The Sortino family is expanding its relationship with Kalahari Resorts. The Sortinos have operated an Italian restaurant in Sandusky in some form or another for more than 40 years. But the family will soon move its restaurant out of city limits as it partners with Kalahari Resorts. Sortino's Little Italy on Cleveland Road will close and reopen as S...

Representatives from several Italian-American groups met in the North End Monday to discuss the future of the neighborhood’s Christopher Columbus statute. The statue was originally erected in North End Park in 1979 but was beheaded earlier this year before being removed and placed in storage. Demonstrators protested this weekend, calling for Columb...

There were no protests or vandalism, but those who honor Christopher Columbus and those who do not made themselves known on Columbus Day. At the statue of Christopher Columbus in front of Union Station in Washington Square, the local Sons of Italy left a red, white and green wreath honoring Columbus. The explorer is seen in the Italian American com...

Two Gloucester residents have been recognized as significant Italian Americans in the state. The  Italian American Alliance has dubbed Michael Linquata and Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken as two of 100 significant Italian Americans in Massachusetts. The Grafton-based alliance traditionally compiles the list every year to celebrate October as Italian Her...

The Italian American ALLIANCE is not fooled by Mayor Walsh’s recent actions concerning the Columbus statue, For starters, the Mayor broke his word to the ALLIANCE.  In a private ZOOM meeting between Mayor Walsh, and the ALLIANCE -- which took place shortly after the Columbus statue was vandalized --the ALLIANCE  gathered residents of the North End...

The annual flag-raising at Boston City Hall for Italian Heritage Month was a quiet affair this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The reading of the State proclamation was made to an empty plaza. Video commentary was instead submitted by Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Mayor Marty Walsh, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Speaker Robert DeLeo, S...

The controversial beheaded Christopher Columbus statue won’t return to its previous North End home, Mayor Martin Walsh says — but it, with a head re-attached, will continue to live in the old Italian area. Walsh’s office said Tuesday that the city “will be moving forward with a new Italian American Immigrant statue for the park, and this process wi...

Greater Boston restaurant veteran Chef Mike Fucci opened his eponymous Chef Mike’s Cucina (73 Highland Ave., Needham, MA 02494, 781-675-2950) just over one year ago. The casual Italian family-friendly eatery has already proven the most popular restaurant in Needham and surrounding towns – despite the challenges posed by Covid-19 for all restaurateu...

Newton residents will discuss changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day at a public hearing on Oct. 8, after the City Council concluded on Sept. 21 that the community should have a chance to weigh in. Ward 6 Councilor-at-Large Victoria Danberg and Ward 2 Councilor Emily Norton first brought this issue to the table in 2019. Motivated by the a...

The Italian flag now flies over Springfield City Hall in recognition of Italian Heritage Month. Mayor Domenic Sarno along with leaders of the Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts raised the flag over city hall Friday afternoon. Mayor Sarno read a proclamation saluting the accomplishments of Italian-Americans who made Springfield their h...