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Thanksgiving, that quintessential American holiday, was not easily understood by the original group of Italian settlers who came from a place that had no comparable celebration. Easter and Christmas were easily transferable; everyone celebrated here in America just as they had in their native towns and villages. But Thanksgiving was connected to Am...

Mario LaPosta has spent decades perfecting his pizza. The Connecticut-raised pizzaiolo started working at a pizzeria when he was 15, moving to Italy after college and apprenticing in Naples and Rome. He went on to become the executive chef at B&B Hospitality Group, which included the now-shuttered Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca in the Seaport. After more...

On most days, Bruce Arena is among the first to arrive at the New England Revolution’s training center, a 68-acre complex carved out of densely wooded wetlands 30 miles south of Boston. At 70, Arena is at both the apex and the end of his career. The most successful American soccer coach of all time, he has never had a team perform at a higher level...

The time of year when families gather for reunions, dinners and parties also means the funniest family function around. Peter Fogel arrives in Arlington MA for two weeks in the new "My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm Home for the Holidays!," Dec. 8 - 19, 2021 at the REGENT Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington, MA 02474 The comedy chaos cont...

Having grown up in Italy, my great-grandfather expected the family over for dinner every Sunday. Homemade pasta, or macaroni as we called it, was just one of the items on the menu, usually served sometime after an appetizer and before a meat or fish dish. My grandmother would hand-cut the pasta dough, dry it on her wooden rack and serve the pasta w...

A controversial statue of Christopher Columbus in Providence will remain under wraps and hidden away for a while longer. The statue was removed from its pedestal in the Elmwood section of the city in June 2020, following repeated vandalism, and placed in storage. The city’s Board of Parks Commissioners is holding off for now on a recommendation to...

West Haven High School Italian teacher Anna Porto prides herself in helping students to learn and improve upon their language skills, even if that language is English. While learning Italian, many of her students are not learning a new language for the first time. “I’m lucky I have a lot of Spanish speakers,” she said. In addition to teaching a num...

Quartiere (pronounced kwa-ti-eeray) literally means neighborhood, and that is what the owners are attempting to create -- a neighborhood spot that is causal but elegant with good food and service. In addition to the good food, diners will also find a creative group of mixologists behind the bar that are busy mixing up some crazy inventive and tasty...

On Wednesday UNICO, in partnership with the town of Manchester honored Manchester resident and former mayor Nathan Agostinelli with the renaming of Munro Park to the Nate Agostinelli Veterans Memorial Park. Munro Park is located at the intersection of Porter and East Center Street. The community is invited to attend. Agostinelli has made several co...

A collaboration between the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Detroit Institute of Arts (Dia), By Her Hand: Artemisia Gentileschi and Women Artists in Italy, 1500–1800, is on view now to January 9, 2022, at the Wadsworth, and travels to the Dia, February 6 – May, 29 2022. An exhibition solely dedicated to Italian women artists, now at the Wadsworth Athene...

Pepe's Italian Restaurant will open at its new location on Shrewsbury Street Thursday. The restaurant closed at 274 Franklin St. Oct. 2 and for months has been posting updates depicting work inside their new restaurant at 179 Shrewsbury St. The new location is slated to open at 4 p.m. Thursday. The Shrewsbury Street restaurant will still feature fa...

Salute, a Hartford restaurant scene favorite since 2011, has opened a satellite location in Rocky Hill. Co-owner Andy Rizzo called the Route 3 corridor where his new restaurant is located “the new Little Italy.” “The whole Italian section of Hartford seems to be moving or expanding south. DiFiore’s Ravioli Shop, Mozzicato bakery, Carbone’s. All of...