Quanto Basta owner Betsy English has leased the original LB Kitchen location where she plans establish a permanent home for her Neapolitan pizzeria. "If you had told me two years ago that the world’s tiniest little food truck would become an actual pizza place, I’d say you were out of your mind. And perhaps I am..a little..but you kind of have to b...

Panettone made with candied orange and raisins from Agrimontana, Sicily, served with or dipped in espresso or vin Santo. Torrone, ricotta and prosciutto crudo on olive bread, speck and stracchino cheese on focaccia.  Those are some of the Italian-inspired breads and pastries being served up by Solo Pane e Pasticceria in downtown Bath. The bakery  o...

Strolling through the cobblestone streets and brick buildings of Portland can sometimes make you feel like you are right in Europe. Wander down Wharf Street and you could convince yourself you’re in Bologna. This may elicit a feeling in you that makes you crave some authentic Italian cuisine. We may not be in Europe but we do have cozy and authenti...

The St. Peter’s Italian Bazaar planning committee kicked off a week of festivities on Friday by delivering the Italian national flag to Portland City Hall.  The flag was flown atop City Hall over the weekend, for the first time ever, to mark the 96th annual Italian Bazaar. Willie Audet, 2022 Bazaar chairman, delivered the flag to city official John...

A new pizza place in Ellsworth that opened just over two weeks ago has been so busy, they’re going through nearly 400 pounds of pizza dough a day. Zeppa’s New York Pizza on Water Street is the latest family owned small business to open in Ellsworth. Hugh and Lisa Palcic bought the building in January and completely renovated it. Their daughter, Ril...

It's become an annual appeal to the great beyond, and so far Helen Marrese has prevailed. "Every time we hit a new birthday, she'll say, "Maybe one more year," Marrese's granddaughter Emilykate St. Jean, 52, said Sunday as Marrese celebrated her 105th birthday. "She woke up today and said, 'Next year I'll be 106.'" Marrese still lives in her own ho...

A special Mass in honor of their patron saint, a procession, and an outdoor festival will draw parishioners and community members to Windham on July 15-16 for the second annual St. Anthony of Padua Festival. The festival, which will be held on the grounds of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church on 919 Roosevelt Trail, was initially held last summer to...

As a celebration of the contributions the Italian people have made to this area, the dedication of a Sons of Italy monument will take place on Thursday. Club member Jim Rinaldo said the event will take place at 11 a.m. at the site, next to the Muskie Memorial near the Rumford Information Center on Bridge Street. “The Italian community should be pro...

 Laurel Cristopher is business owner, baker, dishwasher, and as it turns out, she’s a good carpenter to boot. Christopher is from Winthrop; she was scouting places where a small specialty bakery would fit in. That’s when she found an old firehouse at 350 Main Street  in Thomaston, right next to the Prison Showroom.  “I was originally looking for a...

The world has lost a true Portland icon. Famed Portland master baker, artist, author, and teacher Stephen Lanzalotta has passed away after a long battle with cancer. Slab Sicilian Street Food announced the news on social media over the weekend. Stephen had been the head baker/chef and partner at Slab since its opening eight years ago. The news cert...