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Italian Festa in Waltham, MA - May 30, 2015

Italian Festa in Waltham, MA - May 30, 2015

The Regina Margherita di Savoia Mixed Lodge #1094 of the Order Sons of Italy in America will again host an Italian Festa on the Waltham Common on Saturday, May 30th, from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm; rain date is Sunday, May 31st. In addition to showcasing Italian heritage, the Festa is a fundraiser for the various charities which the Order...

Italian American Women Who Rule Our World

Italian American Women Who Rule Our World

Patricia Russo is Executive Director of the Women's Campaign School at Yale University, a non-partisan, issue-neutral political campaign training program for women interested in running for public office or campaign management. Based at Yale Law School, the program attracts women from the U.S. and internationally. Pat is also a member of the Council of Women's Health Research at Yale and...

Phantom Gourmet: Tuscan Kitchen In Burlington

Phantom Gourmet: Tuscan Kitchen In Burlington

Do you love Italian food? Of course you do, but you probably don't love it as much as Joe Faro, the Owner and 'Chief Food Taster' at the sprawling Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington. "Tuscan Kitchen is an artisan Italian experience. We are taking scratch Italian specialties, and we are celebrating those with our guests."   Faro's passion for Italian food runs deep. He...

A New Gelato Shop Opens in Back Bay this Week with Free Treats

A New Gelato Shop Opens in Back Bay this Week with Free Treats

Good news, folks! A new Boston gelato shop is opening just in time for spring. Amorino, a luxurious European cafe and gelato shop, is set to debut its first Boston-area location this Thursday at 7:30 a.m. And, per a release, guests can experience a "special discovery period" that day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with complimentary gelato.   The upcoming Newbury...

BU showcases Pierluigi Billone’s dramatic innovations

BU showcases Pierluigi Billone’s dramatic innovations

On Thursday night, in a brightly lit meeting room at Boston University's Hillel House, the violinist Marco Fusi performed a half-hour soliloquy that had all the swollen emotion and gravitas of Shakespearean tragedy. Hamlet or Lear, perhaps . . . or, to keep things on musical terrain, Wotan's great oration from the second act of "Die Walküre."   The next night, just...

Paisano’s fills need for authentic Italian deli

Paisano’s fills need for authentic Italian deli

Terrill Street Discount Beverage has been quenching Rutland's thirst since 1983. A family-owned business run by father Joe Coloutti and sons, Bob and Mike, the store recently expanded its services in order to ease its patrons' hunger too. Here Bob Coloutti discusses the new Paisano's Italian Kitchen. What is the nature of your business?   We are a family-owned and operated deli/kitchen (I...

Piccolo Market in Moultonborough Offers a Taste of Italy

Piccolo Market in Moultonborough Offers a Taste of Italy

In Italian, the word "piccolo" means small, but there is nothing small about the variety of delicacies available at the new delicatessen, Piccolo Market, on Rte. 25 in Moultonborough.   Chef/owner Bill Bennett opened his deli with a small café in late December and has been adding delicious items to his menu ever since. Bennett, originally from Fairfield County, Conn., has been...

I VISTI: A BOSTON IL TERZO SEMINARIO PRATICO DEL PIB

I VISTI: A BOSTON IL TERZO SEMINARIO PRATICO DEL PIB

"Considerazione Visti per gli Italiani all'Estero": questo il tema del terzo seminario organizzato a Boston dall'associazione dei Professionisti Italiani a Boston (Pib) e Consolato Generale.   Terzo della serie di seminari utili programmati per quest'anno, il seminario si terrà il 13 aprile dalle 19 in Consolato. Meredith Stewart, partner di Pappas Lenzo and Stewart, parlerà di quali sono gli aspetti da considerare...

Italian Cultural Center to screen comedy 'Johnny Stecchino' on April 3

Italian Cultural Center to screen comedy 'Johnny Stecchino' on April 3

As part of the organization's recurring "Friday Night at the Italian Cinema" series, the Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts will screen "Johnny Stecchino" on Friday, April 3. The screening of the 1991 comedy, which tells the tale of mistaken identity between a bus driver and a mob informant, will be presented by Dr. Rocco Mesiti, Italian radio host and a...

Verrazzano Committee names Tri-Town CEO DeSantis as Man of the Year

Verrazzano Committee names Tri-Town CEO DeSantis as Man of the Year

The Verrazzano Day Observance Committee, comprised of members from the Order Sons of Italy in America (Grand Lodge of Rhode Island) and Italian American War Veterans of the United States (Rhode Island division), recently announced its 2015 Man of the Year – Joseph DeSantis, CEO of Tri-Town Community Action Agency and South County Community Action Agency.   "I think it's an excellent...

Columbus Day Float

Columbus Day Float

by Pascal Gangi   My name is Pascal Gangi and I am a graduate from Wentworth Institute of Technology with a degree in Electrical-Mechanical Engineering. I was born in Sicily and moved to Revere at a very young age. My Sicilian heritage is something that I hold dear to my heart and I admire the art work that is presented in many...

Pirandello Lyceum Announces 2015 I Migliori Awardees

Pirandello Lyceum Announces 2015 I Migliori Awardees

Boston's Pirandello Lyceum announced the 2015 recipients of its prestigious "I Migliori in Mens et Gesta" award, the "Best in Mind and Deed." The Board of Governors recognized a group of outstanding Americans of Italian descent who have made important contributions to their profession, to society and to the Italian-American community. The I Migliori honorees for 2015 are:Josephine Cuzzi , Management-LeadershipSenator...

Gaspara Stampa: A Symposium and Concert Honoring the Poet and Her Time

Gaspara Stampa: A Symposium and Concert Honoring the Poet and Her Time

Date: March 27, 2015Time: 7:30-9:00PMLocation: Gasson Hall 100Address: Boston College 140 Commonwealth Ave. Chestnut Hill, MA 02467Contact: Prof. Mattia Acetoso, 617-552-1741   This event celebrates the encounter of contemporary music and the Italian Renaissance, commemorating the life and works of Gaspara Stampa (1523-1554), the greatest woman poet of the Italian Renaissance.

Italy Invests in the US: Italy’s System Logistics’ Modula US Brings High-Tech Ma…

Italy Invests in the US: Italy’s System Logistics’ Modula US Brings High-Tech Manufacturing to Maine

Italy's System Logistics's automated vertical storage solutions company Modula US has announced a $6 Million USD investment in manufacturing at the firm's Lewiston, Maine facility. The factory will be equipped with the latest automated lines to punch, bend, weld and cut sheet metal for a variety of Modula storage products.   According to Modula US President Miguel Fabra, "40 years of experience...

Angela Carella: Stamford natives press true look at Italians in America

Angela Carella: Stamford natives press true look at Italians in America

Some 130 years ago Italians began to arrive in America in significant numbers. Perhaps because they came in surges and many were poor farmers or laborers with little education, desperate for work, many were stereotyped as less than intelligent, as buffoons or criminals.   Like immigrants from other places, they were marginalized. But their children have changed that. Census data shows that Italian-Americans now...

Boston Bel Canto Opera — Spring Concert (12 April)

Boston Bel Canto Opera — Spring Concert (12 April)

Neapolitan Italian tenor Giovanni Formisano sings a recital of songs in Italian and in Neapolitan dialect with opera arias from Andrea Chenier, Lucia di Lammermoor, Il Corsaro and L'Arlesiana. Formisano will be assisted by piano accompanist Bradley Pennington, Artistic Director of Boston Bel Canto Opera, who will also play piano selections by Chopin.   Admission is $20.00, $17.00 for Students and Seniors – Information:...

More Italian than Irish eyes smiling in R.I.

More Italian than Irish eyes smiling in R.I.

On St. Patrick's Day, everybody is Irish, but the other 364 days a year, only 17.9 percent of Rhode Islanders claim Irish ancestry, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures.   That makes the sons and daughters of Erin the second most numerous ethnic group following Italians, who count 18.4 percent of the Rhode Island population among their extended family. And, conveniently enough,...

BU Artist in Residence Pierluigi Billone to Host Forums, Concerts

BU Artist in Residence Pierluigi Billone to Host Forums, Concerts

As part of its ongoing artist-in-residency program, Boston University’s Center for New Music will host Italian composer Pierluigi Billone for three weeks starting March 18, giving local audiences several chances to witness the maestro’s unique approach to music.   "…his radical methods have led him to explore unchartered soundworlds and to develop idiosyncratic instrumental and vocal techniques. Nevertheless, the concurrent roots of...

Franchitto receives honor from Italian American group

Franchitto receives honor from Italian American group

Diana Franchitto, president and CEO of Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island (HHCRI), was recently honored by the Rhode Island Region of the National Organization of Italian American Women as one of its 2015 Three Wise Women. The award is given annually to three of Rhode Island’s most accomplished women of Italian descent.   President and CEO of HHCRI since 2008,...

Pizza royalty setting up shop in Chestnut Hill

Pizza royalty setting up shop in Chestnut Hill

After whetting Boston appetites for the past year, the famed Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana said it has finally decided to open its first local restaurant, in Chestnut Hill, this fall. Pizza-loving Bostonians — even competitors — were salivating Friday over the news about the New Haven institution’s plans to move into the area.   “I’m all for it,” said Todd Winer, the...

Celtics’ Luigi Datome Already Developing Cult-Hero Status In Boston

Celtics’ Luigi Datome Already Developing Cult-Hero Status In Boston

by Zack Cox   Tyler Zeller and Avery Bradley led the Celtics to victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, but neither received the loudest ovation from the TD Garden crowd. Nor did Marcus Smart, the rookie point guard who's been the recipient of much fan appreciation this season.   Nope, the most raucous cheers on this night were reserved for the one and...

Weekly Story: He Discovered Money

Weekly Story: He Discovered Money

“ONLY a few months ago he was a dishwasher. A man untaught in finance shows Wall Street and the greatest financiers in the world that they are pikers. Whether Ponzi’s bubble bursts or not, the American people will have to take off their hats to a man as clever as he is.”   So the Rochester Times-Union sums up a good deal...

Obituary: Filomena (Gesualdi) Zelano, Longtime Communicant of St. Mary Star of t…

Obituary: Filomena (Gesualdi) Zelano, Longtime Communicant of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church

Obituary from Campbell Funeral Home. Filomena (Gesualdi) Zelano, 89, beloved wife of the late Luigi Zelano, died Monday, March 9, 2015 at Beverly Hospital.   Born in Panni Foggia, Italy, she was the daughter of the late Carlo and Maria (Calitri) Gesualdi. She was raised in Italy and immigrated to the United States in 1960, settling in Beverly where she had since...

UTEC Italian dinner benefit was a night in good taste

UTEC Italian dinner benefit was a night in good taste

When you open the evening with a sparkling, dry Prosecco and close it with a silky Chianti Classico, you have two key ingredients for una magnifica festa d'Italia (a magificent Italian feast).   And so it was recently at Café UTEC (United Teed Equality Center) in downtown Lowell where Chef Sam Putnam, his culinary staff of young men and women, and yours...

Giorgia, una bolzanina si fa onore in America

Giorgia, una bolzanina si fa onore in America

Il sogno a stelle e strisce di Giorgia Battisti non solo si è realizzato ma è diventato una piacevole e proficua quotidianità. Si sa, lo sport ad alto livello gola a qualsiasi atleta. Se poi si è una giocatrice di hockey cosa c’è meglio del Nordamerica? Nulla.   Ed ecco che quell’anno di stacco dalla scuola italiana per andare a fare un’esperienza...

A southern Italian grape shines at Il Capriccio Ristorante e Bar

A southern Italian grape shines at Il Capriccio Ristorante e Bar

by Ellen Bhang   At Waltham's beloved Il Capriccio Ristorante e Bar, wine director Jan Novak curates pours made from grapes that are tried and true, even if their names may not be familiar. The veteran professional loves to recommend a 2012 southern Italian unoaked red that hails from Puglia.   Crafted by Tenute Rubino on a 125-acre estate near the Adriatic Sea, this...

Taste of Italy in the heart of Hardware City

Taste of Italy in the heart of Hardware City

by Johnny Burnham For decades Angelo's Market has been serving up its fine Italian-style foods to not only those who live, work or may be traveling through the Hardware City, but beyond as well. The deli is a New Britain staple, but it has also stretched its reach outside of the city through its growing catering service. Whether one chooses to eat...

Tasty tradition of Springfield's Albano's Market must be preserved: Guest viewpo…

Tasty tradition of Springfield's Albano's Market must be preserved: Guest viewpoint

I am one of the hearty Springfield transplants that now call the Boston area their home. We are a spirited phalanx, often with a geographic inferiority complex, yet deeply proud of our '413' roots. On the occasion we meet at networking events, bars, baseball games, or simply waiting for the T, a common icebreaker, appropriately, emerges.   "Have you ever had Albano's...

Sicilian Eatery Brelundi Opens in Waltham

Sicilian Eatery Brelundi Opens in Waltham

Brelundi, a new Sicilian restaurant in Waltham, opens its doors today offering a robust assortment of street bites and dishes inspired by owner Michael Colomba’s southern Italian upbringing.   The 20-seat counter service and takeout establishment located at 16 Felton Street serves Italian breakfast, lunch, and dinner items (hence the name of the restaurant), along with a full suite of desserts, gelato, sodas,...

Italian-American Civic Association honors seniors

Italian-American Civic Association honors seniors

Vita M. Messina, 97, remembered the days when she danced and danced all night at weddings at the Italian-American Civic Association as a young woman. On Sunday, she was one of 26 people over the age of 85 who were honored during the club’s first senior recognition at the Bellew Avenue club.   At her age, the longtime member of the St....

The Salem Italian American Club will hold a Tribute to Leo Taugher II celebratio…

The Salem Italian American Club will hold a Tribute to Leo Taugher II celebration of life party from 7 p.m. until closing on Saturday, March 14.

The Salem Italian American Club will hold a Tribute to Leo Taugher II celebration of life party from 7 p.m. until closing on Saturday, March 14.   Read more   Source: http://www.salemnews.net/  

Luigi's mansion: Datome at home with C's

Luigi's mansion: Datome at home with C's

There were rumblings as far back as two years ago that the Boston Celtics were interested in Italian League standout Gigi Datome. In fact, the Celtics were intrigued enough that president of basketball operations Danny Ainge traveled to Rome to watch Datome compete for Virtus Roma near the tail end of his MVP season in Italy's top league, Serie A....

Phantom Gourmet: Italian Cuisine In The Suburbs

Phantom Gourmet: Italian Cuisine In The Suburbs

When you think of Italian your mind might automatically go to Boston’s North End, but the Phantom Gourmet shows us that you can find high quality Italian cuisine all over Greater Boston.   Rosetti in Lynn is a beautiful and comfortable Italian restaurant offering a wide range of dining options. Tosca in Hingham is one of the region’s most stylish and sophisticated...

Friends, family remember Middletown’s Chris Vecchitto and his Italian ice

Friends, family remember Middletown’s Chris Vecchitto and his Italian ice

Chris Vecchitto, 90, is widely remembered for his friendly smile and his famously tasty Italian ices. Vecchitto died Feb. 27 at Middlesex Hospital Hospice Unit after his health quickly declined in the wake of a January fall at home, his wife said.   A Middletown native, Vecchito was one of 11 children born to Italian immigrants Gaetano and Giovanina Vecchitto. Married for...

Italian Cultural Center events

Italian Cultural Center events

Italian Cultural Center events Springfield - The Italian Cultural Center of western Massachusetts, Inc. announces the publication of its very own homemade cookbook, "Mangia! Ci fa bene!" It is a cookbook with over 160 tried and tested family recipes contributed by its members and friends, many of which have been prepared for generations.   You will find many of your favorite Italian...

Italian company plans to invest $6 million in Lewiston plant

Italian company plans to invest $6 million in Lewiston plant

The Italian owners of a Lewiston facility that makes high-tech storage, picking and distribution systems plan to invest $6 million in the plant, which could lead to dozens of new jobs. A spokesman for Modula, owner of the System Logistics plant, said the investment signals a long-term commitment to the area and comes as the company has seen a steady growth...

Comedian Joe DeVito at Fairfield Theatre Company

Comedian Joe DeVito at Fairfield Theatre Company

Fairfield Theatre Company will continue to bring the best entertainment to Fairfield County on Wednesday, March 11 as they welcome comedian, Joe Devito for a night of laughs at 7:30 p.m.   The Fairfield University alumnus has been featured on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, NBC's Last Comic Standing and has appeared at Montreal's "Just for Laughs" Comedy Festival where his performance...

Sissy Castrogiovanni in Concert

Sissy Castrogiovanni in Concert

Saturday, March 21, 8:30 pm Sissy Castrogiovanni in Concert 41 Hampshire St, Cambridge - (617)876-5160   with Jussi Reijonen, Bruno Raberg & Jorge Perez-Albela. "Sissy is the voice and the image of Sicily...extremely rich and powerful melodies and soundscapes". Admission $20, includes 1 drink. For discounted tickets and additional information: Click here   Source: Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts  

Apply to the Armenise-Harvard career development award 2015 (cda)

Apply to the Armenise-Harvard career development award 2015 (cda)

The Giovanni Armenise – Harvard Foundation is pleased to announce it will be offering a CDA to a promising young scientist, currently not in Italy, to contribute to the creation of new areas of research in the biological sciences in Italy.   The Giovanni Armenise – Harvard Foundation's mission is to make it possible for young, newly independent researcher to join the...

Venice Baroque Orchestra with Avi Avital, Mandolin

Venice Baroque Orchestra with Avi Avital, Mandolin

Friday, March 13, 2015 at 8pm | Purchase TicketsFirst Church in Cambridge, Congregational Music of Vivaldi, Albinoni, Marcello, Geminiani, and Paisiello   Back by popular demand! The Venice Baroque Orchestra has been hailed as "one of the world's most adventurous and dramatic period-instrument ensembles" (NPR). Enjoy thrilling Italian Baroque concertos by Vivaldi, Albinoni, Marcello, Geminiani, and Paisiello highlighted by a selection of virtuosic...

E' arrivato "Tutti in Classe"!

E' arrivato "Tutti in Classe"!

The recent podcast of school news of the Italian Consulate in Boston has reached the 5th episode by now. Its name is Tuttinclasse! (It means "Go in class!") It is produced by the Educational Office of the Consulate General of Italy in Boston and it can be listened on your own cell phone or computer. In just a few minutes, you'll...

Parks director named Italian-American of the Year by Wallingford Elks

Parks director named Italian-American of the Year by Wallingford Elks

Parks and Recreation Director John Gawlak has been named Italian-American of the Year by the Wallingford Elks and will be honored at an event in April. Gawlak graduated from Lyman Hall High School in 1983. He was captain of the football team and president of the varsity club. In 1988, he began working full time in the Parks and Recreation...

New director for Villa I Tatti

New director for Villa I Tatti

Provost Alan M. Garber announced today that Harvard art and architecture history professor Alina Payne will become director of the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti in Florence, Italy. She will take up her new role this summer.   Payne succeeds Lino Pertile, the Carl A. Pescosolido Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures in the Faculty of...

Market closing is a reminder of changing times: Editorial

Market closing is a reminder of changing times: Editorial

It is happening all over the United States, but when it happens at home, it still hurts. Albano's Market in Springfield's South End is closing. Sisters Filomena Bruschi and Theresa D'Angelantonio have sold the property on East Columbus Avenue and will soon close its door.   Their parents opened the market in 1942. Frozen Italian lemonade was the market's signature specialty but...

Tiziana Rozzo: The Childhood of a Family

Tiziana Rozzo: The Childhood of a Family

When: March 5-29, 2015Where: Griffin Museum of Photography — 67 Shore Road, Winchester MA 01890 Tiziana Rozzo's work focuses on people, their relationships and the places where they work, play and live. In 2012 she conceived and produced the idea of documenting the mentoring program at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. In 2013 she was invited to hold a photographic...

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno set to present 'key to the city' to owners of Al…

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno set to present 'key to the city' to owners of Albano's Market after prolonged South End service

by Peter Goonan   Mayor Domenic J. Sarno will honor the owners of Albano's Market on Wednesday by presenting them with a ceremonial "Key to the City" as they prepare to close the business after being family-run in Springfield for 74 years. The key presentation is scheduled at 2:30 p.m., at the market, located at 1167 East Columbus Ave., in the South End.   Sarno is...

Portland’s Vignola Cinque Terre wins Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off

Portland’s Vignola Cinque Terre wins Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off

by Meredith Goad   The chefs from Vignola Cinque Terre came to play, and they hit it out of the park their first time on the field. The buzz at the Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off Friday was all about the Portland restaurant's savory smoked brisket hash patties with scrambled eggs and pea shoots, Italian cheese fonduta and salsa verde. This was their first time...

One-year position at Dartmouth College

One-year position at Dartmouth College

The Department of French and Italian at Dartmouth College seeks a visiting faculty member for an appointment in Italian for the 2015-16 academic year.   Courses will be in language and literature, with a maximum of five trimester courses available. Requirements include native or near-native fluency in Italian, experience in college-level language and literature instruction and Ph.D in hand.

Blue Plate Special: Christina’s in Erving serves up authentic Italian cuisine

Blue Plate Special: Christina’s in Erving serves up authentic Italian cuisine

Tony DiMaio has been in the restaurant business for 40 years — and he is only 54 years old. The chef and co-owner of Christina’s Restaurant and Tavern on the French King Highway in Erving began working in a relative’s restaurant as a teenager and hasn’t stopped cooking since.   He worked as a chef in several local restaurants, including Monte Carlo...

Celebrate Festa della Donna and Learn How to Hand Make Ravioli

Celebrate Festa della Donna and Learn How to Hand Make Ravioli

Join NOIAW's Connecticut region for a celebration of International Women's Day, called Festa della Donna in Italy. Traditionally, men give women mimosa flowers on this day. Rather than give you mimosa flowers, we will give you a mimosa drink! Learn the lost art of hand making ravioli. This is a hands-on class, where everyone will make 3 different types of ravioli:...

Scampo Voted the Best Italian Restaurant in Boston

Scampo Voted the Best Italian Restaurant in Boston

by Kate Kolenda   What makes a great Italian restaurant? For some it may be the antipasti, while for others it's the quality of the wines and pastas that's the sure-fire test. Holding up one dish is dangerous. Octopus? Lasagna? Cacio e pepe? Which one dish should be the barometer of a great Italian restaurant?   The steps we took to compile our most-recent...

Italian Fishing Tradition Lives on at Peter Zappa’s The Causeway in Gloucester

Italian Fishing Tradition Lives on at Peter Zappa’s The Causeway in Gloucester

Discussing Italian food always proves to be quite a curious concept, as conversations tend to invariably focus on what Americans would refer to as “Italian classics,” such as chicken parmigiana, pizza, and tiramisù.   But what many fail to recognize is that these foods and fine pastas are not the only rudimentary dishes that encapsulate the Italian diet, but only represent merely...

The Game of Bocce, Yesterday and Today

The Game of Bocce, Yesterday and Today

Bocce is a competitive sport, a strategic game, and a leisurely pastime, all rolled into one ever-popular activity. Dating back to the Roman Empire, bocce, in all its derivations, has since captured the hearts of players and spectators the world over, no matter the age or skill level, where the objective is to roll balls on a court as close to...

The Italian Job: Marti Mosetti Finding Her Stride On The State Side

The Italian Job: Marti Mosetti Finding Her Stride On The State Side

Andrea Pirlo spins the soccer ball in his hands and places it in the grass about 45 yards from the goal. He takes a couple steps back and signals to his teammates that he is ready to take the free kick. It is Jan. 11, a pleasant day in Turin, Italy, as Italian soccer giant Juventus matches up against Napoli....

The Italian Cultural Center of Western Mass to host fish dinner on March 27

The Italian Cultural Center of Western Mass to host fish dinner on March 27

The Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts will host a fish dinner on Friday, March 27, at 6 p.m. at their 56 Margaret Street location in Springfield.   The deadline for reservations is March 20 and only 100 seats are available. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis and must be paid for in advance. Cost per ticket is $15...

Vermont Writer John Fusco Talks 'Marco Polo'

Vermont Writer John Fusco Talks 'Marco Polo'

Screenwriter John Fusco's surname is an anagram of "focus" — an apt coincidence for someone who's been in the movie business for more than 30 years.   Back in the 1980s, while still a New York University screenwriting student, Fusco twice won the now-defunct FOCUS (Films of College and University Students) Award. At the 1984 ceremony, where he accepted the award for...

Italian Immigrants Faced Wary Yankees

Italian Immigrants Faced Wary Yankees

In the current debate on immigration policy, we see two opposing views toward new arrivals — some are welcoming, some want to seal the borders and keep them out. Were immigrants always treated with ambivalence, with one arm open?   My study of an Italian religious community in Hartford suggests they were. I recently read dozens of articles from a century ago...

Col. John G. Chiarella Sr. Loving husband, father, grandfather and patriot

Col. John G. Chiarella Sr.  Loving husband, father, grandfather and patriot

Col. John G. Chiarella Sr., 83, formerly of Wildemere Avenue, Waterbury, passed away peacefully at The Village at East Farms on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of the late Ann (Donofrio) Chiarella.   Col. John was born in Mamaroneck, N.Y. on June 24, 1931, son of the late Anthony and Ann (Pettinato) Chiarella....

Friday nights at the Italian cinema

Friday nights at the Italian cinema

by Pam Mastriano   Celebration of Italian movies Springfield - The Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts announces that starting with "Benvenuti al Nord" (2012), on Friday, March 6, it will begin a continuation of the "Friday Night at the Italian Cinema" celebration of Italian movies. There will be 3 movies which will be shown the first Fridays of March, April and...

Luigi Datome: 'Obviously enthusiastic' to join Boston Celtics

Luigi Datome: 'Obviously enthusiastic' to join Boston Celtics

by Jay King   In a Facebook post Friday morning, newly-acquired Boston Celtics forward Luigi Datome pledged his "efforts" and "soul" to his new team while stating the goal of proving he's an NBA player.   "It's time to pack!" wrote Datome, who the Celtics acquired Thursday along with Jonas Jerebko for veteran forward Tayshaun Prince. "Obviously enthusiastic to start a new experience with...

Newpoli to Perform at South Shore’s Italian American Cultural Organization

Newpoli to Perform at South Shore’s Italian American Cultural Organization

When: Sunday, March 1, 2015 — 3 p.m.Where: The Great Pond, Manor Function Hall — 120 Baystate Dr., Braintree MATickets $20 (children under 12 free), can be purchased at the door. Boston's own southern Italian folk group Newpoli will be performing at the South Shore's Italian American Cultural Organization on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Starting at 3 p.m., the group will perform...

Mucci Imports Unearths Lesser Known Italian Wines

Mucci Imports Unearths Lesser Known Italian Wines

Mucci Imports, owned by Nick Mucci, is a Boston based Italian wine importer specializing in unique Italian varietals from producers he has hand picked throughout his travels from living in Italy and developing special relationships with the winemakers. Mucci started the company in 2013, towards the end of the summer. When I first met him, he was introducing his wines to...

Italian Cultural Center to offer gnocchi-making class on April 11

Italian Cultural Center to offer gnocchi-making class on April 11

The Italian Cultural Center of Western Mass will offer a gnocchi-making class on Saturday, April 11, from 1 - 3 p.m. at their location at 56 Margaret Street in Springfield.   Adults and children are encouraged to bring an apron to the class. An instructor, supplies and space to work will be provided and attendees can take home what they make.   Read more   Source: http://www.masslive.com/    

The Passing of the Italian Flag for the 2015 Columbus Day Parade

The Passing of the Italian Flag for the 2015 Columbus Day Parade

Pictured is North Haven First Selectman, Michael Freda as he "passes" the Italian Flag to East Haven Mayor, Joseph Maturo, Jr. in recognition of theTown of East Haven becoming the host community for the 2015 Columbus Day Parade.   The parade will be held on Sunday October 11th as marchers will step off in the downtown district of East Haven. The parade...

UConn's Coach Auriemma Expands His Restaurant Empire With Second Geno's Grille

UConn's Coach Auriemma Expands His Restaurant Empire With Second Geno's Grille

UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma applies the same philosophy to his growing restaurant business as he does to his iconic coaching career.   "The people around you help you be successful," says Auriemma, 60, who recently opened another of his Geno's Grille restaurants, this one in Southington. "I have a standard, and we work on that standard every day to make...

Eataly Could Be 'Very Close' to Securing a Boston Location

Eataly Could Be 'Very Close' to Securing a Boston Location

It looks as though we're one step closer to roaming Eataly's pasta-filled aisles right here in Boston. Boston Restaurant Talk reported last week that Mario Batali, owner of the Manhattan-based emporium, tweeted that Eataly was "very close" to securing a Boston location. Back in 2013, the Boston Globe reported that the Italian food emporium with restaurants, cafes and a gourmet market,...

Neighborhood of the Week: Federal Hill, the heart of Providence's culinary indus…

Neighborhood of the Week: Federal Hill, the heart of Providence's culinary industry

Although today it is one of the city's best-known neighborhoods, and a major tourist attraction, famous for its many popular restaurants, Federal Hill was used mainly for grazing cattle until the 1820s. But beginning in the mid-1800s, as "Providence grew beyond the area of Colonial settlement," Federal Hill "became home for many of Providence's artisans and working class: carpenters, teamsters, shopkeepers,...

Herman Castellani named Exeter Borough’s new mayor

Herman Castellani named Exeter Borough’s new mayor

As he sat behind his new desk, Herman Castellani knew he was ready to tackle the task of being Exeter's new mayor.   After previous mayor Cassandra Coleman-Corcoran resigned on the night of Jan. 19, Castellani was sworn in two weeks later on Feb. 3.   Read more   Source: http://psdispatch.com/    

Italian Cultural Center to continue Italian cinema celebration in March

Italian Cultural Center to continue Italian cinema celebration in March

The Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts (ICCWM) wishes to announce that starting with "Benvenuti al Nord (2012)," on March 6, it will begin a continuation of its Friday Night at the Italian Cinema celebration of Italian movies. There will be three movies that will be shown the first Fridays of March, April and May.   Benvenuti al Nord is a sequel...

Raymond Suntino performs ‘Thats Amore: An Afternoon of Romantic Italian & Am…

Raymond Suntino performs ‘Thats Amore: An Afternoon of Romantic Italian & American Songs’

The Hamden Arts Commission continues its 2014 -2015 Peter C. Hereld Sunday Performance Series on February 22, 2 pm, when crooner Raymond Suntino presents "That's Amore: An Afternoon of Romantic Italian & American Songs."   Suntino's mastery of beloved Italian songs and his magnetic personal charm have made him one of the region's most popular performers.   Read more   Source: http://www.ctpostchronicle.com/    

From Grinding Poverty to Farms and Factories: Anthony Riccio Returns to the New …

From Grinding Poverty to Farms and Factories: Anthony Riccio Returns to the New Haven Museum for Stories of the Italian American Women of Connecticut

Comparing her life as a cigar maker in New Haven to her grueling labors as a taglialegna, or lumberman, in 1930s Italy, Michelina Venditti can't help chuckling at the contrast. Venditti's remarkable account of felling trees to make charcoal is just one of many riveting oral histories collected by author Anthony Riccio for his newest book, "Farms, Factories and Families:...

Exhibition: hanging with the old masters in Wellesley Hills

Exhibition: hanging with the old masters in Wellesley Hills

February 10, 2015 to June 7, 2015Location: Harold and Estelle Newman Tanner Gallery   Showcasing Old Master Italian paintings under consideration for the upcoming reinstallation of the permanent galleries, many of which have been off view for decades, the fifth floor of the Davis Museum will become a laboratory for the exploration of the curatorial reinstallation process. One wall will be lined...

Italian restaurant Bel Ari comes into its own

Italian restaurant Bel Ari comes into its own

by Devra First   Sibling relationships can be so complicated. Conveniently located near South Station, Italian restaurant Sorriso was always overshadowed by sister restaurant Les Zygomates, setting French food to live jazz just a few doors away.   When new owners took over last year, they rebranded one, not the other. Les Zygomates is still Les Zygomates. Sorriso is now Bel Ari. It's clear...

Music Major Sabrina Ponte to Compete for Miss Massachusetts Title

Music Major Sabrina Ponte to Compete for Miss Massachusetts Title

Sabrina Ponte, a freshman Music Business major, will represent Boston in the Miss Massachusetts 2015 Pageant in June. Ponte, 19, captured the title of Miss Boston at the Miss Boston/Miss Cambridge Pageant Sunday, Feb. 8, in Boston.   "I won!" the North Reading resident exclaimed in a text shortly after landing the crown. With the win comes a $1,500 academic scholarship, a scholarship...

Consulate Scholastic Office Launches Italian Language App

Consulate Scholastic Office Launches Italian Language App

Just a few months ago, Domenico Savio Teker, took the reins as the new Director of the Scholastic Office of the Consulate General of Italy in Boston. We have had the pleasure of meeting him quite a few times during events held by the Consulate and at the many projects and initiatives tied to Italian language and culture in and around...

phantom-gourmet-tuscan-kitchen-in-burlingtonDo you love Italian food? Of course you do, but you probably don't love it as much as Joe Faro, the Owner and 'Chief Food Taster' at the sprawling Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington. "Tuscan Kitchen is an...
pirandello-lyceum-announces-2015-i-migliori-awardeesBoston's Pirandello Lyceum announced the 2015 recipients of its prestigious "I Migliori in Mens et Gesta" award, the "Best in Mind and Deed." The Board of Governors recognized a group of outstanding...
celtics-luigi-datome-already-developing-cult-hero-status-in-bostonby Zack Cox   Tyler Zeller and Avery Bradley led the Celtics to victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, but neither received the loudest ovation from the TD Garden crowd. Nor did Marcus...
italian-festa-in-waltham-ma-may-30-2015The Regina Margherita di Savoia Mixed Lodge #1094 of the Order Sons of Italy in America will again host an Italian Festa on the Waltham Common on Saturday, May 30th, from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm; rain date is...
i-visti-a-boston-il-terzo-seminario-pratico-del-pib"Considerazione Visti per gli Italiani all'Estero": questo il tema del terzo seminario organizzato a Boston dall'associazione dei Professionisti Italiani a Boston (Pib) e Consolato...
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