of Common Council renamed the holiday at the recommendation of a city task force, which repo...

There won’t be a Columbus Day parade again this year, but the region’s Italian Americans plan to celebrate their rich heritage in a new way. “We had to kind of scale back, but we’re praying and hoping” to revive the parade in 2022, said Laura Florio Luzzi, chairwoman of the parade committee. “The town of East Haven is very excited about us coming.”...

This event is a cultural arts and community engagement project centered around a one-toothed puppet from ancient Italian folklore, who is on a mission to spread love and inspire unity one neighborhood (and cookie) at a time.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, La Befana, in partnership with NYC Relief, has been engaging the public in a legendary...

The Palace Theater is kicking off the 21-22 Webster Broadway series in a big way with the legendary Chazz Palminteri presenting his one-man tour de force, the semi autobiographical, A BRONX TALE for two performances October 1 and 2 at 8:00pm. This is the story that led to the eponymous movie of the same title and the Broadway musical, that played t...

The grand opening of a third Macelleria Italian Steakhouse brings prime dining to Byram, Conn. Hospitality veteran and proprietor Tony LaLa has completed a beautiful renovation to the 200-seat multilevel premises, highlighted by polished wooden floors, stone fireplaces and contemporary artworks. The first Macelleria (butcher shop, when translated)...

New Haven’s newest Italian offering opened last week in downtown.  Villa Lulu, the product of seasoned restaurateur Moe Gad, opened on Wednesday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside of the restaurant’s location at 230 College St. The modern Italian eatery, which boasts a diverse menu of pastas, salads and classic Italian entrees, is Gad’s second re...

When you walk up to Dolce Italy, you know it’s going to be good. The storefront isn’t immediately obvious  — the shop sits in the corner of a small, old-looking shopping strip across from the East Ave Wegmans. When you come up to the door, you see a sign for a tailor’s shop, and enter a small hall with one door leading to the tailor, one door leadi...

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University continues to offer enlightening conversations and seminars designed to engage community members and avid lifelong learners. Their new virtual series, FESTA ITALIANA, was created in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and I...

Restaurateur Danny Gabriele knows a thing or two about the art of fine dining and is bringing this lost art to Westport, CT in the form of Gabriele’s Italian Steakhouse. Fairfield County dining enthusiasts will recognize the Gabriele’s Italian Steakhouse brand from their restaurant in Greenwich (2011-2019), which was a popular haunt for high-profil...

Dante Carrafa Sr., of Southington, passed away peacefully at UConn John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington on Sept. 11, 2021, with his devoted family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Monica (Raudis) Carrafa and a much-loved son, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, cousin, and uncle in a close-knit Italian-American family. Never w...