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Italian Festa returns to Waltham Common

Italian Festa returns to Waltham Common

After a successful first year, the Italian Festa returns to the Waltham Common on Saturday, May 30. The family-oriented event, presented by the Regina Margherita Di Savoia Mixed Lodge #1094 of the Order Sons of Italy in America, runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Festa drew about 6,000 people in 2014 and featured food and craft vendors and live entertainment. "It...

President of Columbus Day Committee Announces East Haven Parade Kickoff Party

President of Columbus Day Committee Announces East Haven Parade Kickoff Party

by Rachel Ettlinger   Paul Criscuolo, president of the Columbus Day Committee of Greater New Haven, has announced this year's Columbus Day Parade Kickoff Party will be held on Sunday, July 12.   Hosted by the East Haven Italian-American Club at the club's facility, — located on 509 Laurel Street in East Haven — the event, which will feature refreshments and entertainment, will run...

Heroine to the Hungry: Catherine D’Amato

Heroine to the Hungry: Catherine D’Amato

by Lou Carlozo Whether you grow up in the restaurant business or work at a food bank, your role and goal is to serve people so that a very basic need is met. And while many Italian Americans might take one path or the other into the world of food service, Catherine D'Amato knows both.   When she was 8, her parents opened...

Italian and Sicilian breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Waltham

Italian and Sicilian breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Waltham

By Ellen Bhang   Sicilian native Michael Colomba always wanted to launch a business inspired by the food of his childhood. Growing up in Castellammare del Golfo, on the island's northwest side, family members made their own cheese and olive oil, and cultivated enough tomatoes for a winter's worth of sauce.   After years of working as a developer and general contractor in the...

Consul General Nicola De Santis’ veteran outlook

Consul General Nicola De Santis’ veteran outlook

by Nicola Orichuia   Nicola De Santis has been Boston's Consul General of Italy for little less than a year, but he already has set the wheels in motion to follow in his predecessors' footsteps. After taking office at the end of last summer, De Santis quickly moved to improve the Consulate's services, with a particular focus on reducing wait and responding to...

Yale Law School aiding Middletown woman who was deported

Yale Law School aiding Middletown woman who was deported

By Mary O'Leary   Sal Milardo broke down several times as he described the last four years following his mother's deportation to Italy after she had lived in the United States for almost 50 years.    "My mother has served as a caretaker and guardian angel for all of us," Milardo said. "She has always been there when we needed her and even when she...

Tri-Town’s DeSantis receives 2015 Man of the Year Award from Verrazzano Day Comm…

Tri-Town’s DeSantis receives 2015 Man of the Year Award from Verrazzano Day Committee

Tri-Town and South County Community Action Agency CEO Joseph DeSantis formally received the 2015 Man of the Year Award from the Verrazzano Day Observance Committee during a banquet held in his honor at Venus de Milo in Swansea, Mass., on May 16.   Nearly 300 guests attended the 54th annual event, which also included presentations of proclamations from the town of North...

Tracing the ancestry of residents in each Connecticut town

Tracing the ancestry of residents in each Connecticut town

by Alvin Chang   Connecticut was settled almost 400 years ago, but events of about 150 years ago seem to have more strongly shaped the current demographics of the state.   A TrendCT analysis of the American Community Survey found that Italy is still the predominant country of ancestry in this state; about 19 percent of residents said their ancestors hailed from Italy. A...

Mangia! Sauce opens in Stowe

Mangia! Sauce opens in Stowe

By Hannah Marshall If you have a craving for Italian cooking at home in the mountain town of Stowe, you no longer have to slave over a hot stove for hours to make the perfect sauce, or fly in your friend's grandmother from the Old World. Sauce, the new specialty shop in town, has you covered.   Owned by Sharon Herbert, the space at...

Mount Carmel to Hold Kick Off Dinner for Summer’s Italian Festival

Mount Carmel to Hold Kick Off Dinner for Summer’s Italian Festival

It's been nearly a decade, and in the spirit of bringing back a great Worcester tradition, a Kick Off Dinner will be held for this Summer's Italian Festival at Mount Carmel Recreation Center this Saturday, May 30. All proceeds from the dinner will go towards the Italian Festival which will be held August 21-23 at Mount Carmel Church. The dinner will...

Boston officer shot in face honored at awards dinner

Boston officer shot in face honored at awards dinner

A Boston police officer recovering after being shot in the face during a traffic stop was honored by the National Association of Italian American Police Officers on Saturday. Officer John Moynihan, 34, was shot just below his right eye in March, with the bullet lodging below his right ear.   Moynihan received the Distinguished Medal of Valor, presented to an individual for an...

Meriano's Cannoli Truck: A Family's Sweet Mission

Meriano's Cannoli Truck: A Family's Sweet Mission

By Leeanne Griffin   Andrea Meriano knew precisely how she wanted her Cannoli Food Truck to look, even borrowing her niece's crayons to sketch the exact design with hot pink and leopard-print trim. The truck's color scheme would also be reflected at her family's brick-and-mortar bakery, which was moving from Guilford to Madison.   But the night before the truck was ready, she lay...

Greater New Haven Columbus Day Committee Still Accepting Reservations to Partici…

Greater New Haven Columbus Day Committee Still Accepting Reservations to Participate in This Year's Parade

The Greater New Haven Columbus Day Committee is encouraging all other groups or organizations to participate and make reservations for the 2015 Columbus Day Parade. This year's Columbus Day Parade will be held in East Haven on Sunday, Oct. 11, beginning at 1 p.m.   The committee has announced this year's Kickoff event will be held on Sunday, July 12 at the Italian...

Al Fulchino of Fulchino Vineyards

Al Fulchino of Fulchino Vineyards

by Jennifer Martin   This past month the Meetup Group called "Passion for Everything Italian" that I host visited Fulchino Vineyards, a local winery of Italian origin. Located in Hollis, New Hampshire (about one hour from Boston), the winery is situated in a residential neighborhood.   As you venture off the highway, you'd never think there is a winery situated there, but that's part of...

Tuscan State of Mind: Bottega Fiorentina’s Andrea Ferrini

Tuscan State of Mind: Bottega Fiorentina’s Andrea Ferrini

by Elise Balzotti   Firenze, Florencia, Florence — no matter where you're from, or how you pronounce the name, this Tuscan city is one of the most enchantingly beautiful in all of Italy. Firenze is like a painter's palette, vibrant with color from all the periods of its lengthy history.   From cobblestone alleyways shaded by medieval facades, to visions of the revered Duomo,...

Celebrating Slow Food in the North End

Celebrating Slow Food in the North End

by James Pasto   The "Slow Food Movement" was founded in 1986 as an alternative to fast foods and with the goal to preserve and promote regional cuisines. Now an international movement, it was founded in Italy (of course) where it grew out of a protest against the building of a McDonalds near the Spanish Steps in Rome.   Its "Manifesto," initially endorsed by...

Maserati of Westport opens its doors

Maserati of Westport opens its doors

For some, the allure of the Maserati Ghibli is its sleek design and luxurious feel. For others, it's the fine Italian leather interior, Ferrari engine and Brembo brakes. But for many, it's simply the "basso profundo," as Italians like to call the car's rumbling. The resounding tone is present no matter how fast the luxury car is going.   "Italian cars are much like...

Making Logan Airport Efficient and Look Good: Massport’s Luciana Burdi

Making Logan Airport Efficient and Look Good: Massport’s Luciana Burdi

by Stefano Salimbeni   On a glorious May morning, Luciana Burdi greets me at the security desk of the Massport administrative building where she works, looking just as glorious.   Her outfit is way more hip and stylish than one would expect for a regular Thursday at the office, and she transmits positive energy while navigating the building's corridors with a sharp sense of humor...

Honor thy father at Onesti’s Oakley Fest

Honor thy father at Onesti’s Oakley Fest

Sausage will be grilling, families will be dancing, and dads will be honored as Onesti Entertainment hosts its 28th annual Italian Block Party — Oakley Avenue Festa Pasta Vino on Father's Day weekend, June 19 to 21. The Father's Day tradition will feature Italian food specialties representing generations-old recipes from the restaurants located in Chicago's Little Tuscany at 24th Street and...

A maggio il via alle lezioni di calcio in italiano

A maggio il via alle lezioni di calcio in italiano

Il primo corso comincerà il 30 Maggio per 8 sabati consecutivi alle 10.30am, con una classe di bambini di eta' tra i 4 e i 5 anni. Classi per bimbi piùgrandi potrebbero tenersi negli stessi sabati alle 11.30am. Il programma fa parte di una collaborazione più ampia con Boston Super Soccer Stars, organizzazione da tempo leader nel campo. Le lezioni verranno tenute a Cambridge da...

Mario Batali's Eataly Is Officially Coming to Boston's Prudential Center

Mario Batali's Eataly Is Officially Coming to Boston's Prudential Center

by Marian White   Earlier this spring, the Boston Globe reported that Eataly was close to signing a deal at Prudential Center in 2016. Now, according to a release sent from Boston Properties, we've confirmed that Mario Batali is indeed opening his 45,000 square foot Italian food emporium inside Back Bay's Prudential Center. A lease was signed at City Hall last Friday,...

North End Columbus Day Parade

North End Columbus Day Parade

Hello everyone, my name is Louis Strazzullo and I am the chairman for The North End Columbus Day Parade located in Boston's Little Italy. This parade was started back in the early 50's by the V.F.W of our neighborhood. Every year they would celebrate the Italian American Heritage with a Grand parade through this great neighborhood "little Italy". Through the...

Springfield mayoral candidate Salvatore Circosta: Catholic, politically conserva…

Springfield mayoral candidate Salvatore Circosta: Catholic, politically conservative and gay

by Stephanie Barry   Salvatore "Sal" Circosta is Catholic, politically conservative, gay and running for mayor. In the early weeks of his candidacy against three-term incumbent Mayor Domenic Sarno, Circosta, 29 - a former seminarian, military chaplain and business manager of a Catholic church - has nearly indoctrinated his campaign.   He took to social media to highlight that he submitted his nomination papers...

Italian forward Akele commits to URI

Italian forward Akele commits to URI

By Bill Koch   With its second verbal commitment of the week late Saturday night, the University of Rhode Island is moving closer to finalizing its roster for the 2015-16 season. IMG Academy (Fla.) forward Nicola Akele pledged to the Rams after a whirlwind courtship over the last two months.   Akele also held offers from South Florida and Atlantic 10 rivals George Washington and...

Zappala reminisces about parochial grammar school in 'Bless Me Sister'

Zappala reminisces about parochial grammar school in 'Bless Me Sister'

By Terry Date Tom Zappala, 62, is back in the old Italian neighborhood this spring day dropping by the place where he grew up, home to memories that unfold on the pages in his book "Bless Me Sister."    It's a nostalgic and often humorous look back to the late 1950s and 1960s in a six-block area rich in Italian-American culture, a time...

Sons of Italy scholarship dinner in Norwalk

Sons of Italy scholarship dinner in Norwalk

The Sons of Italy of Norwalk will hold its annual Marconi Scholarship Dinner at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at Chatham Manor. The scholarship fund was established in 1965 for deserving high school graduates of Italian descent pursuing four year degree programs.   This year's recipients are David Newsom and Jessica Somma who will receive $4,000 and $1,000 respectively. The club...

Fattoria di Limone enters Massachusetts market with Berkshire Brewing Company pa…

Fattoria di Limone enters Massachusetts market with Berkshire Brewing Company partnership

Fattoria di Limone announces the availability of their Limoncello Original Liqueur in the state of Massachusetts. Fattoria di Limone Limoncello Original Liqueur is a lemon-flavored beverage made in small batches from regionally-sourced natural ingredients, mostly within New York State, following a classic Italian recipe.   The company has partnered with KyMar Distillers in Charlottsville, NY to create 375 ml and 750 ml...

Family-owned Wine Press teaches art of wine making

Family-owned Wine Press teaches art of wine making

By George Roelofsen   North Haven's Wine Press is an Italian-American, family-owned business that teaches people how to turn grapes into wine. The owner, Ray Iannucci, was born in New Haven after his parents immigrated from Italy.   He started making wine in 1994 and opened the Wine Press in 2008. "When I was a kid I helped my uncles and my grandfather make wine," he...

Southington Italian-American Festival returns in July

Southington Italian-American Festival returns in July

The 11th annual Southington Italian-American Festival, benefiting Southington Community Services and Southington Community Cultural Arts, is set for July 24-26. The festival on Center Street, sponsored by the Sons of Italy and the Southington Unico Club, will begin at 5 p.m. July 24 and end at 6 p.m. July 26.   This is the first year that SCCA, a nonprofit group dedicated to...

Italian-American millennials fight to retain culture

Italian-American millennials fight to retain culture

by Jason Newton   Italian immigration may have ended decades ago, but their influence in Connecticut is everywhere. There are many Italian specialty food shops, like P&M in East Rock. "The Italian culture, the main thing is the food," said Joseph Ciccone, owner P&M Fine Foods.   "I grew up on good food. I've never known fast food." It's the same inside Liuzzi Cheese in North...

New Haven was home to legendary Italian-American boxers

New Haven was home to legendary Italian-American boxers

By Erik Dobratz   Branford High School social studies teacher and track coach Rich Biondi loves teaching and coaching, but boxing really fires him up, specifically Italian boxers from New Haven. "I never really thought I'd write a book, but I did it," he said.   Two books to be exact: "Pugilistic Paisani: A Concise History of the Italian and Italian-American Boxing Champions," and a...

Enjoy a Taste of Tuscany at Regional Hospice & Home Care Fundraising Gala

Enjoy a Taste of Tuscany at Regional Hospice & Home Care Fundraising Gala

Penne alla Boscaiola. Maiale Brasato. Vino rosso. The flavors of the Italian countryside come to Connecticut on Friday, May 29 at the "Evening in Tuscany" fundraising gala for Regional Hospice and Home Care Center for Comfort Care & Healing, to be held from 7 to 11:30 pm at The Waterview in Monroe.   "Old Italy will inspire new aspirations as we transform...

North Haven’s Italian-Americans keep bocce tradition alive

North Haven’s Italian-Americans keep bocce tradition alive

Playing a game doesn't get more Italian than bocce. "The game of bocce is a very, very simple game," said Giuseppe DeLucia of North Haven. Several times a week a large group gathers to play bocce at the East Haven Italian-American Club. The club has an indoor court which allows them to play year-round.   The majority of the men who play were born...

Hopkinton: Carbone's owner hopes to reopen in three to four weeks

Hopkinton: Carbone's owner hopes to reopen in three to four weeks

By Jonathan Phelps   As he pointed to damage caused by a fire that ripped through a portion Carbone's restaurant on Cedar Street Monday afternoon, owner Peter Carbone offered a prediction. "I am going to be optimistic and say we'll be open in three to four weeks," he said.    The inside of the lounge is missing all its ceiling titles and recessed lights were...

Patricia Russo empowers women to lead

Patricia Russo empowers women to lead

By Ann Nyberg   Patricia Russo, Executive Director of the Women's Campaign School at Yale, is all things politics in this state. If you're a woman and want to run for political office, Russo is your gal.   Her life long mission is to empower women to lead. She says she had an interesting childhood, and jokes her parents were in a mixed marriage, her...

A New Italian Restaurant With a Courtyard Patio & Sidewalk Seating Is Coming…

A New Italian Restaurant With a Courtyard Patio & Sidewalk Seating Is Coming to the South End

by Marion White   More Italian is heading for Boston's South End neighborhood! Owners James Cochener and Michael Moxley of The Salty Pig, Coda Kitchen + Bar and Canary Square announced today that they'll be opening a new restaurant concept in the South End with chefs Kevin O'Donnell and Michael Lombardi.   According to a release, the new restaurant concept is styled after a...

Southington Italian-American Festival to Donate Proceeds

Southington Italian-American Festival to Donate Proceeds

by Dawn Miceli   The sponsors of the annual Southington Italian-American Festival have selected Community Services and Southington Community Cultural Arts to be the recipients of proceeds from the festival. The festival, sponsored by the Sons of Italy and Southington UNICO, will take place July 24, 25 and 26 on Center Street.   "The Sons of Italy is proud to contribute proceeds from the festival...

New Haven’s Italian-Americans boxed to live

New Haven’s Italian-Americans boxed to live

By Erik Dobratz   The Italian-Americans in Connecticut used their hands to build much of the state, but that's not all they used them for. Some of them "put them up' as prizefighters and made a lot of history.    Branford High School social studies teacher and track coach Rich Biondi loves teaching and coaching, but boxing really fires him up, specifically Italian boxers...

North Haven looks to keep Italian heritage alive

North Haven looks to keep Italian heritage alive

by Kent Pierce   During Italian in Connecticut week, we have done a lot of looking back, at the history of Italian Americans. For our final day in North Haven, we're trying to look forward, at how the culture will continue. It's continuing in the schools, definitely. North Haven High School has an Italian class and Italian club to help keep the language...

The Italian expansion from New Haven to North Haven

The Italian expansion from New Haven to North Haven

by Kent Pierce   North Haven has plenty of Italian people and businesses, but it doesn't have a Little Italy like Wooster Square in New Haven. Immigrants settled there fresh off the boat. Their children and grandchildren now live in suburbs like this. The one big exception? Some very recent immigrants who are burning up the bocce courts.   Italian immigrants brought lots of...

Social clubs help keep Hartford’s Italian community together

Social clubs help keep Hartford’s Italian community together

by Kent Pierce   The Italian American Stars on Franklin Avenue is just one of the Italian social clubs you'll find around Hartford. One of many. "Sure, we have about 80 clubs in the greater Hartford area," according to florist John Tornatore.   In any one of those clubs, you will hear the stories of how tough immigrants had it when they first came to...

Coro-Dante Concerto di Primavera

Coro-Dante Concerto di Primavera

All-Italian Repertoire Chorus of the Dante Alighieri SocietyKevin Galiè, M.M., J.D., Director: Celebrate Spring! / Celebriamo la Primavera!Italian Mountain Songs, Popular Songs, Madrigals and Opera ChorusesSunday, May 17, 2015, 5:00 PMDante Alighieri Society - 41 Hampshire St., Kendall Sq., Cambridge Validated parking at Kendall Sq. CinemaFree admission... donations gratefully acceptedNew members always welcome. Facebook: Coro Dantehttp://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CORO-DANTE/info http://www.dantemass.org/html/coro-dante.html  

Ella Grasso’s lasting legacy to Connecticut

Ella Grasso’s lasting legacy to Connecticut

By Mark Davis   There is one Connecticut Italian American who was a national ground breaker for women, and who has over shadowed every Governor for the past 34 years. Of all the statues of famous Connecticut residents from the past that adorn the outside of the Capitol building, there is only one woman, Ella Tambussi Grasso. The statue gazes down on the...

Front Street: Hartford’s original “Little Italy”

Front Street: Hartford’s original “Little Italy”

By Brian Spyros   The Front Street that exists in Hartford now is in stark contrast to what it was more than 100 years ago. "I'm a sentimentalist. I like the old style, the old times," said Paul Margolfo, who grew up in an Italian-American family not far from Front Street. He was one of many people who called the capital city home.   "In...

Women leaders and Nonna’s baking, Italians in Hartford

Women leaders and Nonna’s baking, Italians in Hartford

News 8's celebration of Italian in Connecticut continues today! Today our journey takes us to Hartford from women paving the way in leadership roles to pastries just like Nonna made. Hartford looks a lot different now than it did when many Italian immigrants came here. A hundred years ago, the Front Street neighborhood was mostly Italian.   "Exactly. You could almost call it...

Pazzi Lazzi to perform “The Lady of the Rings” at Newton Festival of the Arts

Pazzi Lazzi to perform “The Lady of the Rings” at Newton Festival of the Arts

Pazzi Lazzi will conclude its very productive winter/spring tour with an outdoor festival in Newton Centre, Massachusetts. Performing its original scenario "The Lady of the Rings," the event will take place within the Ethnic Heritage Festival this Sunday, May 10, at 4 p.m. The event is free and great for families. The day's calendar of events: 12:00 Indian Classical and Bollywood Dance (Amritha and...

Promoting Italian Technology solutions in USA: Opportunities for Cooperation (Ma…

Promoting Italian Technology solutions in USA: Opportunities for Cooperation (May 27-28)

The Italian Foreign Trade Commission (ICE), in collaboration with INNOVA and PIB, is organizing a training and promotional event on R&D, funding, startup acceleration and joint collaborations between Italy and USAICE and INNOVA are pleased to invite you to half-a-day of: Panel Discussion – Italian Company Pitches – Italian Food & Networking This seminar aims to catalyze potential US-Italian partnerships in research...

Italian-American actor Dan Lauria played football at SCSU

Italian-American actor Dan Lauria played football at SCSU

By Ann Nyberg   One of the most gracious actors, Italian-American Dan Lauria played the dad on "The Wonder Years" and Vince Lombardi on stage. He's also an author of children's books, but did you know he played football for Southern Connecticut State University?   "How do you get from the gridiron to becoming an actor?" we asked. "When I was younger my aunt lived...

How the National Italian American Foundation gives back to Connecticut

How the National Italian American Foundation gives back to Connecticut

By Keith Kountz   The National Italian American Foundation promotes and preserves Italian culture in the United States, and the head of the organization happens to be a Connecticut native, Anita Bevacque McBride. News 8 spoke with McBride via satellite about her the organization, its mission and her connecticut roots.   "I was born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and my family immigrated in the...

Innovation and Food Conference (May 11)

Innovation and Food Conference (May 11)

When: Monday, May 11, 2015 — 6:30 to 9 p.m.Where: MIT – Medialab, Silverman Skyline Room, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MATo register online, visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovation-and-food-conference-tickets-16713869634   6:30pm – 6:40pm Welcome by Conference Organizers Expo Milan 2015 Presentation6:40pm – 7:05pm First SessionViola Buitoni: Sixth generation member of the famed Buitoni pasta & Perugina chocolate family. She will talk about the importance of transferring the original taste...

Italian in CT: Learn your family history

Italian in CT: Learn your family history

by mistykowska   In celebrating Italians in Connecticut this week, Louis Nesci and Don Maleto are telling their family history. Lots of families' stories get lost throughout the years. They say to always ask the elders in your family about your history – you may just be surprised from what you learn!   The Nesci Institute of Genealogical Studies was founded in 2014 by...

Unico National’s Waterbury roots

Unico National’s Waterbury roots

By Keith Kountz   In the early years of the 20th century, new immigrants to the United States from Italy struggled to gain acceptance in many parts of American society. That discrimination led to the formation of a service organization for Italian-Americans in Waterbury that continues to improve lives to this day.   Much has changed in Waterbury since the 1920's, but the building...

Draw of mills, influence in architecture, for Italians in Waterbury

Draw of mills, influence in architecture, for Italians in Waterbury

by Kent Pierce   Italian in Connecticut week continues in Waterbury. The mills drew them to Waterbury and they left their mark with the architecture.   The brass mills and other industries in Waterbury were the big draw decades ago. The mills may have closed, but many of those Italian families are still thriving, and the Italian influence is all around, you just have...

Brass City Italians thrive even after mills close

Brass City Italians thrive even after mills close

The brass mills and factories drew Italian immigrants to Waterbury by the thousands. Even though those industries have left the city, many of those Italian have families continue to thrive in other occupations.   For example, there's Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe. Everybody in the Waterbury area knows, if you leave a tip in the jar at the register, the cashier will ring a...

Torrington Symphony Orchestra concert features Italian composers, melodies May 9

Torrington Symphony Orchestra concert features Italian composers, melodies May 9

The Torrington Symphony Orchestra will present, "Viva Italia II," at the Warner Theatre's Nancy Marine Studio Theatre, Saturday, May 9 at 8 p.m. Conducted by Maurice Steinberg, "Viva Italia II" features Italian composers and melodies performed by guest soloists Christi McLain and Jerron Jorgenson.   Soprano Christi McLain made her New England debut with Connecticut Lyric Opera and was selected as a finalist...

How Middletown became an important center for Italians in Connecticut

How Middletown became an important center for Italians in Connecticut

by Kent Pierce   Italian in Connecticut week continues in Middletown today. It's our way of paying tribute to one of the most influential ethnic groups in Connecticut.   The First and Last Tavern is just one of many businesses owned by Italian Americans along Main Street in Middletown. But there was a time when they could only be on one side of the...

How “Uncle Aldo” brought television to Connecticut

How “Uncle Aldo” brought television to Connecticut

by Darren Kramer   As we kick off our "Italian in Connecticut" week-long celebration, we wanted to introduce you to one Italian American who is near and dear to our hearts. He started this television station, the very first TV station in Connecticut, and everyone called him "Uncle Aldo."   He was the chain smoking, fast driving, big hearted man who brought the magic...

In the Bender Kitchen: Italian Style Mother’s Day

In the Bender Kitchen: Italian Style Mother’s Day

Chef Silvio Suppa, Executive Chef of Café Allegre and Woodwinds, prepares a delicious Mother's Day Feast that can be enjoyed by all moms. Chef Silvio will host special Mother's Day events at the two restaurants for any family wishing to celebrate Mother's Day – Italian Style.   While Chef Silvio prepares a Mother's Day dish, Anthony Riccio, an Author and Italian Historian...

Quattro Eroi Lodge in Franklin installs officers

Quattro Eroi Lodge in Franklin installs officers

The Quattro Eroi Lodge #1414, Order Sons of Italy in America installed its officers for the 2015 – 2017 term at its April 19 meeting. Grand Lodge of Massachusetts State Deputy Joanne Ciannavei lead the installation of 15 officers with assistance from the State Orator and National Delegate Denise Furnari and First Vice President Antonio Sestito. In addition to the installation of...

Italians built a lot of New Haven, but it wasn’t easy

Italians built a lot of New Haven, but it wasn’t easy

Everyone knows in New Haven, you come to Wooster Street to find everything Italian. But where did those Italians come from? Author Anthony Riccio knows. He literally wrote the book about Italian Americans in New Haven.   "You had people from Piedmonte, which was the northern part," Riccio said. "You had people from Lombardy, you had people from Sicily. Name the province,...

My Italian secret: the forgotten heroes - National center for Jewish film's jewi…

My Italian secret: the forgotten heroes - National center for Jewish film's jewishfilm.2015

May 5, 2015. Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PMBJFF - West Newton Cinema - 1296 Washington StreetWest Newton, Massachusetts 02465   An estimated 80 percent of Italy's Jews survived WWII thanks, in part, to Italian citizens who risked their lives defying the Nazis to save their Jewish neighbors. Among the figures spotlighted by Oscar-nominated documentarian Oren Jacoby (Constantine's Sword) is Tour de France cycling...

Western Massachusetts Italian Cultural Center to screen ‘Pane e Tulipani’ (May 1…

Western Massachusetts Italian Cultural Center to screen ‘Pane e Tulipani’ (May 1)

The final spring screening of the Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts' "Friday Night at the Italian Cinema" will show the comedy "Pane e Tulipani" on Friday, May 1. The Italian film tells the story of Rosalba Barletta, an unappreciated housewife who starts a new life in Venice after being left behind on a family vacation.   Rated PG-13, "Pane e Tulipani" won...

News 8’s ‘Italian in Connecticut’ Locations

News 8’s ‘Italian in Connecticut’ Locations

By Jesse Gosselin   News 8 is celebrating the contributions of Italian Americans to Connecticut throughout the week of May 4th through 8th, and everyone is welcome to come join us live for the celebration!   We're taking our newscasts on the road to New Haven, Middletown, Waterbury, Hartford, and North Haven, and you're welcome to come be part of our broadcasts. Here's our...

Italy During and After the 2008-9 Crisis. Is it Over? And What are its Country S…

Italy During and After the 2008-9 Crisis. Is it Over? And What are its Country Specific and Euro-area Causes and Impact

Monday, May 4 | 4:00 - 6:15 | De Gunzburg Center For European Studies Harvard University | Cabot Room, Busch Hall | 27 Kirkland Street, CambridgeItaly During and After the 2008-9 Crisis. Is it Over? And What are its Country Specific and Euro-area Causes and Impact - Carlo Cottarelli (Imf) With Comments By Alberto Alesina (Harvard) Italy During and After the...

Restaurant review: Mel's Restaurant in Holyoke

Restaurant review: Mel's Restaurant in Holyoke

by Fran Bellamy   Mel's is one of those restaurants that patrons of a certain age particularly enjoy. The experience isn't about cutting edge cuisine or high-concept decor; instead Mel's is a place where fond memories can be found on the menu.   A Holyoke tradition since the late 1920s, Mel's occupies a converted residence in that city's Highlands neighborhood. The ambiance is definitely...

Batali bursts into town with Babbo

Batali bursts into town with Babbo

by Kara Baskin In the shadows of the Seaport's old Anthony's Pier 4, waiters glide through a sunlit dining room carrying trays of pizza and goblets of wine. In one corner, chef Jasper White sips water; in another, chef Michael Schlow chats up friends.   At the center of it all is celebrity chef Mario Batali, toting platters of salami like a giddy...

Talk of the Times: Mayor greets Sicilian singers for museum tour

Talk of the Times: Mayor greets Sicilian singers for museum tour

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken was out and about Friday with a group of Sicilian singers and members of Gloucester's Italian-American community. Stops around the city including Caffe Sicilia — a picture of which was seen on her official Twitter account — and the Cape Ann museum.   There, Museum Executive Director Ronda Faloon said, the mayor led a tune for her guests...

Newpoli explores new folk frontiers in latest release

Newpoli explores new folk frontiers in latest release

Boston's own Italian folk group is back! Drawing inspiration from their own members' immigrant experiences, the group is set to realese its fourth album later this month, infusing their southern Italian sound with a fresh wave of originality.   "In the last couple of years we've seen so many more young people emigrate from the south of Europe," says guitarist and mandola...

Italian Cultural Center to offer limoncello-making class on June 20

Italian Cultural Center to offer limoncello-making class on June 20

by Sarah Platanitis    The Italian Cultural Center of Western Mass will offer a limoncello-making class on Saturday, June 20, from noon - 2 p.m. at their location at 56 Margaret Street in Springfield.    Learn to make the delicious Italian lemon liqueur from an instructor that will guide the class through a hands-on demonstration. Recipe and supplies will be provided and attendees will be...

Migliori in Mens et Gesta Awards 2015

Migliori in Mens et Gesta Awards 2015

On March 28, the Pirandello Lyceum held its annual I Migliori in Mens et Gesta Awards at East Boston's Hyatt Harborside Hotel. The event marked the 30th anniversary of the organization's annual gala.    This year's honorees included Josephine Cuzzi, who served as executive director of the East Boston YMCA from 2006-2014, expanding the child and adult care food and summer programs,...

Alfa Romeo’s On Federal Hill

Alfa Romeo’s On Federal Hill

The Federal Hill Commerce Association is pleased to announce that the Alfa Romeo National Convention has scheduled an event on Atwells Avenue for Thursday, June 25, 2015.   The privately owned Alfa's will be lined up along the avenue for viewing starting at 6pm with a blessing of the fleet. Many businesses on Atwells Avenue will be offering dinner specials and discounts...

The 10 Best Italian Restaurants not in the North End

The 10 Best Italian Restaurants not in the North End

The North End seems to dominate local Italian dining, but believe it or not, tasty pastas aren't relegated to Paul Revere's old 'hood. You can get plenty of food from The Boot at outposts in other parts of town. If you don't want wait to in line at Giacomo's with your friends from out of town, take them to one...

Pat And Mark Sinatro To Receive Red O'Neill Award

Pat And Mark Sinatro To Receive Red O'Neill Award

Pat L. '51 and Mark S. '88 Sinatro of West Hartford, Conn., will receive the Red O'Neill Award on Tuesday night when The UConn Club hosts its 62nd Annual Awards Ceremony at the Jorgensen Center For The Performing Arts on campus.   The Red O'Neill Award is given annually by The UConn Club to a former Husky student-athlete who has mirrored the...

Italian feast season ready to roll in Massachusetts

Italian feast season ready to roll in Massachusetts

Now that the snow has finally all melted, the Boston area can start gearing up for Italian feast season once again! Boston's North End will once again feature the bulk of the celebrations, which will kick off June 7 with the Santa Maria di Anzano procession, followed by processions for St. Anthony of Padua (June 14), St. Padre Pio (June 28),...

Connecticut Boxers Included In New Book

Connecticut Boxers Included In New Book

Long before "Rocky Balboa" and Sylvester Stallone of "Rocky" fame, there was a long list of Italian Americans in boxing, including a few from Connecticut. The three "local" guys, Middletown native and Hartford hero Guglielmo Papaleo, better known as "Willie Pep," Bridgeport's Luigi Buccassi, professionally known as "Lou Bogash" and Hartford's Christopher "Battling Battalino" Battaglini, are all in a new book...

italian-and-sicilian-breakfast-lunch-and-dinner-in-walthamBy Ellen Bhang   Sicilian native Michael Colomba always wanted to launch a business inspired by the food of his childhood. Growing up in Castellammare del Golfo, on the island's northwest side,...
yale-law-school-aiding-middletown-woman-who-was-deportedBy Mary O'Leary   Sal Milardo broke down several times as he described the last four years following his mother's deportation to Italy after she had lived in the United States for almost 50...
a-maggio-il-via-alle-lezioni-di-calcio-in-italianoIl primo corso comincerà il 30 Maggio per 8 sabati consecutivi alle 10.30am, con una classe di bambini di eta' tra i 4 e i 5 anni. Classi per bimbi piùgrandi potrebbero tenersi negli stessi...
italian-festa-returns-to-waltham-commonAfter a successful first year, the Italian Festa returns to the Waltham Common on Saturday, May 30. The family-oriented event, presented by the Regina Margherita Di Savoia Mixed Lodge #1094 of the...
meriano-s-cannoli-truck-a-family-s-sweet-missionBy Leeanne Griffin   Andrea Meriano knew precisely how she wanted her Cannoli Food Truck to look, even borrowing her niece's crayons to sketch the exact design with hot pink and leopard-print trim....
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