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...

The long-anticipated opening of the Tuscan Kitchen will become a reality March 1 when the doors open for dinner at 581 Lafayette Road. This week, the restaurant was bustling with employees completing their fourth week of training, with chefs and cooks in the open kitchen and others serving artistically plated rustic Italian cuisine to staff.  This...

The 15th annual March Mandolin Festival presents two concerts with a lineup of virtuoso mandolinists, whose musicianship showcases the range and expressive qualities of the mandolin. The concerts will take place on Friday, March 3 at the Stone Church in Newmarket and on Saturday, March 4 at the Concord Community Music School in Concord. These perfo...

by Jennifer Martin   This past month the Meetup Group called "Passion for Everything Italian" that I host visited Fulchino Vineyards, a local winery of Italian origin. Located in Hollis, New Hampshire (about one hour from Boston), the winery is situated in a residential neighborhood.   As you venture off the highway, you'd never...

Owners of 24 Lamborghinis paid an eye-popping visit to Mount Washington on Monday as part of the Lamborghini Giro, an annual tour taken on some of the most scenic roads in America. After driving to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast, the owners of the cars — mainly 10 HP V10 Huracans and the 700 HP V12 Aventadors — enjoyed lunch a...

In Italian, the word "piccolo" means small, but there is nothing small about the variety of delicacies available at the new delicatessen, Piccolo Market, on Rte. 25 in Moultonborough.   Chef/owner Bill Bennett opened his deli with a small café in late December and has been adding delicious items to his menu ever since. Bennett, originally fr...