Rutland was always a part of Andrea Mead Lawrence, and now her legacy in the city is carved in stone. The latest of the downtown marble statues, unveiled Friday on Merchants Row near the intersection with Center Street, depicts the late Lawrence in her prime, tearing down a ski slope. At its base is a quote from Lawrence that sculptor Steve Shaheen...

There is a new granite monument at Barre's Hope Cemetery not far from a string of headstones dating to October 1918 when what became known as the Spanish flu swept Vermont, killing about 1,700 people in the state in a matter of weeks and 50 million to 100 million worldwide over its nearly three-year pandemic. Among the Hope Cemetery headstones is o...

The spinoff of the Church Street Tavern that opened on Shelburne Road early last year has closed and will be replaced next month by an Italian eatery. Tavern II, which the owners of the Church Street Tavern brought to the South Burlington site in 2017, had its last day of business Sept. 8. A new restaurant, Sorriso Pizzeria and Bar, will open in ea...

The Lobby, a family weekend go-to and popular date night restaurant at 7 Bakery Lane, closed last month. Stepping up to the plate with a new culinary undertaking are Matt Corrente ’06, previous head chef of Two Brothers Tavern, and Caroline Corrente, current owner of Haymaker Bun Co., located in Middlebury. Amidst a buzz of construction and activit...

Donizetti’s comic opera “L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love)” is one of tenor Joshua Collier’s top-five operas. “Every aria, every duet, every ensemble is tuneful,” he said recently by phone. “Donizetti could spin a melody better than anyone. It’s all very accessible. It’s genuinely funny — unlike a lot of operas. It is romantic. It is charming....

A new Italian eatery is set to open next week. La Tavola Ristorante  will be open on Route 100 with an extensive wine list, full bar, authentic Italian menu and lounge. The owners, Fernando and Soa Uva, and manager Tony Lavalle run Tavola’s in Provincetown, Cape Cod, Rhode Island and Florida in addition to the new Vermont location. “We’re like rest...

My love affair with gelato began almost two decades ago. I was 23, backpacking alone in Italy, and got lost trying to find my way back to my hotel in Venice. After an hour circling the labyrinthine streets, I spotted a sign for a gelateria at the end of an alleyway. Ducking out of the sun, I tasted my first-ever gelato — a creamy, fresh cantaloupe...

The Manchester Historical Society, in collaboration with the Southern Vermont Arts Center, will present an exhibit on Italian-American artist Luigi Lucioni and his years living and working in Manchester. "Lucioni in Manchester: An Artist's Life" opens July 28 and runs through Sept. 9 in Gallery I at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. F...

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...

Ninety years ago, a group of residents with Italian heritage founded St. Gabriel’s Lodge and helped to found the Catholic church of the same name. On Saturday, June 2, the lodge, located at 535 Jefferson Ave., will celebrate this anniversary by inviting the public in for a family style Italian feast. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner starts at 6 p.m....