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Between 1861 and 1985, 29,036,000 Italians emigrated to other countries, the largest voluntary emigration period in documented history(1). They landed almost everywhere, from Europe to South America to the United States, like my family, and put down roots. Their stories are familiar to us: stories of strong family ties and communities that supporte...

North End restaurant owners say shutting down historic Hanover Street and expanding outdoor dining into roads and sidewalks could be the saving grace for their businesses as the coronavirus lockdown lifts. “In this neighborhood, it would be a dream come true to have a little outdoor dining, so you experience the neighborhood, the people, the cultur...

All proceeds generated throughout Caffé Prego’s opening weekend will be donated to Good Shepherd Food Bank, the state’s largest hunger relief organization. The Italian restaurant in the heart of Ogunquit said it will donate 100% of the proceeds from takeout sales on Friday, June 5, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 6, from noon to 8 p.m.; and S...

Taking a trip isn't in the cards right now, but our taste buds can make us feel like we've traveled thousands of miles. A slice of pizza from Pizzarino may, for a moment, make you feel like you're in Italy. If you ask the owner, there's no reason to stop with pizza when "he knows a guy" who can serve you some good sauce, too. Authentic Italian cuis...

With restaurants closed for takeout only, the usual bustling North End is quiet. But for a couple hours on Saturday, there was a concerted effort to bring it back to its Italian roots. People strolling around the North End Saturday afternoon were brought to a standstill, captivated by professional operatic voices, like tenor Fred Van Ness. For two...

Sunday May 24 2020 - 11 AM EDT. What was Dante Alighieri doing on his 55th birthday at the end of May, 1320? We don't know very much, but we do know that he was writing the Paradiso in Ravenna where he had recently arrived from Verona. From January, 1302 he had been in exile from his beloved Florence and was still under sentence of death. This conv...

Last week, Ed Russo hosted a wine dinner party. Months ago, seeing the owner of Russo Italian Restaurant in Worcester hosting such an event would be ordinary, but everything has changed amid the coronavirus pandemic - including dinner parties. The 20 guests, friends from Worcester Academy, ate Russo’s food and drank his wine all miles apart while s...

It felt like a Prohibition-era moment. Investigators from multiple law enforcement agencies descended on the The Mount Carmel Society social club in the South End without warning in the late afternoon of Aug. 15, 2019. They were armed and in great numbers, according to witnesses, quizzing employees and board members about their alcohol inventory. “...

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland says that the St. Peter’s Italian Bazaar, scheduled for August, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bazaar is scheduled to return in 2021.

Martedì 19 maggio, ore 18.00 - 19.00 E.T. Cari Amici, l’emergenza COVID-19 ha posto il mondo dinanzi a una sfida epocale, molti sono gli italiani che vivono negli Stati Uniti e che rivestono un ruolo di primo piano nell’affrontare la pandemia. Altrettanti sono gli italiani nella nostra circoscrizione che si trovano a fronteggiare l’attuale emergenz...

Since opening in July 2019, Monti Farms & Deli has been a popular spot for locals and beyond to peruse and purchase fresh produce, meats and cheeses, homemade dinners, regionally made ice cream and breads, and much more. Owner Michael Watkins is determined to keep that momentum going and has adapted to the way he serves his customers during the cor...

Former Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord will interview Vincent Panella on his soon-to-be-published novel, Sicilian Dreams, during the Brattleboro Literary Festival's virtual Literary Cocktail Hour, scheduled for 5 p.m. on Friday on the Literary Festival's Facebook page. In this novel, Santo Regina, a 32-year old activist, immigrates to America a...