The first Italian stonecutters in Vermont came in the 1880s and worked at the Vermont Marble Company in Rutland. These were skilled marble carvers from Carrara. Italians came to Barre mostly in the period from 1890 to 1910, whereby in 1910, about 14 percent of Barre's population was Italian. During the 1920s Burlington’s Urban Core (the area border...

During the first half of 2021 membership in the Vermont Italian Cultural Association (VICA) has increased 62% including the addition of fourteen businesses. Virtual events held during the past year have had waiting lists. Most recently a presentation on obtaining Italian citizenship attracted over 130 participants. Senator Patrick Leahy, whose mate...

Ciao from Rome, welcome to another wonderful issue of our magazine. On the cover of this issue we celebrate the fantastic victory of the Italian national soccer team at the recently concluded European Championships. All of Italy was filled with joy, and it was wonderful to see so many Italians happy again after so many difficult months. Dear friend...

In this episode of the Atlas Obscura podcast, we visit a graveyard in the “Granite Capital of the World” that pays tribute to the stone cutters and artisans who are buried amongst the sculptures they created. Our podcast is an audio guide to the world’s wondrous, awe-inspiring, strange places. In under 15 minutes, we’ll take you to an incredible si...

An experienced businesswoman, avid snowboarder and born-and-raised New Jersey girl, Alex Morano is bringing the taste of her home state to Essex Junction. This Friday, April 2, Morano is opening the doors of The Food Bar, a new restaurant on Park Street offering the food of an Italian deli and the atmosphere of a cocktail bar. The menu is brimming...

IMAGINE THIS: In 1840, 37 immigrants came from Italy to the United States. In 1907 — the year in which novelist Vincent Panella’s latest work, Sicilian Dreams, is set, 285,731 did so — the greatest number in history. Such an explosion of dreamers was eager to reboot here in America, among them, Panella’s family. Panella lives up on Augur Hole Road,...

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...