NEWS FROM : NEW ENGLAND  

“Great atmosphere. Great prices. Great food. Great staff. A jewel in Woonsocket” is the way one Facebook poster describes Pomodoro, located just across the border in Rhode Island. Now in its second-generation ownership, previously operated under the name Savini’s, the restaurant first appeared as the Sons of Italy in 1934. Owned by Roger and Mitch...

IAWA in Boston at I AM Books (189 NORTH STREET, BOSTON MA) Saturday December 8, 2018; 6pm to 8pm. Open mic signup 5:45! Featuring Lisa DeSiro and Camilla Trinchieri. Lisa DeSiro is the author of Labor (Nixes Mate, 2018) and Grief Dreams (White Knuckle Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies, and have been set to mu...

Momma Baldacci's has been resurrected, a decade after the bricks-and-mortar Bangor restaurant closed, as a food truck. The Bangor Daily News reported that Paul Baldacci Jr., the fourth generation to be involved in the well-known restaurant, was in his early 20s when his father died in 2006. Baldacci Jr. wasn't ready for the operation, which closed...

While it only takes about a minute for personal-sized pizzas to cook in Mamma Mia restaurant’s oven, the handmade dough is prepared and left to rise for 48 hours before being topped with fresh ingredients. Mamma Mia, 1765 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, held its grand opening Friday after finishing renovations and installing the pizza oven ordered from...

When the Southern Italian immigrants first arrived in Boston at the end of the nineteenth century, one of the few professions open to them was being a barber, and the North End had scores of barber shops. My maternal grandfather had a barber shop on Haverhill Street near North Station, and my cousin’s son has a barber shop today on Salem Street. It...

December 14th, 2018. 8:00pm-10:00pm. The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center, 605 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457. Tickets: $15. at the door. Purchase tickets here. ROSA TATUATA comes to the Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center, Friday, December 14th 8pm. Rosa Tatuata brings Sicily’s music to Middletown, CT at the Butto...

Ever had a Frog City Burger or Thornton Grinder? If not, think about trying a Pocasset or Plainfield Parma Pizza, or dishes like veal and peas, polenta, tripe, soffrito or other authentic homemade Italian dishes that feature large portions, pleases people’s palates and pocketbooks and is now being served by the Spirito brothers – Gregory and David...

Joseph Edward (Giuseppe) Mariano nacque a Montagano (CB), il 19 novembre del 1887, da Giuseppantonio (diciannovenne “calzolaio” figlio di Domenico e Filomena Gallo) e Maria Carmela Cristinziano (ventunenne “cucitrice” figlia di Giuseppe e Mariagiovanna Jannaccio). I genitori di Joseph si erano sposati il 7 agosto del 1886. Per la famiglia Mariano l...

The Scholarship Commission of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts through the Charitable and Educational Trust will award a minimum of twenty (20) scholarships, at a maximum of $1,000 each to properly qualified students who anticipate entering college in the fall of 2019. Scholarship Awards are limited to members of the Senior Class of any secondary s...

A Rhode Island city welcomed the mayor of its Italian sister city over the weekend for a reception. Itri Mayor Antonio Fargiorgio was at St. Mary's Feast Society in Cranston for a reception Sunday. WPRI-TV reports Cranston and Itri first agreed in 2000 to form an official sister city relationship, citing the many Italian immigrants from the Itri ar...

The American Society of Friends of La Scala presents pianist Stefano Miceli at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut on Sunday December 16th. Miceli performs works from a variety of world renowned composers, including Beethoven, Liszt, Schubert and Schuman. This performance is the Society’s first performance in Greenwich. Miceli is considered...

Maria and Zissis Klisiaris are a husband-and-wife team who know what it takes to run a restaurant. “Food is the center of our universe,” Maria said recently as a worker climbed a ladder to install speakers in the dining room ceiling of Agostino’s Italian Restaurant at 23 Washington St. It’s one of the finishing touches that must get done before Mar...