The Columbus Day Committee of Greater New Haven will hold a fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. June 28 at the Cielo Banquet Ballroom, 85 Chase Lane, to raise money for the 2017 Columbus Day parade in West Haven. The benefit will include a buffet of Italian foods donated by city restaurants, along with beer, wine, soda, coffee and dessert. It will also inc...

Time for Festa, the 117th actually, and you know the food is great. Starting with a simple march June 22 at 6 p.m., the St. Andrew the Apostle Society and the Amalfitani-Italian Community of New Haven are celebrating their heritage and traditions with a processions, a Mass and a festival running through Sunday evening. The Thursday procession is a...

It’s a celebration 117 years in the making, the St. Andrew the Apostle Society in New Haven is hosting their annual Italian Festa this week to celebrate their heritage and tradition. This morning, Stephen Stellato and Anne Candela stopped by our kitchen to give us a cooking preview and tell us more about the great event. Events kick off Thursday, J...

The St. Andrew Society will hold its annual “Blessing of the Fleet” Sunday (June 11, 2017) at 1 p.m. in New Haven Harbor. Boats will line up at 12:30 p.m. off Dock AA of the Bruce and Johnson Marina in Branford and then proceed to New Haven for the ceremony.  The blessing requests heavenly protection for boaters and commemorates the heritage of Ita...

Italian-American Catholics in New Haven are celebrating one of the biggest feast dates in the Roman Catholic church from Thursday night through Sunday. The Feast of St. Anthony at St. Anthony’s Church on Washington Avenue is hosting its long standing festival. The feast includes a variety of foods, drinks, and even Italian singers. The feast will b...

“I sold my business of 35 years. Once I retired, I didn’t really know what to do with myself. I was bored so I thought I’ll put up a really nice little Italian cafe that made perfect everything.” Giuliana Maravelle owns Gelato Giuliana in New Haven. When she started Gelato Giuliana, she says she didn’t know she needed her cafe to be a business. She...

While New Haven’s run as Connecticut’s co-capital may have ended, its legacy of world-class pizza has endured. Each year, droves of people visit the Elm City for a taste. Chicago has deep dish, New York has thin crust, and New Haven has apizza. “New Haven-style apizza is [akin to the Neapolitan-style pie] traditionally baked in a coal-fired oven at...

A 1904 New York Tribune article about Italian immigration to New Haven carried the fevered headline “ITALIANS ARE FLOODING CONNECTICUT.” The article quotes the Rev. Joel Ives of the Missionary Society of Connecticut, who worries that the Italians coming into the state are “poor, superstitious, ignorant, and indifferent.” Well, the Rev. Ives has dep...

The New Haven area is known for its Italian heritage and for a pasta supplier in West Haven, the word business is all about family. At Durante’s Pasta, making pasta is truly a work of art. “Having a family business, to me personally, is everything,” said Angelo Durante. Angelo’s mother and father, Carmelina and Amedeo, met in Ruviano, Italy and cam...

Yes, I have been to every Italian American neighborhood in America. Why? About 4 years ago I noticed that there were many Italian businesses in New York that were disappearing. Some of these businesses were a century old.   Before they all vanished I wanted to have photographs of these neighborhoods and their institutions for the sake of his...