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Dante Carrafa Sr., of Southington, passed away peacefully at UConn John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington on Sept. 11, 2021, with his devoted family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Monica (Raudis) Carrafa and a much-loved son, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, cousin, and uncle in a close-knit Italian-American family. Never w...

The famed Seven Hills of Rome – i Sette Colli di Roma – Palatine, Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline, Esquiline, Quirinal, and Viminal have loomed over The Eternal city ever since its existence. Though the city now contains more than seven hills, (like The Janiculum, for example), these seven were the ones all contained within The Servian Walls, which w...

The day fans of Angelo’s have been waiting for has finally arrived: The restaurant has reopened for dine-in. Gina Fasciano Hogan, who owns the restaurant with her father, Jack, said that the classic Wichita Italian restaurant quietly opened Tuesday night for dine-in customers at its new space at 5900 E. Central. Since it moved into the large new sp...

A bell believed to have belonged to the ‘Santa Mara’, the largest of the three ships of the voyage of discovery of America in 1492, to be put up for sale at a private auction at Miami (USA) by the Italian ex-sailor and diver Roberto Mazzara. In a statement released Monday, Mazzara, who found the bell in 1994 on the north coast of Portugal and has k...

I can recall more than one incident of tap-tapping my foot on Italian pavement, repeatedly checking my watch as an exasperated sigh escaped my lips. The orario (schedule) said the train was to depart at 13.15 – where is it? More than once, I’ve twisted my head, owl-like, in a trattoria as I searched for my waiter, struggling to squelch rising impat...

More than two years after it was first announced, chef Will Gilson’s multi-concept venue The Lexington will finally open its third and final puzzle piece: Geppetto is set to debut in early October, preceded by sister restaurants Café Beatrice and The Lexington. The modern Italian restaurant will open with dinner service, focusing on handmade pastas...

A proposal by a Concord city councilor to change the name of the Columbus Day holiday to Indigenous People's Day without a public hearing was nixed on Monday but the full body and the public will debate the issue in November. Ward 10 Concord City Councilor Zandra Rice Hawkins, at the end of business at Monday's meeting, made a motion to change the...

The Barberini family, an aristocratic Italian dynasty, attained enormous riches, power and influence in 17th-century Rome, peaking with the election of Cardinal Maffeo Barberini as Pope Urban VIII in 1623. The two-decade long pontificate of the new Barberini pope - a passionate patron of the arts - was marked by ecclesiastical, diplomatic and cultu...

Jeff Bank, CEO of Alicart Restaurant Group, expects customers to party like it’s 2019 when Broadway returns and his Times Square location of Carmine’s Italian Restaurant reopens today after an 18-month pandemic hiatus. “There’s not a safer place to eat these days than New York City. All our employees and every guest has to show proof of vaccination...

Forty years ago, the people of Ulassai, Italy tied their isolated Sardinian village to a nearby mountain. Starting on September 8, 1981, the collective action would last three days, involve almost all of the town’s 1,000 inhabitants, and require nearly 17 miles of light blue denim ribbon. The ribbon snaked up side streets, draped between balconies,...

Mina Liccione is a comedian and performer who makes her home in Dubai. Her homecoming show at the Rochester Fringe Festival is called “Growing Up Ringside,” which is her journey from 1980’s Rochester in an Italian-American household, to Dubai, but at its core is the relationship between her and her dad, a boxing promoter. The show hits Rochester Fr...

Located in south-central Italy, the region of Abruzzo stretches from the heart of the Appennino mountains, to the Adriatic Sea, on a mainly mountainous and wild land. Between the rocky slopes and pristine peaks arise tourist resorts and well-equipped skiing facilities and Winter Sports, like at Roccaraso. There are numerous nature reserves, like th...