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A Springfield community staple got a big surprise for his birthday Sunday. Italian Bread Shop owner Joe Santos was surprised by his family and Mayor Domenic Sarno to celebrate his birthday.His birthday is June 23, but to catch him off guard, they decided to have the party a little early. “Mr. Santos has been a community small business owner, well r...

A new historical fiction book will focus on the experience of Italian immigrants in Milford in the 19th and earth 20th centuries. Author Catherine Marenghi is known for her 2016 memoir "Glad Farm," which traced Marenghi's childhood growing up in a farmhouse in Milford. Her new book, "Our Good Name," is a work of fiction rooted in history. Marenghi...

You asked, we answered - Pasta Night is back! On June 23, join us for a summer night of pasta making, eating, and learning during this im-pasta-bly fun night. This ticketed event begins with a pasta-making class where you’ll learn about different pasta styles and then shape your own fresh pasta with the guidance of our expert pastai. After class, y...

A 'Welcome to the Family' sign hangs on the wall of La Stella Pizzeria on Market Street in Norwich. For owner Justin Burrows, his restaurant is his family, and food is love. “The best part of my life growing up was food and being around the dining room table. My mother cooked every night. My dad’s family always had Italian cookies. I always appreci...

As part of our local repertory theaters’ conspiracy to keep me from spending any time outdoors this summer, over the next three months the Harvard Film Archive will be screening “The Complete Federico Fellini,” a comprehensive retrospective of the Italian cinema legend’s entire filmography, which contains more masterpieces than I can count on one h...

Mama Bella Cucina & Pizzeria, a family-friendly restaurant offering pizza and classic Italian dishes, recently opened in South Norwalk. Located on N Water Street near the Maritime Aquarium, the new restaurant officially opened its doors in early May in a space previously occupied by RHK Seafood Boil and Bar. Co-Owner Joe Giuliano said South Norwal...

A federal court has ruled against a group of Italian-American women who sued New Haven in an attempt to force the city to return a statue of Christopher Columbus it removed from Wooster Square Park. The setback in court by the American Italian Women for Greater New Haven marks another milestone in New Haven’s forced exile of the famous navigator. T...

The Italian-American Festival is set to return to a three day event this year, say organizers. The Italian-American Festival is held annually on lower Center Street. The popular event is a celebration of Italian heritage, music and food. It is sponsored by three Italian civic organizations in town – The Sons of Italy, Sorelle d’Italia in America an...

Cugine’s Italian is set to open in Harbor Point in Stamford on Friday, June 10, representatives said. The eatery is located at 121 Towne St. and is owned by John and Morgan Nealon. In the announcement, Morgan said the menu will feature familiar Italian favorites, along with new dishes, and the kitchen will be led by Executive Chef Rick O’Connor. So...

Eric Papachristos said he remembers playing street hockey outside as a kid in the 1980s and seeing loads of traffic headed to The Venetian, known across the South Shore for decades for its southern Italian fare. "It was always crazy busy. Even as a kid, I knew it had a big draw and I knew it had a lot of history," said Papachristos, whose father ow...

The Housatonic Museum of Art presents Vincent Baldassano: To Be Continued. Curated by Joel Leneker, the installation is comprised of new works on cloth and iconic works from the 1970s through 2022. This exhibit will be on view in the Burt Chernow Galleries on the Housatonic Community College campus, located at 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, CT...

After a three-year absence forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual St. Anthony of Padua Church's festival was back this year to the delight of crowds in West Harrison. The 54th annual St. Anthony of Padua Festa Italiana featured music, attractions, games and a variety of foods for families to enjoy. Thousands were on hand for the second day of...