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Pete Fontaine As part of the La Madonna della Difesa Feast this weekend, the café at Our Lady of Grace Church will open today at 5 p.m., featuring an Italian-American menu that will expand as the week goes on.   The four-day event is held annually the first weekend of September at Our Lady of Grace Church, 15 George Waterman Road in Johnsto...

Michael Caira contributed a great deal to the Wilmington community over his decades as Town Manager. And next month he will be honored for his countless hours of service.   The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, part of the national Order Sons of Italy in America, announced recently that it will honor Caira and other leaders in the Italian-Americ...

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, Centro Attivita' Scolastiche Italiane C.A.S.IT., Inc. will host its very first "Casino Night" Fundraiser. It will be held at Spinelli's Function Facility in Lynnfield, Massachusetts and the fun will begin at 7:00 p.m.   During the Casino Night you will be able to enjoy a real casino experience with tables of R...

By Ken Borsuk   Together in spirit but separated by an ocean, residents and relatives of Rose, Italy, and Greenwich celebrated the Feast of St. Lawrence on Sunday. More than 40 Greenwich residents arrived at the old convent building at St. Michael Church on North Street for the second annual celebration of the patron saint of Rose, near...

Cari tutti, dear friends,Italianissimo 2015 takes place "sotto le stelle" in the enchanting Washburn Pavilion of Boston's Museum of Science on Friday, September 25th. With a unique view of the Charles River, bordered by the skylines of Boston and Cambridge, guests will enjoy an experience reminiscent of an evening in Trastevere punctuated by evocat...

by Barbara Lauterbach   Faro Italian Grille, metamorphosed from the iconic Lobster Pound on Rte. 3 in the Weirs, is a welcome addition to the Lakes Region dining scene. Totally renovated, there is a main dining room, a smaller dining area in the rear decorated with artwork by Peter Max, as well as seating in the bar and high tables. &n...

By Sean Flynn The lyrics of the country classic, "I'm My Own Grandpa," are difficult to follow because of the convoluted relationships caused by generational intermarriages of two separate families.  The relationships between Italian-American families on Aquidneck Island don't go to that extreme, but when people are cousins through both thei...

West End Branch of the Boston Public Library - 151 Cambridge Street - Boston, MA 02114Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 2 – 3pm   To begin to appreciate The Last Supper, consider the following: Who commissioned the fresco? Why in the Refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie? What about the body language and expressions of the&nbs...

Jan 7, 2016 between 6:00 to 8:00PM is Bocce registration night for all teams and individuals interested in participating in the Spring campaign which starts week of January 10th. Registration night will include the collection of bocce, membership renewals and new memberships fees. All fees must be paid by the start of the season. &n...

Vespa in Italian means wasp or hornet, both of which suggest a "buzz." Certainly a buzz exists at the newish Vespa restaurant in Westport, with its stylish décor, farm-to-table cuisine and genial atmosphere. And, at least when I visited, there wasn't a single Vespa, an Italian motor scooter, parked outside.   After my visits there, I asked B...

Giovianni Bianchi, owner of the famed prosciutto producer Pio Tosini of Parma, Italy is coming to Portland and will be slicing and serving his Parma ham (Prosciutto di Parma) at three locations this week.   Thursday, March 24 will find Giovanni at Middle Street Italian eatery Piccolo. Piccolo will be serving a five-course tasting menu with w...

"I was born June 24, 1916, at 25 Sheave Street in Boston's North End, which was then as now, though more so then, Little Italy ... . My mother, in the custom of her tribe, bore me in the same bed in which she connived me ... . " So wrote John Ciardi, renowned poet, translator and teacher. I had long known of Ciardi's translation of Dante, and I kn...