American Italian Women’s annual awards luncheon will be held Oct. 27 at Anthony’s Ocean View restaurant. The honorees for the Distinguished American Italian Woman Award are Kristin Mancini and Victoria Verderame. Kristin is the Districtwide World Language Coach for the Branford Public Schools. She works in classrooms alongside teachers of Spanish,...

Italian Americans may not set off Guinness-fueled celebrations every St. Paddy's Day like Irish Americans, or serve as an excuse for margarita madness on Cinco de Mayo like Mexican Americans. But with their heaping plates of spaghetti and meatballs, mobster flicks, and the unfortunate reality TV show "Jersey Shore," Italian Americans are a critical...

Years following a heated debate about the legacy of John C. Calhoun and the renaming of a residential college at the University, members of the New Haven community are advocating for a similar demand: change the namesake of Christopher Columbus Family Academy. Columbus Day, a federal holiday that celebrates Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Amer...

The Greater New Haven Columbus Day Parade is coming to Branford on Sunday, Oct. 13. The annual honor of hosting the parade, which rotates among the towns of East Haven, West Haven, Hamden, New Haven, and North Haven, returns to Branford in 2019 — appropriately enough, on the occasion of its 375th birthday. Vietnam Army veteran and Bronze Star recip...

Italian flags are flying on Main Street in Branford this week, heralding the arrival of the celebrated Greater New Haven Columbus Day Parade, which takes place this Sunday, Oct. 13, stepping off at 1:30 p.m. on Main Street in Branford. Known as the largest parade of its kind in New England, the parade circulates its march through six host towns ann...

We are joined by Frank Tavera, CEO of Palace Theater along with Nick Fradiani, actor in A Bronx Tale – Plays Lorenzo to share what you could expect at the upcoming show. A Bronx Tale, Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser, takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960’s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love t...

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana (known simply “Pepe’s” to its legions of fans) opened in  New Haven, Connecticut, in 1925 and has long been heralded as one of the very best pizza establishments in the country. A pioneer of the coal-burning oven, rather than Italy's traditional wood and the gas common to U.S., Pepe’s is perhaps best known for inventi...

In this social media-ed age, it’s hard to believe that one of the greatest regional specialties in the United States could live on for decades in relative obscurity. But such is the case with Connecticut’s native tomato pizza, made for just two months of the year in and around New Haven County. Unless you grew up nearby, you’ve probably never heard...

The daughter of the founders of Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana has died. Serafina Lucy Pepe DeMusis, of Hamden died on August 25 at the Yale New Haven Hospital St. Raphael Campus with her family by her side, according to her obituary. She was 93. She was the wife of the late Dominic DeMusis. “Sera” DeMusis, who was born in New Haven on August 12, 1...

At a recent book event at the Guilford Free Library, author Leo Marino, a Branford resident, delighted a full house of Wooster Square denizens and descendants with a discussion of his book “The House on Green Street: Life and Times of a First Generation Italian American,” the colorful story of the path he followed from “the brick building turned bl...