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...

John Fusco says you know it when you’ve made it. He ought to know. Fusco spent about an hour last week on his 200-acre farmstead off Stagecoach Road in Stowe unspooling the story of his life, from a rebellious teenager with a fierce love for his father’s forbidden Hammond T-200 organ to his current eagle-eyed focus on the X-Road Riders, the band he...

Vermont has joined a handful of states in renaming Columbus Day to honor Native Americans. Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill into law on Friday recognizing the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples' Day. A half dozen states, including Vermont, and several cities, have made the change. The governors of Maine and New Mexico signed sim...

The founder of the Vermont Salumi Company, Peter Roscini Colman, is no stranger to the food and traditions of Italy. He was born in the town of Assisi in the province of Umbria and has been visiting his father’s side of his family in Italy since his teens. Colman is also no stranger to the principles of organic farming and caring for the land. He g...

Dartmouth professor Graziella Parati will look at how fascism began and spread in the early 20th century in a talk at Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport on May 1 at 7 p.m. Her talk, “The Roots of Fascism,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Parati will tell the histor...

The Italian American One Voice Coalition, a national organization dedicated to defending Italian Americans against bias and defending their heritage, is campaigning to save Columbus Day in Vermont. The group is based in Bloomfield NJ. Andre DiMino, Communications Director of the organization, was a guest on WDEV Radio Vermont and the Gene Valicenti...

Mimmo’s Pizzeria and Restaurant is a family business in more ways than one. Owner Dominic “Mimmo” Spano has brought several family members into the business, including his youngest brother, Carlo, who manages the restaurant here in St. Albans. Two brothers also operate the Mimmo’s in Essex. Mimmo’s brother-in-law met his wife while both worked at t...