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A 1904 New York Tribune article about Italian immigration to New Haven carried the fevered headline “ITALIANS ARE FLOODING CONNECTICUT.” The article quotes the Rev. Joel Ives of the Missionary Society of Connecticut, who worries that the Italians coming into the state are “poor, superstitious, ignorant, and indifferent.” Well, the Rev. Ives has dep...

Portofino Italian Restaurant in Merrimack, N.H., is a true family ristorante. Patriarch Giuliano Mastantuono handles the cooking while his wife, Maria, and his brother in-law, Helder “Pepper” Pimenta, are among the family members who help out. Giuliano is a native of Italy and worked in his family’s restaurant as a young man. When he was in his tee...

Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts, Inc. in collaboration with Boston Conservatory at Berklee and The Poets' Theatre under the auspices of Consulate General of Italy in Boston present a special event to benefit Italy earthquake relief effort: Vivaldi & Leopardi "Four Seasons" - "Four Cantos"Friday, March 31, 2017. 8:00 - 9:30 pm. Join us for...

The Pannese Society of Rhode Island’s “Taste of Italy” held last Sunday served as a kickoff and thank you for the non-profit’s on-going Sister City program with Panni Foggia, Italy. “Papa Joe would be proud of what’s going on here this afternoon,” said Pasquale Simone at the “Taste of Italy” that was served at the nationally-accredited Johnston Sen...

The doors at Tuscan Kitchen on Lafayette Road opened for the first time at 3 p.m. Wednesday, and by 3:20, there were only a few spots left at the spacious bar. Tommy Mattie of Nottingham has been anxiously awaiting the new Italian restaurant. Mattie said he has been trying to get to the Salem location after seeing it featured on the Food Network, b...

Massimo Riva and his friend Guy Borlée sat at a café table outside the Piazza Maggiore in Bologna sipping wine and dreaming of ways to share their experiences with Riva's friends and family back home in Providence. "I wanted to bring this back to my students at Brown," says Riva, who is a professor of Italian studies at the university. "Brown has b...

Beppe Gambetta, an Italian musician known for his mastery of both American roots music as well as the music of his native country, opens the spring series of the Music in the Gallery concerts on Friday, March 10, 7:30 p.m., in the James Arnold Mansion, owned by the Wamsutta Club, 427 County St. Tickets are $20 in advance online and $25 at the door....

A quick glance across the room and it looks as if Al Pacino is standing in front of a map of Italy's Piedmont region, pointing to the unique hillside vineyards where some of the world's most majestic and monolithic wines are made. The Italian's hair is longish, tousled, salt-and-pepper, the same as his scraggly beard. His face is warm, inviting and...

An Italian restaurant opened its doors last night in Cambridge, bringing so much pizza, pasta, and wine to Kendall Square. Sulmona made its debut at 608 Main St. with chef Delio Susi at the helm. The menu at Sulmona showcases a mix of antipasti, street food, pasta, pizza, salumi, and “secondi,” according to the Improper Bostonian. Diners will find...

"The Sound World of Carlo Dolci" is set for 6:30-8 p.m. March 3 at 106 Central St., Wellesley.  The Davis Museum at Wellesley College offers the opportunity to enjoy the sights of Italy with this musical performance. The seated concert will take place amidst the devotional works of Florentine painter Carlo Dolci in the Camilla Chandler and Dorothy...

You don't think about Maria Calabria in the morning, as you scramble to get your family members out the door. But she thinks about you. Or more specifically, about your children. Show Calabria's picture to current or former Deer Hill students, and chances are they'll recognize her and know that she cooks and helps run the school cafeteria. They pro...

BoMayor Herman Castellani announces he will seek a full four-year term as mayor. Appointed mayor in 2015, Castellani won a two-year term in a special election. As mayor, he is in charge of the police department. Castellani served as Exeter Borough treasurer from 1968 to 1980 and served on the Exeter Borough Zoning Board. Married to the former Louis...