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On the night before the Red Arrows flew over Boston Harbor, it was a flight of a more spiritual kind in Boston’s North End with the annual Flight of the Angel capping off the grand finale of the 109th Fisherman’s Feast in honor of Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca. The 2019 Flying Angel was Victoria Carregal with side angels Mia Graffeo and Gianna Pu...

On April 15, 1920, a double murder set off a sequence of events that led to the controversial, and later declared unjust, trial convictions of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. Their execution on August 23, 1927 is blamed on anti-Italian prejudice and fear of their anarchist political beliefs. The charges against Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Van...

After 50 years, Maria Merola has decided to retire and close Maria’s Pastry Shop at 46 Cross Street in Boston’s North End. The last day of business will be September 15, 2019. Tucked away on Cross Street, Maria’s was a local favorite with authentic, homemade offerings and a sanctuary from the Mike’s vs. Modern cannoli wars on Hanover Street. The 66...

Thursday, August 29, 7pm. Tewksbury Public Library300 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, MA. Learn practical and proven Italian family history research strategies from professional genealogist, Jenny Tonks. Italian civil jurisdictions and vital records practices will be discussed. She will focus on Italian emigration to the US, and the relevant demographi...

August is feast season in the North End and this weekend is the biggest of them all — the feast of St. Anthony. It’s a time of celebration for locals and visitors alike, but this year is even more special as it is the 100th anniversary of the feast. If you are not familiar with the feast of St. Anthony, it is essentially a weekend festival put on i...

Food, music, and a weekend of games and fellowship are returning to Guilford this month, in the form of St. George’s Church annual Italian Festival. Organized by the St. George’s Men’s Group, the event has grown over the past six years into a two-day extravaganza featuring live music, lawn games, cooking competitions, and of course, as much delicio...

The 109th Fisherman’s Feast featured the second annual North End Meatball Contest with Strega Ristorante taking the win! The popular event crowns a new restaurant after last year’s winner, Tony and Elaine’s. Strega North End is located at 320 Hanover Street. John Romano was presented the 2019 Fisherman’s Feast Italian American of the Year award in...

The Italian community came together to celebrate its heritage and culture with the St. Ann’s Festa Italiana. Multiple vendors were present and festival organizers say they are proud to introduce the community to the Italian festival because it’s been nearly 30-years since the last celebration. “It means a lot because this area is where Little Italy...

For more than seven years, Anzio's Brick Oven Pizza has brought a little slice of Italy to North Grafton. Now, the popular restaurant is moving to a new spot at Northborough Crossing. Todd Harrington, owner and operator, wants to open in the new location by fall. The restaurant has outgrown its original location on Rte. 30, he said. "We would have...

The Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park, now in its 37th year, is staged to be one of the year’s largest gatherings of historic and vintage Italian-made vehicles in North America. Held over Labor Day weekend, Thursday, Aug. 29 – Monday Sept. 2, the festival is the only North American classic car race and concours held on the same track over the sam...

Each year the Italian Heritage and Cultural Committee of Norwich honors its "Italians of the Year " -- individuals who display certain intrinsic values including serving the Italian community and community at large, being of Italian descent and showing an understanding of their Italian heritage as well as hailing from the greater Norwich area. This...

Where the Salesians Boys & Girls Club parking lot is today on Bennington Street once stood Sammy Carlo’s corner store. It was there, in the 1950s that a family business started that would, after seven decades and two locations, become a staple of many diets in East Boston. Now, one block away from its original location, Sammy Carlo’s Catering has b...