By John Golden Often it's all in the delivery.Some years ago I invited a spirited lady friend to join me for lunch at a fashionable cafe in midtown Manhattan. She was a dead ringer in speech, looks and manner for the character, Alexis, played by Joan Collins in the epic TV drama, "Dynasty."   She breezed in, took a quick look around and sai...

By Steve Feeney   Italy has welcomed American jazz artists over the years, often providing musical support for them from a cadre of homegrown players. Things sort of came full circle when local jazz/world/klezmer flutist Carl Dimow met the accomplished Italian vocalist Giuppi Paone in the summer of 2012 while she was visiting a friend i...

by Tom Bell   Vincent "Vinny" A. DiFillipo Sr., who rose up the ranks at the Portland Fire Department and retired as deputy chief in 2010, died on Dec. 22. He was 63. He was devoted to the Fire Department, his family and his friends, said his wife, Joyce DiFillipo. "If you had him as a friend, you had him forever," she said. "He wa...

Mike Smith, executive chef at Scales, one of Portland's hottest new restaurants, says he is leaving after just five months to work at a neighborhood restaurant that Chris Gould, chef/owner of Central Provisions, plans to open off the Portland peninsula this winter.   Gould and his wife and business partner, Paige Gould, have purchased the fo...

A menu that features dishes like eggplant parm and garlic bread sounds like something you'd expect to find alongside red-checked tablecloths, candleholders made from straw-wrapped Chianti bottles – and maybe even a pair of cartoon dogs sharing a romantic plate of pasta in an alley. But in designing their new Washington Avenue restaurant, Roustabou...

Piccolo, a small "modern classic" Italian restaurant with influences from Calabria and Abruzzi, had a soft opening last night and will open to the public tomorrow at 5 p.m. The highly anticipated spot is from the husband and wife team of Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez. It's the first time Sansonetti and Lopez have worked together professionally s...

Speaking and praying in both Italian and English, Bishop Robert P. Deeley celebrated a Mass honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Rocco, providing a spiritual start to the 89th annual St. Peter's Italian Bazaar.   During the Mass at St. Peter Church in Portland, the bishop expressed his joy at celebrating the Mass and his wish for a goo...

The Maine Association of Police has named Gino Bianchini, a Freeport Police Department detective, as its Officer of the Year. Bianchini accepted the award during a ceremony held on Jan. 25 in Portland.The Maine Association of Police is the bargaining union for police departments in the state, and Bianchini is president of the Freeport unit, the Fr...

by Bill Smith I'm pretty sure that for the most part, native Portlanders like Italian sandwiches more than people who move here do. That's a shame; I invite newcomers to reconsider. Let's be clear. A real Maine Italian starts with a pillow-soft roll split down the middle.   On one side is a layer of deli ham; on the other, a strip of w...

by John Golden   Several years ago when I set out to make the perfect red sauce—or Sunday gravy, which it's often called—I knew exactly where to look. That was to my good friend Steve Quattrucci. His family has long held sway in Portland food circles amongst the Italian-American community.   Or as Quattrucci relates, "Memories from my...