About 50 descendants of immigrants from Santarcangelo di Romagna, Italy, gathered in City Hall Wednesday to Skype with their Italian counterparts and toast to a new “Friendship City” agreement endorsed by Mayor Jack Blalock. In the front row on Portsmouth’s side was Ugo Riciputi, who grew up in the North End and moved to Santarcangelo di Romagna in...

One early December morning well-spent in Manchester and my foodie Christmas list is all but wrapped up! In beautiful baskets with festive cellophane. Ready to ship across the city or across the country.  At Angela’s Pasta and Cheese Shop, 815 Chestnut St., there’s una gran quantita – that’s “oodles” in Italian – of imported gourmet Italian specialt...

With real estate prices in Portsmouth’s “urban core” continuing to rise, the West End has seen a large amount of development in a short period of time. The growth has been so explosive, it almost seems like the Islington Street Corridor project is happening a few years too late. The neighborhood’s restaurant scene has seen a similar upgrade and exp...

Reading the phone book in Santarcangelo di Romagna, Italy, is like reading Portsmouth’s phone book, with the names Ferrini, Semprini, Bizzocchi, Caminati, Ciotti, Zamarchi, Pesaresi and Riciputi in both, said Portsmouth’s Donna Garganta. She shared that observation with the City Council last week, while urging councilors to approve a “Friendship Ci...

The term “comfort food” means different things to different people. But if you’re the type who believes feeding the soul along with the body is best accomplished with deep bowls of carb goodness covered in savory sauces (and maybe some cheese), then Presto Craft Kitchen on Manchester’s West Side is your new go-to spot. Not only is the food deliciou...

This September, Tuscan Market in Salem, NH, will host its sixth annual Bocce Tournament. Open to 20 pre-registered teams of four players, the tournament – inclusive of a complimentary wine tasting – begins with a round robin on September 7 before the advancing teams face-off in the semi-finals and finals on September 8. Developed in Italy and made...

Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Macbeth,” which closely follows Shakespeare’s original, centers on a man, his wife and their unquenchable — and doomed — quest for power. “What makes it great to me is the arc of the man Macbeth himself,” explains Helena Binder, who is stage directing the Opera North production.“It’s not a prophecy that makes him do what he...

Food and music lovers are in for a treat on Saturday, when Chef Vito Marcello hosts the first-ever Cranmore Food and Wine event at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway. It will take place in a tent at the base of the mountain from 3-6 p.m. Special guest will be Salvatore Ferragamo, vintner from Il Borro Wine of Tuscany, Italy, and namesake gran...

Next weekend, Tuscan Kitchen in Salem will team up with Phantom Gourmet as it hosts the second Italian Wine & Food Fest, celebrating made-from-scratch Italian foods and regional wines. Thousands of people from all over New England are expected to attend this tented al fresco event, taking place Saturday, June 22, at the Tuscan Piazza. Tuscan Brands...

The Tuscan Brands artisan Italian restaurant company is looking to open a new Tuscan Market cafe concept in downtown Portsmouth. As the company prepares for the endeavor, it will host a job fair this Thursday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fair will take place at the Tuscan Kitchen restaurant located at 581 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth. Tuscan B...