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Everybody loves a woman behind the wheel of a Ferrari, as I discovered while zipping around town in the stunning Ferrari Portofino. Of course, I could’ve mistaken what I imagined as personal flirtation for looks of adoration directed to the car. For certain, this baby is a head-turner and a traffic-stopper, particularly when the hard top is down. W...

The Federal Restaurant Group quietly opened its much anticipated new restaurant, Posto, at the Longmeadow Shops on Oct. 1. Ralph Santaniello, director of operations, and brother-in-law and executive chef Michael Presnal, leased the space formerly occupied by Bertucci’s last winter and have completely transformed it into a chic, urban industrial spa...

Law enforcement officials are seeking the public’s help in identifying two individuals they suspect vandalized the Cristoforo Colombo statue at Harbor Park the day after Columbus Day. Late Thursday, Middletown police released two black-and-white photographs taken from an Oct. 15 surveillance video at about 12:15 a.m. of a duo they believe spray-pai...

Boston has plenty of celebratory Italian-American restaurants designed for something more special than a pleasant, casual dinner of meatballs, spaghetti, and a nice Chianti. They feature cosseting service, big wine lists, and amenities like reservations, cocktails, and dessert: no line on the sidewalk or check dropped with the entrees. But the atmo...

John Harrison was born in South Medford, but he can also remember the West End. Some of his mother’s family, the Tringalis, were still there. He can close his eyes and smell the wood stove in his grandfather’s house on Leverett Street, remember the thrill of having a few cents to buy the penny candy at Kramer’s, and see his grandfather and his uncl...

In the 1970s, on a backpacking adventure to Europe, Alma discovers her cousins in her grandfather’s hometown in northern Italy near Lake Garda. As Alma bonds with Gianna, Catrina, Novella, Veronica and Kara, the girls become lasting friends, sharing their joys and sorrows with each other on their journey through life. Over 45 years, passing into ad...

Fifty years ago this fall, Prince Pasta began running their now-iconic "Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day" TV commercial. It featured a young Anthony Martignetti running through the streets of the North End, and made him a bit of a local legend here, where he still gets recognized as "Anthony!" "I remember getting letters, people saying they named...

Living in Connecticut it is often easy to take for granted how we have the best Italian restaurants this side of Italy. Give thanks to the Italian forebears who immigrated here generations back. A while back I was in Rome, visiting friends, shopping and, of course, eating. I forget the name of the place but it was a very famous pizzeria. Not a tour...

Thursday November 14, 2019. 5:30pm - 7:00pm. Lower Level Conference Room, Adolphus Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street at Cabot Way, Cambridge, MA 02138. The 2019 Gaetano Salvemini Colloquium in Italian History and Culture will focus on the figure and the intellectual legacy of Primo Levi. Following the discussion, all guests are invited to join the rec...

Over 100 people stood and cheered for Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-New Haven, at the end of her hour-long speech about her own experience in politics and the national “social safety net” in the Yale Law School on Thursday. DeLauro’s speech, which was open to the public, was the beginning of a three-part evening lecture and dinner to honor her as this fall’...

I AM Books, an independent, dyanmic and diminutive bookstore with an Italian focus in Boston’s North End neighborhood is hosting the second edition of IDEA Boston, a two-day festival celebrating Italian books, art, ideas and culture that will take place at the Dante Alighieri Cultural Center 41 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139, Friday, Nov. 1 and...

Tom Guidugli Jr. — a Newport native who during his nearly nine years on the Newport City Commission has helped usher in an unprecedented period of prosperity, investment and economic development in the city – has announced that he will run for Mayor of Newport in 2020. Guidugli, 48, who currently serves as Vice Mayor, has been a member of the Newpo...