There’s a very interesting book called “Flavor and Soul: Italian America at Its African American Edge”, which tells very well about an important aspect of the Italian American experience.  The relationship between the Italian Americans and the African Americans reveals more than one could think, about how the Italian Americans integrated into the A...

Some came for the memories and to see old friends. Others came to introduce a fourth and even fifth generation of local Italian-Americans to enduring traditions. Almost everyone came to taste the sausage and peppers, the pasta e fagioli, and the fried mozzarella Yet others come to plumb the mysteries of the secret sauce. Those were some of the reas...

If you're interested in indulging in some Italian favorites this weekend, there's a century-old celebration happening in New Haven. The Saint Andrew the Apostle Society in New Haven is kicking off its four day Italian Festa celebration at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday night in New Haven. It's the event's 118th anniversary.  There will be food and musical e...

Gary Bimonte, grandson of Frank Pepe, said Frank Pepe put New Haven on the map for thin crust pizza. Frank Pepe founded the original Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana on Wooster Street in New Haven in 1925. Since 2007, the family has expanded the original restaurant to 10 locations in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York.  The loc...

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, widely-known just as “Pepe’s,” has launched its own retail tomato line to the market, according to a release. The restaurant, founded in 1925 by Frank Pepe, is known for its New Haven-style pizza. Frank Pepe, who immigrated to the United States in 1909 at the age of 16, and fresh tomatoes were always at the center of...

The Mediterranean Diet Roundtable is an inspirational and networking conference, where scientists and Food Industry leaders discuss dietary trends in America. An elite gathering, the MDR has attracted hundreds of professionals from all over the U.S. and the Mediterranean Countries. Ready to roll its fourth edition: regarded as one of the most exclu...

A new documentary about New Haven’s Little Italy is part fond recollections, part Ken Burns, and fully committed to the stories of everyday neighborhood residents. That’s the pitch that local filmmaker and reporter Steve Hamm made on a recent episode of WNHH’s “Deep Focus” for his new movie, The Village: Life in New Haven’s Little Italy. The movie...

Mike Crisafi leaned in, took the measure of the distance down the 34-by-six foot bocce court,  and then let his red ball roll toward the smaller yellow “bullet” ball, or pallino. If he and his three teammates rolled theirs closer to the pallino than the closest ball of the opposition, they each got a point in the frame. Change sides of the court, r...

The Wooster Square that I grew up in was almost totally populated by immigrants from the Campania region of Italy, towns and villages below Naples and in fairly close proximity to each other. I often wondered how they happened to settle in that particular neighborhood and discovered that it was a combination of family and work availability. Of cour...

The 13th annual Yale Festival of New Italian Cinema runs April 19 to 22 at Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. in New Haven, showing a slate of five films. The festival is presented by the Italian Language and Literature Department, but all screenings are free and open to the public. The series opens April 19 at 7:30 p.m. with “Love and Bullets,...