Ann Maffucci’s legendary Sicilian recipes have come to town in the hands of her son. Rob Maffucci opened Vito’s Pizza at 1863 Berlin Tpke. the second week of January, offering Italian classics to-go. “We got swamped last weekend; we had to take the phone off the hook,” Maffucci said inside his kitchen before opening Wednesday. “Saturday we sold a l...

Have you ever walked by a group of people throwing fingers at each other in a circle and screaming out numbers in Italian? They're playing the ancient Roman game "Morra," and it's been a long time since I've seen or heard anyone playing it. Growing up as an Italian American in Waterbury, CT, Morra was a big part of the Italian culture within the Br...

The Italian American community deeply mourns the loss of one of its great pillars on Sunday, Jan. 16. Anthony Vincent Riccio’s great passion was chronicling the lives of the Italian immigrants who settled in Boston’s North End, as well as those who settled in New Haven. I met Anthony for the first time in 2018 at a joint signing at I Am Books in Bo...

Anthony V. Riccio, the author of the Italian-American experience in New Haven and beyond, has died at the age of 69. Click here and here to read two previous Independent articles by Allan Appel about Riccio’s work about New Haven’s community.  Following is a tribute written by New Haven’s Phil Langdon: I was shocked Sunday to learn that my longtime...

Father Amelio James Bertelli died at Regina Cleri Residence, Boston, on Jan. 5. Known by priests and parishioners as Jim, his adopted first name was in no way a slight to his Italian ancestry of which he was quite proud. He was born in Somerville on Aug. 14, 1928, the son of the late Amelio and Stella (Guazzaloca) Bertelli. After his education in l...

If your belly is calling for pizza and you are the adventurous type and like a little something different on your pie, then you might want to check out one of Fairfield County's favorite wood-fired pizza places. 850 Degrees Wood Fired Pizza in Ridgefield is gaining high marks for their inventive pizza selection -- also offered gluten-free -- and fo...

The Southington Sons of Italy has elected its new officers Saturday and presented Robert Triano with its “Brotherhood Award.” Tony Cusano, president of the Southington Sons of Italy, said that the Brotherhood Award is the highest honor a member can receive. The award is given to someone who has been a member in good standing for at least 10 years w...

During a meeting held at the Consulate General of Italy in New York, the new members of the Comites in the presence of the Consul General of Italy Fabrizio Di Michele, elected Predident Alessandro Crocco, 35 years old, of White Plains, New York.  The new President immediately addressed the assembly, thanked everyone for having participated in the f...

Fellow Italians living in the State of Connecticut are informed that on Friday, January 21, 2022 it will be possible to apply for the issuance of a passport at the Honorary Consulate in Hartford. Interested parties can request an appointment from now until January 18, 2022 by writing to hartford.onorario@esteri.it  In case it is not possible to sat...

Is the art too saccharine? Obsolete on arrival? Does it tell only an Italian story and not one that reflects the diversity of Wooster Square today? Has the community not truly been engaged in the process? And where in the original charge to artists a year ago was there permission to pave over more than a thousand square feet of precious green space...