By Lisa Zwirn   David and Michelle Valicenti's business started with a bumper crop of tomatoes that David turned into sauce. His family, originally from Italy's Basilicata region ("the arch of the foot," he says), calls it red gravy. "We went to a local fair and sold out in two weekends," he says.   Today, the seven-year-old Valicenti...

The Italian American Heritage Association of Greater Portsmouth is presenting a Local Italian-American Authors Night on May 14.   The event is free and open to the public in the Levenson Room at the Portsmouth Public Library. A meet-the-authors reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the authors' presentations beginning at 7 p.m.  ...

by Kathy McCormack   Children's author and illustrator Tomie dePaola tackled a big stack of his books on the table. A longtime fan plunked them down at the book signing — just a sampling of the nearly 250 he's worked on.   "It's like watching my life go by," he said with a chuckle as he signed book after book for Katherine Pixley, a r...

Bill Couzens, founder of LessCancer.org (Next Generation Choices Foundation), has announced that Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. is a new board member. We are thrilled and honored to have Dr. Cuomo on our board, says Couzens. Dr. Cuomos reputation as an advocate for the prevention of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes has earned her attention as a widely...

The Sons of Italy of Portsmouth will celebrating "La Dolce Vita – The Sweet Life" with accordionist Gary Sredzienski on Oct. 4. Come with your blanket or chair and enjoy Cannoli, tiramisu, gelato sandwiches, Italian cookies and more.   Win a raffle or learn to play bocce. All profits go to End 68 Hours of Hunger, a not-for-profit effort...

By Joey Cresta PORTSMOUTH — With about 60 members now inducted into the Italian-American Heritage Association of Greater Portsmouth, the group is planning both fun events and service projects for its membership and the wider community.   The association, formed to preserve, celebrate and share Italian heritage and have some fun along the wa...

He's been off at college for a couple of months now, and we've grown wistful for the always impressive spectacle of our Teenage Bottomless Pit at the dinner table. So it was our pleasure to have him along for our most recent dining excursion. Looking for a location that would please all three of us and be easy to get to on our way to return him to...

by Barbara Lauterbach   Faro Italian Grille, metamorphosed from the iconic Lobster Pound on Rte. 3 in the Weirs, is a welcome addition to the Lakes Region dining scene. Totally renovated, there is a main dining room, a smaller dining area in the rear decorated with artwork by Peter Max, as well as seating in the bar and high tables. &n...