NEWS FROM : NEW ENGLAND  

Cari tutti, dear friends,Italianissimo 2015 takes place "sotto le stelle" in the enchanting Washburn Pavilion of Boston's Museum of Science on Friday, September 25th. With a unique view of the Charles River, bordered by the skylines of Boston and Cambridge, guests will enjoy an experience reminiscent of an evening in Trastevere punctuated by evocat...

by Barbara Lauterbach   Faro Italian Grille, metamorphosed from the iconic Lobster Pound on Rte. 3 in the Weirs, is a welcome addition to the Lakes Region dining scene. Totally renovated, there is a main dining room, a smaller dining area in the rear decorated with artwork by Peter Max, as well as seating in the bar and high tables. &n...

By Sean Flynn The lyrics of the country classic, "I'm My Own Grandpa," are difficult to follow because of the convoluted relationships caused by generational intermarriages of two separate families.  The relationships between Italian-American families on Aquidneck Island don't go to that extreme, but when people are cousins through both thei...

West End Branch of the Boston Public Library - 151 Cambridge Street - Boston, MA 02114Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 2 – 3pm   To begin to appreciate The Last Supper, consider the following: Who commissioned the fresco? Why in the Refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie? What about the body language and expressions of the&nbs...

Jan 7, 2016 between 6:00 to 8:00PM is Bocce registration night for all teams and individuals interested in participating in the Spring campaign which starts week of January 10th. Registration night will include the collection of bocce, membership renewals and new memberships fees. All fees must be paid by the start of the season. &n...

Vespa in Italian means wasp or hornet, both of which suggest a "buzz." Certainly a buzz exists at the newish Vespa restaurant in Westport, with its stylish décor, farm-to-table cuisine and genial atmosphere. And, at least when I visited, there wasn't a single Vespa, an Italian motor scooter, parked outside.   After my visits there, I asked B...

Giovianni Bianchi, owner of the famed prosciutto producer Pio Tosini of Parma, Italy is coming to Portland and will be slicing and serving his Parma ham (Prosciutto di Parma) at three locations this week.   Thursday, March 24 will find Giovanni at Middle Street Italian eatery Piccolo. Piccolo will be serving a five-course tasting menu with w...

"I was born June 24, 1916, at 25 Sheave Street in Boston's North End, which was then as now, though more so then, Little Italy ... . My mother, in the custom of her tribe, bore me in the same bed in which she connived me ... . " So wrote John Ciardi, renowned poet, translator and teacher. I had long known of Ciardi's translation of Dante, and I kn...

The Mount Carmel Church situation is another familiar chapter in the Worcester story – an ethnic group outgrowing its immigrant status and moving on to new outlooks, new horizons and new ways of life. It is doubtful that the aging parishioners of the church can reverse the trend. But they can reflect on the inspiring story of the Italians in Worces...

A new restaurant will make its debut in Salem this week, opening in the space where another popular restaurant operated for more than 15 years. Trattoria Orsini took over the Grapevine space at 26 Congress St. and will bring a lineup of Italian specialties to the neighborhood when it opens on Wednesday.   Grapevine was sold last year to new...

by Dana Hatic The Boston Globe's Sacha Pfeiffer pays a visit to UpperWest. There, she writes, she "found [her] favorite new restaurant of the year." The North Cambridge restaurant is more of a "wine bar that serves some wonderful food," she notes. The limited menu changes frequently and includes charcuterie, cheese, tinned fish, and pasta.  ...

A new play that examines "otherness" in America through the immigrant experience – and framed against the backdrop of the polarizing Sacco-Vanzetti trial of the 1920s – will have its world premiere as Fitchburg State University's spring theater production.   "(Sacco-Vanzetti) Vince, Al & Teddy," written by Bruce Robinson, will be perform...