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Restaurateur Danny Gabriele knows a thing or two about the art of fine dining and is bringing this lost art to Westport, CT in the form of Gabriele’s Italian Steakhouse. Fairfield County dining enthusiasts will recognize the Gabriele’s Italian Steakhouse brand from their restaurant in Greenwich (2011-2019), which was a popular haunt for high-profil...

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...

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...

Some might say Nina Pane Sanseverino sang like an angel — in Italian and English — for decades before she become one. Pane Sanseverino, one of Greater New Haven’s cultural gifts to the world, was both one of a kind and one of the last of a kind — an Italian-American cultural icon who for generations helped keep alive a style of Italian music known...

Barbara Battaglino Zichichi è la nuova Console Onoraria d’Italia a Hartford, dove potrà servire la comunità Italiana del Connecticut insieme al Consolato Generale d'Italia a New York. Il suo ufficio sarà aperto il lunedì dalle 10:00 am alle 1:00 pm. Per contatti, telefonare al 860-361-7929 o 203-918-5281

This is it opera fans. The last three performances by the Madison Lyric Stage of of Puccini's Suor Angelica are slated for Sept. 17, 18 and 19. As the final production of its 2021 mainstage season, Madison Lyric Stage, a professional theater company serving the Connecticut shoreline and the Connecticut River valley, is presenting Puccini's beloved...

If there’s a red flag with a “B” waving in front of Maria Redo’s house off Old County Road on Sunday, it means there will be a bocce game that day. For 31 years, the Redos have been hosting bocce at their summer home here for family, friends, and neighbors. At first, the games were on Wednesdays and Sundays, but as the years went on and life got in...

Thomas Bozzuto and Barbara Mancinelli, born six months apart, grew up in hardworking Italian American families in Waterbury, Connecticut, but it’s not like they were childhood sweethearts. He was a public school kid who became captain of his high school football team. She went to Catholic school, a self-described music nerd who studied piano. They...

The Labor Day weekend brought the Feast of Santa Maria Di Prata, which featured the best homemade Italian food in Rhode Island, entertainment and good family fun. The Santa Maria Di Prata Society was started in 1984. Today, more than 30 some years, the group has continued its Labor Day weekend tradition with an annual neighborhood feast featuring h...

Rob Chirico of Greenfield is the quintessential Renaissance man. He writes. He paints. He gardens. He cooks. He teaches. I have reviewed several of his books for this paper. My favorite is probably his 2016 cookbook “Not My Mother’s Kitchen: Rediscovering Italian-American Cooking Through Stories and Recipes.” The book shares Italian-American recipe...

In Byram, Rosina’s has opened in a unique space that was formerly home to That Little Italian Restaurant, which many longtime residents remember fondly. And, like that old haunt, the idea behind Rosina’s menu is to gather and share. Coby Blount, who co-owns Rosina’s with Frank Carpenteri Sr and Jared Falco, said he was excited to work alongside che...