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At La Garagista, Hybrid Grapes Stand Up to Vermont’s Elements

At La Garagista, Hybrid Grapes Stand Up to Vermont’s Elements

by Eric Asimov   Wine is now made in all 50 states, though few suggest much of it is any good. But on a hillside just outside this small town in central Vermont, a little east of the Killington ski resort, Deirdre Heekin makes wines under the label La Garagista that are so soulful and delicious, they challenge crucial assumptions long taken...

Boston archdiocese sells closed East Boston church for $3 million

Boston archdiocese sells closed East Boston church for $3 million

By Michael Levenson  The Archdiocese of Boston has sold a former East Boston church for $3 million, signaling to former parishioners the ongoing transformation of the working-class Italian-American neighborhood into an increasingly lucrative real estate hot spot, sought out by wealthy investors.   State records indicate the buyer, Frankfort Gove LLC, was set up in June and is run by Richard Egan and...

Avon UNICO Citizen of the Year Named

Avon UNICO Citizen of the Year Named

by Tim Jensen   The Avon Chapter of UNICO is honored to announce that the 2015 Avon UNICO Citizen of the Year Award recipient is William (Bill) J. Newman, Past Commander of the Gildo T. Consolini VFW Post #3272. UNICO will present its 18th annual award at Avon Day, Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 1:00 p.m., on the grounds between Pine Grove and...

NFA educator, Norwich civic leader named Italians of the Year

NFA educator, Norwich civic leader named Italians of the Year

By Adam Benson   A long-time civic leader and a popular Norwich Free Academy educator have been named the 2015 Italians of the Year. Rosario Presti and John Iovino will be honored by the Italian American Heritage and Cultural Committee at its annual Columbus Day banquet on Oct. 4 at the Norwich Holiday Inn.    Presti, who grew up in Norwich, is of Sicilian descent. His...

The horseman of Old Greenwich shares his passion with his town

The horseman of Old Greenwich shares his passion with his town

By Silvia Foster-Frau   "Electric, this is Blaise," Blaise Anello said into his mobile headset one morning this week, answering a business call above the clip-clopping of horse hooves on asphalt. Anello owns a one-man electric company, but most people don't know him for that. They know him as the guy who drives the horse-drawn carriage throughout Old Greenwich.   "If people don't know me...

Cambridge to host 89th Italian Feast of Saints Sept. 12 and 13

Cambridge to host 89th Italian Feast of Saints Sept. 12 and 13

The streets of East Cambridge and East Somerville will come alive for the 89th annual Italian Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12 and 13, on Warren Street in East Cambridge. There will be a food festival, parades, amusement rides, meatball and cannoli eating contests, "Frozen" and "Monsters Inc." movie characters, carnival games, antique fire engines,...

Local Veteran Is Honored By Avon UNICO Chapter

Local Veteran Is Honored By Avon UNICO Chapter

by Ken Byron   William "Bill" Newman, a resident and veteran who has devoted many hours to recording the histories of people from Avon who have served their country in wars overseas, has been named by the town chapter of UNICO as its citizen of the year.   UNICO announced on Friday that the annual award is going to Newman and he will be...

Mary Menna becomes VP/Market Manager for Greater Media Boston

Mary Menna becomes VP/Market Manager for Greater Media Boston

Station group owner Greater Media says Rob Williams is leaving his position as vice president and market manager of the company's Boston radio properties. His last day will be Friday, Aug. 21. He will be replaced by Mary Menna. Williams, who has been commuting from Connecticut to Boston since he joined the company in 2012, has accepted another opportunity closer to...

Wicked Good Italian Dialects

Wicked Good Italian Dialects

by Gina Fava   A recent visit to my father's hometown of Abbadia San Salvatore in Siena gave me interesting insight into the concept of dialect. Family had taken me to a local restaurant, and the cousins who'd moved out of town ordered "una latina di Coca Cola" or a can of Coke.   Those relatives who still resided in town similarly ordered Cokes,...

Cake Boss To Open Bakery in CT

Cake Boss To Open Bakery in CT

Carlo's Bakery, the setting of the hit TLC series Cake Boss, will open its doors in the Winter section of Casino of the Earth on Saturday, September 12th. Carlo's Bakery at Mohegan Sun is the brand's eleventh location and first ever New England venue. The bakery will offer all the same famous Italian pastries and specialty cakes that originated in...

St. Anthony blesses North End with fest

St. Anthony blesses North End with fest

by Brian Dowling The main event in St. Anthony's Feast is set for today, but revelers filled the streets of the North End last night to sample delicacies, dance and welcome a parade of Italian marching bands. It's the 96th year for what's now the largest Italian festival in New England, which was established by Catholic immigrants who came to the North End...

The Italian-American Cultural Organization To Have First Meeting Of The Season

The Italian-American Cultural Organization To Have First Meeting Of The Season

The IACO will be hosting its first meeting of the season on September 14, 2015. The meeting will take place at the Grove Manor in Braintree, MA at 7:00 PM.   This is not only a meeting, but also a social gathering. The general public and visitors are welcomed to attend the meeting and learn about Italian culture. If you are interested,...

Wine Tasting Party September 9

Wine Tasting Party September 9

We are having a Wine Tasting - September 9, 2015 - The Dante Alighieri Society Invites you to a celebration of the best Wine and Food of Italy - Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm - 41 Hampshire Street - Cambridge, MA 02139   $40 Donation through Eventbrite At http://wine-and-food-of-italy.eventbrite.com Or call 617-876-5160   Source: Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts  

Manchester chapter of UNICO national begins partnership with Connecticut Childre…

Manchester chapter of UNICO national begins partnership with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

by Teresa Riccio   On Friday, July 24, members of the Manchester chapter of UNICO National presented Connecticut Children's Medical Center with the proceeds of their 2015 golf tournament. Club President Peter Miller and Tournament Chair Jay Smith presented Dr. Christine Finck a donation of $6,000, which will purchase two Angel Eyes NICU Camera Systems and specialized therapy equipment for the outpatient Physical...

Celebrating Sergio in Stonington

Celebrating Sergio in Stonington

by Nancy Burns-Fusaro   If it's late August you know exactly what's happening on the bucolic country estate of the late Sergio Franchi, and you know exactly what Franchi's charming widow, the unstoppable Eva Franchi, is up to. "Dahling, I'm on overdrive," says Eva, in her lilting Hungarian accent, as she prepares for Saturday's outdoor concert; "Superstar Forever! Celebrating 25 years of Sergio."    Just...

Boston’s Towering Presence: Developer Don Chiofaro

Boston’s Towering Presence: Developer Don Chiofaro

by Nicola Orichuia   "But what if you could?" Sitting in their Belmont home, Don Chiofaro and his wife, Diane, considered her question as they contemplated his notes for a 1.8 million square foot development project that would one day become International Place.   It was 1981, and the challenge was bigger and more audacious than anything Chiofaro had undertaken so far in his life:...

Tuscan Kitchen hosts car show

Tuscan Kitchen hosts car show

When Tuscan Kitchen hosted their third annual Italian Car Show over the weekend, it wasn't surprising that hundreds of locals showed up despite the rain. Spectators were in awe as they walked around and admired Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, McLaurens and Maseratis. This year's event featured more European luxury cars than years past, according to brand manager Amy Scartello. "People have always loved...

Dine Out Maine: Meanwhile in Belfast

Dine Out Maine: Meanwhile in Belfast

by James H. Schwartz   Take a seat at Meanwhile in Belfast, the new pizza restaurant that opened here in March, and you'll discover that pizza is a sensual meal – a feast for all the senses.   There's the heady fragrance of fresh dough and the occasional whiff of garlic wafting from the kitchen and enticing customers (or passersby) to slow down and...

Dante Aligheri Society to Host Open House

Dante Aligheri Society to Host Open House

by Carla Balzano   The Dante Aligheri Society will be hosting an open house for their Fall Trimester Language Courses. The open house will be on September 3, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at their Cambridge location.   At the open house, students will be able to not only sign up for the Fall Trimester, but also speak with teachers, test their...

Bernini in Ecstasy staged reading at Dante Alighieri

Bernini in Ecstasy staged reading at Dante Alighieri

When: Sunday, September 13, 2015 — 3 to 5:30 p.m.Where: Dante Alighieri Society — 41 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MAA staged reading of "Bernini in Ecstasy", a new play in two acts by Clay Ballard. (Director: Kate Caffrey. Producer: Phil Micali. Historical consultant: Franco Mormando.) BERNINI IN ECSTASY is a portrait of one of Italy's greatest artists: the sculptor, architect, painter and playwright...

In the North End, a cozy new spot caters to locals

In the North End, a cozy new spot caters to locals

By Sheryl Julian  It's hard to cozy up to any North End restaurant. It seems like the area is so different than it used to be, crowded with tourists and shops, like Pinkberry, that are distinctly not Italian. You half except Goofy or Mickey to pop out of one of them. On a Saturday night, maneuvering the sidewalks takes effort. Long lines...

Milford fire chief is this year’s Italian-American of the Year

Milford fire chief is this year’s Italian-American of the Year

The Milford Columbus Committee has named its Italian-American of the Year and he is a face many will recognize from his two very different professions. Douglas A. Edo – Milford Fire Chief and a musician with a popular local band, will be named Milford's Italian-American of the Year for 2015 at the Annual Milford Columbus Committee Dinner Dance.   By day, Edo...

Traditional Italian sauces start in a New Hampshire field

Traditional Italian sauces start in a New Hampshire field

By Lisa Zwirn   David and Michelle Valicenti's business started with a bumper crop of tomatoes that David turned into sauce. His family, originally from Italy's Basilicata region ("the arch of the foot," he says), calls it red gravy. "We went to a local fair and sold out in two weekends," he says.   Today, the seven-year-old Valicenti Organico makes three sauces, an arugula...

Sacco-Vanzetti execution anniversary remembered in Springfield

Sacco-Vanzetti execution anniversary remembered in Springfield

by Matt Caron   It's been 88 years since two Italian immigrants were executed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Many people believe that Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were wrongly executed based on flimsy evidence and their political beliefs. To commemorate the date and to build opposition to the death penalty ever being conducted in the state, the Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty...

Marblehead’s Casa Mia: A Home Away From Home

Marblehead’s Casa Mia: A Home Away From Home

by Elise Balzotti   In Italian, Casa Mia translates to "My Home," and for both Marblehead's chic and trendy and the local fishermen alike, home is where you'll be at once you enter this new Calabrese eatery. Twenty-five year old Raffaele Scalzi and his brother Luigi (Gino) Scalzi, opened the brand new restaurant on July 1, and have already been met with...

Mayor of Greenwich's Italian Sister City Visits Town

Mayor of Greenwich's Italian Sister City Visits Town

by Barbara Heins   Hundreds of people visit Greenwich Town Hall every day. But it's not every day that the mayor from an Italian village drops by. First Selectman Peter Tesei spent part of Monday with Dr. Pietro G. Mariani, the mayor of Morra De Sanctis. Morra De Sanctis is one of two sister cities in Italy that Greenwich has forged a continued...

North Haven Sons and Daughters of Italy host Dean Martin Night

North Haven Sons and Daughters of Italy host Dean Martin Night

Local performer Jack Lynn will sing a host of Dean Martin songs during Dean Martin Night, Sunday, Aug. 30, 5 p.m., at St. Frances Cabrini Church Hall, 57 Pond Hill Road. Sing, socialize and enjoy the music of Dean Martin — the performance, which is $15 BYOB and open to the public, is sponsored by the North Haven Sons and Daughters...

Italian Grandmother, Multistate Wholesaler, Happy To Grow Slowly And Make Gelato…

Italian Grandmother, Multistate Wholesaler, Happy To Grow Slowly And Make Gelato By Hand

by Zach Melvin   A city famous for its pizza is making a name for itself with another Italian delicacy. At Gelato Giuliana, 15 employees produce between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds of gelato a day. The company sells to supermarkets, country clubs, restaurants and colleges from Maine to Delaware.   "This was quite accidental actually, this manufacturing business," said founder and chief executive Giuliana Maravalle....

Cake Boss Bakery to Open at Mohegan Sun

Cake Boss Bakery to Open at Mohegan Sun

Sweet treats are coming to Mohegan Sun. Carlo's Bakery, of TLC's hit series "Cake Boss," will open its doors at the casino in Uncasville on Saturday, Sept. 12. Those in search of an Italian pastry or specialty cake will be able to visit the new venue from 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday...

The North End Connection

The North End Connection

by James Pasto   In February I wrote about what I called "The American Connection" and some people misunderstood what I meant. Some thought I meant that I grew up with doubts or confusion about my Italian identity. That is not the case. I want to clarify what I meant and then use it as a stepping stone to talk about "North...

Michéal Castaldo to Grace the Bandstand Stage for the 92nd Annual Feast of the T…

Michéal Castaldo to Grace the Bandstand Stage for the 92nd Annual Feast of the Three Saints in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on Labor Day Weekend

International Italian tenor Michéal Castaldo will perform at the 92 Annual Feast of the Three Saints in Lawrence, Massachusetts, which takes place every Labor Day Weekend. Castaldo will perform on the Bandstand stage at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, which is opening night of this three-day event. The feast is a celebration of the Italian-American heritage that draws close to...

Getting the dough right for 37 years: Italian Bread Shop in Springfield rolls wi…

Getting the dough right for 37 years: Italian Bread Shop in Springfield rolls with consumers' changing habits

by Don Treeger   People ask Joe Santos all the time for the recipe for the star bread at his Italian Bread Shop. But even if he could give it to you – it's mostly in his head, and he measures flour and sugar by the the scoopful relying on look, feel and experience – yours wouldn't turn out right at home. The...

Italian Festival hopes to help heat Guilford homes

Italian Festival hopes to help heat Guilford homes

by Tim Rizzo The St. George Men's Group is back to host its second annual Italian Festival to raise money to benefit fuel assistance programs for town residents in need. The festival will take place Aug. 28 and 29 at the St. George Church grounds, featuring homemade Italian food, live music, a grape stomping contest and a bocce tournament. The event runs 5...

Francesco Cesareo of Assumption College in Worcester

Francesco Cesareo of Assumption College in Worcester

by Frank Mazzaglia   When Fulbright scholar Francesco Cesareo studied at the University of Rome and at the Pontifical Gregorian University he was struck by the splendor of 'The Eternal City' with its ancient medieval streets, cascading renaissance fountains, and magnificent Christian art.   As a scholar with a particular interest in late medieval and early modern European history, he marveled at the architecture...

St. Jude Italian festival in Monroe celebrates 25th anniversary

St. Jude Italian festival in Monroe celebrates 25th anniversary

How does one of the most popular Italian festivals in the area celebrate its 25th anniversary? With lots of "great Italian food, rides, games and live entertainment," said Peter Lucia, spokesman for the St. Jude Festival in Monroe. The event — which runs Wednesday, Aug. 26, through Saturday, Aug. 29 — has grown from a two-day carnival to the current four-day...

Italian Festival making a comeback

Italian Festival making a comeback

The Italian Festival, absent from Worcester for several years, is set to return Aug. 21-23 to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel/St. Ann Parish. Proceeds from the three-day festival will be used to support the parish to pay for renovation and repair of the church, according to Jonelle Garofoli, vice chair of the Italian Festival Committee. Masses are at 8 and 10 a.m....

Mt. Carmel Church at center of Italian Festival

Mt. Carmel Church at center of Italian Festival

Since the cornerstone was laid in 1927, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church at 28 Mulberry St. has been serving the community; in particular, it has served as a home base, of sorts, for the Italian community. As decades have passed, the church has suffered a number of woes, including potentially serious structural issues that need to be addressed.   With the...

Mangia! Italian Festival sets return to St. Jude

Mangia! Italian Festival sets return to St. Jude

By Donald Eng   Get ready for some Italian food, rides, games and live entertainment at the 25th annual St. Jude Italian Festival. The Monroe summer tradition takes place this year Wednesday, Aug. 26, through Saturday, Aug. 29, at the church grounds located on Route 111 near the intersection of Route 110.   Over the years the festival has grown from a two-day carnival...

Gloucester celebrates its heritage with ‘A Night in Italy’

Gloucester celebrates its heritage with ‘A Night in Italy’

by Wendy Killeen   You can spend "A Night in Italy" at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester on Sunday, Aug. 16. The free concert, presented by the Cape Ann Community Band under the direction of David Benjamin, features a variety of Italian favorites. The band is joined by two solo vocalists, soprano Kathleen Adams and tenor Michael Pallazola.   The program...

Patron saint honored with procession

Patron saint honored with procession

by Ken Borsuk   On Wednesday, the focus was on food, dancing and fellowship. On Sunday, celebrants of the annual St. Roch's Feast will march through the streets of Chickahominy to honor their namesake and patron saint.   The traditional procession, led by The Society Morrese and accompanied by a brass band, will begin at St. Roch's Church at 9 a.m. Sunday, circle through the...

De Pasquale brings new Mare to life

De Pasquale brings new Mare to life

by Kerry J. Byrne Frank De Pasquale was holding court with Gov. Charlie Baker on the Hanover Street sidewalk when we arrived Monday night at Mare Oyster Crudo and Seafood Bar, a 1-week-old addition to the restaurateur's North End empire.   The governor had just dined at De Pasquale's Bricco. It seemed a fitting political encounter for the de facto leader of the...

105th Fisherman’s Feast in Honor of Madonna Del Soccorso Di Sciacca – 2015 Sched…

105th Fisherman’s Feast in Honor of Madonna Del Soccorso Di Sciacca – 2015 Schedule

The 105th Fisherman's Feast in Honor of Madonna Del Soccorso Di Sciacca is scheduled for Thursday, August 13 through Sunday, August 16, 2015 in Boston's North End at North, Fleet and Lewis Streets. Opening ceremonies start at 7pm on Thursday night where the staute of La Madonna Del Soccorso will leave her permanent chapel on Lewis Street for a solemn...

Joe Baldacci, brother of former Maine governor, files papers to run for Congress

Joe Baldacci, brother of former Maine governor, files papers to run for Congress

by Michael Shepherd   Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci, a Democrat, filed papers Wednesday to run in 2016 for the U.S. House of Representatives in Maine's 2nd District.   The move sets up a primary contest with Emily Cain, who lost to Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin in 2014, ending Democratic control of the seat after 20 years. Poliquin is now one of the...

West Haven bocce court vegetable, flower garden vandalized

West Haven bocce court vegetable, flower garden vandalized

by Mark Zaretsky   The tight-knit bunch down at the beachside John Barone Bocce Court along the boardwalk thought they were doing a nice thing when they planted a little vegetable garden adjacent to the court. They just don't understand the mentality of people who walk around wrecking other people's good work. After coming up with the idea and planting a smaller garden last...

A celebration of Italian/Greenwich cultures

A celebration of Italian/Greenwich cultures

By Ken Borsuk   Together in spirit but separated by an ocean, residents and relatives of Rose, Italy, and Greenwich celebrated the Feast of St. Lawrence on Sunday. More than 40 Greenwich residents arrived at the old convent building at St. Michael Church on North Street for the second annual celebration of the patron saint of Rose, near Naples, and one of Greenwich's...

Video history project hits 100

Video history project hits 100

Al Scaia says that he was not interested in history when he was young, but that changed sometime after he received a present from his mother and father.   "I did not like history in school, but my parents gave me a 16 mm movie camera. Something must have happened to me. When I went to college at St Michael's, I started...

Arezzo to market line of specialty foods

Arezzo to market line of specialty foods

Arezzo Ristorante & Bar on Riverside Avenue in Westport has begun marketing its own culinary fare, including pasta sauces, specialty items and the restaurant's award-winning caponata.   Juan Ceballos, owner of the restaurant founded in NYC in 2000, said in a statement about the food line that customers have been asking him to package his caponata and sauces for 15 years.   Read more   Source: http://www.ctpost.com/    

Columbus Day Weekend Festival, 2015

Columbus Day Weekend Festival, 2015

The Federal Hill Commerce Association will be hosting its Annual Columbus Day Weekend Festival October 10th – 12th on Atwells Avenue located on historic Federal Hill in Providence Rhode Island.   This three day Italian festival attracts visitors from all across southern New England bringing people together for great food and entertainment and has been recognized as one of the best Columbus...

Hiding in plain sight: Remembering Sacco and Vanzetti in the heart of Boston

Hiding in plain sight: Remembering Sacco and Vanzetti in the heart of Boston

August 23 marks an important anniversary in the history of Massachusetts. It was on this day, in 1927, that Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed after being convicted for the death of two people during an armed robbery in South Braintree.   I'm not bringing up this symbolic date to shine a light on the history of what happened. Many have...

Award-winning Italian restaurant coming to Chelmsford

Award-winning Italian restaurant coming to Chelmsford

Andiamo Restaurant + Bar prides itself on offering affordable Italian dishes made with high-quality ingredients.   The restaurant is the latest to join the lineup of businesses at Chelmsford Town Center on Boston Road, the former Stop & Shop plaza developed by Winstanley Enterprises LLC.   Read more   Source: http://www.lowellsun.com/    

Romeo G. Petroni, superior court judge

Romeo G. Petroni, superior court judge

Romeo G. Petroni died Monday, Aug. 3. He is the only native son to become a Superior Court judge during the 20th Century. "It's a demanding, challenging position that requires broad knowledge of the law, but at this point in my life, I'm ready for it," Judge Petroni said in May 1990 when he received the appointment. Judge Petroni had lived...

Holy Rosary Church in Ansonia gears up for the 48th Italian Festival Festa! 2015

Holy Rosary Church in Ansonia gears up for the 48th Italian Festival Festa! 2015

by Jean Falbo-Sosnovich   Holy Rosary Church parishioners have been busy preparing for their 48th annual Italian festival, Festa! 2015, which begins Thursday. The wildly popular festival, which draws thousands each year, will run from 5 to 10 p.m. through Saturday, on the church grounds, 10 Father Salemi Drive. Admission is free. The festival celebrates all things Italian, including the heritage of the parish,...

Table Hoppin': Italian restaurant on Hamilton Street all about family

Table Hoppin': Italian restaurant on Hamilton Street all about family

La Cucina Italiana is a new BYOB restaurant that opened last month at 294 Hamilton St., Worcester. Anthony Panarelli and wife, Carolyn, own and operate the business, which from all appearances has received a warm welcome from diners. The restaurant is located in the spot formerly occupied by the short-lived Mimo's Deli & Italian Specialties.   Read more   Source: http://www.telegram.com/    

A magical moment at St. Anthony’s Feast

A magical moment at St. Anthony’s Feast

A few years ago, I'd experienced Saint Anthony's Feast in Boston's North End for the very first time. Growing up Italian in Buffalo, I'd enjoyed summer Italian festivals before, as they're a regular annual fixture in most American cities. But nothing could prepare me for the sights and sounds of this, the largest Italian Religious Festival in New England. That day,...

He Served His Country, His Church And His City

He Served His Country, His Church And His City

His friends knew him as Rico Pace, but his official name was Americo Pace, his parents' tribute to their adopted country. Pace showed his love of his country in many ways, from serving in World War II to spending his retirement years volunteering at his church, at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and at the state Capitol.   "He lived for...

Italian Festival this Weekend in Danbury

Italian Festival this Weekend in Danbury

by Megan Carey   The Amerigo Vespucci Lodge #160 is hosting their annual Italian Festival this weekend, Friday July 31st through Sunday, August 2nd. There will tons of authentic Italian food, games, rides, and refreshments perfect for these hot summer days.   Admission is free and all are welcome. This is great festival perfect for the whole family. The festival is being held at 10...

Fiorella’s To Celebrate Fifteenth Anniversary

Fiorella’s To Celebrate Fifteenth Anniversary

by Carla Balzano   Fiorella's in Newtonville is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in August. Throughout the month, it will be offering delicious dishes for $15. The dishes will vary and rotate daily. Some of the meals they are offering are Lobster Ravioli Florentine, Chicken Limoncello, Pork Chop Madeira, and etc. If that isn't incentive enough, they are offering another appetizing offer. In August,...

NEMPAC Children’s Choir to Sing at Italian Night with Landmarks Orchestra, Augus…

NEMPAC Children’s Choir to Sing at Italian Night with Landmarks Orchestra, August 5th

The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) is very excited for their Children's Choir debut with the Landmarks Orchestra next Wednesday evening at the Hatch Shell! Italian Night is scheduled for next Wednesday, August 5th at 7:00 p.m. This is NEMPAC's first program in partnership with the Landmarks Orchestra.   The NEMPAC Children's Choir is a collection of youth singers...

Boston Landmarks Orchestra presents Italian Night (Aug. 5)

Boston Landmarks Orchestra presents Italian Night (Aug. 5)

When: Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 — 7 p.m. (rain date: Thursday, August 6 at 7 p.m.)Where: DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, Charles River Esplanade, Boston The Golden Age of Italian opera is about passion writ large. Its music now occupies a central place on the concert stages of the world. The thrilling voices of two stars of American opera join a coalition...

Enfield’s 90th annual Italian Festival to celebrate heritage, family, friends, f…

Enfield’s 90th annual Italian Festival to celebrate heritage, family, friends, food

by Annemarie A. Smith For Carl Sferrazza, the 90th annual Mount Carmel Society's Enfield Italian Festival is a testament to the community's love of God and country, family and friends, and, of course, Italian heritage. "This festival is an opportunity for us to celebrate the values our ancestors brought here," Sferrazza said Tuesday as he motioned to the lights, banners, and tents...

Eating Italian in Vermont, New York-Style

Eating Italian in Vermont, New York-Style

by Hannah Palmer Egan   Utter the word "pizza" to New Yorkers living in Vermont, and they'll wax poetic about the thin-crusted, orange-grease-dripping, foldable slices of paradise of their hometown. There, they'll tell you, a typical lunch means two slices and a soda for about $5. Usually they'll lament the lack of comparable fare farther north.   In the first six months of 2015,...

Mount Washington Auto Road hosts Lamborghini Giro

Mount Washington Auto Road hosts Lamborghini Giro

Owners of 24 Lamborghinis paid an eye-popping visit to Mount Washington on Monday as part of the Lamborghini Giro, an annual tour taken on some of the most scenic roads in America. After driving to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast, the owners of the cars — mainly 10 HP V10 Huracans and the 700 HP V12 Aventadors...

Honoring culinary traditions at Caffe Paolina in Swampscott

Honoring culinary traditions at Caffe Paolina in Swampscott

by Elise Balzotti   In the eyes of a passerby, the small Caffè Paolina, tucked discreetly in the corner of a quaint strip mall on Swampscott's main road, does not beckon customers in. Once inside, however, diners feel an unusual sense of comfort and welcome.   Greeted by the proprietor, herself, in a true Calabrese fashion, with open arms and a thick Italian accent,...

The Italian immigration to Brockton, MA

The Italian immigration to Brockton, MA

by Micheal P. Lombardo   I was asked by members of the Centennial Committee of the Christopher Columbus Lodge #216 Order of the Sons of Italy to write a history of the Lodge since its inception in 1913. In conducting my research I have discovered that few documents seem to exist, most having been lost, damaged or destroyed as a result of fire...

From one Palm to a whole grove: The story behind an 89-year-old two-family resta…

From one Palm to a whole grove: The story behind an 89-year-old two-family restaurant business

It's hard to believe that a clerical error blossomed into one the biggest names in hospitality across the country. Legend has it that in 1926, just six years after arriving to New York from Parma, Pio Bozzi andJohn Ganzi wanted to register their Second Avenue restaurant after their hometown.   Their heavy accents gave the cleric registering their business the impression they'd...

Growing up speaking North End English

Growing up speaking North End English

by James Pasto   In his 1975 study of the North End, "The Italian-American child: His sociolinguistic acculturation," Fr. Lawrence Biondi stated that "The English spoken in the North End is English that is heard nowhere else in New England or Boston. North Enders have a strong tendency toward being uniquely apart — they are not quite Italian, but not quite American...

Italian-American Festival was a whole gelato fun

Italian-American Festival was a whole gelato fun

by Lisa Backus As he stirred the steaming pot of soffritto, boiled veal hearts in a tasty sauce, Sunday afternoon, Rich Angelillo understood that he was helping younger generations to understand the vibrancy of his roots in Italy. "This is our Italian heritage," he said as he pointed to the sign on the Sons of Italy hall that read they had been...

Tutto Italiano is coming!

Tutto Italiano is coming!

Tutto Italiano is coming! Bring your Italian car, motorcycle or just your love for Italian design. We welcome you to join us and appreciate the style and grace of Italian machinery at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum.   Tutto Italiano is a family friendly event, featuring activities such as face painting for the kids. In addition to all the beautiful automobiles and...

St. Ann Club Feast chairman says annual festival hits record attendance numbers

St. Ann Club Feast chairman says annual festival hits record attendance numbers

by Leslie Lake   Pat Cutrone, St. Ann Club Feast chairman for the past 10 years, credited beautiful weekend weather, top-notch musical entertainment, and the efforts of more than 100 Club volunteers, for record-breaking attendance numbers on Thursday and Friday at the popular annual waterfront event. "I'm not sure of the exact attendance, but I will tell you that the (148) East Ave....

Diving into the world of Italian wines with Ciro Pirone

Diving into the world of Italian wines with Ciro Pirone

by Jennifer Martin   This month I interviewed local Italian wine expert, Ciro Pirone. I met Pirone when I recently took the Italian Wine Specialist certification course through the North American Sommelier Association. He happened to be the coordinator of the course, and I immediately gravitate to folks that not only have a love for Italy, but even more so a love...

Aquitaine Group To Open La Motta’s Italian Specialties in South End

Aquitaine Group To Open La Motta’s Italian Specialties in South End

by Carla Balzano   The vacant building at 1357 Washington Street in the South End, will now be occupied. The Aquitaine Group, which closed the building's last vendor, Union Bar & Grille, over a decade ago, is opening a new Italian restaurant this summer. The group will open La Motta's Italian Specialties late this summer. La Motta's is described as "Italian-American," and "Bronx-Style."...

NeMLA 2016 CFP: New Perspectives on the Italian canzone d’autore and Popular Mus…

NeMLA 2016 CFP: New Perspectives on the Italian canzone d’autore and Popular Music

Critical studies on the Italian canzone d'autore and popular music are becoming numerous, often intertwining society, music and poetry. Please, consider submitting an abstract for the next NeMLA Annual Convention, held from March 17 to 20, 2016 in Hartford, CT, for the panel: "New Perspectives on the Italian canzone d'autore and Popular Music."   This panel proposes to continue the conversation and...

Andiamo Restaurant To Open Second Location In Chelmsford, MA

Andiamo Restaurant To Open Second Location In Chelmsford, MA

by Carla Balzano   Chef and owner of Andiamo Restaurant in Newburyport, MA, James Rogers, will be opening a second location in Chelmsford, MA. The new location will be at 18 Boston Post Road, in a new building called "Chelmsford Town Center." Construction will start in September.   Rogers excitedly revealed that he gets to build a custom restaurant. It will feature an open...

Bocce tournament held in Springfield

Bocce tournament held in Springfield

A man with a passion for the sport of his ancestors, Rico Daniele, a leader in Western Massachusetts' Italian American community, continues to be an advocate for his beloved sport of bocce. Daniele and other bocce enthusiasts held a bocce tournament Sunday at the Mount Carmel Society in Springfield's South End neighborhood.   Daniele, the owner of Mom and Rico's food store and...

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Meriden celebrates Feast Day

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Meriden celebrates Feast Day

By Scott Hayes   Sunday morning was all things Italian as Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church celebrated Feast Day with a procession through the streets featuring a statue of church patron Blessed Mary. Following a mid-morning mass, parishioners descended the church steps as steeple bells clanged and a hot summer sun glistened off its golden dome. About 200 people stepped in behind retired...

at-la-garagista-hybrid-grapes-stand-up-to-vermont-s-elementsby Eric Asimov   Wine is now made in all 50 states, though few suggest much of it is any good. But on a hillside just outside this small town in central Vermont, a little east of the Killington ski...
nfa-educator-norwich-civic-leader-named-italians-of-the-yearBy Adam Benson   A long-time civic leader and a popular Norwich Free Academy educator have been named the 2015 Italians of the Year. Rosario Presti and John Iovino will be honored by the...
celebrating-sergio-in-stoningtonby Nancy Burns-Fusaro   If it's late August you know exactly what's happening on the bucolic country estate of the late Sergio Franchi, and you know exactly what Franchi's charming widow, the...
boston-archdiocese-sells-closed-east-boston-church-for-3-millionBy Michael Levenson  The Archdiocese of Boston has sold a former East Boston church for $3 million, signaling to former parishioners the ongoing transformation of the working-class Italian-American...
the-horseman-of-old-greenwich-shares-his-passion-with-his-townBy Silvia Foster-Frau   "Electric, this is Blaise," Blaise Anello said into his mobile headset one morning this week, answering a business call above the clip-clopping of horse hooves on...
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