NEWS FROM : NEW ENGLAND  

By Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld   When a restaurant closed next door to the Upper West Side outpost of theMermaid Inn, the fish shack's owners Danny Abrams and Cindy Smith took the opportunity to relocate and double their capacity. Their plan for the newly vacated original space, says Smith, is "to bring a Brooklyn sensibility to Manhatt...

Winchester will soon be home to a purveyor of Italian food that has made a name for itself feeding the Greater Boston area family-style meals. Comella's is expanding to the town, according to Boston Restaurant Talk.   Comella's will take over the space at 529 Main St., which was previously home to Pizza Express NY Deli. It will join a number...

Create TV®, the premier lifestyle channel featuring the best of public television's how-to programming, celebrates Columbus Day with a marathon of Cooking With Nick Stellino. The charming, charismatic and fashion-forward Stellino hosts the marathon, sharing personal stories behind his favorite Italian dishes, from Nonna Maria's famous meatballs to...

by James Pasto   I was not one of those kids who sang on the street corners. I didn't have a good voice and by my teen years I tended to hang out less than I did when I was younger. But I remember the kids singing in the park during the day or on cold fall nights around fire-lit barrel. Just like in the movies, as the saying goes. In doing...

By Eric Vo Record   With almost four decades of service as a town councilor, Robert F. Parisi is a well-known and respected person in town — a stark contrast to how he was treated when he was first elected to the Town Council in the '70s. "I had a miserable beginning in the Republican party. They didn't like me," Parisi said, grinning....

This month, the Watertown Sons of Italy Lodge Piave Fiume #1036, an affiliate Lodge of the National Order Sons of Italy in America, distributed nearly $10,000 to deserving high school graduates and local charities.   These donations were made possible by the on­going fundraising efforts by the Sons of Italy throughout the year, including fun...

Joe Auciello, who attended culinary school at Newbury College, previously ran Francesca's Kitchen in Arlington and has worked at other restaurants in the area.   In December 2015, he opened Wood + Fire in Melrose, featuring a more streamlined menu and dishes that use flour and sauces imported from Naples, plus fresh ingredients like mozzarel...

For the last 30 years, Dominic Carnevale has faithfully planted flowers for the Memorial Day weekend in two large cement urns in front of the Vittori-Rocci Post.   That ritual was rudely interrupted last week when Carnevale showed up with his flowers only to find the two urns gone, presumably stolen.   Read more   Source: ...

Director Suzanne Bergeron will audition actors at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday Sept. 23 and 24, for Italian American Reconciliation, by John Patrick Shanley, at the wheelchair accessible Your Theatre, Inc. at St. Martin's Church, 136 Rivet St., New Bedford. Parking and entrance located at rear of church on County Street. Auditions will consist of...

by Brian Mccready   East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. and Paul Criscuolo, President of the Columbus Day Committee of Greater New Haven have announced that the Grand Marshals for this year's Columbus Day Parade are East Haven resident Pio Sgrignari and David McDermott of McDermott Auto Group.   Mayor Maturo is the Honorary Chairman o...

by Eric Asimov   Wine is now made in all 50 states, though few suggest much of it is any good. But on a hillside just outside this small town in central Vermont, a little east of the Killington ski resort, Deirdre Heekin makes wines under the label La Garagista that are so soulful and delicious, they challenge crucial assumptions long taken...

by Nicholas Dello Russo   There was never a shortage of doctors in the North End, they were on every corner, up one flight. Most were Italian/American but some were Jewish, left over from when the North End had a substantial Jewish population.   Common wisdom was, if you were only a little bit sick you went to one of the Italians but...