Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro found himself embroiled in a bitter confrontation with area residents over his proclamation recognizing Columbus Day, but was not without his defenders. The Waterville Morning Sentinel reports that the Republican mayor read his one-page proclamation when Tuesday night’s City Council meeting started, drawing a mixture of...

The Chocolate Church Arts Center will present Newpoli, an Italian/Mediterranean world music ensemble, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at the center located at 804 Washington St., in Bath. Newpoli crosses through time, culture, and musical styles as it performs modernized, old-world taranta music from southern Italy and surrounding countries. The high-...

Mayor Nick Isgro plans to proclaim Oct. 14 “Columbus Day,” despite the state’s having passed a law in April renaming it “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” Isgro’s proclamation pays deference to Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer who sailed to the Americas on behalf of Spain more than 500 years ago and who has become a reminder of the oppression and...

On a recent September day, Italian-born Romolo Marcoccio, who teaches math at Lewiston High School for a living, put an apron over his shirt and tie and demonstrated how to make pasta. Within minutes, he had mixed eggs and flour into a dough and sent it through a pasta machine. Ecco! Out came lasagna noodles. Next month, Marcoccio is repeating a so...

Frank Pendola cooks with his soul. He has no fancy training or culinary school behind his enterprises, which include the supper club Nostrano tucked into the basement of his Town Hill home and Frankie’s BBQ at the Hollywood Casino Raceway in Bangor. But, Pendola grew up in one of the best environments for cooks: an Italian neighborhood. The Niagara...

La Terza Classe, a bluegrass band from Naples, Italy, named for third-class passengers on the Titanic, will perform at Lake St. George Brewing Company, 4 Marshall Shore Road, Liberty, on Sunday, September 29, at 4 p.m. There is no charge. Formed in Naples in 2012, La Terza Classe started out playing traditional and original American folk songs on t...

Be afraid, Otto. Be very afraid. All the best pizza joints in Portland have some new, very stiff competition, and it’s on the corner of Washington and Ocean avenues. Monte’s Fine Foods has been open for about a month now, and it’s putting out some of the best pizza in the city. I hesitate to say the best because I haven’t tried the other new kid in...

The 94th annual St. Peter’s Italian Bazaar will be held 5-9 p.m. Aug. 9-10 and 4-8 p.m. Aug. 11, on Federal Street. Thousands of local residents will join many returning individuals and families to enjoy one of Maine’s warmest and beloved neighborhood street festivals, a gathering of generations proudly celebrating the heritage, family and faith of...

An Italian Dinner and Talk on "Living in Rome: Duties, Distractions and Delights" will be given by Sara Boi on Tuesday,  June 25, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Penobscot Language School, 28 Gay St. The public is welcome to this cultural and social evening in English. A table will be designated for those who wish to converse in Italian over dinner....

Ninety years ago, Amelia and Mary Pizzo spent their 10th birthday aboard a ship bound for Ellis Island. On Wednesday, the identical twins spent the afternoon with close family members, celebrating their 100th birthday together. They shared pizza and cake, and reminisced over photo albums and obituaries clipped from newspapers through the years. Tho...