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Tuscan Brands began in 2010 with Tuscan Kitchen in Salem, New Hampshire.  Their brand continues to grow with the addition of locations in Burlington, Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Joe Faro owner of the Tuscan brands believes strongly in giving back to the community.  He serves a large family-style meal to vet...

The Martha’s Vineyard Diversity Coalition (MVDC) is currently working on a proposal to Island schools in support of renaming Columbus Day Indigenous Peoples Day on school calendars. In addition to the holiday renaming, the group is looking to address a number of other diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues in schools.  According to Jocelyn W...

The Longmeadow chapter of UNICO, the Italian-American community service organization, was well on its way to filling a pickup truck with donated blankets and towels for veterans in need Saturday. Ironically, it’s the same day the UNICO’s national leadership is holding its regional convention in Springfield, an event these Longmeadow UNICO members w...

Ahead of the Monday vote on whether to change a city ordinance to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Concord City Council has been hearing from members of the public, including some Italian-Americans. Monday’s public hearing will be the first meeting where Concord residents can weigh in on the name change, which Ward 10 Councilor Zandr...

If it weren’t true, the story of how actor Chazz Palminteri got the show he wrote, “A Bronx Tale,” made as a film would seem like a Hollywood fable. In the mid-1980s, Palminteri was acting but not getting the kind of roles he wanted. Taking his fate into his own hands, he penned a one-man play inspired by his childhood and the Bronx neighborhood wh...

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Karen Akunowicz — James Beard Best Chef Northeast and owner of Fox & the Knife – is opening another restaurant in the neighborhood!  Bar Volpe will feature Southern Italian cuisine – think seafood, vegetables and of course, pasta! The 5200 square foot restaurant will feature a wood fire oven and a glassed encased pasta shop and will be located in t...

Billy Manzo Pizza is launching in 2022, with Rhode Island’s own Italian Certified Master Pizzaiolo pulling from his roots to take advantage of the frozen pizza market.  In order to respond to the needs of this new venture, he will phase out his Providence “Federal Hill  Pizza” location, but maintain his Warren, Rhode Island location as the default...

I always wondered how it came to be that there were five churches within the geographic area of Wooster Square. One of them, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (now St. Paul and St. James), on the corner of Chapel and Olive streets, was actually a vestige from the time when the area was predominantly Yankee and Protestant. It is a beautiful stone church v...

BarBar Enza, Harvard Square’s newest Italian restaurant, is “not your grandmother’s trattoria,” says chef Mark Ladner, who is collaborating on the project with the Lyons Group (Rochambeau, Scampo, Sonsie, etc.). Located inside the Charles Hotel in the space of two prior Italian restaurants, Rialto and Benedetto, Bar Enza is a “neo-trattoria” with a...

Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way Productions has contacted Connecticut native John Scully, a former boxer and longtime trainer. Scully is training Band of Brothers actor James Madio to play Willie Pep, the late great featherweight champion who grew up in Hartford and Middletown. The Iceman, John Scully won Outstanding Boxer awards in 1987 and 1988 an...

A lifelong resident has teamed up with a local pizza expert to open up a new restaurant on Main Street called Primavera Pizzeria. Melissa Crouch-Arroyo was born and raised in Portland. Her first job was washing dishes at Manning’s, a now-closed restaurant that operated just a few doors down from the business she now owns at 222 Main St. This was th...