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The championship team for the Fall 2018 season was made up of Angelo DiGirolamo, Anthony Gaeta, Richie Delliago and Gaspar Ostuni. Awards were presented to the winning team at a banquet held on Tuesday, November 6th at the Flaming Grill Restaurant in Revere. The Friends are carrying on a long time tradition of playing bocce at the North End Park, t...

Most of the time, gondoliers row slowly and sing softly. It’s all very peaceful. But for one weekend, they row like mad, scream at each other (sometimes in Italian), and it’s complete chaos. That’s how Greg Mohr describes the U.S. Gondola Nationals, a convention for the small community of U.S. gondoliers. The nationals were held Friday-Sunday on th...

Mario LaPosta was pretty much born to be a chef. “From the age of five, my nicknames were Mario Mozzarella and Mario Meatball and pizza was my favorite food. My whole entire life I said, I’m going to become a pizza maker and have my own pizzeria and this and that,” said Mario. And now he is at Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca, located in Boston’s Seaport....

This past weekend, I Am Books, an independent Italian American bookstore in the North End of Boston, the city’s historic Italian immigrant neighborhood, hosted its first Idea festival, “an Italian-inspired festival of books, authors, and culture”, according to its website. I Am Books is the first bookstore Italian American bookstore in the US, open...

Raised on the notion that anything is possible with a little audacity and a lot of hard work, Patrice Vinci, owner of the award-winning Patrice Vinci Salon, was prepared to put in the time and effort to build a successful business. And it’s safe to say she nailed it: This year, Vinci celebrates the 10th anniversary of her salon on the high-end, hig...

Gloucester veteran Anthony Gattuso never could have imagined the twists and turns his life would take from growing up in a small village in Italy to his retirement in Virginia. His is a story of bravery, love and the pursuit of a better life.  Anthony’s father left for the United States in 1933, just six months after his son was born, to seek his f...

Three years after a motion to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples day failed in a split vote, the Hopkinton select board revisited the idea and voted in favor of the change. The board approved the change with a unanimous 5-0 vote at its Oct. 29 meeting. Beginning in 2019, the October holiday will appear as Indigenous Peoples Day i...

Best-selling author Adriana Trigiani (“Big Stone Gap,” “Lucia, Lucia” and “The Shoemaker’s Wife”) is coming to town. She will be on stage at North Kingstown High School, 150 Fairway Drive, on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 3-5 p.m. Trigiani’s latest novel is “Tony’s Wife.” The program is presented by Reading with Robin with Robin Kall. The event also feature...

On Sunday November 18, at 1:30, to celebrate the “Garment Workers of New Haven” exhibit now on permanent display at the New Haven Labor Center on 267 Chapel Street, New Haven, I'll be giving at talk, "Toil and Triumph: Italian American Women in the Sweatshops of New Haven." This will be followed by a walking tour of the actual working sites of New...

Mark your calendar: Eataly Boston is celebrating Truffle Day on Wednesday, November 21. In time for the holidays, you can bring home a fresh white truffle from Italy at the season's lowest cost and specially-priced truffle dishes in our restaurants!  Why is this exciting? Fall is the peak season for the revered white truffle! In Italy and across th...

The rather unique two-sided invitation featured a red fireworks explosion, white stars on a dark blue card and read: “Donna is 60! Let’s party!” Even the flip-side featured a photo surrounded by those same red explosion-like lines and a photo with the words “Fabulous at 60!” Perhaps that invitation was a sneak preview of what 125 guests actually wi...

The University of Connecticut’s Department of History invites nominations and applications for the Emiliana Pasca Noether Chair in Modern Italian History.  The position will commence in Fall 2019.  The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of full professor or associate professor and will be eligible for tenure upon appointment.  The C...