A Neapolitan pizza restaurant is coming to Hallowell, headlining three major business changes to the city’s downtown. Taking up residence in the former Joyce’s building at 192 Water St., Bruno’s Wood-Fired Pizzeria is planning to open in mid-May. Meanwhile, Maine Local Market is planning to open April 3 in the former location of Scrummy Afters Cand...

A Bates haunt since the 1950s, Luiggi’s Pizzeria, next door to the Blue Goose on the corner of Sabattus and Horton streets, is named for its founder, Luiggi Carmino Talarico. From Albi to Lewiston Luiggi “Louis” Talarico was born in 1922 in Albi, Italy. After immigrating to America and settling in Lewiston, he and his wife, Annis, founded the pizze...

A chilly morning in Maine is no match for 96-year-old Carmine Pecorelli's spunk. "It's just another day," he said as he used an old brush to sweep the snow from his car. But this day he is on a mission--one that pales in comparison to those he completed in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Carmine served in the Army, Navy, and Air F...

Louis J. Grimaldi Jr., 89, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough. The wonderful life of Louie started on June 11, 1931, in Portland when he was born to the late Louis and Marianna “Maria” (Santora) Grimaldi. Louie grew up in Portland’s Little Italy and attended Portland High School. A few days bef...

All proceeds generated throughout Caffé Prego’s opening weekend will be donated to Good Shepherd Food Bank, the state’s largest hunger relief organization. The Italian restaurant in the heart of Ogunquit said it will donate 100% of the proceeds from takeout sales on Friday, June 5, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 6, from noon to 8 p.m.; and S...

Taking a trip isn't in the cards right now, but our taste buds can make us feel like we've traveled thousands of miles. A slice of pizza from Pizzarino may, for a moment, make you feel like you're in Italy. If you ask the owner, there's no reason to stop with pizza when "he knows a guy" who can serve you some good sauce, too. Authentic Italian cuis...

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland says that the St. Peter’s Italian Bazaar, scheduled for August, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bazaar is scheduled to return in 2021.

On Sunday, March 15, singers and musicians drawn from Maine’s premier early music ensembles will present a program of music by the Italian Baroque composer Claudio Monteverdi, as well as selections by his contemporaries. The concert entitled “Sweet Laments” features works for period instruments and solo, duet, trio, and quintet vocal arrangements,...

A 95-year-old woman who lost her life savings to a con artist got it all back, and then some, when hundreds of people attended a fundraiser hosted by her state’s former governor. Barbara Hinckley of Auburn, Maine, was tricked into sending at least $16,000 to a scammer claiming to work at Publishers Clearing House in November. The scammer said she h...

A Maine shipyard announced it celebrated the keel laying of a future Navy guided-missile destroyer on Friday. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works reached the milestone in the construction of the future John Basilone. A keel laying ceremony is one of the major events in the life of a ship. The ship's sponsors and a BIW welder authenticated the keel by...