A menu that features dishes like eggplant parm and garlic bread sounds like something you'd expect to find alongside red-checked tablecloths, candleholders made from straw-wrapped Chianti bottles – and maybe even a pair of cartoon dogs sharing a romantic plate of pasta in an alley. But in designing their new Washington Avenue restaurant, Roustabou...

Piccolo, a small "modern classic" Italian restaurant with influences from Calabria and Abruzzi, had a soft opening last night and will open to the public tomorrow at 5 p.m. The highly anticipated spot is from the husband and wife team of Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez. It's the first time Sansonetti and Lopez have worked together professionally s...

Italian company Turboden has been chosen to supply the world's largest biomass-based organic rankine cycle power unit for a plant in Maine, US. The ORC system will produce 8MW for Maine Woods Pellet's Athens facility, converting the heat of thermal oil generated by wood residues from de-barking and chipping operations.   Read more  ...

Speaking and praying in both Italian and English, Bishop Robert P. Deeley celebrated a Mass honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Rocco, providing a spiritual start to the 89th annual St. Peter's Italian Bazaar.   During the Mass at St. Peter Church in Portland, the bishop expressed his joy at celebrating the Mass and his wish for a goo...

By John Golden Casa Novello has been dishing up mountainous portions of Italian-American style comfort food for years. That it used to be the neighborhood trattoria for local Italian families complete with widows in black stockings and mourning attire right out of central casting is an era long gone at this Main Street institution in Westbrook.&nb...

The Maine Association of Police has named Gino Bianchini, a Freeport Police Department detective, as its Officer of the Year. Bianchini accepted the award during a ceremony held on Jan. 25 in Portland.The Maine Association of Police is the bargaining union for police departments in the state, and Bianchini is president of the Freeport unit, the Fr...

by Bill Smith I'm pretty sure that for the most part, native Portlanders like Italian sandwiches more than people who move here do. That's a shame; I invite newcomers to reconsider. Let's be clear. A real Maine Italian starts with a pillow-soft roll split down the middle.   On one side is a layer of deli ham; on the other, a strip of w...

by John Golden   Several years ago when I set out to make the perfect red sauce—or Sunday gravy, which it's often called—I knew exactly where to look. That was to my good friend Steve Quattrucci. His family has long held sway in Portland food circles amongst the Italian-American community.   Or as Quattrucci relates, "Memories from my...

In recent years, Maine has seen a resurgence in people interested in where their food comes from, paying a premium for products grown locally in a sustainable manner. Just as that movement has grown, some people in Italy have become more removed from the locally grown market with a surge in popularity of supermarkets.   "Encouraging small, d...

The sub sandwich, probably the most iconic of the Italian-American sandwiches has long spread across the country from the northeast and a sub shop – usually in the form of a Subway – seems to be on or near every busy corner from coast to coast.   The version at the three locations of the local Maine-ly Sandwiches are called Italian Sandwiche...