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In Italian, we say "sempre avanti" — always forward, no matter what. That is what we've been telling ourselves these past few days, even as we received bad news about the government's Paycheck Protection Program. We had applied for the loan on day one, sent all the requested documentation, and our application had been pre-approved. But on Friday mo...

Concerns over the new coronavirus pandemic have prompted officials of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society to cancel one of Enfield's largest summer events, the 95th annual Italian Festival. Society president Carl Sferrazza announced the cancellation Tuesday night, marking the first time the feast will not be held since its inception in 1926. He sa...

In the deeply Italian Newton neighborhood known as “The Lake," where funerals for elders traditionally draw hundreds, mourning a woman who was a “Nonna” to all was muted Saturday by COVID-19. For decades Pasqualina Lucchetti would walk down the block on Saturdays to get her hair done and pick up fresh bread — no matter what the weather was. But on...

When I order take out, I've been trying to order strictly from local restaurants and to tip handsomely. This pandemic is heartbreaking for so many reasons. But it will be even more devastating if when this is finally all behind us, we can't eat at our favorite local restaurants because they weren't able to stay afloat. When I saw that Patty B's in...

In search of a new favorite Italian spot? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Italian spots around Boston, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to meet your needs. Spring is the top season of the year for consumer spending at restaurants across the Boston area, according to data on local...

For today’s Q&A with a New Canaan business owner navigating the COVID-19 emergency and related restrictions, we hear from Andrea Lombardi, owner-operator of Dolce Italian Café on Elm Street. The café is open for pickup 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Here’s our exchange. New Canaanite: You just opened last sum...

When Neil Thomas Proto started delving into the life of Yale University president A. Bartlett Giamatti, he expected to tell a story of tremendous personal and professional accomplishment — a tale of a life well-lived. What he found was something quite a bit more complex. Proto’s book, “Fearless: A. Bartlett Giamatti and the Battle for Fairness in A...

If three weeks of self-quarantine and nonstop cooking has had you thinking, “I wish a food truck would just stop in front of my house right now,” we have good news. Mama Deb’s Italian Food Truck is currently traveling through neighborhoods near you. Based in Middleboro, the mobile restaurant offers your favorite Italian comfort foods with the conve...

When every other Democrat in America was swooning over Andrew Cuomo, Gina Raimondo was sparring with him. I can’t say I’m surprised. Raimondo, the second-term governor of Rhode Island, is blunt and sometimes contrarian. That’s what I’ve always liked about her. I can’t say I like how she singled out New Yorkers, stopping cars with New York license p...

Missing authentic Italian food like the kind you find in Boston’s North End? You don’t have to wait anymore. On the Oak Bluffs Harbor, Henry Wallace is opening Stella Salumeria, an Italian delicatessen that will carry takeout dishes straight from J. Pace and Son in Boston. Henry’s dad owns Sand Bar and his brother, Jordan, runs the seasonal Midnigh...

Forum Lodge #391, Sons and Daughters of Italy in America invites applicants for the Anna M. Ripa Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded annually to Aquidneck Island public high school seniors of Italian descent who will be graduating in June 2020 and will be attending college or university in the fall. In addition to having earned at least a B aver...

Beloved children’s book author Tomie dePaola died, his publisher announced on Monday. He was 85 years old. He was best known for writing the Strega Nona series and 26 Fairmount Avenue. “We mourn the loss of a master storyteller. Tomie dePaola has passed away. We extend our sympathy to his legions of readers, friends, and colleagues,” Winding Oak Ch...