The present demonization of Christopher Columbus in New Haven, as well as in the rest of the country, is a misguided rush to judgment. To blame Columbus for all the inequities of European colonialism is not only absurd but inaccurate and anachronistic. To be sure, the Columbian Exchange and settlement of the Americas by Europeans was achieved by a...

New Haven and Hartford became the latest Connecticut cities Monday to say they would remove statues honoring Christopher Columbus from public property. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said in a statement released by his office Monday evening that a Columbus statue near the state Capitol would be “removed from city property.” “When the statue of Co...

When Neil Thomas Proto started delving into the life of Yale University president A. Bartlett Giamatti, he expected to tell a story of tremendous personal and professional accomplishment — a tale of a life well-lived. What he found was something quite a bit more complex. Proto’s book, “Fearless: A. Bartlett Giamatti and the Battle for Fairness in A...

In their temporal dimension as popes, Saints John XXIII and John Paul II fervently and effectively served their savior and His church with humility and humor, and without hints of self-importance. These same gifts were bestowed on convivial, nonagenarian priest and Waterbury native the Rev. Vito DeCarolis, who worked in Waterbury’s Our Lady of Lour...

The popular "Pizza Wars" event in West Haven has been postponed, due to the state of emergency declaration as Connecticut looks to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. The second "Pizza Wars" event, sponsored by the West Haven Italian American Civic Association, was set to take place March 21 at Cielo Banquet Hall on Chase Lane.  "Our fi...

NOIAW Connecticut Region invites you to an interactive discussion with Italian American women authors, focusing on what compels them to write about their heritage, family, and community. The panel will examine the contemporary situation of immigration in Connecticut, and how their families’ immigrant past empowers them to be successful in the prese...

West Haven is known for having some of the best pizza around, so when a competition pits the locals against each other, it's a rare "war" where everybody wins. The second West Haven Italian American Civic Association's "Pizza Wars" will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 21 at the Cielo Banquet Hall, 85 Chase Lane in West Haven. Publi...

The Elm City is welcoming another Italian eatery, and Wooster Square will soon be known for more than just its pizza. Ventured by Naples native and former head chef at Anthony’s Ocean View, Giulio Laurentino hopes to provide city residents with fresh, homemade pasta and Neapolitan delicacies. The restaurant — called Pasta EATaliana — opened last We...

Patrons of Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, both in New Haven and beyond, have the opportunity to try a new kind of pizza. The restaurant has begun serving a meatball and ricotta pizza, “crafted with 100% all natural meatballs, ricotta cheese, crushed Italian tomatoes, mozzarella, grated pecorino Romano and drizzled with olive oil,” according to a r...

Growing up in Wooster Square meant that we didn’t have to experience ethnic or cultural prejudice, and that made life much more comfortable for us all. Just about everyone had the same ethnic background, and things that might have seemed strange to others were ordinary to us. For instance, most of us lived in a bilingual environment. Whether first...