NEWS FROM : NEW ENGLAND  

The A Mano Pizza & Gelato food truck has officially hit the streets of Newport, serving up Neapolitan-style pizzas and calzones by owner Simone Ferrara. Ferrara, who hails from Torino, Italy, first moved to Newport back in 2010. From here, he moved to California where he worked in a pair of Michelin-star restaurants and assisted in opening two othe...

Bryan Rafanelli's career as a designer and party planner extraordinaire has its roots firmly planted in the basement rec room of his family's Coventry home. It was there that the six Rafanelli kids were sent on rainy days to watch the home movies of their parents' wedding in North Providence. "I feel really lucky to have grown up in this quirky sta...

Team Italy’s John Andreoli will report to Fort Myers, Florida for Boston Red Sox Spring Training on February 17, 2020 for the first full-team workout along with fellow outfieldersAndrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, and Jackie Bradley Jr. It is likely the speedy 29-year-old will begin the 2020 season at Triple-A affiliate Pawtucket Red S...

Chester is home to the Connecticut Restaurant Association’s Restaurant of the Year 2019: Grano Arso. This contemporary Italian restaurant is known for its interesting menu, specialty cocktails, and a focus on creating handmade pastas and breads using fresh-milled grains sourced from New England. The destination restaurant is housed in Chester’s old...

Every once in a while, there comes a restaurant with just the right combination of delicious food and welcoming hospitality that it becomes part of the fabric of a town, where long after its final dishes are served, it remains part of the fond collective memories of its inhabitants. Such was the case of the Arizona Restaurant and its beloved...

It’s all about Christmas Eve Second and third generation Americans whose ancestors immigrated from around the world in the 19th and 20th centuries grew up with holiday traditions from their families’ country of origin. Today, as adults, many carry on those traditions, especially during the Christmas season, and the Italian-American Christmas Eve vi...

About 50 descendants of immigrants from Santarcangelo di Romagna, Italy, gathered in City Hall Wednesday to Skype with their Italian counterparts and toast to a new “Friendship City” agreement endorsed by Mayor Jack Blalock. In the front row on Portsmouth’s side was Ugo Riciputi, who grew up in the North End and moved to Santarcangelo di Romagna in...

Mayor Domenic Sarno has announced that he plans to withhold his signature for the Mount Carmel Society Club’s entertainment license after the new year. The announcement comes on the heels of revelations contained in a 190-page racketeering indictment out of U.S. District Court in Boston linked to the arrests of more than 60 alleged leaders and asso...

The city will soon have a new Tuscan-themed seafood restaurant on the waterfront run by a popular Italian restaurant and market chain. Tuscan Brands, which runs several Tuscan Kitchen and Tuscan Market locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, hasn’t disclosed the name of its Newburyport “concept,” which is scheduled to open this spring at 54 M...

Some people love their jobs. Some people hate them. Then there’s 38-year-old mother of two Paula Noukas. “I’m living the dream,” she jokes. “I get perfect strangers from all around the world to sit down and eat together.” Her job: Giving food-and-history tours of Boston’s North End, the famous and picturesque Little Italy that is also home to the O...

Former Westminster College football coach and Titan/College Football Hall-of-Famer Joe Fusco today was named on ESPN’s list of the 150 Greatest College Football Coaches over college football’s 150-year history. Fusco garnered the No. 69 spot on the list and was the third-highest ranked NAIA coach (No. 16 - John Gagliardi); (No. 39 - Frosty Westerin...

One early December morning well-spent in Manchester and my foodie Christmas list is all but wrapped up! In beautiful baskets with festive cellophane. Ready to ship across the city or across the country.  At Angela’s Pasta and Cheese Shop, 815 Chestnut St., there’s una gran quantita – that’s “oodles” in Italian – of imported gourmet Italian specialt...