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West End Branch of the Boston Public Library - 151 Cambridge Street - Boston, MA 02114Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 2 – 3pm   To begin to appreciate The Last Supper, consider the following: Who commissioned the fresco? Why in the Refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie? What about the body language and expressions of the&nbs...

by Joe Perry   In Italian, the word cibo means food. On Celebration Boulevard, Cibo by Stefano's means classic Italian fare in a casual and quick setting. "It's a super consolidated version of Stefano's," explained Ryan Toniolo, the 28-year-old general manager. "We just want it to be fast and convenient for people."   His pa...

by Nelson Coffin   With immigration at the forefront of current national and international political debates, supporters of the idea might point to how well Italians — among other nationalities — have assimilated into American culture. It wasn't always easy, however, for them to make the transition from the Old World to the United State...

By Alison Highberger   Italophiles and foodies, prepare to be envious. A teacher and student from Central Oregon Community College's Cascade Culinary Institute will spend a month in Italy this winter, immersed in Italian culture and focused on the local food traditions.   Chef instructor David Trask and culinary student Melissa Acord...

Italy, a country universally celebrated for its artistic and cultural riches, has more historic, archaeological, natural and artistic UNESCO world heritage sites than any other country.   As pointed out by UNESCO liaison officer to the U.N. Ricardo De Guimarães de Pinto, a featured presenter in a program at Montclair State, Italy's 51 sites...

by Marzia Chiriatti   Martin Scorsese e l'Italia è da sempre stato, nell'immaginario cinematografico internazionale, un legame fruttuoso ed eccezionale che, sulla scia di numerosissimi altri maestri italoamericani, ha contribuito a perpetuare la tendenza a rappresentare con inedito successo gli elementi culturali fondanti del Bel Paese nei c...

Jan 7, 2016 between 6:00 to 8:00PM is Bocce registration night for all teams and individuals interested in participating in the Spring campaign which starts week of January 10th. Registration night will include the collection of bocce, membership renewals and new memberships fees. All fees must be paid by the start of the season. &n...

By Bianca Sienra   Simplicity has its charms, and sometimes the weary restaurant reviewer, having gorged for months on fine and fancy foods, wants nothing more than to succumb to simple pleasures.   At such times, I crave a place where there are no wildly inventive dishes or highly touted exotica on the menu, no hipster digs lined wit...

According to Italian Press Agency, ANSA, that recalled a statement by the Roman Catholic order disclosed Tuesday on the website sanfrancesco.org, Franciscan monks in Assisi saved more than forty Jews during the Second World War: they managed to hide them inside the belltower of St Francis' Basilica in the Umbrian hilltown.   The fugitives we...

President Obama and Italian President Sergio Mattarella met Monday to discuss efforts to fight the spread of the Islamic State in Libya, where the extremist group is capitalizing on political instability to increase its influence. Obama and Mattarella reviewed plans to support a Libyan unity government, Obama told reporters after the meeting i...

by Colin Covert   The annual Italian Film Festival returns for its eighth year this weekend, this time offering a largely comedic series that IFF executive director Peter Schilling promises "to help remedy the miserable winter ... they're all a lot of fun." That certainly describes "The Referee" (⋆⋆⋆, unrated, in subtitled Italian, French an...

Vespa in Italian means wasp or hornet, both of which suggest a "buzz." Certainly a buzz exists at the newish Vespa restaurant in Westport, with its stylish décor, farm-to-table cuisine and genial atmosphere. And, at least when I visited, there wasn't a single Vespa, an Italian motor scooter, parked outside.   After my visits there, I asked B...