by Meredith Goad Lucille Chaisson took a break from making cookie dough at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church and pointed out the open parish hall door to the stately brick house where she was born 73 years ago."My dad served Mass at this church every morning for 50 years, and my mother worked in the rectory," Chaisson said. "She was the cook in th...

The Italian owners of a Lewiston facility that makes high-tech storage, picking and distribution systems plan to invest $6 million in the plant, which could lead to dozens of new jobs. A spokesman for Modula, owner of the System Logistics plant, said the investment signals a long-term commitment to the area and comes as the company has seen a...

Sulla costa est, più su di New York c'è un'area dove furono e sono tantissimi gli italiani che sbarcarono e ancora oggi si trasferiscono. E' l'area del New England, che proprio in questo periodo è ancora più bella grazie ai magnifici diversi colori che si possono trovare nei tanti meravigliosi luoghi in cui la natura americana si mostra in tutta la...

By Abigail Curtis   Goodbye, Columbus. Belfast city councilors voted this week at a regular meeting to do away with the name Columbus Day and to replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day, making the midcoast city the first municipality in the state to rename the holiday.   "If we act, our town can be a beacon for the rest of Maine a...

Stephen Lanzalotta makes what he calls Sicilian "slab" pizza, bubbly slices of a lofty, rich, but light-textured crust topped with a thin layer of smooth, sweet tomato sauce and channels of gooey cheese.   Lanzalotta used to make it at Micucci Grocery until last year, and now he's at Slab, a restaurant he opened earlier this year in the old...

by James H. Schwartz   Restaurant names run the gamut. Some are pretentious, many are eponymous, a few become iconic (think Chez Panisse), and others remain purely descriptive. Rustica Cucina Italiana in Rockland falls into that last category.   Chef John Stowe's rustic kitchen serves enormous portions of hearty, familiar Italian and...

by Ari Zeiger   Producing this documentary seemed impossible at times—where was the conflict? why did this neighborhood matter? who would be the main characters? And most vexing of all: How do you locate a neighborhood that no longer exists!? That was the central paradox at the heart of my radio documentary on Portland, Maine's long-lost Lit...

Mercoledì 5 giugno 2013 - 18.30  The Italian Heritage Center PROUDLY presents PINOCCHIO - The Story of a Puppet (Il Burattino) Direct from Italy - Live on Stage A Traveling Troupe of Italian Artists in a performance for adults and children over ten years old that combines literature, theater, dance and music.Performance in Italian wit...

By Mary Pols   Jenn Legnini has a newish farm and a very new restaurant, but neither quite fit traditional definitions. Turtle Rock, her farm/"craft cannery" in Brunswick, comprises just one-third of an acre for vegetables, although her commercially licensed kitchen is filled with both percolating pots and ideas for value-added products. &n...

Rossobianco, a wine bar and restaurant serving northern Italian-inspired food, opened recently in Portland's West End and will have a grand opening in early September.   The restaurant, at 3 Deering Ave., is a collaboration between David Levi, the owner/chef of Vinland in Portland, and Colleen Callahan, who most recently ran the wine and bee...