The reason Coca-Cola and not green tea is consumed in copious quantities by today’s youth in Japan is a story with an Italian connection, namely Francis Gragnani, an Italian-American born in Fall River, MA. During the latter part of World War II, he was assigned as an Army Air Corps Captain to the 10th Air Force in the China, Bruma, India Theater o...

There's a laundry list of the Italian desserts that everyone should try at least once, including panna cotta, tiramisu, and of course, Italian cookies. But the one that is likely the most well-known is the cannoli. The classic, Sicilian cannoli is made with a fried shell, rolled up so that it can easily support a thick, cheesy filling made with ric...

Bosa, you should know, is a small fishing village on the island of Sardinia. To get there from here, you take a flight to Rome, hop a one-hour flight to Alghero along the western coast, and drive south an hour farther. There, you’ll find the familiar cerulean blues of the Mediterranean, alongside some of the island’s freshest seafood. But you don’t...

Dear teachers and colleagues, the XXIV edition of the Week of the Italian Language in the World (SLIM), scheduled for October 14-20, is approaching and we are pleased to announce the release of the new contest dedicated to students of Italian in the New England consular district. The SLIM 2024 theme is “Italian and the Book: the world between the l...

This week, the joyous cries of “Viva San Pietro!” will ring out through St. Peter’s Square in Gloucester (MA) and beyond for the 97th annual St. Peter’s Fiesta, an expression of faith, family and fun sponsored by the city’s Italian-American fishing community since 1927. The five-day celebration highlighting the diverse heritage, history and traditi...

“What Once Was Promised” by Louis Trubiano has been released worldwide. This 257-page novel tells the story of a multigenerational Italian family as they navigate the turmoil and quickly changing landscape of Boston, Massachusetts. Following three young Italian immigrants and one American-born Italian, the novel traces their diverging paths from se...

It will be Pagliuca’s second parade in a month. His Atalanta won the team’s first Europa League title in more than half a century in May. While Europe may not be as prestigious as the Champions League, Atalanta stunned the football world with its Goliath-slaying victories over Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen and England’s Liverpool. As co-owner and co-c...

At 35 years old, Boston Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla became the youngest NBA head coach to win a championship since Bill Russell achieved the same feat for the Celtics in 1969. The second-year head coach led the Celtics to a 64-18 regular season and a 4-1 series win over the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. Though the NBA has many problems, M...

When Raffles Boston opened to great fanfare in the Back Bay in September 2023, a few venues at the luxurious property were not quite ready for guests. La Padrona, an Italian restaurant headlined by acclaimed Boston chef Jody Adams, was one of them. But the May 2023 opening has proved worth the wait. The two-story establishment offers a dramatic set...

A local exhibit is set to open in central Massachusetts to honor Italian teen Carlo Acutis set to be declared a saint. Pope Francis paved the way for the canonization of the first saint of the millennial generation last Thursday, attributing a second miracle to a 15-year-old Italian computer whiz who died of leukemia in 2006. Carlo Acutis was born...