The Italian American Alliance recently was created to serve as a lobbying and advocacy group for Italians in Cambridge. The group was created in response to the Cambridge City Council's decision to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. "We very much look forward to confronting those individuals as well as the cooperating organizations t...

A farm-to-table restaurant in Concord will close down, and an Italian restaurant with a handful of regional locations will take its place. Chef Jason Bond is shutting down one of his two Bondir locations, keeping the original Cambridge restaurant open, Boston Restaurant Talk reported. Bondir Concord first opened in 2013, three years after Bond open...

Chris Bates grew up going to Friendly's on Rte. 20 to celebrate after soccer games and other family occasions. "Driving by for the first time and seeing it wasn't Friendly's was sad," he said. The Friendly's closed in July 2015 after being in town for 50 years. Now, he's a waiter in the building, but with a completely different vibe. The owners beh...

Legendary Italian pop music icon Iva Zanicchi (Non pensare a me, Zingara, Ciao, cara, come stai?), the only female vocalist to win Italy's famed San Remo Music Festival three times is a row, is returning to the United States on Saturday, April 22, 2017, and Boston's historic Faneuil Hall Meetinghouse, to kick off Festa della Liberazione!, a multici...

Eataly Boston is opening the doors to its highly anticipated Prudential Center restaurant, "Terra" to customers on Tuesday, April 4. Terra, which means "earth" in Italian will be a full-service restaurant featuring a wood-burning Italian grill while bringing elements of earth and fire in a variety of sharable plates, wine and herb-infused cocktails...

Andrea Vicini was one of two dozen religious scholars who between 2015 and 2017 shared nearly $3M awarded jointly by NASA and the John Templeton Foundation (administered by the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton) to investigate how the religious community would respond to the discovery of life in outer space. As I’ve already reported, inform...

The Cahoon Museum of American art presents a large-scale exhibit, "Paul Moro: A Painter's Journey" as its opening exhibition of the 2017 season. This landmark exhibition is a retrospective of artist Paul Moro (1886-1953), whose oil paintings showcase a masterful vision of Cape Cod in the early twentieth century. Cape Cod was an important influence...

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno celebrated National Meatball Day with a meatball crawl through five of the city's most iconic Italian eateries. Accompanied by City Solicitor Ed Pikula and Communications Director Marian Sullivan, the mayor visited Red Rose Pizzeria, Milano Importing, Frigo's Foods, Mom and Rico's and La Fiorentina/Zonin's Market on...

Italian immigrants have stamped New England as indelibly as any Puritan ever since they started to arrive in large numbers during the 1890s. Today, the descendants of Italian immigrants make up more than 10 percent of the population of every New England state except Vermont and Maine. Any New Englander can recognize the voice of Don Orsillo, Joe Ca...

Topsfield has a new pizzeria. Osteria Peppino Pizza had its grand opening last Saturday at 414 Boston Street. The family friendly restaurant is brightly lit and has bistro seating near the kitchen to complement the dining room tables. When the Transcript stopped by around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, almost all the tables were full.  Owner Giuseppe Giugl...