By Erik Dobratz   Branford High School social studies teacher and track coach Rich Biondi loves teaching and coaching, but boxing really fires him up, specifically Italian boxers from New Haven. "I never really thought I'd write a book, but I did it," he said.   Two books to be exact: "Pugilistic Paisani: A Concise History of the...

On that day, the Tuscany Campus moved 27 students into its new residence hall located in a historic former Franciscan convent known locally as San Francesco. While the structure itself has been around for ages, the interior was recently renovated and now features all of the latest conveniences to provide for student development and safety. "My sta...

by Jason Newton   Italian immigration may have ended decades ago, but their influence in Connecticut is everywhere. There are many Italian specialty food shops, like P&M in East Rock. "The Italian culture, the main thing is the food," said Joseph Ciccone, owner P&M Fine Foods.   "I grew up on good food. I've never known f...

The Greater New Haven Sons of Italy Lodge #37 will hold the 4th annual ladies luncheon from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Italian American Social Club, 40 Hamre Lane, Branford, according to a release.   The male members of the lodge will prepare and serve the food, the release said. The cost is $35 per person. Seating is limited to the first...

by Brian Mccready   East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. and Paul Criscuolo, President of the Columbus Day Committee of Greater New Haven have announced that the Grand Marshals for this year's Columbus Day Parade are East Haven resident Pio Sgrignari and David McDermott of McDermott Auto Group.   Mayor Maturo is the Honorary Chairman o...

By George Roelofsen   North Haven's Wine Press is an Italian-American, family-owned business that teaches people how to turn grapes into wine. The owner, Ray Iannucci, was born in New Haven after his parents immigrated from Italy.   He started making wine in 1994 and opened the Wine Press in 2008. "When I was a kid I helped...

by Michelle Liu   This weekend, both the Yale and New Haven communities can enjoy a view of Italy from the seats of the Whitney Humanity Center auditorium. Between Thursday and Sunday, the 10th annual Yale Festival of New Italian Cinema will screen five recent Italian films at the center. The screenings will be accompanied by guided dis...

Vincent Gagliardi brushed his mustache briefly with his finger, thought to himself and then looked over at his friend Andy DeLucia. "That guy right there is the glue that holds this whole team together," Gagliardi said about DeLucia. "He's the man."   The elder DeLucia, seated at a table overlooking the East Haven Italian American Club'...

Italian Aperitivo, January 16, 2015 at 6:45 pm – 9:00 pmKoffee?, 104 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06511, United States Dear folks, it's time for the first Italian Aperitivo of 2015. Let's meet up at Koffee? on Audubon on January 16th from 6.45 to 9.00pm. It is a great opportunity to meet new people and try new drinks prepared for us fro...

The museum's 10th annual Christmas exhibition opens Monday, Dec. 1, and features Nativity scenes from Italy inspired by Italian crèche custom and heritage.   The show features crèches from many regions of Italy, including a large Neapolitan diorama, and works by Italian artists in North America. The museum's Christmas exhibitions, renowned f...