Pete Roscini Colman has expanded Alimentari Roscini, the grocery business at 159 North Main Street in Barre associated with his cured meats company, Vermont Salumi. Colman now takes online orders for curbside pickup of both his cured meats and fresh meats; most of the latter are locally sourced. He also offers fresh pasta and bread, local dairy, eg...

Former Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord will interview Vincent Panella on his soon-to-be-published novel, Sicilian Dreams, during the Brattleboro Literary Festival's virtual Literary Cocktail Hour, scheduled for 5 p.m. on Friday on the Literary Festival's Facebook page. In this novel, Santo Regina, a 32-year old activist, immigrates to America a...

In the 1980s, after a decade of working in Vermont on planning and development issues, I became concerned that not enough was being done to revitalize our villages and town centers or to prevent the proliferation of unplanned development out into the countryside. I had witnessed a new era of shopping-mall development sapping the life out of downtow...

In a large Italian-American family, says Christopher Di Mezzo, there’s a tradition of learning to speak your mind without making other people too angry. It’s one of the ways growing up in Rome has helped him get off to a strong start in his career in politics. Di Mezzo earlier this month became the Vermont state director of former New York Mayor Mi...

The Premio Famiglia Fiducia Fund for the Middlebury Italian School, established in 2016, is a scholarship to support graduate students pursuing an MA in Italian at the Middlebury Italian School and the Middlebury C.V. Starr School in Italy, headquartered in Florence. The fellowship will fund the complete master's degree program for three students....

What unites all the people I have had the good luck to interview is their relationship with an aspect of the marriage between Italy and America. Everyone experiences it from a different point of view, on this or that side of the ocean, and for We the Italians it is nice to meet people who are different in culture, sex, age, experience, tastes and v...

A restaurant that’s been a hit in Franklin County for a generation and also has a location in Essex is making its next big move in a new spot on Shelburne Road. What is the place? Mimmo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant opened in St. Albans in 1995 and remains a fixture in the Franklin County city. Owner Domenico "Mimmo" Spano — it's pronounced mee-mo, by th...

The holiday formerly known as Columbus Day will be officially recognized by Vermont as "Indigenous Peoples' Day", starting on Monday, Oct. 14. Former Gov. Peter Shumlin began observing Indigenous Peoples' Day by gubernatorial proclamation in 2016, a tradition that his successor, Gov. Phil Scott, has maintained. At the beginning of this year, a bill...

I thought about bringing my own crosswalk to Mimmo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, the new restaurant in our South End neighborhood, but I remembered the city frowns upon  DIY safety measures. Instead, I ran across Shelburne Road — praying mid-dash there was no car on the far side of the Jeep Cherokee I couldn’t see past. I made it.I was surprised to find...

The historic Homer Fitts department store building on Main Street in Barre is the new home of Vermont Salumi, a locally owned charcuterie company whose products are sold at various Vermont co-ops and specialty stores. Owner Peter Colman started in 2011 with a line of fresh sausages made at Cate Farm in Plainfield; he's been producing Vermont Salumi...