NEWS FROM : NEW ENGLAND  

1-5 p.m. Feb. 18, The Wine ConneXtion, 117 Main St., North Andover. Italians have an expression about wine: "in vino veritas" — in wine, there is truth. The Wine ConneXtion will take guests on a journey, sharing their knowledge and passion while revealing excellent and affordable picks from Piedmont, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Sicily and other well-known wi...

The community is mourning the loss of longtime community member and one of the most recognizable faces in East Boston. Joseph Guarino who, outside of his career as a newspaper man, dedicated his life to St. Joseph St. Lazarus Church, the Golden Age Club and other Eastie civic organizations where he was a regular fixture during their community event...

Eataly, the giant Italian marketplace that's co-owned by Mario Batali, will soon be getting a new rooftop restaurant at its Boston location. The new eatery, called Terra, will feature "a wood fire grill and regional Italian-inspired dishes," according to a job posting on BostonChefs.com. "The menu will showcase a number of specialty Italian items s...

David Levi has reopened Rossobianco, his restaurant at 3 Deering Ave., under the name Trattoria Fanny. The restaurant is serving a simpler, more affordable menu than Rossobianco, and is named after Levi’s grandmother, Fanny Levi, who was born in Milan in 1908. Dinner dishes are all under $20, and include seafood stew in tomato broth and a veal cutl...

Jeff Gentilcore, who’s known for his stylist skills and selfless volunteering, will be recognized as volunteer of the year by Unico Manchester. “I’m very proud,” Gentilcore said of the distinction. “It caught me off guard, although I prefer to be on the other side of the microphone, working behind the scenes.” He will be honored Friday, Feb. 24, at...

Step through the doors of Spiga in Needham and you'll find yourself in Italy. A small eatery nestled quietly on Highland Circle off of Highland Avenue, Spiga offers authentic Italian dishes, all homemade. The restaurant is the result of owner Carmelo Iriti's love for Italy, where he was born, and his passion for Italian fo Not only does the restaur...

The Alumnae House at Smith College, situated at 33 North Elm St. in Northampton, is currently housing Elisabetta Franchini’s temporary “Facades of Italy” art exhibit. Visitors enter the stunning Georgian building through a portico with Doric columns, turn left to the first floor and there they can find the Alumnae Gallery. The Gallery houses severa...

A documentary on ex-Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci will be shown at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Jamestown Arts Center, 16 Valley St. The Emmy Award-winning movie, “Buddy: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Notorious Mayor,” was written, produced and directed by Cherry Arnold. It is a complex portrait of the contradictory and audacious man who became the...

Visiting chefs from Abruzzese helped raise funds for Central Italy Earthquake Relief at Filippo Ristorante’s grand dinner this week. The event was a kickoff of 40th Anniversary celebrations for the North End’s Lucia Ristorante by Filippo and Phil Frattaroli with guest chefs and restauranteurs Antonella Santacroce, Dal Mohr, Edmundo Guzman and Domen...

The East Haven Rotary Club will hold an “Anginetti Wars” fundraiser, a competition for bakers of the iconic Italian cookies, April 6 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church Hall, 80 Taylor Ave. Anginetti are the cakey, frosted cookies Italian-Americans make for holidays and special occasions. Prizes will be awarded for Best Tasting C...

In restaurant-rich Portland, what’s immediately noticeable about Maria’s Restaurant is what isn’t there. The now-familiar buzz that newish city bistros radiate. The staccato of cocktail shakers, or eclectic soundtracks piped from hidden speakers. Foodies don’t flock to the Cumberland Avenue eatery to Instagram artfully plated delicacies. It would a...

The Watertown-Oakville Chapter of UNICO International is expanding their membership.The drive focuses on men or women of Italian heritage or is married to a person of Italian heritage. UNICO is an Italian-American service organization with more than 6,000 members nationwide. They are very active in awarding scholarships to deserving local residents...