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The Rizzis wouldn't trade their trade for anything. They are just as true to the place they learned it — J.M. Wright Technical High School, where Anthony Rizzi graduated as a barber in 1960. Rizzi said he doesn't know what attracted him to barbering when he was a teenager at Wright Tech, where he sang with the school doo-wop group, "The Starlights....

A brother and sister who say they have strong and fond childhood food memories tied to West Haven are trying to recreate part of that with the opening of their new Italian-American restaurant and bar. Their chef and his recipes are from their old favorite restaurant — the former Lucibello’s Restaurant & Catering. Even their mom, a longtime waitress...

IN THE KITCHEN Pasquale Celone takes a personal approach to cooking at the restaurant in Londonderry, N.H., that bears his name. His approach to food is simple: “If I don’t like it, you don’t like it.” Celone was born in Torre Annunziata just outside Naples, where his family grew San Marzano tomatoes and other veggies. He says his passion for cooki...

Opera Theater of Connecticut presents two performances of the powerful opera “I Pagliacci” by Ruggero Leoncavallo. Performances will be held April 20-21 at Andrews Memorial Town Hall in Clinton. A mainstay of the dynamic “verismo” repertoire, this commanding work contains pieces such as the memorable Bell Chorus, the melodic Intermezzo, and, of cou...

The Leitz family from rural Milford — Rhonda and Charles — are hosting a foreign exchange student this school semester. Lorenzo Argentero is 17 and from Sardinia, Italy, and had never seen snow before, and it’s his first time out of Europe. He arrived in a snowstorm Dec. 29, 2017, after his flight from Chicago to Indianapolis had been delayed sever...

Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County will once again transform the Shrine Club on Northport Avenue into an Italian bistro Saturday, April 21, for an evening of dining, games, a wine auction, and five drawings to win baskets of delights from area businesses. Event sponsors are Jam Brook Builders and Penobscot Bay Dentistry. The event begins at 5 p.m...

When: Saturday, April 28th (1:00PM–2:30pm) - Where: The Rhody Center for World Music and Dance, 410 Tiogue Avenue, Coventry, Rhode Island 02816 Michela Musolino of Terra Sangue Mare is offering a workshop on Sicilian folk dances. To open up the class, Musolino will share with students a brief history of the dances and run through a warm-up with the...

The 13th annual Yale Festival of New Italian Cinema runs April 19 to 22 at Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. in New Haven, showing a slate of five films. The festival is presented by the Italian Language and Literature Department, but all screenings are free and open to the public. The series opens April 19 at 7:30 p.m. with “Love and Bullets,...

Opera in Clinton always catches our eye somehow. It’s not New York, it’s not some metropolitan center and yet here it is, at Opera Theater of Connecticut’s MainStage at the Andrews Memorial Theater in the town hall complex. Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 will bring a famous clown to town hall in the opera “I Pagliacci” by Ruggero Leoncaval...

It’s not yet July but Paul Giansanti is ready to go to work. “"I'd like to start coming in on Saturdays and opening up the school for meetings with the community," Giansanti said. “I’d like to come in and be a shadow at least one day.” On Wednesday night Giansanti, a 34-year-old Oxford resident, who taught high school history in Bridgeport and Norw...

Fri, April 20, 2018. 6:30 PM – 11:30 PM EDT. LOCATION: Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts - 41 Hampshire Street - Cambridge, MA 02139. Welcome to the Duello ai fornelli - Pasta Cacio e Pepe Challenge. Register here The four Italian Students Societies (BU, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern) of the Great Boston Area, with the precious help of the Emma...

Dozens of people circled the tables and lined the counters of Don's Diner Monday morning, and nearly every one was a friend of Sett Firmani. The lifelong Leominster resident celebrated his 90th birthday this week with a breakfast that brought together many of the people he's worked alongside during his long career as a community volunteer. For deca...