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Joseph Giancola was one the most important figures in Rutland’s modern history, according to city leaders who remembered the local businessman this week. “Without Joe Giancola and his wife, there’s no Paramount Theatre,” said Paul Gallo, who worked with Giancola on the effort to restore the theater. “It never would have happened.” Giancola, who die...

You didn’t take shortcuts in Anastasia “Gina” DiNatale’s kitchen, whether it was peeling the garlic or making tomato sauce from scratch. When she went food shopping, “she never went with a shopping list,” said her daughter, Giuliana Maravalle, who does much of the cooking in her daughter’s and son-in-law’s new restaurant, Nonna Gina’s Prepared Food...

When: Thu, June 2, 2022 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM EDT - Where: I AM Books, 124 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113 The Italian Prisoner is an engrossing tale of wartime love, family secrets, and a young woman’s struggle to chart her own course at an inflection point in American history. This debut work of inspired by a true but little-known story involvin...

There’s no lack of pizza styles in Greater Boston — wood-fired, Neapolitan-inspired pies; South Shore-style bar pizza; floppy New York slices; Detroit-style “squares”; New England Greek (think [insert town here] House of Pizza); and even beach pizza. But Si Cara, a restaurant opening early this summer in Cambridge’s Central Square, is giving the re...

With the cost of airfare soaring and COVID restrictions still in place for some international travel, it’s comforting to know that we can enjoy an authentic taste of Italy within a few miles of home. Because of supply chain issues, and the ever-increasing cost of ingredients and difficulty attracting competent staff, it has become extremely challen...

“Could the daughter of a Sicilian shoemaker brought up in New England go on to lead a major capital city — even if she was a little square, and a Republican?” “Absolutely,” was the overwhelming answer from the voters. Antonina “Ann” Uccello turned 100 years old on May 19, 2022. Fifty-five years ago, she achieved the most impossible of political vic...

Veteran chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s new restaurant and bar, Faccia Brutta and Bar Pallino, are all set to open at 278 Newbury St. on May 24.  “We are taking reservations for May 24, so we better be ready,” Bissonnette told Boston.com. “We’re just throwing caution to the wind,” he joked a week before the opening. “No, seriously, we’re...

The Peace Gallery, in Damariscotta, will host a reading and conversation with Elisa M. Speranza, author of the new novel The Italian Prisoner, Sunday, May 29, 2022, from 2 - 4 p.m. Ron Capps, author and director of the Veterans Writing Project, will interview Speranza about the book and the little known history at the heart of her novel. A work of...

It’s a birthday party for the history books - Ann Uccello turns 100 Thursday. She is being celebrated for her role in shaping Connecticut history. When Uccello was elected mayor of Hartford in 1967, she became the first woman mayor in the state. Today at the State Capitol, there was a celebration of a century. “Very good, and happy!” Uccello said,...

It seems that the battle of who has the best cannoli in Boston has been going on forever. Some say that the best comes from Mike's Pastry while others claim that Modern Pastry offers better cannoli. While both are located on the same street in Boston, Mike's Pastry also offers multiple locations in Massachusetts. Mike's Pastry can also be found in...

It's been seven years since East Haven hosted the parade that honors Italian-American heritage. That changes on Oct. 9. Since 2003, the parade became a regional event hosted on a rotating basis among six area communities, which include East Haven, Hamden, West Haven, Branford, New Haven and North Haven. Now, the town of East Haven and Greater New H...

The Italian American Alliance of Massachusetts will host its annual "Festa Italiana" on Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Waltham Common, located at 610 Main Street. The Italian style festival will feature fun events aimed at celebrating and promoting Italian culture and heritage. There will be live entertainment, food, crafters, children...