It is one of the sweetest traditions in Portland, the annual cookie bake for the St. Peter's Italian Bazaar. Wednesday, more than 60 volunteers helped make, bake and decorate these homemade Italian cookies for this weekend's 92nd annual bazaar.  The bazaar, which starts Friday and ends Sunday, is the largest fundraiser of the year for St. Peter's c...

It was two or three years since I had been to Enio`s on Cottage St. in South Portland. The small Italian restaurant with a rustic feel offers food created with their own flair and and a relatively extensive beer and wine list. After a long week of work, a restaurant close to home sounded perfect and we made a last minute reservation. When we arrive...

Henry Kissinger found himself in the doghouse after talking to her, famously describing his interview as “the most disastrous conversation I ever had with any member of the press.” Iran’s supreme religious leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeni walked out of the room when she ripped off her chador. Golda Meir, the legendary Israeli prime minister, was s...

David Levi doesn’t care how you pronounce the name of his new Portland trattoria, as long as you’re talking about it. For the record, he chose the name to honor his grandmother, a flamboyant character who, along with her husband, fled Milan to escape Mussolini’s fascist regime in 1938. Her name was Fanny (rhymes with “La KNEE”). “She was a brillian...

David Levi has reopened Rossobianco, his restaurant at 3 Deering Ave., under the name Trattoria Fanny. The restaurant is serving a simpler, more affordable menu than Rossobianco, and is named after Levi’s grandmother, Fanny Levi, who was born in Milan in 1908. Dinner dishes are all under $20, and include seafood stew in tomato broth and a veal cutl...

In restaurant-rich Portland, what’s immediately noticeable about Maria’s Restaurant is what isn’t there. The now-familiar buzz that newish city bistros radiate. The staccato of cocktail shakers, or eclectic soundtracks piped from hidden speakers. Foodies don’t flock to the Cumberland Avenue eatery to Instagram artfully plated delicacies. It would a...

Saturday, February 11 at 3 pm. Hannaford Hall at USM, Portland (Abromson Center, 88 Bedford St) Maine Public is the media sponsor of Portland Ovations Classical Series including Handel & Haydn Society performing Glories of the Italian Baroque. Concertmaster/violinist Aisslinn Nosky leads an ensemble of 15 Handel & Haydn Society musicians in this gl...

By Susan Axelrod Damian Sansonetti and his wife, Ilma Lopez, are opening a "rustic Italian" restaurant in the space formerly occupied by Bresca at 111 Middle St. next month.   Sansonetti, who left his post as executive chef at Bar Boulud in New York City to come to Portland last September, owns Blue Rooster Food Co. in the Old Port, which h...

by Meredith Goad Lucille Chaisson took a break from making cookie dough at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church and pointed out the open parish hall door to the stately brick house where she was born 73 years ago."My dad served Mass at this church every morning for 50 years, and my mother worked in the rectory," Chaisson said. "She was the cook in th...

Stephen Lanzalotta makes what he calls Sicilian "slab" pizza, bubbly slices of a lofty, rich, but light-textured crust topped with a thin layer of smooth, sweet tomato sauce and channels of gooey cheese.   Lanzalotta used to make it at Micucci Grocery until last year, and now he's at Slab, a restaurant he opened earlier this year in the old...