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Growing up in Connecticut, Deborah always felt something was missing, a sensation that stayed with her even when, as an adult, she moved to New York with her husband. One day at work, following a playful exchange with a colleague, she googled the name of her great-grandfather’s hometown, Fumone, and, upon seeing photos of it, was immediately won ov...

The vehicles parked in the spaces along LaSalle Road in West Hartford Center on Sunday did not look like what your average Sunday brunch-goers would be driving. Instead, several hundred high-powered Italian sports cars of a variety of makes and models occupied those spaces, and visitors flocked to the Center in order to get a peek at an amazing col...

Tensions reached a boiling point at a packed public meeting in the North End Thursday night, where community members pushed back against the a proposal to open a Starbucks in the historic Boston neighborhood. Many of those who spoke out against the opening said they worried that the major coffee chain would threaten the authentic culture of Boston’...

MGM Springfield has unveiled more food options for its August 24 debut. A restaurant called "Cal Mare" will call Springfield home in nearly two months. It'll have a Coastal Italian menu featuring fresh New England seafood with flavors of Italy's coast. Cal Mare's menu will focus on premium ingredients and simple preparations, ranging from rustic ha...

A little slice of heaven is returning once again this year to City Hall Plaza. Next weekend, the Boston Pizza Festival will be satiating nearly 20,000 hungry appetites as attendees sink their teeth into some of Boston and Italy’s best pizza. (That’s right – they will be flying in pizza chefs from Italy to showcase their talent). Next Saturday and S...

Although most families hold reunions to coincide with various milestones in each member’s life, the Spremulli’s, who have long-time ties to Johnston, Cranston and Providence, have always taken a much different route. On a recent sunny afternoon, the Spremulli brothers – John, Tony and Joe – held their annual family reunion-luncheon inside famed Twi...

A sign on the front door of Alta Strada in Wellesley Square informs would-be customers and passersby that the Italian restaurant is closed for repairs and that the business hopes to be serving up pasta again soon. We inquired about the situation and heard back quickly from Richard Bertin, Alta Strada’s general manager: “We just re-upped our lease,...

The LaFesta Baseball Exchange, a North Adams youth baseball staple, holds its Pasta & Meatballs Dinner on Thursday, June 28, to fundraise for their annual baseball exchange series between North Adams and the North End of Boston. In its 28th season, the LaFesta Baseball Exchange celebrates its 100th game played this year. Several hundreds of kids fr...

"The Last Little Italy” is a new video opposing the proposed Starbucks store at the gateway to Boston’s North End, located on the corner of Hanover and Cross Streets. The video was created by Rocco Capano and features many of the North End caffes and business owners. The group has been active on Facebook and is petitioning e-signatures against the...

The eggplant parmesan at La Marea Ristorante is made with super-thin slices of eggplant that are lightly breaded and flash fried before being layered with mozzarella and house-made marinara sauce. The result is a less-heavy version of the classic dish that is a customer favorite. On a recent visit to the restaurant, the dish — listed on the appetiz...

Boston Burger Company founders Charles Sillari and Sebastian Fricia are opening another restaurant in Davis Square. Mortadella Head, an Italian quick-serve restaurant specializing in pizza and sandwiches, is set to open on July 17 in the former Deli-icious space at 20 College Ave. in Somerville. Sillari told Eater last fall that his and Fricia’s It...

Some came for the memories and to see old friends. Others came to introduce a fourth and even fifth generation of local Italian-Americans to enduring traditions. Almost everyone came to taste the sausage and peppers, the pasta e fagioli, and the fried mozzarella Yet others come to plumb the mysteries of the secret sauce. Those were some of the reas...