The Tuscan Kitchen in Salem, N.H., opened in 2010 and since then business has been hopping for Tuscan Brands founder Joe Faro. The big market soon followed in Salem and then another restaurant in Burlington, Mass. Now, Tuscan Kitchen has come to Portsmouth, just outside the heart of the city, opening with great fanfare back in March. They’ll open a...

Where in New England is Joe Faro? On any given day, the restaurateur-turned-developer is shuttling between several sites in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, sampling menus, reviewing construction plans and meeting with potential tenants. "I basically have three full-time jobs right now," Faro said. "It's been a wild ride from 2010 to now." The New...

Saturday, June 3rd @ 7:30 PM Monadnock Center for History and Culture - 19 Grove Street - Peterborough, NH 03458 Love of Sicilian and Southern Italian roots music is what drives Rosa Tatuata to passionately interpret the traditions and melodies of their ancestors. Just as their name comes from Tennessee William’s beloved play about the happy, rauco...

New Hampshire is home to the long-running cooking show Ciao Italia. The program is produced in Dover and has aired on public television stations nationwide since 1989. At a recent taping of the show in Windham, a television crew transforms a kitchen into a television set. They erect umbrella-shaped lights, while a woman standing nearby introduces h...

Showcasing some of the finest Italian wines and rosé, the New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) will host an exclusive wine tasting event featuring more than 150 premium wines at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford on Thursday, June 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. The “Italian Wines and Rosés From Around the World” event will have 15 tables of wines and a...

The New Hampshire Lakes Region Italian Cultural Club will host an open house to give Lakes Region residents an opportunity to get to know the club, its members and its activities over the past 12 years of its existence. The event will take place at the Weirs Community Center on Route 11B, adjacent to the fire house, on Tuesday, May 30. Italian appe...

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...

Portofino Italian Restaurant in Merrimack, N.H., is a true family ristorante. Patriarch Giuliano Mastantuono handles the cooking while his wife, Maria, and his brother in-law, Helder “Pepper” Pimenta, are among the family members who help out. Giuliano is a native of Italy and worked in his family’s restaurant as a young man. When he was in his tee...

The doors at Tuscan Kitchen on Lafayette Road opened for the first time at 3 p.m. Wednesday, and by 3:20, there were only a few spots left at the spacious bar. Tommy Mattie of Nottingham has been anxiously awaiting the new Italian restaurant. Mattie said he has been trying to get to the Salem location after seeing it featured on the Food Network, b...

BoMayor Herman Castellani announces he will seek a full four-year term as mayor. Appointed mayor in 2015, Castellani won a two-year term in a special election. As mayor, he is in charge of the police department. Castellani served as Exeter Borough treasurer from 1968 to 1980 and served on the Exeter Borough Zoning Board. Married to the former Louis...