Every so often I get a little extra excited about a new restaurant or market, for one reason or another. Like in this case, when I imagine I am jumping up and down, clapping my hands like a little girl and totally embarrassing myself. That’s because soon I may be driving by Monte’s Fine Foods every day, a project that longtime Portland chef Steve Q...

Bangor’s Baldacci family may today be better known for its political figures, including former Maine governor John Baldacci and former Bangor city councilor and mayor Joe Baldacci, but for most of the 20th century, they were known as restaurateurs. On Thursday, the building at 12 Alden St. in Bangor, which for more than 30 years housed Momma Baldac...

The County has a new spot for authentic Italian cuisine with Mascoto’s Italian Restaurant, located in the former Napoli’s Restaurant building at 6 Center Street in Caribou. Owners Michelle Hanson and Scott Doody are striving for authenticity with Mascoto’s, offering cuisine made with fresh ingredients, friendly staff, large paintings, and Italian m...

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...

“Unforgettable”, “exciting”, “informative” and “fun” are several adjectives Maine East Italian 1-4 students used to describe their field trip to Barilla (the number one pasta company in America) at their North American Headquarters in Northbrook. As an Italian teacher, I wanted to provide students with an opportunity that would highlight how knowin...

Native-speaking Italian instructor to teach all levels of Italian to all ages from mid-September through mid-December, 2018 or full academic year. This is a part-time position at a growing and innovative nonprofit language school located for over thirty years in Rockland, Maine in the northeast corner of the United States.   Compensation will be ar...

The Sonnetarium, the latest collection of poems by Maine author Lewis P. Turco of Dresden, will be published next month by Bordighera Press of New York City (www.BordigheraPress.org) under the VIA Folios line, a series of poetry, prose, fiction, translations from the Italian, and critical studies on Italian and Italian-American culture. The collect...

Met Opera ENCORE: “Rossini’s Semiramide,” a high definition re-broadcast from New York’s Metropolitan Opera, will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland. This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance — its first in nearly 25 years — with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel...

When I opened the door to my Chicago apartment one April evening, I found my neighbor, Francesca, standing there, cradling a dish the size of a truck tire. I recognized it immediately. It was her pasta bowl: white porcelain decorated with tiny painted roses and crazed inside with spidery lines the color of strong tea. Once, the bowl had been her mo...

A new restaurant combining Italian and Southern food is scheduled to open this week in Biddeford. Yeto’s,at 299 Main St., will open from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday to serve Valentine’s Day dinner, then open for good the following Tuesday, according to manager Jackie Hardin, who co-owns the restaurant with her fiancé, chef Bryan Casale. The food will ref...