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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...

As Tewksbury loses one bakery with the closing of Mirabella’s, it looks forward to the opening of an­other with La Vita Dolce. According to co-owner Todd Arsenault, “The Life Sweet” will be a bakery and fast casual restaurant offering bread, traditional Italian bakery items, bakery pizza, a deli, premade food items, homemade pasta, and much more. T...

The vacancy left by Mediterraneo at Norwalk’s branch of Hotel Zero Degrees has a new occupant. Siena Ristorante—owned by Pasquale Conte, Pietro Polini, along with new partners in executive chef Foster Lukas and general manager and longtime bartender Jonathan Rodriguez—have been open since early September serving upscale Northern Italian food that t...

Walking into Giuseppina’s Italian Bakery on Sullivan Avenue, the aroma of freshly-baked cookies, pastries, and danishes wafts through the door, inviting guests to come in and try a bite of something sweet or savory. “We’ve been really busy the last four or five months with people going out,” owner Jenny Beaurivage said. “We’re getting a lot of larg...

Family dinners at Grandma Mary’s were a Sunday staple. Between 15 and 40 cousins, aunts and uncles would gather around the table to indulge in good home-cooked meals. Nicole Ball remembers this family tradition from years gone by and carries it on, albeit on a smaller scale, with her husband, Joe, and their three children — Joseph, 9; John, 7 and J...

Sharon Sambito is honoring the extraordinary legacy of her late friend by organizing the Steve Ciccolini Tribute-Music Scholarship Fundraiser on Nov. 6 from 6-11:30 p.m. at the Leominster Elks Lodge, 134 North Main St., Leominster. The tribute will feature Ciccolini’s band, Double Vision, as well as music from his Coachmen band era and several musi...

A charitable organization made up of Italian-American women has sued the city, seeking to bring back the Christopher Columbus statue to Wooster Square Park. The American Italian Women for Greater New Haven claim in the suit that the city, through Mayor Justin Elicker and the Board of Parks Commissioners, among others, violated their rights to due p...

Michelin-starred chef Mark Ladner is having a full circle moment. Back in the 80s, the Belmont native got his initial taste of the restaurant industry working at Café Fiorella in Harvard Square. After pursuing a culinary degree at Johnson & Wales, he worked at Olives in Charlestown alongside Todd English before deciding to move to New York. Spendin...

Any time we have a chance to go to Cape Cod, we do. We went last weekend to hear an artist friend speak of his work at a gallery in Wellfleet (more on that in an upcoming essay).  The light’s angles on this crisp, clear, cloudless day reminded us that Fall is near. Our casual ride in unusually light traffic allowed us to enjoy the scenery, passing...

Construction is beginning on a new restaurant at The Heights at Haverhill, featuring a rooftop bar, event venue and full-service waterfront restaurant. Bosa, described as a “concept inspired by fishing villages along the colorful coast of southern Italy,” is being built by Lupoli Hospitality, a division of Lawrence-based Lupoli Companies. After fac...

The Italian Center of Stamford (the IC) announced today that it has built four brand new state-of-the-art pickleball courts for members and their guests. The courts were built to meet the demand for this fast-growing sport. “We are delighted to announce the unveiling of our new pickleball courts,” said Jon Hoch, Executive Director. “We are one of t...