On June 1, the Italian Heritage and Cultural Committee of Norwich awarded four scholarships of $1,000 to local graduating high school students during a ceremony at Illiano's Restaurant in Norwich, according to a press release.  "The award is given to a graduating senior of Italian descent whose work ethic, in school and outside of school, and commu...

A new family-owned Italian restaurant has landed on Grassy Plain Street and is looking to stick around for the long haul. Jason Arcos and his wife Nancy Mejia opened D’Arcos Bar and Restaurant in early April when restaurants were still on a rocky path in Connecticut. The restaurateurs had previously worked at and owned Augies # 1 Italian Restaurant...

"E Chiamamulu Paisanu! Primu Diu E Sammastianu!" This Italian phrase will be heard loud and clear once again on the streets of Middlefield, Middletown and beyond for the centennial anniversary of the Saint Sebastian's Church in Middletown. It is tentatively scheduled for September 17-19 a delay of a few months due to COVID-19. Church organizers are...

First there were hundreds of proposals. Then there were six. Now, a single design has won out to tell the story of Italian immigration to New Haven. Wednesday night, members of the Wooster Square Monument Committee voted overwhelmingly to support Marc-Anthony Massaro’s Indicando la via al futuro (Pointing the Way to the Future) to replace the statu...

Eight months after his ordination, family and friends of the Most Rev. Robert Lombardo finally got the chance to celebrate the Stamford native becoming a bishop in Chicago. Lombardo’s ordination ceremony took place in November, but with attendance strictly limited because of the COVID-19 pandemic, his family wasn’t there in person. On Sunday, Lomba...

The goal is remembrance and celebration and six artists are finding ways to honor the perseverance and resilience of immigrants, mainly through landscape and bronze, whether representational or abstract. Specifically, the focus is on the journey of Italians to Wooster Square in the mid-19th century, their struggles, successes and the legacy they le...

Over the weekend, neighbors and friends from near and far took part in the return of the Southington Italian-American Festival on Center Street, experiencing the tastes of the European Mediterranean in the form of food and fellowship. At the Southington UNICO tent, Patty Boissonneault was frying up “pateas,” she said, otherwise known as squash frit...

If you've read some of the articles that I've written over the years, you know my love for food, fairs, and local festivals. One of my favorite local events here in Connecticut is Waterbury's Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Feast. It was last weekend and I missed it this year. Just as we were about to head over to Highland Avenue this past Saturday, thunder...

The national debate over which city or state’s pizza is the best often includes mentions of New Haven’s apizza. But there’s a quieter — and sweeter — debate taking place online over the city's Italian pastry shops. In a Facebook group called “Wooster Square Cooks,” sharing favorite pastry shops — along with pizza places, recipes and food photos — i...

Lion’s Den Coffee Shop is the newest business to join the Southington Chamber of Commerce, offering authentic, European-style coffee and pastries. Located at 57 West Main St., Lion’s Den Coffee Shop features a wide selection of coffees from throughout the world. Customers can expect to find a relaxing atmosphere indoors, with soothing Italian music...