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Rows of leafy grapevines arc across a hill overlooking a lake. Chickens peck in the grass as tree swallows loop and dive like acrobats. This is not Tuscany, but on a summer’s day, Jim Verde’s bucolic vineyard in Johnston, R.I., feels like a small slice of Italy. The 81-year-old winemaker shuffles between the orderly rows of grapevines, his baseball...

Aleks and Phyllis Gjeka say they want customers to feel like part of the family at their new restaurant. “We want to treat everybody the way we want to be treated when we go somewhere else,” said Aleks Gjeka, who manages La Fortuna Bar and Restaurant, which opened Monday at 7365 Main St. in Stratford. The family-run restaurant and wine bar brings a...

Police are following up on leads, hoping to identify the individuals who defaced the city’s Christopher Columbus statue at Harbor Park Oct. 15, less than an hour after Columbus Day. Middletown police Lt. Heather Desmond said Monday afternoon that the investigation is continuing. The department released two black-and-white photographs Oct. 31 taken...

L’On. Francesca La Marca ha partecipato sabato 16 novembre al 25° anniversario dello Juventus Club di Boston, che si è celebrato presso il Watertown Sons of Italy. Accolta dal Presidente del Club Ross Zagami, dal Cav. Domenico Susi e da Alberto Mustone, rispettivamente Vicepresidente e Tesoriere del Comites di Boston, la parlamentare, nel suo inter...

Join the Rhode Island Region as we celebrate the holidays with an evening that includes dinner and an entertaining Trivia Night Italian Style at the Aurora Civic Association on Wednesday, December 4th, beginning at 6:00PM. Guest speaker Carla Gambescia, travel writer and author of La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture...

Bar ‘Cino is one of the latest restaurants opening shop in Brookline, bringing with it an assortment of Italian-inspired dishes to try. But for some residents in St. Mary’s, where Bar ‘Cino will be opening, it’s more than just another restaurant opening — it’s a win for the neighborhood. Nick Barber has lived in St. Mary’s since 2008 and actually h...

The Chateau, a family-owned Italian restaurant chain, is set to open its ninth Massachusetts location next week. The restaurant will begin serving its Italian cuisine on Wednesday at 466 King St., according to President Joe Nocera. It will open at 4:30 p.m. for dinner only, with both lunch and dinner being served starting on Monday, Nov. 25. Accord...

In response to the Mayoral Proclamation put forth by Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro, the Student Government Association (SGA) voted unanimously to pass a statement in support of Indigenous People’s Day. The mayor’s statement declared Oct. 14 as Columbus Day, directly opposing legislation signed by Governor Janet Mills, which officially changed Columbu...

North Italia opens Wednesday at The Railyard. It will occupy the front right corner of one of South End’s newest developments, just in front of where Rhino Market will open — talk about a corridor of good eats all in one place. If you’re like us, the most difficult part about your first visit to North Italia will be deciding what to get. And no, it...

After speaking to Jim Pasto’s class on the history of the North End at Boston University in October 2009, Jim and I sat down and discussed the amazing absence of a historical society for Boston’s most storied neighborhood. We wanted to promote scholarship on the North End, especially the Italian and Sicilian community. We also wanted to engage resi...

A bright spot of this otherwise dark time of year? White truffles. An Italian delicacy, these wild tubers are harvested annually from the northwestern region—they’re best known from Alba, Piedmont—and brought into restaurants around the world to add earthy extravagance to all sorts of dishes. The season starts in late October and typically extends...

As white truffle season sets in, we find ourselves really missing Erbaluce, which closed on New Year’s Day. The Piedmontese restaurant was a festive mainstay for Italian truffles, which chef Charles Draghi sourced annually from his ancestral homeland of Alba. So we’re delighted to learn that Draghi has landed his first longterm chef job since shutt...