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Eleven local sandwich shops gathered in Portland’s Monument Square late morning Thursday to build what may be the unofficial World’s Largest Maine Italian Sandwich – 160 feet from end to end. Collectively, it took the sandwich makers about 25 minutes to build it, said Gillian Britt, one of the owner/producers of Portland’s Harvest on the Harbor fes...

A new Italian eatery is set to open next week. La Tavola Ristorante  will be open on Route 100 with an extensive wine list, full bar, authentic Italian menu and lounge. The owners, Fernando and Soa Uva, and manager Tony Lavalle run Tavola’s in Provincetown, Cape Cod, Rhode Island and Florida in addition to the new Vermont location. “We’re like rest...

Often referred to by food and beverage industry insiders as “Lorenzo the wine guy,” Lorenzo Savona has made a name for himself in New England as a leading wine sommelier. As part of its 25-year anniversary celebration, French bistro Les Zygomates has introduced a wine-tasting series hosted by Savona, who owns a wine consulting business, Porta Vino....

Of Massachusetts’ 6.8 million citizens, 13 percent — or more than 1 out of 8 residents — are of Italian descent. That’s second only to the Bay State’s Irish community, which comes in at nearly 20 percent. In nearby Rhode Island, those claiming Italian descent number 19 percent or nearly 1 in 5. Still, Teddy deCaro and the Rev. Flavio Gillio are ne...

The city is getting a new restaurant. That’s nothing new. It’s an Italian restaurant. Ah, you say. That’s not new either. But it will be. When Sarto opens in the Providence G building, diners will note that executive chef/partner Robert Andreozzi has created a modern interpretation of regional Italian cuisine served in a casual atmosphere with an o...

If you’re a fan of the Maine Italian, head to Monument Square Thursday to get a bite of what is being billed as the World’s Largest Maine Italian Sandwich. At least eight local sandwich shops plan to meet there at 11 a.m. Each will construct 16 feet of its own signature Maine Italian. Together, they hope to construct a finished sandwich that is 144...

I walked into the newly renovated Wellesley Hills Papa Razzi at summer’s end and was greeted by Spring. The restaurant has undergone many changes, but the life-sized classical stone statue the staff says everyone calls “Spring” remains. Looking like a transplanted divine patroness of an Italianate garden, she survived the construction bustle to con...

Giulio Caperchi, 32, was born and raised in Rome, a city built upon seven hills. When he and his wife, Carol, 33, opened a pasta business here in a Melrose commercial kitchen, it seemed fitting to name their company Seven Hills Pasta Co. While most artisan pasta makers produce only fresh pasta, Caperchi crafts dried pasta made the old-fashioned way...

The new Italian restaurant Dining Alfresco at 10 Gay St. in the corner of the Sharon Shopping Center gets its name from the quintessential Italian phrase, evoking images of enjoying a meal under blue skies, watching the play of sun and shadow as you dine. “You have magnificent trees and shading, plus the huge awning outside,” said owner and chef Ad...

A restaurant centered on family-style Italian dining will open this fall in Boston’s North End. Table by Jen Royle (445 Hanover St., Boston) will operate more like a family dining room than a restaurant, with dinner served Tuesday through Saturday, brunch on Sundays, and a convivial atmosphere where people can come in and make friends, owner Jen Ro...

A longtime Boston chef will revisit his roots during a six-month residency in Boston’s South End. Chef Tony Susi, most recently of Capo, will bring his Italian food prowess to Wink & Nod (3 Appleton St., Boston) with Ripasso, an “Italian pub,” taking his place as the South End bar’s next culinary incubatee. Susi takes the reins from Louis DiBiccari...

Let's be honest. Visiting the Stearns Square area of downtown Springfield can currently be a hassle as that outdoor space and the streets that surround it undergo a total rebuild. But a bit of construction dust and delay shouldn't deter a visit to Art e' Pizza, which offers those who enjoy good food compelling reasons to make the trip. Offering piz...