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October is Italian American Heritage month. It is also the month that we honor Christopher Columbus, the intrepid, Genoa born navigator who, despite repeated rebuffs and major disappointments, discovered America in 1492. In 1999, the late Gov. Paul Cellucci signed special legislation declaring October Italian American Heritage month, an observance...

By Pete Fontaine The importance of the Italo-American Club in Rhode Island as well as its ongoing popularity was apparent Monday night in Providence. The one-time Berarducci Funeral Home at 477 Broadway, now the nations oldest operating Italian organization that was founded back in 1896, was filled with high-ranking federal and state official...

The Greater New Haven Sons of Italy in America Lodge 37 will be holding its monthly dinner Monday, Sept. 23, at the Italian American Social Club on 40 Hamre Lane, Branford. The menu includes pasta fagioli, salad, pasta, vegetable, bread, butter, an entree, dessert, Italian and American coffee, soda and water.   Tickets may be purchased...

On Monday, Sept. 2, Labor Day, the Italian Workingmen's Club opened its exhibit at the Museum of Work and Culture celebrating its 85th anniversary and also its display, celebrating the contributions of the Italian families arriving during the early 1900s, on the life and culture in northern Rhode Island. This ceremony was a rousing success at the m...

It's hard to believe that a clerical error blossomed into one the biggest names in hospitality across the country. Legend has it that in 1926, just six years after arriving to New York from Parma, Pio Bozzi andJohn Ganzi wanted to register their Second Avenue restaurant after their hometown.   Their heavy accents gave the cleric registering...

Al Scaia says that he was not interested in history when he was young, but that changed sometime after he received a present from his mother and father.   "I did not like history in school, but my parents gave me a 16 mm movie camera. Something must have happened to me. When I went to college at St Michael's, I started shooting footage every...

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...

The Greater New Haven Sons of Italy Lodge #37 will hold the 4th annual ladies luncheon from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Italian American Social Club, 40 Hamre Lane, Branford, according to a release.   The male members of the lodge will prepare and serve the food, the release said. The cost is $35 per person. Seating is limited to the first...

The 11th annual Southington Italian-American Festival, benefiting Southington Community Services and Southington Community Cultural Arts, is set for July 24-26. The festival on Center Street, sponsored by the Sons of Italy and the Southington Unico Club, will begin at 5 p.m. July 24 and end at 6 p.m. July 26.   This is the first year th...

Four stunning paintings by Caravaggio, currently on loan at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, were the backdrop to the fourth annual Achievement Awards handed out by Italian Consul General Giuseppe Pastorelli. This year's awardees included Ron Della Chiesa (Art, Culture & Entertainment), Vlado Dukcevich (Business), Tino D'Agostino (Education), J...

Don't miss the opera event of the year! Since 1981, spectacular and groundbreaking opera productions have been the centerpiece of the biennial Boston Early Music Festival. Teh BEMF's extraordinary and distinctive performances reproduce the Baroque's stunning palette of spectacle and sound by bringing together today's leading opera singers, a wealt...

When: Sunday, September 13, 2015 — 3 to 5:30 p.m.Where: Dante Alighieri Society — 41 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MAA staged reading of "Bernini in Ecstasy", a new play in two acts by Clay Ballard. (Director: Kate Caffrey. Producer: Phil Micali. Historical consultant: Franco Mormando.) BERNINI IN ECSTASY is a portrait of one of Italy's greatest...