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It’s safe to say Lauren Celentano has got talent and she thinks she can dance. That’s why the Sacred Heart University sophomore has spent the last several weeks competing as the first American on “Amici,” Italy’s answer to “American Idol.” In fact, the Cheshire resident, a member of SHU’s Dance Company, is currently #1 in the voter popularity in th...

Nonna's Pizza + Pasta strives to serve customers Italian-American cuisine, as if it was made by your very own Nonna. The new restaurant specializes in slab-style pizza, pasta and gelato in a fast-casual setting, serving up traditional dishes inside of a spacious location.   With 10 pizza options, nine pasta dishes and the option to build your own p...

For more than 20 years creating the famed presepio, or Italian Nativity scene, at St. Ann Church has been a labor of love for Vincenzo Santarmarco. At 77, Santamarco, is long retired from his days working in the construction trades as a mason. But he brings these and other mechanical skills to life in assembling a fully motorized Nativity scene, wi...

In an Italian household, where there’s food, there’s family. At Pepe’s Italian Restaurant in Worcester, that has never been more true. Teresa Travaglio and her family are the folks behind Pepe’s, a casual spot where you will feel at home the second you step foot through the door. “People walking in the first time, they walk in and they just see how...

The Franciscan Friars arrived in Boston in 1873, and immediately were welcomed by the city’s growing Italian population, many of which viewed the order as patriarchal. The Franciscans main objective was to service the needs of their parishioners, building churches, schools, and orphanages all for the use of the immigrant population, particularly in...

The leadership shuffle on the Providence City Council won’t be complete until the group meets Thursday night to elect a new president, but one change is already official: John Igliozzi, the second-longest-serving member of the council, is the new majority leader. Igliozzi, a Democrat who has represented Ward 7 in Silver Lake since 1997, was elected...

They came, they met, they left. What they talked about only they know for now. But Pawtucket Red Sox Chairman Larry Lucchino certainly appeared to be in a good mood as he made his way from the Levi Lincoln Room in City Hall to the elevator a little after 1 p.m. Friday. Lucchino, accompanied by two men he did not identify, was in Worcester for what...

Because Interstate 91 tore through Wooster Square in the 1960s, Frank Carrano can no longer stroll by the house and market at 460 Chapel St. where he grew up with his parents and six older sisters. But Carrano has held his memories close and recently began sharing them in a Facebook group, “Wooster Square Neighborhood Heritage Exchange.” Meanwhile,...

"Italian Christmas Concert in Town Plot" a traditional Italian Christmas concert featuring award-winning Italian tenor Micheal Castaldo and friends will take place on Sunday December 17, 2017 at 3:00p.m. at Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Church - 785 Highland Ave. Waterbury CT 06708. This concert is a fundraiser for Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Church - Wate...

Boston’s Newbury Street shopping scene is just about to get a whole lot hauter. Bulgari, the high-end Roman jeweler, is opening its first Boston location here just in time for the holiday season. They haven’t yet announced an exact opening date, but we are down to the wire and are being told the Italian designer will be open by Christmas. From fine...

The journey from ice rink to pageant stage is not one you hear about often. Yet Reading’s Gabriella DeCologero found herself following that unusual path this fall. A sophomore majoring in business marketing at Endicott College, DeCologero finished in the top 15 of approximately 70 18- to 27-year-old contestants participating in the Miss Massachuset...

The Women's Business Development Council and the National Organization of Italian-American Women Connecticut Region in conjunction with the Ferguson Library invite the public to meet CNN New Day Co-Anchor, Author and Connecticut resident Alisyn Camerota on Tuesday, December 12 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Ferguson Library, One Public Library Plaza...