NEWS FROM : NEW ENGLAND  

Maine is the birthplace of the Italian sandwich. They were first made by John Amato at his shop down on India Street. For the past 45 years, they have been made by Dominic Reali who has also expanded the chain to 42 stores. Mr. Reali is a real Italian himself, having immigrated to the United States in 1955.  Speaking no English, he went to work and...

Anthony V. Riccio recently presented photographs from his book From Italy to Boston’s North End – The Photographs of Anthony V. Riccio 1972-1982.   The book documents the arc of the Italian American immigration experience with images of daily life taken in the rural villages of southern Italy to everyday life in Boston’s North End during the 1970’s...

Cold weather calls for comfort food, and there are few foods more comforting than spaghetti and meatballs. Luckily for Bostonians, there’s this neighborhood called the North End —maybe you’ve heard of it? — that’s chalk full of the stuff. Don’t be fooled, though: The North End doesn’t have a monopoly on that sweet, sweet red sauce. (Okay, so most o...

Lidia will be in R.I. at Dave’s Marketplace on Saturday. Anybody who loves food and watches TV has no doubt watched and listened to Lidia Bastianich. For years she’s been cooking with her mother or daughter, or alone, creating Italian dishes that can be re-created in the home kitchen. For those who don’t believe that, Bastianich and her daughter Ta...

Leon Panetta — a former White House chief of staff, CIA director and secretary of defense — will receive a lifetime achievement award, and eight military veterans from Rhode Island will receive distinguished service awards on Sunday, at the Rhode Island Italian-American Hall of Fame 30th anniversary event at The Veterans Memorial Auditorium. The Ha...

Brookline just dropped Columbus Day. After hearing arguments from both sides, including a Brookline High School student for the name change and a group of Italian-Americans from outside the town against the proposal, the legislative board of Brookline's Town government voted. The proposal to sub out Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day passed...

She may have come from humble roots, but Judy Cicero, born Judith Schwartz in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 10, 1938, was Provincetown’s version of a Renaissance woman, our Auntie Mame. She was active in local politics and town government, and she supported more than a few arts institutions and charities on the Outer Cape. She owned businesses in town an...

R.I.-born Luca Ciummo brings the trade home from Italy and works it hard in Cranston, specializing in custom pieces in a market that includes mega-yachts and commercial jobs. He’s built enough business to require a larger shop and possibly more people to work in what Ciummo calls “a great trade.” Luca Ciummo picked up the art of upholstery in Isern...

With so much sad news in the world today, it’s easy to lose track of all the love and kindness that’s still out there. It was almost overwhelming how much of it was squeezed into one little bookstore for one glorious day. For three years in a row, I AM Books has had the honor and privilege of hosting Tomie dePaola, whose books have filled the lives...

Michael Scelfo is serious about pizza. After a childhood spent savoring New York's top slices (not to mention a habit of embarking on pizza pilgrimages in his adult years), the chef had visions of a roaring, wood-fired hearth taking center stage at his first solo restaurant, Alden & Harlow in Cambridge, Massachusetts. But when he started the busine...

An Italian-American social club in Connecticut has set a new Guinness world record for the longest stretch of playing bocce. Members of the Prince Thomas of Savoy Club in Avon announced on its Facebook Thursday that Guinness World Records had officially confirmed the new record. The London-based organization's website now shows the record official...

The Rhode Island Italian-American Hall of Fame’s “Greatest Salute to America’s Bravest” induction event will occur Sunday, Nov. 19, at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, at 1 p.m. This is the group’s 30th anniversary event honoring eight local military veterans, former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Pa...