It’s not by accident that Luisa DeLauro made it well past her 100th birthday. She was both a pioneer in emergence of women as a force in local politics and a reminder of the Democratic Party’s survival-minded working-class past. DeLauro, who died Saturday evening at the age of 103, succeeded her husband Ted as Wooster Square’s representative on the...

For a few quivering moments, time stood still on old Wooster Street. I'm sitting in a rigid, disagreeable wooden booth at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana yet I'm floating on a coal-fired cloud. There is an imperfectly shaped pizza before me - craggy, blistered in parts to the point of carbon - dotted with pale, orange-hued nibs of freshly shucked ch...

Margaret Krzeminski has pretty much spent her entire life living in West Haven’s Allingtown section and going to church at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church on First Avenue. Now, after all these years, Krzeminski — like parishioners at churches across the area as the Archdiocese of Hartford consolidates parishes from 212 to 127 — is facing big chang...

The Columbus Day Committee of Greater New Haven will hold a fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. June 28 at the Cielo Banquet Ballroom, 85 Chase Lane, to raise money for the 2017 Columbus Day parade in West Haven. The benefit will include a buffet of Italian foods donated by city restaurants, along with beer, wine, soda, coffee and dessert. It will also inc...

Time for Festa, the 117th actually, and you know the food is great. Starting with a simple march June 22 at 6 p.m., the St. Andrew the Apostle Society and the Amalfitani-Italian Community of New Haven are celebrating their heritage and traditions with a processions, a Mass and a festival running through Sunday evening. The Thursday procession is a...

It’s a celebration 117 years in the making, the St. Andrew the Apostle Society in New Haven is hosting their annual Italian Festa this week to celebrate their heritage and tradition. This morning, Stephen Stellato and Anne Candela stopped by our kitchen to give us a cooking preview and tell us more about the great event. Events kick off Thursday, J...

The St. Andrew Society will hold its annual “Blessing of the Fleet” Sunday (June 11, 2017) at 1 p.m. in New Haven Harbor. Boats will line up at 12:30 p.m. off Dock AA of the Bruce and Johnson Marina in Branford and then proceed to New Haven for the ceremony.  The blessing requests heavenly protection for boaters and commemorates the heritage of Ita...

Italian-American Catholics in New Haven are celebrating one of the biggest feast dates in the Roman Catholic church from Thursday night through Sunday. The Feast of St. Anthony at St. Anthony’s Church on Washington Avenue is hosting its long standing festival. The feast includes a variety of foods, drinks, and even Italian singers. The feast will b...

“I sold my business of 35 years. Once I retired, I didn’t really know what to do with myself. I was bored so I thought I’ll put up a really nice little Italian cafe that made perfect everything.” Giuliana Maravelle owns Gelato Giuliana in New Haven. When she started Gelato Giuliana, she says she didn’t know she needed her cafe to be a business. She...

While New Haven’s run as Connecticut’s co-capital may have ended, its legacy of world-class pizza has endured. Each year, droves of people visit the Elm City for a taste. Chicago has deep dish, New York has thin crust, and New Haven has apizza. “New Haven-style apizza is [akin to the Neapolitan-style pie] traditionally baked in a coal-fired oven at...