Comparing her life as a cigar maker in New Haven to her grueling labors as a taglialegna, or lumberman, in 1930s Italy, Michelina Venditti can't help chuckling at the contrast. Venditti's remarkable account of felling trees to make charcoal is just one of many riveting oral histories collected by author Anthony Riccio for his newest book, "Farms, F...

By Stephen Fries   This column started out with the idea of sleuthing out recipes for dishes you enjoyed at area restaurants. It still does, and has grown to include columns related to "everything food." I have been a subscriber to Bon Appetit magazine for many years and have enjoyed their R.S.V.P. column where they also seek out restau...

It's that time of year again, Elm City pilgrims, and it's always a special Sunday morning for Italian Americans (and others) in Wooster Square.   The Santa Maria Maddalena Society of New Haven will mark its 116th celebration of Atrani heritage and traditions with the annual Old World traditional procession through historic Wooster Square on...

by Alvin Chang   Connecticut was settled almost 400 years ago, but events of about 150 years ago seem to have more strongly shaped the current demographics of the state.   A TrendCT analysis of the American Community Survey found that Italy is still the predominant country of ancestry in this state; about 19 percent of residents said...

by David Holahan   Guido Calabresi, an esteemed Yale law prof and federal appellate judge, still considers himself a refugee. Guido Calabresi, who is 83, continues to do many-splendored things. He is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, one step below the Supreme Court.   He is a professor at the Yale La...

Il 19 e 20 Aprile 2013, il Film Studies e l’Italian Department di Yale, in collaborazione con il Whitney Humanities center, organizzano un convegno internazionale di studi dedicato a “A Controversial Identity: Italy and its Recent Cinema.”

by Lee Breslouer   Just because a pizza place has stuck around for a long while doesn't mean its pies are anything special... but mostly it does. We tricked you again, it 100% does! And that's certainly the case with these 21 pizzerias from across the country, all of them continuously in operation since the day they opened so many years ago...

An oompah band played "When the Saints Go Marching In" as members of New Haven's oldest Italian-American mutual aid society carried its dollar-and-jewelry-bedecked patron through the streets of Wooster Square Sunday afternoon. It was the 114th year of the Old World-style ritual, and 73-year-old Patti Masto-Toni has participated in 73 of them. The...

Italian culture is stronger in four adjoining Eastern states than anywhere else in America.Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are home to the 22 U.S. markets that have the largest percentages of Italian-American residents, according to the latest federal data.The U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 American Community Survey asked respondents...

Always around the 50 States searching for traces of Italy, today our trip stops in Connecticut. Among the things important to remember about Italians in Connecticut, we cannot fail to mention Ella T. Grasso: the daughter of Italian immigrant parents, in 1975 she was the first female to be elected governor of a US state (all three previous female go...