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A new family-owned Italian restaurant has landed on Grassy Plain Street and is looking to stick around for the long haul. Jason Arcos and his wife Nancy Mejia opened D’Arcos Bar and Restaurant in early April when restaurants were still on a rocky path in Connecticut. The restaurateurs had previously worked at and owned Augies # 1 Italian Restaurant...

If you live in New England, you probably recognize the iconic yellow-and-red labels of Pastene, the country’s oldest importer of authentic Italian foods and ingredients. Co-owners and brothers Mark and Chris Tosi represent the fifth generation of Pastene descendants who have helmed the Canton, Massachusetts–based brand for over 145 years. Founded i...

A group of upscale Italian restaurants may be opening a new location in Boston. According to a post within the jobs section of bostonchefs.com, Serafina is planning to open in the city's Seaport District, with the post saying that they "will be bringing fresh, authentic Italian to the Seaport neighborhood. Handcrafted pizza and cocktails will be ac...

The national debate over which city or state’s pizza is the best often includes mentions of New Haven’s apizza. But there’s a quieter — and sweeter — debate taking place online over the city's Italian pastry shops. In a Facebook group called “Wooster Square Cooks,” sharing favorite pastry shops — along with pizza places, recipes and food photos — i...

Lion’s Den Coffee Shop is the newest business to join the Southington Chamber of Commerce, offering authentic, European-style coffee and pastries. Located at 57 West Main St., Lion’s Den Coffee Shop features a wide selection of coffees from throughout the world. Customers can expect to find a relaxing atmosphere indoors, with soothing Italian music...

Fabrizia Spirits exceeded the $100,000 fundraising milestone with its "When Life Hands You Lemons" initiative, which has raised critical funding for New Hampshire nonprofit organizations over the past 11 years. Fabrizia Spirits has teamed up with the New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) and its broker partner, Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits,...

Cape Cod overflows with ice cream. Throughout the sandy peninsula, there are shops galore. Yet, in South Yarmouth, in a cottage once a post office, Caffé Gelato Bertini churns gelato instead, batch by batch with fresh ingredients. The gelato has the luxurious texture and deep flavor of the authentic Italian specialty. There are two-dozen selections...

Bacari Social, a new waterfront eatery, is considered by its growing list of regular patrons as a bit of a hidden treasure at Safe Harbor Pilots Point Marina. Tucked along the dock, patrons are advised to call when they arrive to pass through the private marina’s electronic gate, driving by an 80-foot sailing yacht on dry land, to reach the restaur...

Sicily Coal Fired Pizza is more than the gourmet restaurant’s name suggests. One of the first things co-owner Tony Prifitera, who runs the place with his wife Maria, wants people to know is the thin and crispy New Haven-style pizza is just one offering at the 412 Main St. location. It is housed in the former three-story R.W. Camp’s department store...

About six or seven years ago, I had a friend send a take-and-bake lasagna dinner. Not to sound too Garfield-like, but a fresh made lasagna on your doorstep is always a godsend (it even improves a Monday). The lasagna was delivered from Fatigati's Fresh Pasta which, at the time, was on East Main Road in Portsmouth, right next to Ferreira's Package S...

The best compliment a customer can give new Strega restaurant owner Danilo Mongillo after tasting the food is to tell him, “I’m back in Italy,” as they recall the tastes and vibes of trips there. “It happens frequently,” Mongillo said. “We want to give the experience you get when you’re traveling in Italy. It’s something Connecticut deserved.”For M...

Micalizzi's Italian Ice in Milford has a 1960's peace and love-themed decor. But since the shop opened in late May, the crowds it has attracted are reminiscent of the 80s or 90s - when Micalizzi's retail business was truly booming in Bridgeport. "We have a big following in Milford and most of our customers and friends moved out of Bridgeport 30 yea...