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John R. Anastasia Sr, a veteran Westport police officer, died June 3 at home. He was 83. A native Westporter, he served 34 years on the force, retiring in 1993 as deputy chief. During his illustrious career in law enforcement, he received several promotions and commendations for his service. Born Nov. 28, 1936 to Placido and Carrie (Capasse) Anasta...

Every time Matteo Gallizio finishes ringing up a customer at La Dolda, Lexington’s new artisanal pasta shop, he asks for one thing. “I’m looking for feedback,” he says as his small storefront becomes crowded during one of La Dolda's first true lunch-hour rushes. “The good, the bad, all of it.” For Gallizio, whose store on Massachusetts Avenue has b...

Forum Lodge #391—Sons and Daughters of Italy in America recently awarded Anna M. Ripa Memorial Scholarships to three Aquidneck Island public high school 2020 graduating seniors. In addition to maintaining a B average or better in their studies and intending to enter university in the fall of 2020, the applicants wrote essays explaining the importan...

At 100 years old, Lolly Grello is still experiencing firsts in life. Grello, a longtime Narragansett resident who now resides at the Roberts Nursing Centre in North Kingstown, celebrated her first virtual birthday on May 20. There was cake, balloons and a glass of a sparkling cider-looking drink which Grello raised as if to toast the occasion. And...

The cancellations of mainstay summer events is continuing and extending into fall, with Tuesday’s announcement that A Taste of Italy, scheduled for Sept. 12 in Norwich, will not be held this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. It would have been the 29th annual Italian food festival, hosted by the Norwich Italian Heritage and Cultural Committee,...

Antoinette Iadarola, 80, the retired president of Cabrini University in Radnor, died Saturday, May 23, of cancer at her home in Clinton, Conn. Dr. Iadarola, known as “Toni,” was the sixth leader of the Catholic institution and its first lay president. She served from 1992 to 2008. “Toni’s spirit lives on in all the lives she touched, and her impact...

Between 1861 and 1985, 29,036,000 Italians emigrated to other countries, the largest voluntary emigration period in documented history(1). They landed almost everywhere, from Europe to South America to the United States, like my family, and put down roots. Their stories are familiar to us: stories of strong family ties and communities that supporte...

North End restaurant owners say shutting down historic Hanover Street and expanding outdoor dining into roads and sidewalks could be the saving grace for their businesses as the coronavirus lockdown lifts. “In this neighborhood, it would be a dream come true to have a little outdoor dining, so you experience the neighborhood, the people, the cultur...

All proceeds generated throughout Caffé Prego’s opening weekend will be donated to Good Shepherd Food Bank, the state’s largest hunger relief organization. The Italian restaurant in the heart of Ogunquit said it will donate 100% of the proceeds from takeout sales on Friday, June 5, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 6, from noon to 8 p.m.; and S...

Taking a trip isn't in the cards right now, but our taste buds can make us feel like we've traveled thousands of miles. A slice of pizza from Pizzarino may, for a moment, make you feel like you're in Italy. If you ask the owner, there's no reason to stop with pizza when "he knows a guy" who can serve you some good sauce, too. Authentic Italian cuis...

With restaurants closed for takeout only, the usual bustling North End is quiet. But for a couple hours on Saturday, there was a concerted effort to bring it back to its Italian roots. People strolling around the North End Saturday afternoon were brought to a standstill, captivated by professional operatic voices, like tenor Fred Van Ness. For two...

Sunday May 24 2020 - 11 AM EDT. What was Dante Alighieri doing on his 55th birthday at the end of May, 1320? We don't know very much, but we do know that he was writing the Paradiso in Ravenna where he had recently arrived from Verona. From January, 1302 he had been in exile from his beloved Florence and was still under sentence of death. This conv...