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The word “freestyle” is thrown around a lot in reference to Giusto. It’s a term that allows chef-owner Kevin O’Donnell some liberties in a traditional Italian kitchen, as well as a marketing tool to announce something unexpected. It’s not entirely accurate though. Giusto is unexpected if you’re comparing it to Federal Hill but there’s nothing on th...

YOUR TRUSTY restaurant reviewer visited the newly opened eatery on Portsmouth’s Market Square on a chilly late afternoon and was seated (along with the Primary Dining Companion) on the very spot where a friendly Bank of America staffer once helped Our Gourmet wire money. It’s not the first bank to be converted to a restaurant on Market Square. Next...

A number of young protestors gathered outside New Britain City Hall Wednesday evening as city council members gathered inside to vote for the second time on removing the city’s controversial Christopher Columbus Statue. This time their voices went unheard as city council members did not have enough votes to overturn Mayor Erin Stewart’s veto. City...

A few weeks ago, Anthony Riccio sent me this picture taken in the North End and asked if I could identify the men. Anthony is writing a book about the North End that will be published later this year. The book will consist of pictures and interviews collected by Anthony when he worked at the North End’s senior citizens club back in the 1980s. He wo...

Louis Daigneault was 7 years old when he learned how to bread veal on top of tomato boxes in the cozy kitchen of Il Camino Italian Restaurant, and his older brother, Rick, was 12 when he and their other siblings were trained in making homemade pasta. “We were great at cracking eggs,” Rick Daigneault recalled last week. In 1970, the Daigneaults’ par...

Add the names Ernie Almonte and Thomas Peluso to the distinguished list of leaders for the prestigious Italo-American Club of Rhode Island. “Benvenuti!” exclaimed George Lazzareschi Jr., the Italian-American social club’s president, as he welcomed members and guests to the recent swearing-in ceremony inside the historic building at 477 Broadway in...

By the year 1870, a decade after Garibaldi’s conquest of the Two Sicilies and the year the young nation of Italy was at long last successful in the capture of Rome, several hundred families and individuals formally recognized by the United States as “Italian” could call Boston home.  The city had no “Little Italy”, as so defined, but many in the co...

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo basked in national attention in Wilmington, Delaware on Friday as President-elect Joseph Biden introduced her as a key player on his "economic and jobs team." Explaining why he chose her for commerce secretary, he said she is "one of the most effective, forward-thinking governors" in the country — "the daughter of a...

“It’s a Rite of December that has always been extremely valuable and enabled families in need to enjoy a special holiday dinner,” Joseph Quartino said. Enter the Pannese Society, an award-winning Italian American social organization that recently upheld its storied tradition of donating hams – and in some cases gift cards – that helped put food on...

Jan 24, 5:00 PM EST. Online Event - Lecture & Discussion. RSVP here. Registration required. Dante members:  FREE. Non-members minimum donation:   $ 8. Please Note: donations will fund the Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts 2021 cultural events and new website. How did Dante’s great poem come to be known as “La Divina Commedia” or, quite simpl...

A virtual event for the whole family is schedule for January 9, 2021 at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Waterbury UNICO, in conjunction with the Silas Bronson Library, is sponsoring the event that is appropriate for ages 3 and up. Join Angela Buzzelli as she enchants us with The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie DePaola. Come learn about the legend of La Befana, an I...

Stephen Cerulli has been waiting for weeks for a response from city officials about the formation of a committee to discuss the future of Stamford’s Christopher Columbus statue, but he wonders if he will get one. The monument dedicated to the explorer, and his name on the park where the statue stands, caused heated debates in the city this past sum...