Summer 2017 is approaching quickly and that means time for the North End Processions & Feasts! A new addition this year is a Mass and candle lit procession with the statue of Saint Anthony of Padua that will be held on the traditional date of June 13th. The procession will include the Franciscan Friars, First Communion children, devotees and Italia...

A popular Italian restaurant in Boston’s North End will open up a second location nearby. Limoncello owner Maurizio Badolato has garnered the support of the neighborhood for his proposed “Limoncello 2,” and this week the City of Boston’s licensing board will hear a petition on plans for the new restaurant, which is slated for 76 Salem St., just two...

Marianne Leone - Ma Speaks Up. Friday May 12, 6-8 pm EDT - I Am Books, 189 North St, Boston 02113 Marianne Leone's Ma is in many senses a larger than life character, one who might be capable, even from the afterlife, of shattering expectations (and glass picture frames). Born on a farm in Italy (or, perhaps, in rural Massachusetts), Linda finds her...

As the May 1 anniversary of the closing of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Mulberry Street draws closer, the grassroots preservationist group that has been pushing to save the historic structure is working to build momentum. To that end, the Mount Carmel Preservation Society held a short speaking program in the church parking lot to spread the message...

On April 7, 2017, a group of Italian students won second place in a competition with local high schools at Brandeis University. “La giornata della Lingua Italian” (Italian Language Day) is organized and sponsored every year by MITA (Massachusetts Italian Teachers Association) in collaboration with a local university. It is a friendly competition he...

Congratulations to our old friend Olivia Kate Cerrone on the recent publication of her new book, The Hunger Saint (Bordighera Press 2017), a historical novella set in post WWII-era Sicily about young Ntoni and the carusi, child-aged sulfur minors. Olivia gave a wonderful presentation Thursday evening at the Italian American Museum in NYC’s historic...

In March 2014, US customs officials in Ohio seized nearly 200 ancient Roman coins. The bronze coins were on their way to Rhode Island from the United Arab Emirates. They were an example of illegally trafficked cultural items, a "lucrative" enterprise, acting US Attorney William Weinreb said Wednesday. Prosecutors and law enforcement officials plan...

The Boston Public Library is returning to Italy medieval manuscripts and a volume of works, ending in one case a mystery dating back seven decades. The items include a manuscript from 1392, an illuminated leaf from a manuscript dating between 1418 and 1422, and a collection of works by Bernardino Telesio, published in 1590. Boston Mayor Martin Wals...

When managing an Italian-American book store, featuring varied entertainment, you have to remain animated. This is what happened to Nicola Orichuia, co-owner of I AM Books, when he literally became an animated cartoon character. Orichuia appears in a water safety segment for the award winning cable access series Drawing With Fred. The segment, spok...

A new exhibition of Sandro Botticelli's paintings, including some never seen in the U.S., will give museumgoers a glimpse into the artist's own search for sanctity. The show, "Botticelli and the Search for the Divine," opens Saturday at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. It showcases valuable works from the Italian Renaissance master's catalog, includin...