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There's certainly no shortage of Italian restaurants here in Western Massachusetts; only Chinese eateries are seemingly more numerous. Noteworthy Italian dining experiences, however, are less common, a probable explanation for why Casa di Lisa in the Feeding Hills section of Agawam is such a popular destination. The restaurant's interior is a study...

If you needed homemade Italian pork sausage in the mid-1950s and happened to be living near Wooster Square, Cavaliere’s Market on Wooster Street was the place to go. It had a balance of spices and herbs so unique that it drew customers from as far away as Massachusetts, and a flavor so tantalizing that, when the market closed in 1999, people would...

It was once called Pine Street and East Meadow Street, home for many Swedes, French Canadians and Irish immigrants trying to make a better life in the New World in the 1700s and 1800s. But the mile-long strip between Belmont Street and Mulberry Street, renamed Shrewsbury Street around 1860, is most known for being “Little Italy,” where Italian immi...

Somerville’s Peter Fantasia, now living in Reading, Massachusetts at the Artis Senior Living, vividly described to me how he got captured near Rodalbe, France. While serving with Lima Company, of the 3rd Battalion, of the 104th Regiment, of the 26th Infantry Division, the “Yankee Division” as an Army Medic, he was tending to two wounded American so...

Saturday January 19 2019, from 14:00 to 16:00 EST. Studios at Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul St, Beverly, MA 01915. "Rarely have a I read a collection as thoroughly haunted and haunting as Jennifer Martelli's My Tarantella, its hanging globe lamps dimming in the jewel-toned aftermaths of neighborhoods where the speaker's Italian upbringing melds into harr...

Saturday, January 12 2019, from 18:00 to 20:00 EST. I Am Books, 189 North St, Boston, MA 02113. Celebrating the Literary Work and Legacy of Louise DeSalvo. With the following guests: Mary Cappello, author of "Night Bloom and Life Breaks in: A Mood Almanack". Nancy Caronia coeditor of "Personal Effects: Essays on Memoir, Teaching, and Culture in the...

Longtime lawyer and former state Sen. Louis Ciccarello has announced his retirement. Ciccarello, a local lawyer for 53 years, has served in numerous municipal positions in Norwalk and nearby towns over the years. He lived in Norwalk with his partner of 20 years Susan Blazer before the couple sold their house and bought a condo in Trumbull and a sec...

The list of early-adopter Massachusetts communities that have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day is about what you’d expect: Amherst, Northampton, Cambridge, Brookline, and Somerville. School committees in Mashpee and Pittsfield have also jumped on board. But now the school committee in Framingham is considering making the switch, a...

The American Society of Friends of Teatro alla Scala presented a piano recital in Greenwich earlier this month featuring pianist Stefano Miceli in a program of works by Liszt, Beethoven, Gomes and Rachmaninoff.  The fundraising event was chaired by Deborah Hamilton of Greenwich, who is a trustee of the Friends, a nonprofit that supports the Teatro...

In early December our store and most of the others in the neighborhood began to take on a holiday look. My father always decorated the large windows with laurel roping and a wreath on the door. Inside, there were baskets of figs imported from Italy and sacks of hard-shelled nuts, the most popular being walnuts and hazelnuts, or nocciole. Later in t...

It’s Joseph Spremulli’s most favorite day of the year. It’s equally the same for his wife Eleanor, who like her husband enjoys helping people in need, no matter what the season or reason. So Sunday, the Spremulli’s met their long-time friend William “Bill” Costantino of Columbus Doors as well as Our Lady of Grace’s Pastor Rev. Peter J. Gower for an...

Forcella quietly opened in the North End on Thursday, bringing old-world Italian food to the former Carmen space just days before Christmas. Nino Trotta — who owns Forcella alongside his girlfriend, general manager Shannon MacGowan, and his brother, wine director Christian Trotta — said that the cozy, candlelit vibe of the restaurant sets Forcella...