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The south section of Atwood Avenue is lined with American and Italian flags. However, it’s the iconic banner — hung over the heavily traveled road around this time every year —that is living proof the ageless Saint Rocco’s Feast and Festival will be back in 2021 after last year’s hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the ageless fun, fam...

You likely have heard of Concorso Italiano, perhaps even attended the big annual celebration of all things Italian — especially cars and food — held on the Monterey Peninsula in mid-August. But did you know about the other Concorso Italiano, the one on the East Coast? In Salem, New Hampshire, Tuscan Village Salem hosts its own Concorso Italiano, an...

When it opens September 1, Grana at The Langham, Boston will instantly become one of the East Coast’s most exciting new restaurants, thanks to executive chef Stephen Bukoff’s Italian menu and to the ornate setting inside the newly renovated building that houses it. Located in the former Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Grana takes its name from the...

A new family-owned Italian restaurant has landed on Grassy Plain Street and is looking to stick around for the long haul. Jason Arcos and his wife Nancy Mejia opened D’Arcos Bar and Restaurant in early April when restaurants were still on a rocky path in Connecticut. The restaurateurs had previously worked at and owned Augies # 1 Italian Restaurant...

"E Chiamamulu Paisanu! Primu Diu E Sammastianu!" This Italian phrase will be heard loud and clear once again on the streets of Middlefield, Middletown and beyond for the centennial anniversary of the Saint Sebastian's Church in Middletown. It is tentatively scheduled for September 17-19 a delay of a few months due to COVID-19. Church organizers are...

First there were hundreds of proposals. Then there were six. Now, a single design has won out to tell the story of Italian immigration to New Haven. Wednesday night, members of the Wooster Square Monument Committee voted overwhelmingly to support Marc-Anthony Massaro’s Indicando la via al futuro (Pointing the Way to the Future) to replace the statu...

Eight months after his ordination, family and friends of the Most Rev. Robert Lombardo finally got the chance to celebrate the Stamford native becoming a bishop in Chicago. Lombardo’s ordination ceremony took place in November, but with attendance strictly limited because of the COVID-19 pandemic, his family wasn’t there in person. On Sunday, Lomba...

During the first half of 2021 membership in the Vermont Italian Cultural Association (VICA) has increased 62% including the addition of fourteen businesses. Virtual events held during the past year have had waiting lists. Most recently a presentation on obtaining Italian citizenship attracted over 130 participants. Senator Patrick Leahy, whose mate...

The goal is remembrance and celebration and six artists are finding ways to honor the perseverance and resilience of immigrants, mainly through landscape and bronze, whether representational or abstract. Specifically, the focus is on the journey of Italians to Wooster Square in the mid-19th century, their struggles, successes and the legacy they le...

Over the weekend, neighbors and friends from near and far took part in the return of the Southington Italian-American Festival on Center Street, experiencing the tastes of the European Mediterranean in the form of food and fellowship. At the Southington UNICO tent, Patty Boissonneault was frying up “pateas,” she said, otherwise known as squash frit...

If you live in New England, you probably recognize the iconic yellow-and-red labels of Pastene, the country’s oldest importer of authentic Italian foods and ingredients. Co-owners and brothers Mark and Chris Tosi represent the fifth generation of Pastene descendants who have helmed the Canton, Massachusetts–based brand for over 145 years. Founded i...

If you've read some of the articles that I've written over the years, you know my love for food, fairs, and local festivals. One of my favorite local events here in Connecticut is Waterbury's Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Feast. It was last weekend and I missed it this year. Just as we were about to head over to Highland Avenue this past Saturday, thunder...