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When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 6 p.m. - Where: I AM Books, 189 North St., Boston, MA 02113 On April 22, several poets and authors (including Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella) will celebrate National Poetry Month along with I AM Books during this special event in collaboration with the Italian American Writers Association.

The Order Sons of Italy in America, Quattro Eroi Lodge No. 1414, will hold its March meeting at 11:30 a.m. March 26 at the Franklin Cable TV station, 23 Hutchinson St.  The business part of the meeting will be followed by a special presentation on the lives and accomplishments of Italians in Franklin by historian and newspaper columnist James Johns...

Thursday, April 6. 6-8 PM. I Am Books - 189 North St, Boston 02113 Francesca Montillo is a native Italian and culinary instructor living in Boston, though she travels back to Italy on a regular basis. She is the founder and owner of Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures, which offers culinary adventure weeks to Italy as well as private cooking classes a...

The Italian American Alliance recently was created to serve as a lobbying and advocacy group for Italians in Cambridge. The group was created in response to the Cambridge City Council's decision to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. "We very much look forward to confronting those individuals as well as the cooperating organizations t...

Italian-American enclaves around the country celebrated St. Joseph’s day Sunday. This holiday comes with its own culinary tradition – a luscious pastry called a zeppole. In the kitchen at La Salle Bakery in Providence Rhode Island – a state where zeppole are famous -- a team of bakers furiously prepare. They know lines will be forming to snap up th...

A farm-to-table restaurant in Concord will close down, and an Italian restaurant with a handful of regional locations will take its place. Chef Jason Bond is shutting down one of his two Bondir locations, keeping the original Cambridge restaurant open, Boston Restaurant Talk reported. Bondir Concord first opened in 2013, three years after Bond open...

Chris Bates grew up going to Friendly's on Rte. 20 to celebrate after soccer games and other family occasions. "Driving by for the first time and seeing it wasn't Friendly's was sad," he said. The Friendly's closed in July 2015 after being in town for 50 years. Now, he's a waiter in the building, but with a completely different vibe. The owners beh...

“There’s no question in my mind, as a veteran, that we need to always support our troops and our veterans. It’s because of them, and only because of them, that we enjoy all of the freedoms that we do,” Luigi (Louis) Lemme explained matter-of-factly. Lemme and his business partner, Giovanni (John) D’Alessandro, owners of Luigi & Giovanni Italian Spe...

Legendary Italian pop music icon Iva Zanicchi (Non pensare a me, Zingara, Ciao, cara, come stai?), the only female vocalist to win Italy's famed San Remo Music Festival three times is a row, is returning to the United States on Saturday, April 22, 2017, and Boston's historic Faneuil Hall Meetinghouse, to kick off Festa della Liberazione!, a multici...

The fire is burning, the pans are sizzling, the kitchen is cranking, and customers are flocking to Avvio Ristorante. Located in the Garden City Center in Cranston, Rhode Island, Avvio is lot nicer than most neighborhood Italian restaurants and pizzerias, but a lot less expensive than you’d expect, considering the consistently fresh and authentic fo...

Eataly Boston is opening the doors to its highly anticipated Prudential Center restaurant, "Terra" to customers on Tuesday, April 4. Terra, which means "earth" in Italian will be a full-service restaurant featuring a wood-burning Italian grill while bringing elements of earth and fire in a variety of sharable plates, wine and herb-infused cocktails...

Andrea Vicini was one of two dozen religious scholars who between 2015 and 2017 shared nearly $3M awarded jointly by NASA and the John Templeton Foundation (administered by the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton) to investigate how the religious community would respond to the discovery of life in outer space. As I’ve already reported, inform...