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Black Cat World Tour 2017. Saturday April 1, Borgata Atlantic City Casino 9:00 pm www.theborgata.com - Sunday, April 2, Foxwoods Resort and Casino 6:00 pm www.foxwoods.com TICKETS & INFORMATION, TICKETS DISCOUNT BLACK CAT CODE. STARDUST SHOWS +1 848 444 9241, GIANNI RUSSO +1 718 968 5195 Credited as the “father of the Italian blues,” Zucchero, who...

Two great appointments for DOP Riviera Ligure extra virgin olive oil: from the heart of Europe to the US East Coast. The DOP Riviera Ligure olive oil is participating at the International Tourism Exchange in Berlin (ITB Berlin), scheduled March 8th to 12th. Liguria region is already scheduled on March 7th, within the "I love Italia” initiative, the...

Santina C. (Sandra) (Tanasi) Bellantuono, 81, of New Britain, Conn., died Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Hartford Hospital. Santina was born in New Britain, and was the daughter of the late Sebastiano and Angelina (Gionfriddo) Tanasi. She worked as the director for the YWCA for several years. Santina was a member of St. Maurice R.C. Church, Sons of I...

The Cahoon Museum of American art presents a large-scale exhibit, "Paul Moro: A Painter's Journey" as its opening exhibition of the 2017 season. This landmark exhibition is a retrospective of artist Paul Moro (1886-1953), whose oil paintings showcase a masterful vision of Cape Cod in the early twentieth century. Cape Cod was an important influence...

If you haven't been to Pat's Italian Restaurant in a while, you haven't been to Pat's. Before a visit last month, I hadn't been to Pat's since the Boston Red Sox were down three games to the New York Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series. I was there the Saturday night the Sox lost, 19-8. For that dinner at Pat's, I dined by a fau...

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno celebrated National Meatball Day with a meatball crawl through five of the city's most iconic Italian eateries. Accompanied by City Solicitor Ed Pikula and Communications Director Marian Sullivan, the mayor visited Red Rose Pizzeria, Milano Importing, Frigo's Foods, Mom and Rico's and La Fiorentina/Zonin's Market on...

Italian immigrants have stamped New England as indelibly as any Puritan ever since they started to arrive in large numbers during the 1890s. Today, the descendants of Italian immigrants make up more than 10 percent of the population of every New England state except Vermont and Maine. Any New Englander can recognize the voice of Don Orsillo, Joe Ca...

Topsfield has a new pizzeria. Osteria Peppino Pizza had its grand opening last Saturday at 414 Boston Street. The family friendly restaurant is brightly lit and has bistro seating near the kitchen to complement the dining room tables. When the Transcript stopped by around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, almost all the tables were full.  Owner Giuseppe Giugl...

Isabella (Allegretta) Pradella, 97, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 5, 2017 following an illness. She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Guido Pradella. Isabella is survived by her son, Ferruccio Pradella and his wife Joanne; her grandchildren, Dominique Burke and her husband Chris and Nikki DeSimone and her husband Mark; and several...

The Sons of Italy Braintree Ladies' Lodge, 161 King Hill Road, will host its annual fashion show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 23. The theme will be Focus on Spring, with fashions from Caryn's Corner, of Quincy, modeled by club members and local celebrities, including Shannon Driscoll of Project Prove, ADA Director Kristin Zechello and local columni...

He once crossed the Iron Curtain to play a bluegrass fest in Czechoslovakia. He sought out Slovakian gypsies to learn their traditional music. He sought out Pete Seeger to jam at his home. He traveled to Mexico just to play with a Mariachi band. Forget the Dos Equis guy. Beppe Gambetta is the Most Interesting Man in the World. Since hearing Doc Wat...

Tony Petrarca refers to his first time on the air at WPRI after graduating from Lyndon State College as “the scariest three-and-half minutes in his life.” “March 17, 1987,” Tony recalled. “I just remember going a mile a minute. My mom called after the newscast [and said] ‘You were hyperventilating. Slow down.’ But it got better from there.” Now, WP...