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Even before she had a museum, Isabella Stewart Gardner had a Botticelli — the first painting by the late 15th-century Italian artist to enter this country. It wasn’t one of the ravishing masterpieces casual art lovers are familiar with: “Primavera” or “The Birth of Venus” — those magnificent large-scale paintings that lure thousands of visitors to...

Villa Napoletana is an East Longmeadow eatery that habitually earns a place on the region's "best of" restaurant lists. Housed in a diminutive shopping plaza just across the Springfield city line, Villa Napoletana's handsome dining space is characterized by a high concept, subtly theatrical decor. Tables and chairs are the sole seating option. The...

Green Cross Pharmacy in the North End is closing its doors for good. Their last day open for business will be March 5, 2019. Owners Joseph (Peppi) and Fernando (Freddy) Giangregorio came to the United States in 1954 and have owned the pharmacy at 393 Hanover Street since 1964. As residents and small business owners, they have been actively involved...

Ormai da anni senza un vice consolato attivo e duraturo, il Gruppo Italiani e Italo-Americani residenti in Connecticut ha recentemente sottoscritto un documento, dove viene richiesto ai rappresentanti italiani eletti all’estero di attivarsi affinché la numerosa comunità non venga trascurata. In particolare, la comunità si è rivolta al ministro degl...

At Fox & the Knife, a 75-seat Italian restaurant in South Boston, you’ll find a bread dish on the menu called tigelle. Also know as crescentina modenese, the disc-shaped appetizer is native to the Italian town of Modena, where chef and owner Karen Akunowicz lived and worked for a year over a decade ago.  “It’s an old kind of recipe specifically fro...

A documentary film about New Haven's Little Italy that has played to packed crowds all over the area will soon have three showings in Branford and East Haven. The film, The Village: Life in New Haven's Little Italy, was the creation of award-winning journalist Steve Hamm. It had its successful debut at last year's New Haven Documentary Film Festiva...

The team behind Worcester’s Lock 50 is opening a new restaurant in the Canal District. The new eatery — called Russo — will feature homemade Italian-American fare with classics like chicken marsala, pasta bolognese and gnocchi. It will be located in the space formerly occupied by the Canal Restaurant at 65 Water St. “If you walk into the space, it...

Nick Cafardo worked in a profession peppered with competitive souls, jealousy, and millionaire athletes accustomed to being praised unconditionally. One of the best baseball writers of his generation, Nick managed to cover the sport without generating any hard feelings. Everybody liked Nick. The man had no enemies. For a baseball writer in 2019, th...

The Church of St. Andrew will host an evening of Italian arias and selections from the American songbook Sunday, Feb. 24. The concert features guest soloists Mary-Alexandra Onstad and Valerie Osborn, accompanied by Mary Jodice on piano. Selections will include “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “My Funny Valentine,” Rossini’s “Duetto Buffo di Due Gatti” a...

FBI Director Christopher Wray has named Joseph R. Bonavolonta as special agent in charge of the Boston Field Office. Mr. Bonavolonta has served as deputy assistant director for the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division since March 2018. He previously helped lead the Boston Field Office as assistant special agent in charge from 2013 to 2017 and is hono...

In the mid-1980s, Holly Jaynes asked her mother why she was teaching second graders about Christopher Columbus. “I didn’t know what to do,” Jaynes said. “All I could do was tell her not to teach it.” Since that day more than 30 years ago, Jaynes has found the words to explain why Columbus shouldn’t be celebrated and she is part of a movement to spr...

Bestselling cookbook author, award-winning television personality, and successful restaurateur Lidia Bastianich comes to The Music Hall as part of the Writers on a New England Stage series on Tuesday, March 12. She will discuss her new memoir, MY AMERICAN DREAM: A Life of Love, Family, and Food, which recounts her journey from idyllic childhood to...